Robyn Benincasa, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero and Bestselling Author
Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. With these credentials plus being a 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal “bionic” hips, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” Her New York Times best-selling book How Winning Works, published by Harlequin, has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.” 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 – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right? It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly 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 win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.
Scott Kirsner, Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader; Columnist, The Boston Globe
The question at the center of Scott’s writing, speaking, and conference-organizing is this: How do innovations that matter get introduced to the world? That question has led him to some interesting places, from the White House to the Sundance Film Festival, from the United Nations to the laboratories of dozens of biotech and medical device companies, from Google to Walt Disney World. (The food at Google is far better.) Scott writes the weekly “Innovation Economy” column and blog for the Boston Globe and Boston.com. He has served as a contributing writer for Fast Company and Wired, and his writing has appeared in other places, too, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Salon, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the San Jose Mercury News, CIO Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is part of the founding team of three conferences that focus on the innovation economy in New England. He is also involved in hosting, speaking at, and moderating panels at a number of other events, most of them related to that big question above, and also how established industries and organizations can be more hospitable to innovative thinking.
The FutureEdge 50 awards recognize organizations pushing the edge with new technologies to advance their business for the future. The successor to the Digital Edge 50 awards, the FutureEdge 50 will recognize not only established initiatives driving business success but also early-stage projects pursued for their watershed potential. These initiatives may be in R&D, proof of concept or pilot phases. With this, the FutureEdge 50 awards aim to bring the most cutting-edge trials and applications of emerging technologies – and the innovative cultures enabling them — to our audience at the AGENDA20 conference. Winners will receive their award at our evening gala on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Winners will be notified in December.
The Ones to Watch awards program spotlights rising technology leaders who have what it takes to become strategic, C-level business technology executives of tomorrow. Candidates have a track record of success, an essential blend of communication and collaboration skills, and a keen understanding of business goals. Winners will be notified in December.
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