Robyn Benincasa

Top 50 Keynotes Speakers in the World for 2020

World Champion Adventure Racer | CNN Hero | Bestselling Author

Discover how a World Champion Adventure Racer and Firefighter can dramatically improve your team Performance, Commitment, Collaboration, Culture and Leadership.

Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational speaker on leadership, building world class teams, GRIT and resiliency along with being an adventure racing world champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author.

As one of the World’s Top 50 Speakers, the #1 Female Speaker for and recognized as one of the Top 10 Speakers Featured by Harvard Business Review, Robyn is known as an inspirational force for leadership, teambuilding, and extreme performance.

She won the World Adventure Race two times and holds three Guinness World Record 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 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.

Robyn does an excellent job of tailoring the content for her audience and theme while delivering an authentic and energizing talk. The toughest of audiences still end up high fiving at the end of her presentations. Her content and stories are not only inspiring and practical but also have applications in Leadership, Innovation, Change, Sales, Teamwork, and Overall Business Inspiration. But, as she likes to joke, she is not a futurist—so don’t think of her for that topic

  • Adapt, Overcome & Win As One
  • Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T.
  • Building World Class Teams — How to achieve breakthrough performance through collaboration, creativity and a culture of ONE
  • Why Winners Win — The game-changing mindset that creates next-level success
  • Inspired Leadership — Driving greatness by creating a culture of champions

“Your message aligned perfectly… There was a lot of positive energy in the room and feedback about the event has been great. Many people approached me at our annual holiday party that followed to tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation and the impact you’ve made on them. This is truly a testament to your work and spirit.”
John Fleurant, New York Life

“Listening to speakers like you who can share your experience through adversity is especially important; thank you for spending time with Allstate’s leadership team earlier this month. Your message of total team work – synergy, commitment, empathy and mutual respect – is powerful. Allstate leaders might not be climbing mountains or bicycling through a rain forest but we are competing every day to take care of our customers and strengthen communities so that we deliver the Good Hands promise far into the future. Your stories remind us that no matter what challenge we face, we can overcome it by working together. ”
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate
“Robyn’s presentation was very motivating and GREAT! I think it was the best motivational presentations I’ve ever seen – thank you”
Kim Carney First American

“The conference went great!!! You were so effective in teaching teamwork, setting the tone is an understatement!!! Our morale has improved 100%. The meeting surveys were all positive and gave you lots of luv for your role in our conference.”


Her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T.

Travels From:  California
City: San Diego
$20,001 to $30,000


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.

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 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, 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!


Get Ready to Win YOUR Most Challenging Races… Add the Inspirational Force of Leadership and Performance to Your Next Event!

If there’s one thing we can all be certain of right now, it’s that change is the only thing that’s going to stay the same. It’s our response to that change that dictates our success. So how do we as leaders inspire the kind of mindset and build the kind of teams that drive our organizations to adapt, overcome and win as ONE in the face of times of extreme challenge and change?

This unique and fast-paced multimedia keynote is inspired by a Fast Company Magazine feature story entitled “Extreme Teamwork” about Robyn’s World Champion Adventure Racing team. Robyn shares the Secrets to Extreme Teamwork that allowed her team to be the most prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, lessons that are easily applied to the adventures in our business lives. Their team culture of innovation, visionary creativity, relentless lead building, and embracing calculated risk as a strategy for success made them one of the most exciting and successful teams in the history of adventure sports, and in Robyn’s Adapt, Overcome, and Win as One keynote, she shares the mindset and strategies that created their consistent breakthrough performance.

AND Each Virtual Keynote includes a full super experienced tech team on Robyn’s end to ensure everyone’s success in creating the magic! You book the event, and our team makes you look like a rockstar.

Creating The Passion To Pursue The Impossible

What inspires the resilience to chase challenging finish lines and achieve world class results in times of incredible challenge and change? How do we create the passion and internal drive to pursue goals that seem impossible? We create this kind of greatness in ourselves and our teammates through G.R.I.T!

  • G.R.I.T is that magical combination of:
  • GUTS
  • RESPECT for our teammates and the mission
  • TEAMWORK that makes us “sticky” to our goals and dreams.

In this keynote, Robyn shares the real secret to her and her teams’ success over 20 years of leading the pack in the sport of adventure racing and as a San Diego Firefighter—their we will find a way or make one attitude, their love of the mission, their deep respect for one another, their ingenious solutions and white space thinking, their intensive preparation for all contingencies and conditions, and their incredible ability to not just work with each other, but FOR each other. Having the GRIT to go the distance in any endeavor isn’t just a matter of mental fortitude.

Much of our endurance and drive to succeed in those tough times when others would quit comes from our connection to something greater than ourselves, the inspiration that comes from mission driven innovation, the passion we have for our goals and the people whose lives we will touch along the way, the understanding that we are writing our life story during our most difficult challenges, and the respect for a team whose success is inextricably tied to ours.

When you leave Robyn’s Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T keynote, you will have a deep understanding of how to create GRIT in your own life and in your team culture, but most importantly, you’ll be on a mission to inspire that GRIT in everyone who is lucky enough to know you—- the kind of leader every organization needs to help them climb their tallest peaks, fight their biggest fires, and cross their most challenging finish lines…

How do you inspire individual team members to become great teamMATES? What if your teams were not only driven to achieve goals with each other but FOR each other? In Robyn’s most requested keynote, based on her NY Times Bestsellingbook, she will take you on an awe-inspiring journey that will transform the mindset of your team, fuel deep and lasting connections, and build a culture of “We Thinkers.”

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your team members:

  • Discover HOW to build the right team and inspire them to any challenging finish line
  • Reverse the win-lose mentality from conquering to collaborating with other winners
  • Eliminate a silo mindset and foster a “We Thinking” culture

What do the world’s most consistently high-performing individuals and teams have in common? How do the best and the brightest achieve great results through challenge and change? Robyn’s high-energy presentation unveils the mindset and strategies essential to inspiring yourself and your team when the goals are gigantic, the stakes are high, and change is the only thing that stays the same.

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help you:

  • Embrace times of great challenge and change as a springboard to future success
  • Empower continuous improvement to elicit change and reinvent the game
  • Capitalize on your “human resources” and build a world-class team to achieve even bigger goals

How do you inspire others to think and act with a World Champion’s mindset? What are the secrets to inspiring your team members to WANT to be great? In this power-packed keynote, Robyn will teach you how to build and retain high-performing teams that are not only motivated to succeed as individuals but are truly inspired to cross your organization’s most challenging finish lines and take their teammates with them.

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your leaders:

  • Transform team members into Team *builders* who achieve consistent peak performance
  • Demonstrate Title-less Leadership: a counterintuitive approach to capitalizing on the strengths of all teammates in order to exceed goals
  • Create Inspiration Plans: The means by which you build deep engagement  to your organization’s goals by genuinely inspiring versus simply motivating

Areas of expertise

  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sports & Adventure
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