Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

Host of “Bridge The Gap”
National Geographic Explorer

Chris “Bash” Bashinelli is a former television actor who left the industry to pursue a more meaningful path. He is the executive producer and host of “Bridge the Gap” on PBS and the National Geographic Channel. “Bridge the Gap” takes viewers on an international adventure, walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world. 


He empowers each of us to become Global Citizens, productive members of our organization, our family, and ultimately, the world. Bash’s talks on connecting with, and accepting others, help to power performance. These talks are perfect for service-oriented audiences, top performers and benefit organizations seeking global perspective. 


As an internationally-recognized speaker, Chris has shared the stage with everyone from: Stevie Wonder, Ban Ki-moon (United Nations Secretary General), and his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. He lectures to thousands of people on a yearly basis. He has spoken to the likes of Fortune 500 companies, to local prisons. 


Chris’ message is simple: when we change internally, the world actually changes around us.

Bash has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge; lived as a nomad in Mongolia; and Sumo wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history.


GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and productive members of society. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen (presence, empathy and inspiration), we can truly inspire those around us. 

In this keynote, Chris pulls from personal experiences to illustrate the keys of personal growth. The key to productivity, meaning and connection appear when we transform our current conditions in order to grow.

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. It started 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 this method everywhere from farming with mystics in Uganda, to living with nomads in Mongolia.

START AT STEP “Z” – Stepping into What’s Possible

In this keynote, Chris Bashinelli walks your audience through a scientific method for recognizing, and reducing, their most limiting beliefs. He will open to them a world of possibilities. The best way to get from Step A to Step Z, is to start at Step Z. Although it seems counterintuitive, your best chance at attaining your goal is to imagine it is already accomplished.


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