Robyn Benincasa


Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer | Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa accepts full blame for inspiring 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 and a former pharmaceutical sales rep, Benincasa draws on the lessons she’s learned from her extreme experiences to motivate people to fulfill their potential, whether it’s on a race course or at the office.

In her 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.

Building World Class Teams: 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.

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

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. 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'

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.