Chris Bashinelli

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Chris Bashinelli

United Nations Speaker, National Geographic Young Explorer, PBS TV Host and Cross-Cultural Expert

“We need more people like Chris in the World,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. Chris Bashinelli pulls from real-life experiences in over 25 countries to empower audiences to strengthen relationships with the “other.” He helps organizations ignore the noise, step outside of their comfort zones, and blow past their goals.

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Chris Bashinelli'S SPEAKING FEE Under $25,000

Chris Bashinelli, aka “Bash,” is a United Nations speaker, Eagle Scout, National Geographic Young Explorer and host of the TV show Bridge the Gap on PBS. Bash’s unapologetic energy, humor and compassion have made him a go-to speaker everywhere from multimillion-dollar corporations to Ivy League universities, to the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He’s spoken across the globe—from TEDx to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan, and is an expert on cultural exchange. Bash has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Bash brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises. He equips us with the practical tools we need to grow our business, connect with other human beings, and contribute to humanity. Whether he’s interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall or embarking on yet another jaw-dropping adventure, he is sure to leave audiences in tears of laughter and joy, allowing them to see the world through a new lens.

If you’re looking for a vanguard that will engage your audience and make them think differently about their lives and their relationships, then Bash is your speaker. He reminds us how important it is to ignore the noise, step outside of our comfort zones, and put others first at all costs.

Bash has attracted major sponsorships from corporations such as Ben & Jerry’s, interviewed some of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, led a National Geographic expedition in Mongolia, and has been featured in acclaimed publications, including The Huffington Post, Delta Sky, American Way magazine and Lonely Planet.

He is the youngest male ever to moderate the UN International Day of Peace.

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Chris Bashinelli’s Speech Topics

  • Global Citizenship – Change Your Mind, Change Your World

    There is so much outside of our control – government regulations, company layoffs, budget cutbacks. As long as we focus on what is outside our control we are guaranteed to feel anxious, disempowered and stressed – and our work will suffer. After studying anthropology in East Africa at 20 years old, Bash returned home to discover his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In this moment his life mission changed – from wanting to change the world – to wanting to change himself. The moment we take responsibility for what is in our control, we are empowered to act to change circumstances for the better. This talk explores what it means to become a “Global Citizen”, a productive, connected and inspired member of our organization and our world.

    In this talk Bash guides attendees on an international journey that shows how when we change our minds, we truly do change our world. From this perspective, challenge gives rise to strength and suffering to empathy. From the story of a remote Chinese village that multiplied it’s income by tenfold after a devastating fire, to a young man in Tanzania who overcame unthinkable odds to become a celebrated cinematographer, to our own experience of tragedy and triumph – we learn in practical terms how shifting our perspective has the power to shift our experience for the better. Becoming a “Global Citizen” has nothing to do with traveling the world and everything to do with understanding we each have a critical role to play – when we flourish individually, we empower our organization to flourish as a whole.

  • Renew Employee Inspiration – Creating a “People-First Culture”

    Employee burn out, stress and mental health challenges are at an all time high. “The Big Quit”, staff shortages and uncertainty about our future all fuel our state of anxiety and fear. How do we stay motivated when we don’t know what tomorrow will bring? How can we strengthen employee faith in leadership? How can when we lead our teams to success when we ourselves are overwhelmed? In this international keynote experience, Bash redefines “challenge” as an invitation to become our best selves and to better serve our organization.

    Creating a “People-First” culture means everything we do is driven by a desire to better serve our clients and to better serve one another. From this place, every challenge is an opportunity to grow stronger, to learn more about ourselves and to commit to our mission with greater resolve than we ever have before. Empathy is the key to transforming challenge into opportunity, overwhelm into inspiration and fear into courage. Colored by stories of resilience and perseverance everywhere from the hillsides of Western Hunan to the grasslands of Mongolia, Bash reminds us that when we put “People-First” there truly is no challenge too difficult to be transformed. Attendees will be reminded of the power inherent in a team that leads with empathy – for each other, for our clients and for our world.

  • Embracing Diversity, Building Stronger Teams – The Power of Human Connection

    There are few things more powerful than the strength of human connection. Building Powerful Teams means encouraging each member of our organization to bring their best, most inspired and most authentic selves to work each and every day. Only when each team member feels seen, valued and appreciated for who they are, can we tap into the true strength of our organization. Bash has  forged lifelong friendships in a matter of moments with nomads in Mongolia, Lakota activists in Pine Ridge and farmers from remote villages in China – How? By realizing that it is only when we have the courage to be real, to be vulnerable and to have empathy that we create a “safe space” for honest communication. 

    Bash simplifies “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” to it’s essence – empathy and respect. We must create a work environment that fosters respect for all, inclusive of race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation and even different points of view. When we do, we empower real innovation to occur –  by leveraging the strength of our individual life experiences and our shared core values. We can’t afford not to be inclusive. If we all think and act the same, we will get the same result. In Bash’s one of a kind, relatable style, attendees will be shown how to break down barriers, build true connection and tap into the power of their teams.

  • Start at Step “Z” – Stepping into Powerful Performance

    What is your Step “Z”, the goal you feel will truly bring your life meaning? It could be a new client, a new partner, or a new home. What if you could arrive at that destination before you even begin the journey? We tend to be so fixated on our goal that we forget to examine how we are viewing ourselves. We feel that if our circumstances were different our goal would be attainable. In reality, we can only go as far as our shadow will let us – it’s not the circumstances that have to change, but us.

    Bash walks attendees through the scientific method for recognizing and reducing their most limiting beliefs, thereby opening the doorway to a whole new world. With total clarity, he 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 counterintuitive, 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.

    From moderating a major United Nations event in Brazil at 23 years old with no prior experience, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia when nearly all funding had been pulled one month before production, 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”.

  • Mental Health from a Global Perspective

    Mental Health from a Global Perspective takes the best of international experience and brings the essence home for each attendee. This global pandemic has shown us that our own mental well being is paramount to our company’s success. In his one of a kind authentic style, pulling from over a decade of firsthand anthropological experiences worldwide, Bash shares the real life tools that deepen concentration, connection and inspiration. From a unique perspective that only he can offer, Positive Psychology Speaker and National Geographic Explorer, Chris Bashinelli, guides attendees through a powerful, yet practical path to mental health – one which does not require us to get on a plane.

  • Steps from the Stoop – Cultivating Connection

    In order to achieve real diversity and inclusion within our organization we must adopt a world view that equally values all generations, cultures and perspectives. Chris Bashinelli’s all-inclusive approach to relationship building has been cultivated for 30+ years, starting with his “Stoop” in the heart of Brooklyn, where his childhood friends shared a combined total of more than 13 nationalities. In this signature keynote, Chris drives home the ease of relationship building with a personal, yet universal method he’s applied everywhere from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia.

    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 – be it a 600 pound Japanese Sumo Wrestler or our next-door neighbor. When we make that human connection and move people from the category of “them” to “us”, anything is possible.

    There’s never been a more important time to richly hone the relationships that transform lives, bridge gaps, connect generations, and empowers our life experience. By opening our world view we are far more powerful than we could ever be on our own – be it the exchange of tribal knowledge between an experienced team member and a social media-savvy young employee, or the shared core values of an Oklahoma farmer and a Mongolian herdsmen.

    What's surprising is that our ability to authentically connect with our clients and friends 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.

    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.

What other organizations say about Chris Bashinelli

Chris was a big part of our company meeting and reunion as we were getting the entire company together for the first time in over two years due to the pandemic. It was so important for our team to truly connect that day, and Chris’s messages really resonated. The stories he tells are both fun and inspiring. He has a great way of sharing perspectives and what we all have in common across the world. It is very powerful. Building connections is more important now than ever, so I couldn’t have been happier to meet and connect with Chris personally, and also be able to share his impact with the whole team. Also, one sign of a great speaker is the time they take to learn about a company. Chris was able to weave our values into his talk, and that really matters.

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What other organizations say about Chris Bashinelli

Chris is unlike any other Virtual Presenter I’ve seen – he reaches across the digital space and makes you feel as though you are right there with him! Our attendees walked away with the confidence and tools they need to face these uncertain times with a positive attitude. We love Chris!


What other organizations say about Chris Bashinelli

Everyone had a good time last night and enjoyed Chris Bashinelli. He brought energy, humor and connected to the audience with his presentation – he connected to the audience from the moment he got on stage!

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