Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer and Bestselling Author

Benincasa, Robyn

World Champion Adventure Racer and Bestselling Author
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About Robyn Benincasa

New York Times best-selling author and world champion adventure racer Robyn Benincasa accepts full responsibility for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or launch their own businesses. After all, that is who she is and what she does: an adventurer who inspires people to do amazing things.

In her 15-year career as a professional adventure racer, Benincasa has competed in close to 40 expedition-length events – gnarly, multiday, multisport killers such as Primal Quest and Eco-Challenge. She has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile – and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, she is a full-time firefighter in San Diego on the nation’s first all-female crew.

Her latest book, How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth, hit the shelves in May 2012 and was quickly dubbed a New York Times bestseller.

Benincasa launched World Class Teams and its sister company Flashover Seminars to bring her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork to the corporate world via keynotes, seminars, and team-building programs. Starbucks, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aramark, Honda/Acura, Tony Robbins, Allianz, Wal-Mart, Timberland, Napster, AT&T, and Earthlink all rely on her presentations. Her unforgettable keynotes have taught countless high-performance leaders all over the world about building world-class teams and the “followership” skills necessary for dynamic role shifting and true teamwork.

Robyn Benincasa founded the Project Athena Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women who have endured medical setbacks achieve their athletic dreams, whether it means climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or running a local 10K. The goal? To encourage survivors not just to survive but to thrive in the wake of their diagnoses.

The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

What do the world’s most successful teams have in common? They have the ability to upgrade their teamwork to Human Synergy—”the magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.”

If your goal is to take a group of successful individuals and make them even better…together, this teambuilding keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event!

Robyn Benincasa takes your group on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE against all odds… especially when the stakes are high, the goals are audacious, and constant change is the only thing your team can count on (aside from one another!). Your world class team will discover that achieving at peak levels isn’t about only reaching UP and trying harder as an individual, but reaching OUT and creating Human Synergy.

During her teambuilding keynote, this World Champion adventure racer, CNN Hero and San Diego firefighter gets attendees buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level, both personally and professionally. They’ll take home simple and easily applied skills that allow them to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in their lives.

There is an old proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” But the epic, entertaining and meaningful stories and videos shared in Robyn’s Building World Class Teams keynote leaves your team with a deep understanding: with true Human Synergy they will go farther AND faster in pursuit of their goals!

The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy:

  • Total Commitment
  • Empathy and Awareness
  • Adversity Management
  • Mutual Respect
  • “We” Thinking
  • Ownership of the Project
  • Relinquishment of Ego
  • Kinetic Leadership

Extreme Performance: Why Winners Win

What are the common attributes of people who make a lifelong habit of winning… and who succeed against all odds?

Drawing inspiration from Robyn’s team of World Champion adventure athletes as well as “Winners” from all walks of life, Why Winners Win uncovers the common traits and attitudes of the world’s most consistent high performers.

The “Best of the Best” experience times of great challenge and change just like everyone else. But with characteristic Courage, Luck (Opportunity + Preparation), Adversity Management Skills, and a keen ability to create Synergy with their colleagues, they possess the ability to continually motivate and inspire themselves and those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavor.

Attendees will experience the thrill of peak performance and exceptional leadership through Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking video footage of extreme performers in action. They will leave energized and empowered to create consistent world class results in every aspect of their professional and personal lives!

Leading Through Change

Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success.

How do the world’s most consistently high performing leaders ALWAYS find a way to get their teammates to the finish line and achieve their goals against all odds? Are they lucky, blessed or immune to setbacks? Nope. Great leaders experience times of great turbulence, challenge and change in every aspect of their lives—but it is theirattitude and mindset that carries them and their teammates to greater heights in the FACE of that change.

Leading through Change means Being Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure, Embracing Setbacks as a Chance to Learn and Excel, and Never Letting the Pursuit of Perfection Hinder Progress. In her Leading Through Change keynote, Robyn shares incredible stories and videos from the worlds of adventure racing and firefighting that illustrate how great leaders succeed against all odds and triumph in the face of adversity.

Robyn’s stories and meaningful messages will not only entertain and amaze… your attendees will walk away with easily applied leadership skills that will help themshatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks, and inspire their teammates to once again see a future full of possibilities.

Leading Safer Teams: How Great Leaders Inspire ‘Commitment’ Versus ‘Compliance’

In this keynote, safety speaker Robyn Benincasa takes your team on acompelling and unforgettable multimedia adventure, including video footage and analysis of preventable disasters and thrilling safety success stories from the worlds of adventure sports and firefighting. This World Champion adventure racer, San Diego firefighter, and New York Times bestselling author offers unique, simple, yet extremely effective tools for inspiring the people that we work with and work for to be safer every day!

Here are the 6 Factors in Leading Safer Teams—the kind of teams that COMMIT to safety because they care, and COMMIT to ensuring everyone on their team goes home each day!

  1. Conflict Resolution—Resolving the four attitudes in conflict with our safety
  2. Ownership—Inspiring the preparation and education to be a positive force for safety
  3. Measure, then Mitigate—Is it worth the risk?  How do we mitigate that risk when faced with the unimaginable?
  4. Mutual Respect—Inspiring the leadership, loyalty and teamwork to safely cross any challenging finish line
  5. Innovate, Adapt, and Overcome—Using our creativity, adaptability, resources and teammates to save the day
  6. Teamwork—The essential elements required for building World Class Teams that succeed against all odds!

Attendees will go home feeling truly inspired and empowered to keep themselves and their teammates safe because they want to, not because they have to. And they will leave with the desire to be a hero to their new teammates—not just the kind of hero that rushes into danger to save them, but the kind of hero that KEEPS them from endangering themselves and others. With a commitment mindset, we ensure that the most important goal of all is achieved at the end of the day… Everyone Goes Home.


“Your presentation style and message really energized the attendees. We heard nothing but great comments and feedback from many of the attendees throughout the week.”
– Trent Cross, Americas Software Marketing Team, Hewlett Packard

“Our morale has improved 100%. The meeting surveys were all positive and gave you lots of love for your role in our conference.”
– Steven W. Kaiser, State Sales Coordinator, Aflac Hawaii/Guam

“The event was an overwhelming success. We are still talking about the key learnings, the fun, and the excitement of working together as a team.”
– John Alderson, V.P., Starbucks

“Having followed your career a bit over the years, I had a pretty good sense for how awesome you would be, but it would appear that I underestimated that piece. I say that because we have done these meetings for many years, and while I think they all have been very good, no question that the feedback on you was exceptional! We had our debrief this morning, and we gave you an A+!”
– Howard Halle EVP, Florida Division Manager, Wells Fargo

“You definitely helped us strengthen the core of our leaders and made such a positive impact. We’re grateful for your contribution to our conference.”
– Theresa Moberg, Vice President of Training & Development, tastefully simple