Robyn Benincasa

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World Champion Adventure Racer and Firefighter, Keynote Speaker

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Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa – World Champion Adventure Racer
Why Winners Win
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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.

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? The world’s most successful teams have one thing in common: Human Synergy, which Robyn describes as ”the magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” If your goal is to take a group of successful individuals and make them successful as a team, this team-building keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event!

Robyn’s most requested keynote is based on her best-selling book, “How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons From The Toughest Teams On Earth”. Robyn’s innovative team-building strategies offer practical tools to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE, against all odds. In this fast-paced, story-driven keynote, Robyn Benincasa takes your group on a multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE even when the stakes are high and the only thing constant is change. Your world class team will discover that achieving at peak levels isn’t about only reaching UP and trying harder as an individual, but reaching OUT and sharing strengths, talents, and challenges within a World Class Team.

Robyn gets attendees buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level, both personally and professionally. And they’ll take home simple and easily applied skills that will cultivate deep and lasting connections in any team.

The hallmark of a world class team is when they’re not only working WITH each other, but FOR each other. – Robyn

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 …

Based off her bestselling book, this interactive workshop incorporates Tabletop Team Building Activities* & Team Bonding Exercises** that attendees will participate in at their tables, incorporated throughout the session.

Created to use ALL 8 of the Essential Elements that Robyn Benincasa utilizes as the foundation of all of her keynotes (this workshop is the only one that uses all 8 Elements), attendees will walk away with a complete understanding of how to execute leadership lessons from the toughest teams on earth:

  • T-Total Commitment
  • E-Empathy & Awareness
  • A-Adversity Management
  • M-Mutual Respect
  • W-We Thinkers
  • O-Ownership of the Project
  • R-Relinquishment of Ego
  • K-Kinetic Leadership

*The goal for each of these challenges is for everyone to get as many points as they can “as a team”. The bigger question after seeing the content is “who really IS on your team?”.

**Team Bonding Exercises like her “Life Pyramid” (sharing what our goals are, what people would be surprised to know about us, and one peak experience).

***If time allows, Robyn can include a “Coach the Teams” conclusion; attendees will watch video footage from some of the biggest adventure race failures, and utilizing everything they have learned, the audience will “coach” the teams. By answering compelling and interesting survey questions, they will all be able to see how the teams could have improved their leadership and teamwork using the 8 Essential Elements.


“Robyn’s message for our company was perfect. The presentation felt custom-made for us and left everyone ready to help each other win! Everyone loved her energy level and her thought-provoking stories connected with our employees. I have witnessed many members of our team referencing quotes from her talk, and I expect we will incorporate many of them into our company culture. Having high-performing teams is critical to our success, and Robyn’s inspirational message has undoubtedly made our teams stronger.”

— Cogentrix Energy Power Management

“I thought yours was one of the best, if not the best, keynote session I’ve seen in over two decades at my company. … you did your homework on us and our event; intensive homework, way beyond just Googling us. You spoke as an insider! You didn’t just bring us into your world, you integrated both our worlds, your examples were specific, but your message and lessons were universal, and I found myself more and more impressed as the talk went on.”

— Global Patient Outcomes and Real World Evidence (Pharmaceutical)

“It was very well customized, it felt like she knew us & what we needed to hear, and all our regions felt represented! It’s so impactful to hear how “we” all contribute, and are equally critical to adapting, overcoming & winning as one regardless of level/ title. Robyn’s presentation was the favorite event!”

— Boston Scientific Global Business Services (GBS)

“We wanted to have a powerful, engaging, and inspirational opening keynote speaker to kick off the Technical Leadership Summit for our global design and engineering leaders, and WOW, did she ever deliver. Thanks Robyn, you’re awesome!”


“I just listened to your session at our Annual Meeting…….I have been in the corporate business space for DECADES and this was hands down the best session on this topic, ever. Thank you!!!”

— IBM Watson Health

“Robyn was a HUGE hit as our virtual keynote speaker. The comments that came through in the chat were AMAZING. Our industry is hurting so badly and everyone was so inspired by Robyn. My president just sent me an email saying Robyn was one of the best if not the best keynote we have ever had!”

— Travel Client

“Robyn was a home-run for our leadership conference of 1,500 attendees. She is high-energy, engaging, inspiring, and does a great job connecting the story of adventure racing and teamwork to leadership in the business world. We received great feedback from our participants, and are very happy to have found Robyn. I would highly recommend her for any size event!”

— Momentum

“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!”

— Hewlett Packard

“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. “

— Allstate

“I would like to thank you for your exceptional keynote speech; you executed an experience that was beyond compare. Thank you for making this day a memorable one. “

— Four Season Hotels

“You have hundreds of raving fans from German American! A few things I noticed: you listened to our pre-meeting conversation, read the pre-meeting notes, and paid attention to our meeting today which enabled you to represent our brand without one single hitch. You were authentic, energetic, inspirational and so darn real!!”

— German American Bank

“Great, lots of energy, very engaging. Video clips helped keep people engaged and tell the story. She really listened during our discovery call and wove our messaging and business into her presentation. It was like it was customized
for PDI.”

— PDI Software

“She is a great and engaging speaker. We enjoyed working with her and
her team.”

— PC Connection, Inc.
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