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Intrepid woman, New York Times best-selling author, award-winning speaker, ‘CNN Hero’. Robyn Benincasa is also the winner of the Eco-Challenge, perhaps one of the most difficult and demanding team races in the world.
Robyn Benincasa is an award-winning keynote speaker, a 20+ year veteran San Diego firefighter, a World Champion Adventure Racer, CNN Hero (2014), a Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker, Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author and founder of The Athena Project Foundation. Robyn was named one of the top 10 speakers featured by the Harvard Business Review and one of the ‘Top 10 New York Times Bestselling Authors Who Can Better Your Company and Your Life’ in 2018. She has also been named a Top 5 Business Speaker for five years by Speaking.com and a member of the ‘10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business’ list by Derek Sweeney.
Robyn Benincasa is known as an inspirational force for leadership, teambuilding and extreme performance. Robyn has motivated countless teams for Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Walmart, Deloitte, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Yahoo, Intel, Aflac, Fast Company, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft and AT&T, among others.
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, including the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia. It is through these harrowing, life-affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world's most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of world-class teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that claim victories as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn has also been working with racing teams around the world to take on the most extreme (and seemingly impossible) challenges imaginable.
Robyn Benincasa has successfully translated the lessons she has learned from extreme team sports to the corporate world and has a deep understanding of the challenges today’s businesses face, thanks to a background in marketing and years of success in the competitive world of pharmaceutical and hospital supply sales, two areas where she worked before becoming a firefighter.
Robyn Benincasa definitely knows a thing or two about creating human synergy, which in her words is “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together, inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone.” Robyn takes you inside the world of extreme adventure racing to highlight the common traits, attitudes and mindsets of the world's most consistently high-performing teams.