Robyn Benincasa: Biography highlights

Robyn is an award-winning keynote speaker, a 20+ year veteran San Diego firefighter, a World Champion Adventure Racer, a 2014 CNN Hero, a Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker, a best-selling author, and founder of The Project Athena Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping survivors of medical or other traumatic setbacks achieve their adventurous dreams.

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Adventurers and Explorers
Business Leaders
Sports Personalities

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Full biography of Robyn Benincasa

About Robyn Benincasa

Robyn is known as an inspirational force for leadership, teambuilding, and extreme performance. Her game-changing keynotes have led Robyn to be the #1 female speaker for Meetings.net, and earned her recognition as one of the Top 10 Speakers featured by Harvard Business Review. Robyn has motivated countless teams for Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Walmart, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Yahoo, Intel, and more.

She definitely knows a thing or two about teamwork, leadership, and peak performance. For the past 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most extreme challenges on Earth: from the leech-infested jungles of Borneo to the dizzying peaks of Tibet, from the scorching deserts of Namibia to the epic brush fires of Southern California.

As an award-winning motivational speaker, Robyn gives audiences the tools they need to cross their own finish lines— especially when the challenges are steep, the goals are audacious, the competition is fierce, and constant change is the only guarantee!

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After Dinner Engagement
Organisation Development Programme

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Robyn Benincasa 15 Minute Demo Video
Robyn Benincasa 15 Minute Demo Video
Robyn Benincasa Keynote | Hilton P1
Robyn Benincasa Keynote | Hilton P1
Intel Women’s Technical Conference

Great way to spend a day….reading Robyn’s awesome book while lounging in Cabo!!! Thank you Robyn for delivering an amazing keynote at the Intel Women’s Technical Conference in September. I got to sit front and center as I listened to her awesome stories of adventure and great challenge. You did a superb job of translating those experiences into our everyday team building challenges and opportunities at OTF!!! Thank you!!! I plan to join one of your Athena hikes in late April 2020!!

Heidi Sprague

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!

April Benetollo
Hewlett Packard

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
Four Season Hotels

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

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