Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational keynote speaker on leadership, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author. Robyn won two World Adventure Races and holds three Guinness World Records for long-distance kayaking.

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Robyn Benincasa, In Brief:

Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational keynote speaker on leadership, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author. Robyn won two World Adventure Races and holds three Guinness World Records for long-distance kayaking. Her book on teamwork and leadership, How Winning Works, is a New York Times bestseller. Her entertaining keynotes show audiences the foundations of inspired leadership and how to win as a team.

Robyn’s Keynote Speaker Bio:

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, an adventure racing world champion, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T. With a background in marketing, she was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a full-time firefighter who was on America’s first all female fire crew.  Eco-Challenge World Champion, CNN Hero, Founder of the Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!), 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal ‘bionic hips’, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” Her New York Times bestselling book How Winning Works, published by Harlequin has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”

For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth—the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life-affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.

More About Robyn Benincasa…

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. Most recently, Robyn was named one of the Top 10 Speakers Featured by the Harvard Business Review and one of the Top 10 New York Times Bestselling Authors Who Can Better Your Company and Your Life in 2018. She has also been named a Top 5 Business Speaker for five years by Speaking.com and one of the 10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business by Derek Sweeney. And Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses.

This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!




Thanks Robyn! You were a “rock star”! I really appreciate you being at our meeting. Your powerful presentation and message aligned perfectly with what I wanted to accomplish and you knocked it out of the ball park! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and sent me notes on how great they thought your presentation was. I want to sincerely thank you for traveling here and being such a big part of our meeting. Thanks again!
– Greg Guidos, President, Allstate Benefits
“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
“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.”
– Tony Garcia III, Retail Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo
“Our morale has improved 100%. The meeting surveys were all positive and gave you lots of luv for your role in our conference.”
– John Alderson, V.P., Starbucks
“Robyn, you presented recently at an ExxonMobil GREF conference in the Woodlands Conference centre. I was very impressed by your story, your enthusiasm and the way you had channeled your experiences into such an effective team building message. When I got home I bought your book and finished reading it last night. It had two immediate impacts on me; it made the talk that you gave come flooding back into my consciousness (which was great); but it also give me inspiration on how to run a workshop I have with my team coming up soon. They are going through a tough time (not like your tough times, but in the context of our work they have too much to do, with too little time, and they are not sure how to start). Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks. Thanks for the pleasure of listening to you, thanks for finding out that I am a “We” thinker (I didn’t know that), and thanks for how I know the workshop is going to go.”
– Peter, ExxonMobil
“Hi Robyn, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for sharing your story with us. I left the hotel on Wednesday feeling more than just motivated, I felt touched. I wanted you to know how warm and open you came across, not only as an inspiration but as a person. I walked away honestly saying to myself, ‘Robyn seems like she would make a really great friend’. Your story is so incredible but you present it in a totally credible way. I’ve learned a lot of things listening to people speak, but I heard things from you I’d never heard before. Thank you for touching my life. I will carry my new lessons with me for a lifetime and, because of that (and you) I will be that better person, friend, and teammate. Many blessings.”
– Rebecca Burcher, Sales Agent, Coldwell Banker Real Estate

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