Actor/Activist from Brooklyn whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos, celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for the United Nations
Bash’s keynotes have been developed over his one-decade as a social entrepreneur, explorer and television host. He shares the formula he has used to moderate major events for the United Nations with no formal training… to executive producing a TV Show for PBS at 23 years old… to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia- where he lived as a nomad. His unique life path has brought him to nearly 40 countries, building bridges across cultures and gaining unprecedented insight into the universal human experience. Bash invites you to “Step Outside Your World” and embrace a unifying perspective!
Bash’s unique approach to “Global Citizenship” empowers attendees re-structure the way they view the world- beginning with themselves. Being a Global Citizen begins with believing in our own potential. By creating a strong foundation within ourselves, with our co-workers and on our stoop, we will then be able to create lasting change in the greater world. Bash encourages each of us to realize our full potential- thereby becoming inspired members of our families, our organizations and ultimately our world.
If you’re looking for a vanguard that will engage your audience and empower them to think differently about their lives and their relationships, then Bash is your speaker. He reminds us how important it is step outside of our comfort zones, be fearlessly honest and put others first. Whether he’s interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall for PBS or embarking on yet another jaw-dropping adventure in Mongolia, with humor and humility- he presents us with a new way of looking at our world.
Bash has been an Executive Producer and TV host since he was 23-years-old. He has attracted major sponsorships from corporations like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, interviewed some of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, led a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. His work has been featured in acclaimed publications including Huffington Post, Delta Sky, American Way Magazine, Daily News Zimbabwe and Lonely Planet. He is the youngest male ever to moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace. He has an official day named after him in Montgomery, Alabama for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. His favorite song is “Layla”, the acoustic version, by Eric Clapton.
HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP
How to harness your unique gifts to serve others
TOPICS: Sales, Service, Corporate Leadership, CSR, Diversity, Inclusion
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 3 simple steps for strengthening relationships
TOPICS: Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Communication
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 guide to unleashing your potential and contributing to humanity
TOPICS: Sales, Service, Leadership, CSR, Cultural Awareness, Global Citizenship
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
Life lessons for discovering your passion
TOPICS: Empowerment, Inspiration, Direction, Cultural Exchange, Social Change
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.
“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)
– Astronaut, NASA
Hiring Chris was so far the highlight of our show. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. I’ve had in the last 10 minutes since he’s left the stage, of our 2,000 people that attended today, no less than a dozen come up in tears and say the message they heard in terms of connection, the message they heard in terms of empathy and caring, is a message that will resonate with them for the rest of this show and probably for the rest of their lives. It was one of the best, if not THE BEST public speakers I’ve seen on the circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.
– President and CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group
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.” – JANE GOODALL PhD, DBE
– United Nations Messenger of Peace, The Jane Goodall Institute
“Dear Chris, It was a pleasure to meet you at the United Nations International Day of Peace. Your handling of the student panel discussion and your own speech were excellent. Your motivational skills and energy along with the positive message you send will truly inspire people to help make this a better planet. Congratulations and best wishes for a very promising future.” – MICHAEL DOUGLAS
– United Nations Messenger of Peace, Academy Award-winning Actor
“Chris has a passionate, captivating personality, and is a truly inspirational speaker. He breaks through cultural and generational boundaries and puts life into perspective. He ignites sincere emotions, which tend to get lost in our full and busy lives. His message inspires individuals to become more committed members of the society. Chris motivates with vivid stories from all over the world and encourages people to use obstacles as building blocks and to see “failures” as lessons. And, he reminds us that success in business and in life also comes from thinking outside our own boundaries.”
– Senior CSR Official, BMW GROUP
Caesars Entertainment is committed to our core value of building community and “Bash” magnified the importance of that value in style… Chris Bashinelli’s powerful keynote at one of our flagship events helped drive home the true meaning of cultural awareness and compassion. By inviting clients and co-workers to sit on our “stoop”, we can strengthen any relationship. He reminds us to simply start where we are and we will see our partnerships and business relationships grow. When we care about each other and the communities we live and work in, the stakes become that much more important, and the positive results are evident. I highly recommend “Bash” for any corporate event.”
– Convention, Meetings & Sales Marketing, CAESAR’S ENTERTAINMENT
“This felt like the greatest thing in the entire world! The entire presentation touched me. It cleared my head, it touched my heart and it helped me go with my gut. There was nothing in there that I didn’t need to hear. There was nothing in there that I wasn’t frightened of… you helped me learn that happiness lies in serving others…it’s something that I can take with me and I’ll remember every day…to be able to clear the head, stop the noise, and step outside myself- you encouraged that within me. It’s phenomenal.”
– Staff and Employee Development Specialist, BEAUMONT HOSPITALS
Bashinelli’s journeys are genuine and without pretense. Bridge the Gap offers a message that we should embrace and act on right now – chances are we’d all be better for it.”
– Executive Producer, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
“I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Chris speak on numerous occasions and each time I’m blown away. He is a perfect blend of passionate and compelling, while remaining down to earth and relatable. He knows how to cater his message to different crowds and he never fails to add humor. He is a true artisan with words and a natural leader. I’m excited to see the impact that ‘Bridge the Gap’ will have for this generation and all the ways that Chris Bashinelli will inspire us all to look within, go beyond our comfort zones, and be a voice to those who were otherwise silenced.” – MONIQUE COLEMAN
– United Nations Youth Champion, Actress from High School Musical 2
“Chris is one of the most inspiring new voices on television. His curiosity and enthusiasm for new experiences is infectious – he’s part Anthony Bourdain, part Anderson Cooper, and 100% fresh. Whether Chris is crying with an Indian prayer circle, or screaming with his arm most of the way inside a cows backside, you just can’t stop watching.”
– Executive Producer, “Brain Games” on National Geographic Channel
Bash! You brought a smile to my face when I really needed it. I must say your presentation was a departure from what we normally do at convention. I went into it a skeptic and borderline grumpy old man… I came out the other side a motivated believer. Keep on Bridging the Gap my brother!”
– Director of Sales & Community Marketing, ALASKA AIRLINES
Bashinelli’s journeys are genuine and without pretense, and Bridge the Gap offers a message that we should embrace and act on – chances are we’d all be better for it.
– Executive Producer, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
“Chris uncovers stories not seen in mainstream media and uplifts viewers with a message of hope… This is a true return to the land story- a city slickers tale, with an openness to a new culture. It reminds us that the circle of life still exists. While we don’t know where Chris is going next, we watch the show for him.”
– , Co-Founder of Invisible Children
I recently watched Chris moderate a very impactful event at the World Bank. 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 highly recommend Chris for any speaking venue.
– , USAF (Ret), Astronaut
Chris Bashinelli was the closing guest speaker at Entrepreneurs Organisation’s Global Leadership Conference in Manila in April 2013. His dynamic entrance, larger than life, unabashed manner turned heads, our attention on him right from the start.
Chris tells an amazing story of his life, his quest and his vision. For someone so young, he’s done some crazy stuff. He had the audience captivated mentally and emotionally. He totally owned the space and the hour of his presentation. Great guy.
– , EO Auckland, NZ President
Chris is not only one of the best motivational speakers that I have heard, but truly a person with a passion to succeed in every aspect of life.
His experiences from across the world are remarkable and his grit and belief to make a difference is truly inspiring. I wish him all the success in all his endeavors.
– (EO), Warren Tea Limited
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us at the World Bank’s Youth Talks Seminar last week. Your words as moderator were both encouraging and inspiring. The message of “No Matter What” has truly resonated with me. We are all surrounded by the constant noise of expectation, pressure, judgment and presumed responsibility. Even working in a large organization in the field you are passionate about, it still becomes so easy for passion to be clouded by the “corporate game”. You lose focus of intention, that original cause which set your heart on fire in the first place, driving you to action. Things become complacent and you no longer are living the life you were meant to live because you are too busy thinking with your head rather than your heart.
Your enthusiasm while yes, entertaining, was also authentic and personal. It is encouraging to see other young professionals pursuing their dreams with a relentless courage.
Thought-provoking, Engaging, Inspiring are the words I would use to describe Chris Bashinelli. With 150 people in the audience, from around the globe, I was initially concerned if Chris’s message would resonate with our diverse team. I soon realized my concerns were unfounded. Chris had the ability to inspire and enlighten across cultural boundaries. His talk touched all of the participants. As employees of a multi-national Chris’s comments about our responsibilities as global citizens hit home. His message about finding the opportunities to communicate and share are relevant to business as well as personal life. Chris left the team inspired to do more and be more.
– Senior Vice President, Beckman Coulter
- VIDEO Chris Bashinelli Speaking Reel 2015
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- VIDEO 2019 Chris Bashinelli Speaker Demo
- PHOTO Chris Bashinelli at the UN
- PHOTO Chris Bashinelli and Jane Goodall
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