Rise to Any Challenge
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 franchise organizations on building World Class Teams of their own! Through her keynotes, Robyn imparts the wisdom learned from her extreme teammates about how to innovate, adapt, overcome and win as one.
Robyn’s key learning point: World Class Teams are created by both leadership and ‘followership’ skills, as well as dynamic role shifting in which strengths and challenges are shared.
This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires her audiences 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!
The Adventurer Who Inspires
One of the highest rated female speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, Robyn’s 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, Harper’s 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.
Partial Client List:
- Coldwell Banker
- It’s a Grind
- Jamba Juice
- Johnson & Johnson
- Power Bar
- Welk Resorts
- Wells Fargo
Robyn Benincasa’s keynote presentation at our recent convention was GREAT! Her overall message fit seamlessly into our company goals and our franchisees genuinely responded to her. In fact, the early convention survey results are in and a vast majority of our franchisees rated Robyn’s session as one of the highlights of the event. Logistically, she was also wonderfully easy to work with. We were especially pleased with her pre-program preparation and how she paid attention to our core objectives and carried those seamlessly through her message to our franchise partners from the platform.
I recently attended your inspirational speech Why Winners Win at the IHR conference in Orlando. I have not stopped thinking about how I can incorporate your ideas not only into my work life, but also into my own personal running goals. Your examples of encountering road blocks but continuing to pick yourself back up have inspired me to keep going whether it's dealing with a difficult client at work or struggling with my 1/2 marathon training. I am so grateful to have attended your speech and I want you to know sincerely how much it meant to me! Rock on sister!
I have known Robyn Benincasa for a number of years, and have utilized her talents as both a speaker, as well as a leader of team-oriented events. While the SVP for the Western U.S. for Starbucks Coffee, I selected her as both the lead speaker, as well as the team leader, for our annual Store Manager Leadership Conference, held in Tacoma, Washington. The event was an overwhelming success. In fact, 6 years later, they are still talking about the key learnings, the fun, and the excitement of working together as a team. She also addressed the National Leadership Conference for Starbucks Coffee, speaking to about a 1000 attendees, including the Board of Directors, Howard Schultz, the founder, as well as the senior leadership team, the corporate office, and the entire field organization for Starbucks. She was a great success.
I cannot thank you enough for your dedication and phenomenal delivery at the Teambuilding/Bikebuilding event at our National Managers Meeting. I received SO many wonderful, positive comments about Robyn’s presentation. The audience felt you were very authentic, passionate and that you really understood ‘Jamba’. I/we were thrilled. I suspect there will be many upcoming occasions for us to work together. I look forward to it!
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!
What do the world’s most successful teams have in common?
The ability to upgrade their “teamwork” to Human Synergy!
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.
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 has attendees buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level (against all odds), both personally and professionally. And your team will 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.” 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