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Chris Bashinelli

Keynote Speaker

National Geographic Explorer and TV Host; United Nations Moderator; Arab-American Diversity Speaker; Expert on Human Connection and Humanity in Business

“We need more people like Chris in the world.”, says Dr. Jane Goodall. National Geographic Explorer Chris Bashinelli pulls from experiences in over 40 countries to inspire a practical and powerful message of human connection. An Arab-American from Brooklyn, New York, he uses the relatable metaphor of the “Stoop” to empower diversity, equity & inclusion. “Bash” takes audiences on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises. 

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National Geographic Explorer Chris Bashinelli pulls from real-life experiences in over 40 countries to empower organizations to create a culture of true human connection. He helps companies reignite employee inspiration, foster a culture of trust and empathy and tap into the power of their greatest asset – their people.

Chris Bashinelli, better known as “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Lebanese and Italian-American parents. After a decade-long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show, The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion – using media to build bridges between cultures. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti as Host of Bridge the Gap, a television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he experiences life in countless cultures around the world.

A celebrated diversity, equity, & inclusion speaker, Bash brings to life an inspiring message of empathy and connection that has birthed lifelong friendships around the world. His worldview was shaped by his childhood “Stoop” where his friends shared a combined total of over thirteen nationalities. His ancestors immigrated to the United States from Lebanon, through Ellis Island and his great-grandmother was onboard the Titanic. Bash helps companies understand in engaging, humorous and practical ways how to create a culture of trust, belonging, and empathy in the workplace. 

A passionate mental wellness advocate, Bash has studied meditation & mindfulness for more than a decade. After studying Anthropology in East Africa at 20 years old, he returned home to discover his father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The death of Chris’s father propelled him on an international quest to better understand the human condition and the universal qualities that lead to a happy, meaningful life. Today, he brings to life the powerful lessons he’s learned to overcome depression, increase productivity and reignite employee inspiration.

Bash has spoken around the world, from Abu Dhabi to Azerbaijan, and at 24 years old, became the youngest male to ever moderate the UN International Day of Peace. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, the UN Secretary-General, and his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. He is a National Geographic Explorer, an Eagle Scout, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet. 

Bash has lived as a nomad in Mongolia, worked with suicide prevention activists in Pine Ridge and Sumo wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. Through one-of-a-kind stories of adventure and authentic moments of human connection, he truly bridges the gap between self and other, helping us recognize our shared humanity. Bash takes audiences on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises.

Whether he’s embarking on yet another jaw-dropping adventure for National Geographic, or interviewing his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall, for PBS – Chris Bashinelli leaves audiences inspired, empowered, and connected, reminding us of our greatest asset – our people.

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Chris Bashinelli’s Speech Topics

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

    Embark with Bash on an international adventure, from the sweeping grasslands of Mongolia to the remote hillsides of China, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises, where we learn to truly embrace diversity and harness the collective power of our shared humanity. 

    It is only when every single team member, from the office manager to the CEO, feels safe to bring their whole, most authentic selves to work every day, that our organization will realize it’s full potential. So long as anyone feels they must hide who they are, we leave untapped resources on the table – negatively impacting our bottom line. Embracing the powerful metaphor of his childhood “Stoop” in Brooklyn, where his friends shared a combined total of thirteen nationalities Bash reminds us that it is only when our uniqueness is celebrated and all perspectives equally welcome, that we can truly tap into the power of human connection.


    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within a simple, powerful framework.
    • How to encourage every employee to be their authentic selves.
    • How to create a safe, inclusive environment in the workplace.
    • The benefits of creating a “Stoop” with our teams.
    • How to build lifelong bridges between cultures.
  • Creating a Culture of Trust & Empathy – The Superpower to True Business Growth

    In this flagship keynote, Bash shares the profound method he’s used to build trust and forge lifelong friendships around the world as a National Geographic Explorer. From living with nomads in Mongolia to Sumo-wrestling Japan’s heaviest human being of all time, Bash shares the superpower for true business growth in engaging, humorous and practical terms. 

    Without trust, business suffers profoundly – with it, our people and our company thrive. When our clients feel on a core level that we have their best interest in mind, they will be inspired to work with us, and business will flourish. As we live and work from a place of empathy we will naturally create an inclusive culture that inspires teammates to want to work together towards our mission and attract clients who trust us with their business.


    • Discover our “In” – Bash’s trademarked secret to true human connection.
    • Why focusing strictly on our bottom line undercuts our clients’ trust in us.
    • The short and long-term business benefits of emotional intelligence.
    • How to create an inclusive culture where teammates are inspired.
    • Why deep trust is the foundation to long term business growth.
  • Inspirational Leadership – Reignite Employee Inspiration & Bring Your Best Self Everyday

    Join Bash on an international adventure, from the distant hilltops of Western Hunan to the iconic Mongolian steppe, where we learn, through the power of story, that the most effective way to lead others is to become our best selves, each and every day. Pulling from his most memorable experiences in travels to over 40 countries, Bash shows that it is only because of challenge, not in spite of it, that we can realize our full potential – the space between who we are and who we can be. 

    When our leaders truly embrace empathy and show an unwavering commitment to realizing their full potential, the result is an inspiration. Leaders inspire us by what they say and do, but perhaps more than anything else – by who they are. In this revolutionary keynote, we’ll explore how the results of influence are often short-term and self-serving, whereas the impact of inspiration lasts a lifetime. 


    • “Inspiration vs. Influence” – Why inspiration always outperforms influence.
    • Re-Ignite your team’s passion for your mission and purpose.
    • Inspire your team by becoming the best version of yourself.
    • Embrace challenge as a means to realize your potential.
    • Harness the magnetic power of selflessness.
  • The Power of Mental Wellness — Mindfulness, Mental Health & Creating a Healthy Workforce

    We are working harder, under more pressure, and for longer hours than ever before – but without a mindful approach to work and life, one that values our well-being, as well as the bottom line – burnout and turnover are inevitable. Pulling from more than a decade of in-depth mindfulness and meditation studies, Bash shares how to incorporate positive mental health strategies into our work and life in order to increase productivity, profit, and happiness. 

    Colored by Bash’s extraordinary adventures around the world as a National Geographic Explorer, this keynote brings to life the core lessons he’s learned to create a healthy workforce in fun, engaging, and practical ways. No matter what our organization is struggling with – employee retention, company layoffs, or economic downturns – it can fuel our path to a wiser, more caring, and more innovative culture.


    • Mental Health tools to increase happiness, productivity and profit.
    • The power of mindfulness to reduce stress and increase concentration. 
    • How to create work/life boundaries that empower joy & productivity.
    • How embracing challenge gives rise to real innovation.
    • The scientific link between “Happiness” and “Trust”.
  • Start at “Step Z” – A Guide to Realizing Our Potential

    In this interactive keynote, Bash walks attendees through the step-by-step method of how to get from Step “A”, to Step “Z”, reverse-engineering the path to their goals. With total clarity, he emphasizes that the swiftest way to get from where we are, to where we want to be, is to be there first – on the inside.

    From speaking in the United Nations General Assembly Hall at 23 years old with no prior training to attracting partnerships from some of the world’s most recognizable brands, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia, Chris Bashinelli has forged his own path in life. This talk is a call to action for each of us to embrace our full potential – first by imagining it, then by believing it, and finally through definite action.


    • Bash’s patented 4-step method for achieving seemingly out-of-reach goals.
    • Why mental wellness comes from focusing on what is in our control.
    • How to reverse-engineer the pathway to our potential.
    • How to embody the qualities that manifest our vision.
    • The scientific link between confidence and action.

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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