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Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer, San Diego Firefighter and Best-Selling Author

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Robyn Benincasa - Adapt, Overcome, and Win as ONE!

CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa

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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 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."

Speech Topics

Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success. How do the world’s most consistently high performing leaders ALWAYS find a way to get their teammates to the finish line and achieve their goals against all odds? Are they lucky, blessed or immune to setbacks? Nope. Great leaders experience times of great turbulence, challenge and change in every aspect of their lives–but it is their attitude and mindset that carries them and their teammates to greater heights in the FACE of that change.

Leading through Change means Being Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure, Embracing Setbacks as a Chance to Learn and Excel, and Never Letting the Pursuit of Perfection Hinder Progress. In her Leading Through Change keynote, Robyn shares incredible stories and videos from the worlds of Adventure Racing and Firefighting that illustrate how great leaders succeed against all odds and triumph in the face of adversity.

Robyn’s stories and meaningful messages will not only entertain and amaze…your attendees will walk away with some easily applied leadership skills that will help them shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks, and inspire their teammates to once again see a future full of possibilities…

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 theirnew 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.

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!

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

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  • "You are so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with our Partners and the Microsoft Canada team your inspiring messages about winning and human synergy."

  • "From the moment I saw your video I knew you would be perfect for this event and for this crowd of Canadian leaders. Your messages resonated with the audience and were very impactful. Thank you thank you! You are an inspiration."

  • "We had our 4,000 person event in mid February and had the best keynote speaker! I have been booking speakers for 15+ years and she by far is the best that I have booked thus far. Her name is Robyn Benincasa."

  • "[Robyn's] story is truly inspiring and motivating. She is a full time fire fighter for the city of San Diego, an Adventure Racer, ironman racer, etc. She has a special speaking gift. We are still receiving awesome feedback on her from members."

  • "[Robyn is awesome' in case any of you are looking for a 'knock it out of the ballpark' speaker!"