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Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer, Firefighter, CNN Hero and Bestselling Author

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. 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.

See Robyn in action:

Programs include:

Building World Class Teams: The Essential Elements of Extreme Team Performance

What do the world’s most successful teams have in common? They have the ability to upgrade their teamwork to Human Synergy—”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 even better… together, this teambuilding keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event!

Robyn Benincasa takes your group on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE against all odds… 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!). 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 even our challenges with a World Class Team.

During her teambuilding keynote, this World Champion adventure racer, CNN Hero and San Diego firefighter 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 allow them to create deep and lasting connections 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 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 TEAMWORK, they will go further and faster in pursuit of their goals!

Robyn’s essential elements of team performance

Total Commitment

Empathy and Awareness

Adversity Management

Mutual Respect

We’ Thinking

Ownership of the Project

Relinquishment of Ego

Kinetic Leadership

Content Outcomes:

  • Embracing times of great challenge and change as a springboard to future success.
  • Inspiring total commitment to extremely challenging goals.
  • Valuing and respecting the diversity in background, expertise, skills, and culture that each member brings to the team.
  • Connecting deeply to others as a means to take your success to the next level–even when team members operate on a “virtual team” or have individual goals.
  • Taking calculated risks: Teams that are creative and willing to take risks are the most successful in the long run.
  • Ensuring that all team members realize and embrace the fact that they are also leaders in their areas of strength and expertise, regardless of tenure or titles.
  • Instilling a team mindset as the most effective and efficient.
  • Creating leaders that value Teambuilding as one of their most important skill sets in their quest for world class results.

Just a small slice of client feedback:

“Thanks Robyn! You were a “rock star”! I really appreciate you being at our meeting. Your powerful presentation and message aligned perfectly with what I wanted to accomplish and you knocked it out of the ball park! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and sent me notes on how great they thought your presentation was. I want to sincerely thank you for traveling here and being such a big part of our meeting. Thanks again!” Greg Guidos, President, Allstate Benefits,

“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.” Trent Cross, Americas Software Marketing Team, Hewlett Packard

“Words really can’t describe how amazing your presentation was today. Your commitment towards TEAMWORK is truly inspirational. The positive feedback was overwhelming. Not only did so many people come up to me after you spoke, but I also received a ton of e-mails thanking me for having you speak. You truly inspired so many people today. We have had many professional athletes speak over the years, but none of them were as down to earth and approachable as you today.” Tony Garcia III, Retail Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo