Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer & San Diego Firefighter
Robyn Benincasa
  • Applies lessons from extreme sports to challenges in business
  • Expert on upgrading teamwork to “human synergy”
  • Founder of Project Athena- helping survivors of traumatic injuries lead adventurous lives

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Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, 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 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. World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, 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 best-selling 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.

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams' amazing accomplishments. 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!

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Creating Human Synergy

CNN Hero: Project Athena Foundation

TEAMWORK/LEADERSHIP
The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy.
What do the world's most successful teams have in common? --- The ability to upgrade their "teamwork" to Human Synergy! If your goal is to increase performance by inspiring your team to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE, this keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event. Through her 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy keynote, Eco-Challenge Adventure Racing World Champion and San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a fast-paced multimedia adventure that 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!).

Attendees will leave the room buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level against all odds, both personally and professionally, and take home some simple and easily applied skills that will 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 stories and videos that Robyn shares from the most epic, entertaining and meaningful moments in the sport of Adventure Racing will leave your team with a deep understanding that 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

LEADERSHIP/PERFORMANCE
Why Winners Win.
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, and they will leave energized and empowered to create consistent world class results in every aspect of their lives!

CHANGE
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 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 their attitude 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.

SAFETY
Dangerous Attitudes, Deadly Consequences.
In her "Why Bad Accidents Happen to Good People" Safety Keynote, World Champion Adventure Racer, San Diego Firefighter, and New York Times Best Selling Author, 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, and offers some 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, and 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.

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