Chris Bashinelli, aka “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career including an appearance on the hit HBO TV Show “The Sopranos”, Bashinelli decided to follow his real passion—using media to bridge intercultural gaps worldwide—so he traveled to East Africa. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Abu Dhabi as host of Bridge the Gap, a new series featured on national PBS television, where he discovers what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes for one day. He is a United Nations speaker, a National Geographic young explorer, an Eagle Scout and a writer for award-winning publications like Lonely Planet. As a renowned international speaker, he has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Bashinelli’s mission in life is to create a culture of compassion—he does this by sharing captivating stories that keep us laughing, listening and learning about different cultures. Bashinelli has spoken across the globe—from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi to Azerbaijan. He has interviewed some of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People on the Planet” and is the youngest male ever to moderate the UN International Day of Peace. Bashinelli is 27 years old.
The fire behind Bashinelli’s unquenchable thirst for change stems from the life of his parents, and his late father—Stephen Bashinelli. A hardworking, honest man, Stephen passed away in 2009 at the age of 55. This was the defining moment that propelled Bashinelli forward on his path.
TV HOST—Bashinelli is executive producer and host of the internationally recognized series, “Bridge the Gap”. He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans, walked miles for clean water in Haiti, ran from venomous bees in Uganda and worked side-by-side with individuals from countless corners on Earth.
NAT GEO YOUNG EXPLORER—At heart, Bashinelli is an explorer. He has formed genuine friendships in over 25 countries around the world. His goal is to bridge the gap between people and cultures, not only in front of the camera, but face to face—on a human level.
SPEAKER—Bashinelli’s unapologetic energy, humor and compassion have made him a go-to speaker everywhere from multi-million dollar corporations, to Ivy League universities to the UN General Assembly Hall. He is an expert on all things sales, service and cultural exchange.
WRITER—Bashinelli’s work has been featured in award-winning publications including Lonely Planet, The Huffington Post, Delta Sky magazine and The Daily News Zimbabwe. He shares stories of social activists creating positive change in the developing world, tales of self-discovery and travel guides for the adventurer.
Whether he is escorting Forest Whitaker from the United Nations, witnessing the last testament of an American Indian activist or galloping on horseback across the Mongolian steppe, Bashinelli presents us with a new way of looking at the world.
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- How To Bridge The Gap: A leader unflinchingly places the needs of others above his or her own. This drive to serve our clients stems from recognizing that all human beings are interdependent. Having walked in the shoes of everyone from Pakistani fish mongers to Mongolian nomads, Bash sees firsthand how every role is just as valuable as the next and no one is more important than another- be it the secretary, the janitor, or the CEO. Being a Global Leader doesn’t mean changing our jobs, joining the Peace Corps, or even traveling abroad! Rather, it means recognizing the service we already provide to our clients and the difference we already make in people’s lives. Bash helps us realize our true potential by eliminating self-doubt through exercises that reinforce trust in ourselves. Through stories of leaders who have overcome unthinkable obstacles around the globe, Bash reaffirms that we can each increase our productivity by shifting our focus from self to other.
- Rules Of The Stoop: The “Stoop” is a universal metaphor for building connections with people across intercultural, intergenerational and international boundaries. It is a mentality defined by listening, non-judgment and the courage to step outside our comfort zones. Bash’s childhood Brooklyn stoop was a set of stairs with friends that shared a total of thirteen nationalities. Sometimes a stoop is a teashop in Saudi Arabia, a pile of rocks in Haiti, or the community workplace in a Minnesota accounting firm. In this flagship talk, Bash defines the practical steps by which we can create stoops in both our communities and in the workplace. Join Bash on a trek across continents, wrestling with nomads in the hills of Mongolia, jumping with Maasai warriors on the plains of Africa, and understanding the subtle cultural nuances that define human relationship. The Rules of the Stoop are the actual method by which to diffuse tensions and strengthen the most challenging relationships in our personal and professional lives. Through thought provoking exercises, unique audience participation and uplifting videos we will be empowered to create more authentic relationships here and now.
- Step Outside Your World: A Global Citizen uses his or her everyday life as a vehicle to serve others. Global Citizenship (GC) does not mean giving up our possessions and traveling the world to volunteer- it means finding moments each day, both inside and outside the office, as a means to contribute. Once we identify our unique gifts and abilities we can transform them into a means to serve. The good news is we can do this in essentially any career on Earth! Bash traveled to over 30 countries before realizing that being a GC has nothing to do with traveling the world. GC is a mentality we carry with us in our hearts that strengthens our relationships, builds trust in ourselves, and breathes life into our productive winds. It is categorized by authenticity, openness and a genuine concern for others. Having trained with Mongolian herdsmen, walked for clean water in Haiti and harvested buffalo in Pine Ridge, Bash defines the new GC mentality- one that we can apply to our lives today.
- Ignore The Noise: Noise in the modern world is constant and serves to distract us not only from our greater goals, but also from our internal decision maker- our heart. Before we can identify our unique talents and offer them to the world, we first must learn to Ignore the Noise. By putting down our smart phones and turning our attention inside we often gain insights into some of our most pressing challenges. Join Bash, National Geographic Explorer and TV Host, on an introspective journey to the often intimidating, yet rewarding path of life after college. At 20 years old Bash was broke, living at home and far removed from the path of his dreams. By 23 he became one of the youngest people to speak in the UN General Assembly Hall and produced an international TV Show for PBS. His journey to the unexpected has been plagued by failure and tragedy. By ignoring the noise and trusting himself in his greatest moments of doubt Bash was able to discover his potential and create a niche career path a social entrepreneur. Ultimately we’ll learn that fulfillment has less to do with our outer career path and more to do with our inner path- our intention. Through captivating stories and thought provoking exercises students will leave with confidence they need to embrace life after college- in any career they embark on.