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Chris Bashinelli

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Motivational speaker, TV host and Nat Geo explorer

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Chris is a gifted speaker that has the uncanny ability to fill any venue with positive energy and excitement. He has a rare knack of being able to help bring out the best in every member of the audience. I'm very impressed with his ability to communicate complex messages in an easy to understand and entertaining way. His message as relevant in the cubicle as it is in the space station. I would highly recommend Chris for any speaking venue."

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Keynote speaker Chris Bashinelli is an outstandingly charismatic speaker. He has spoken worldwide, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall to Fortune 500 companies. In his speeches, Chris Bashinelli motivates audience members to step out of their comfort zones and uniquely to explore their possibilities.

Why book speaker Chris Bashinelli?

  • His keynotes are directly from his powerful life experiences. Speaker Chris Bashinelli’s keynotes have developed over his one-decade as a social entrepreneur, explorer, and television host. He enlightens audience members with insights into his journey and how implementing small changes can transform your lifestyle.
  • He optimizes the audiences’ potential. Speaker Chris empowers audience members to live within their most authentic self to uplift and motivate our ever-changing world. He shows how enhancing your potential, creates for lasting change in the world.
  • He connects. Chris unites audience members into shaping realities and building bonds with co-workers, family members, and -most importantly- themselves for an understanding and optimization of a nation.

For more than a decade National Geographic Explorer, Chris Bashinelli, better known as “Bash”, has traveled the world walking in other people’s shoes and discovering trying to better understand the human condition. A passionate Mental Health advocate, Bash has studied Meditation and Mindfulness for more than a decade, since the death of his father. As a celebrated Diversity & Inclusion recognized by the United Nations, Bash brings to life the powerful tools he’s learned to help organizations build stronger teams, renew employee inspiration and Step Into their Full Potential.

From his childhood “Stoop” in Brooklyn where his friends shared a combined total of over 13 nationalities, to his grandparents that immigrated to the United States from Lebanon through Ellis Island – Bash’s understanding of DE&I is built into the very fabric of his DNA. Bash brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought provoking exercises. Whether he’s living as a nomad in Mongolia, working with suicide prevention activists on the Pine Ridge Reservation or Sumo wrestling the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history – he will leave audiences inspired and empowered, reminding us of our greatest asset – our people.

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Step into your potential - Change your mind, change your world!

Potential is the space between “where we are” and “where we can be”, it is our “unrealized abilities”, personally, professionally and as an organization. Stepping into our potential means understanding that it is only because of challenge, not in spite of it, that we can become our best selves. In this one of a kind keynote, colored with international stories of adventure, resilience and triumph – Bash shares the power available to each of us when we stop seeing challenge as an obstacle to success, and instead as the very vehicle by which we can achieve it.

From a remote Chinese village that rebuilds after a devastating fire, to a young Tanzanian filmmaker’s unimaginable dream come true, to Bash’s own personal experience of tragedy to triumph – this talk reminds us that when we change our minds, we truly can change our world. We will only realize our potential as an organization when every single team member is committed to realizing their strength individually. This keynote experience is at once a call to action for each of us personally as it is a reminder of the impact that’s possible when we tap into the collective strength of our shared humanity.

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STEPS FROM THE STOOP – Cultivating Connection

What’s surprising is that our ability to authentically connect with our clients and friends (OR others) has very little to do with them, and almost everything to do with our perspective. (We see the world not as it is, but as we are).

The great news is that means we have the power to deepen our relationships with others at any moment, all we have to do is shift our perspective! Building better relationships doesn’t necessarily mean knowing perfectly how to bow, shake hands, or say hello in every culture, it simply means bringing an open and accepting mindset to all of our interactions.

Audience takeaways:

  • This message hits home for so many who reach back to remember their own beginnings and recognize the foundational wisdom in creating life-long connections. Bring the transformational lessons of the “Stoop” to your next audience.
  • Audience members will learn the three essential steps from the “Stoop” which serve as the basis for profound personal transformation and deep connection with others – Awareness, acceptance and courage!
  • These steps enable people to strengthen their relationship with themselves, co-workers, family, friends – and even those with whom we have no seeming connection.
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START AT STEP “Z” – Stepping Into What’s Possible

With total clarity, speaker Chris emphasizes that the swiftest way to get from where you are, to where you want to be, is to be there first – on the inside. The best way to get from Step “A” to Step “Z” is to Start at Step “Z”. It may seem counter intuitive, but your best chance at achieving your goal is to imagine it is already accomplished.

Step firmly with faith into the shoes you were meant to fill – and live, breathe, work and act from that place.

Audience takeaways:

  • Bash shows how when we change our mind, we can change our world.
  • The key to creating success lies not in getting what we want, but in realizing that we already have everything we need to live a life of great meaning.
  • When we connect our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others, and have unwavering faith in our potential, we will find the inspiration necessary to reach our Step “Z”.
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Renew employee burnout, renew inspiration - Mindfulness, mental health and creating a healthy workforce

We are working harder, longer and under more pressure than ever before – but without a mindful approach to our work, one that reduces stress and renews inspiration – this type of employee output is entirely unsustainable. If we are to succeed as an organization we must find a way to not only manage, but transform the stresses and pressures of our constantly changing world. From economic downturns, to global pandemics, to employee shortages, the list of stress factors is endless. Although there is so much that is outside of our control, there is one thing we can always control – our minds.

Drawing from more than a decade of in depth meditation and mindfulness studies and interviews with some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders, Bash walks attendees through a powerful approach to mindfulness – one that we can apply in our work and our lives here and now. Bash shares the practical tools he’s used to reduce stress, increase productivity and create peace of mind – all while hosting an international television series for National Geographic, leading life-changing expeditions around the world, and maintaining a hectic international travel schedule for over fifteen years. From gratitude practice, to smart phone “retreats”, to guided meditations, Bash reminds us that creating a healthy workforce begins with each of us playing our part and taking responsibility over our own minds.

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"Chris Bashinelli is an inspiration to youth worldwide. He speaks with passion and his message is one of hope, cultural tolerance and call to action. He knows how to reach young and old alike. Bridge the Gap shares exciting and inspirational stories of daily life from the developing world and encourages us to realize that at the end of the day, we really are all the same and every single one of us makes a difference. We need more people like Chris in the world."


Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute United Nations Messenger of Peace

"Chris presents with a smooth confidence that both sets the tone of the event and captures the attention of the audience. He harnesses the ethos of social entrepreneurship, and would be an asset to any event requiring a quality speaker."

Frank Fredericks

WORLD FAITH, Executive Director

What I love most about Chris is that he treats everyone exactly the same- be it the United Nations Secretary General or the hotel concierge. He does not distinguish between rich people, poor people, famous people, and everyday people. For Chris, everyone is equal. He has a great deal of respect for the ‘human being’ and this is a rare quality. Chris embodies what we say in Germany, ‘Wir sind alle gleich’, which means, ‘We are all the same’.

Milena Pighi

BMW GROUP, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

"Chris is beyond inspirational. Before, I thought ‘I’m just one person, what can I do?’ But now I feel I can really make a difference."

Mackenzie Stack


Interview with Chris Bashinelli

Why did you leave you acting career behind?

I can vividly remember the day I was on set filming an episode of The Sopranos for HBO. It was the culmination of nearly one decade of acting classes, never ending rehearsals and countless rejections. Although it was the culmination of my career to the point, I felt completely unfulfilled. I’d heard whisper in my heart since childhood that urged me to travel the world and experience other cultures, but I pretended I didn’t hear it up until that point. This was the day I decided to go for my heart’s calling, and six months later I was on a plane to Tanzania.

That first trip to Tanzania shifted my perspective to a completely self-centered universe, to one that at least began to think about other human beings. (Namely due to a man named Pete O’Neal, a former Black Panther who, after being exiled to Africa, created a non profit community center with his wife). Two days after returning to New York my father was diagnosed with cancer. Two years later, he passed away. It was only upon seeing death face to face that I fully began to live my passion. With my father as my sparkplug of inspiration I have since traveled to over thirty countries, had my TV series air on PBS and Nat Geo International, and spoken in the UN General Assembly Hall. I could say ‘how’, but the more relevant question is always ‘why’, and that is personal for each of us.

Can you please explain your concept of the “Stoop”?

A stoop is any place where people can come together and have an intercultural, intergenerational, international dialogue free of judgment in order to work out solutions to problems. The term “Stoop”, although originally a Dutch word in use in the Northeastern United States, can refer to any place of coexistence where open dialogue is paramount. Sometimes a stoop is a set of stairs, sometimes it’s a wrestling dojo in Mongolia, and sometimes it’s a laundry mat in Wisconsin.

The most important thing to remember is that a stoop is not only a physical place, it is a mentality that we carry with us in our heart wherever we go, and it will strengthen any relationship. The three rules on the stoop are: Listening, Non Judgment, and a Willingness to Step Outside of our Comfort Zones.

How would you describe the ideal Global citizen of the 21st century?

My idea of a Global Citizen will likely not match what you find in an academic journal. To me, a global citizen is not a title or certificate that someone can give to you. It is a state of mind that looks at other living beings (whether human or animal) and acknowledges that their lives are just as, or even important than my own. It’s the recognition of equanimity and equality- and then the actions that arise from that mindset. You don’t need to travel the world to be a global citizen. You can do it right in your own backyard.

How are your keynote presentations unique?

Keynotes are not presentations, nor are they speeches; they are dances with the audience present in that room at that moment. Uniqueness is inevitable at every event because you can never have the same audience at two events. Even if you literally have the same exact people at two different events, those people change so much from moment to moment that they are no longer the same. Any powerful speaker feeds off their audience, feels the energy, and plays with it. My intention is to always be present to the needs of the person I am in front of in that moment.

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

One of my most memorable speaking engagements happened last year. I had the good fortune to present for the Entrepreneur’s Group in Saudi Arabia, directly next to a mosque. During the speech the “Adhan” or “Call to prayer” began. I paused the speech, allowed for a moment of silence to respect the present moment, and after checking with the audience for permission, continued the presentation.

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5 out of 5 stars

Chris is a gifted speaker that has the uncanny ability to fill any venue with positive energy and excitement. He has a rare knack of being able to help bring out the best in every member of the audience. I'm very impressed with his ability to communicate complex messages in an easy to understand and entertaining way. His message as relevant in the cubicle as it is in the space station. I would highly recommend Chris for any speaking venue."

Ron Garan, Col, USAF (Ret) NASA Astronaut See all references

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