Robyn Benincasa Keynote Speaker

  • Top Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker
  • Retired Firefighter & Adventure Racing World Champion
  • CNN Hero & New York Times Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa's Biography

Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational keynote speaker on leadership. She is an Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and a best-selling author. She has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. Robyn’s keynotes are powerful, impactful, and packed with practical, real-world takeaways that inspire peak performance and exceptional leadership.

Drawing on her exceptional experiences as a World Champion Adventure Racer and 20-plus years as a San Diego Firefighter, Robyn has mastered the art of Human Synergy, or as she puts it, “That magic that allows ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.”

Robyn’s journey through the treacherous terrains of Borneo’s jungles and the daunting Himalayan peaks has equipped her with an unparalleled understanding of Extreme Teamwork. She doesn’t just talk about theories; she brings hard-earned, real-world insights on building resilient, inspired teams that not only face challenges head-on but also turn obstacles into opportunities for growth and success. She is the expert that companies call on to build world-class teams, inspire peak performance, and create a culture of champions.

Recognized as one of the world’s top speakers, including accolades like one of 2020’s World’s Top 50 Keynote Speakers (Real Leaders Magazine) and the #1 Female Speaker (, Robyn Benincasa is a force to be reckoned with. Her dynamic presentations have captivated and motivated leaders and teams across a spectrum of industries, from global giants like IBM and Starbucks to innovators like HubSpot and Intel. Robyn Benincasa’s keynote sessions are more than just talks; they’re transformative experiences that encourage attendees to embrace collaboration, seize opportunities, and discover the power of working together to achieve the unimaginable. Let Robyn be the catalyst for your next big leap – after all, together, we are stronger than we could ever be alone.

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Robyn Benincasa's Speaking Topics

  • Adapt, Overcome, and Win as ONE!

If there’s one thing we can all count on right now, it’s that something is about to change. It is our response to ongoing 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? In this truly unique, authentic and fast paced 30-60 minute multi media keynote, inspired by a Fast Company Magazine feature story about Robyns World Champion Adventure Racing team, Robyn shares the Essential Elements of World Class Performance that allowed her team to be the most prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, and that are easily applied to the adventures in our business lives.

  • Building World Class Teams: Achieving Breakthrough Performance Through Collaboration, Creativity and a Culture of ONE

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. 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” so that your team can reach the highest peaks and cross even the most audacious finish lines.

  • Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T.: Creating The Passion To Pursue The Impossible

Guts. Respect. Innovation. Teamwork. In this keynote, Robyn shares the real secret to her and her teams’ successes, the secret that every organizational leader needs to help them climb their tallest peaks, fight their biggest fires, and cross even the most challenging of finish lines. Robyn will leave you with a deep understanding of how to create and cultivate G.R.I.T. in your own life and team culture.

  • Why Winners Win: The Game Changing Mindset That Creates Next Level Success

Discover how world class performers change the game and WIN! 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 keynote “Why Winners Win” will leave you deeply inspired to activate the kind of lifelong habits that create consistent world class results in both your professional and personal life.

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Videos of Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa Keynote | Hilton P1
Robyn Benincasa Keynote | Hilton P1
Project Athena: Robyn Benincasa (2011)
Project Athena: Robyn Benincasa (2011)
How Winning Works by Robyn Benincasa (Book Trailer) (2012)
How Winning Works by Robyn Benincasa (Book Trailer) (2012)

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Comments & Testimonials

Robyn was AWESOME!... everyone really enjoyed her talk. In fact on our meeting evaluation, there were many comments from the attendees that noted Robyn as one of the BEST speakers they ever heard. She was really dynamic. Great, great speaker and overall great person.
Heather Biotech Industry Client
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 Hewlett Packard
On behalf of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, I would like to thank you for your exceptional keynote speech and unforgettable Eco Challenge that you and your team, World Class Teams, presented to our North American Worldwide Sales Team at our annual meeting last month in Lana’I, Hawaii. World Class Teams successfully created and executed an experience that was beyond compare. The Eco Challenge created a number of experiences that our sales team could relate to and successfully accomplish. Thank you for making this day a memorable one. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts truly appreciated the opportunity to work closely with World Class Teams. You have inspired us all.
Thomas Hubler V.P. of Sales, Four Season Hotels
I would be honored to recommend Robyn Benincasa as a keynote speaker for any of your clients. Robyn is a captivating, dynamic speaker with a style that it is both approachable and extremely compelling. While adventure racing and Robyn’s exploits are clearly larger-than-life, she is so natural and unassuming that her audiences are readily inspired and eager to put her lessons to work. Robyn is consistently among our highest rated speakers. We’ve used, among others, Joe Thiesman, Jerry Linegar (the astronaut), and Ben Carson (the surgeon) for groups as large as 1300. Each has been very good. Robyn is better.
Christopher Mortell Sr. Manager, HR, Professional Education and Learning, Siemens Medical Solutions
I just listened to your session at our annual meeting (Feb 5)…I have been in the corporate business space for DECADES and this was hands down the best session on this topic ever. Thank you!!!
Jan Mitoma IBM Watson Health

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