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What we learned from Robyn Benincasa

January 24th, 2018 by Amanda Huggett

Yesterday at the Delta by Marriott, over 500 women had the privilege of hearing from national keynote speaker and the inspiring and engaging adventure racer Robyn Benincasa for a special anniversary celebration.

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Committee members Kristi Huber, United Way, and Carrie Carney, Eventide, welcomed attendees and played a video recapping the past year of Women Connect programming.

When Robyn took the stage, she immediately engaged the crowd with her high energy, intriguing stories and relatable jokes. The presentation featured numerous video clips of her adventures around the world that illustrated her key takeaways, and there were countless inspirational quotes uttered.

Throughout the talk, Robyn shared the four essential elements that make winners win.

  1. Courage

The way you show courage is by finding a way to bring your best self even on your worst day, she said. “You don’t have to stop crying; you just have to keep walking.”

  1. Luck

“When I say luck, I mean the moment where opportunity meets preparation. Great winners are always scanning the horizon for opportunities.”

  1. Adversity management

This refers to the ability to adapt and respond to change. “It’s not about the setback; it’s about the comeback. … Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”

  1. We-thinking vs. me-thinking

Learn to work with a team. If your goal can be accomplished alone, it’s too small. “Being a winner isn’t about a particular outcome. It’s about who you are and what you do.”

All attendees were also treated to cute desserts from the Delta, take-home inspiration coasters, and a challenge from Robyn herself: Set one huge personal goal to achieve in the next 60 days and tell two people about it.

Here are a few responses from attendees in our survey!

“I was so inspired by Robyn. She had a strong message yet was relatable enough to make me believe it was achievable.”

“Loved her and her story. Great enthusiasm and energy. She tied her racing with so many wonderful life lessons.”

“She was AMAZING!!!!! and INSPIRING!!!”

Check out these Tweets from attendees!


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