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Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer; Motivational Speaker; Bestselling Author

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Adapt, Overcome & WIN
Robyn Benincasa Inspires Leaders & Teams to Rise to Any Challenge!

Robyn Benincasa is an inspiring speaker who motivates ordinary people to do extraordinary things, like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses.

A world champion adventure racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, Benincasa draws on the lessons she’s learned from her extreme experiences to motivate people fulfill their potential, whether it’s on a race course or at the office.  +

She is also a 2014 CNN Hero for founding the 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, which trains and supports survivors in living their adventurous and athletic dreams as part of their recovery. This is one of the inspiring stories Robyn shares in each keynote to show how leaders manage adversity and setbacks.

In her 15-year career as a professional adventure racer, Benincasa has competed in close to 40 expedition-length events such as “Primal Quest” and “Eco-Challenge.” She has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan peaks 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.

Benincasa’s accomplishments have been profiled in media such as NBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Fast Company, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. She has spoken to organizations that include Starbucks, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aramark, Wal-Mart, Timberland, Napster, and AT&T and Earthlink.   --

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Speaker Robyn Benincasa on stage: this adventure racer, firefighter, CNN Hero will set the tone for your conference. Energetic, entertaining, inspiring and passionate, Robyn’s unforgettable presentations on creating synergy and connection among your team are full of practical ideas that will leave your attendees buzzing.

Robyn Benincasa's Speaking Presentations:

Building World Class Teams: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy
(60-90 Minute Teambuilding, Teamwork & Leadership Keynote by Robyn Benincasa)

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 team on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the attitude and mindset that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish truly extraordinary feats together… 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!)

During her “8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy” 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   --

Why Winners Win
(60-75 Minute Peak Performance Keynote by Robyn Benincasa)

What are the four most common attributes of people who make a lifelong habit of winning?

Inspired by a Fast Company Magazine article entitled ‘Extreme Teamwork’, which featured Robyn’s team of World Champion adventure athletes as well as “Winners” from all walks of life, Robyn’s ‘Why Winners Win’ keynote outlines the common traits, attitudes and mindset of the world’s most consistently high performing leaders in their eternal pursuit of world class results.  +

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, Winners possess the ability to continually motivate and inspire themselves and those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavor.

The icing on the cake of the ‘Why Winners Win’ keynote? Attendees will experience the thrill of peak performance and exceptional leadership through Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking video footage of extreme teams in action. They will leave energized and empowered to create consistent world-class results in every aspect of their lives!  --

Stay SAFER: How Great Leaders Inspire 'Commitment' Versus 'Compliance'
(Safety Keynote by Robyn Benincasa)

In her “why bad accidents happen to good people” safety keynote, Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a compelling 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 Best Selling Author offers unique, simple, yet extremely effective tools for inspiring the people that we work with and work for to be SAFER every day!  +

Why Do Bad Accidents Happen to Good People? According to research, it’s as simple as ABCD:

A = Attitude: Not Me, Not This Time, Not My Place, Not My Job
B = Background and Preparation
C = Circumstances (Preventable or Non-Preventable? Hint: 80% are preventable!)
D = Decisions

How Do We Inspire People to be SAFER?

S = Synergy –Seeing one another as TEAMMATES vs simply colleagues. We are better… together!
A = Adapt– Situational awareness. Focus on what it takes to “win” when it comes to safety/survival versus “not lose”.
F = Follow your R’s! Rules, Roles, Regulations and Routine Procedures restore order to extraordinary circumstances.
E = Educate and Engage: Move your teammates from Compliance (because they’ll be caught) to Commitment (because they CARE).
R =Respect the risk/benefit ratio of your actions; respect yourself, your teammates and your family to DWR (Do What’s Right).

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 SAFER mindset, we ensure that the most important goal of all is achieved at the end of the day…Everyone Goes Home.  --

Robyn Benincasa is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Robyn Benincasa's speaking schedule, fees & booking Robyn Benincasa, contact us.

What Clients are Saying

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.

–Starbucks

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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.

–Starbucks

I would honored to recommend Robyn Benincasa as a keynote speaker for any of your clients. Robyn is a captivating, dynamic speaker with a style that it is both approachable and extremely compelling. While adventure racing and Robyn’s exploits are clearly larger-than-life, she is so natural and unassuming that her audiences are readily inspired and eager to put her lessons to work.

We have used Robyn as a keynote for groups as large as 550. She has no problem commanding each attendee’s attention. She is consistently among our highest rated speakers. We’ve used, among others, Joe Thiesman, Jerry Linegar (the astronaut), and Ben Carson (the surgeon) for groups as large as 1300. Each has been very good. Robyn is better. Not only is her message as compelling, but her multimedia approach is well suited to very large groups; 1200 or more should be no problem.

–Christopher Mortell, Sr. Manager, HR Professional Education & Learning, Siemens Medical Solutions

Words really can’t describe how amazing your presentation was today. Your commitment towards TEAMWORK is truly inspirational. The positive feedback was overwhelming. Not only did so many people come up to me after you spoke, but I also received a ton of e-mails thanking me for having you speak. You truly inspired so many people today. We have had many professional athletes speak over the years, but none of them were as down to earth and approachable as you today.

–Wells Fargo

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.

–Hewlett Packard

Our morale has improved 100%. The meeting surveys were all positive and gave you lots of luv for your role in our conference.

–Aflac Hawaii/Guam

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