About Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. 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. 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 MeetingsNet, 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.


When the challenges are steep, the goals audacious, and the competition fierce, Robyn gives individuals and organizations the tools they need to cross their own finish lines.

“You are never defined by your setback, you’re defined by your comeback!” – Robyn
Leave Your Ego at The Start Line; It’s the Heaviest Thing in Your Backpack” – Robyn

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