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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

Cross-Cultural Explorer/Nat Geo TV Host
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$10,001-$15,000
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Program Descriptions

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – Open Your World View
For our organizations to thrive in the 21st Century, now, more so than ever before, it is critical that we open our minds to new cultures and open our world view. Our increasingly globalized world is changing at lightning speed and we interact daily with people from diverse backgrounds who bring with them history, culture, knowledge, skill, and yes – even bias. And that – is a good thing. It’s no longer enough to think solely through our own lenses and filters. It’s time to adopt a world view that is inclusive of all cultures, genders, and viewpoints. It’s time we become Global Citizens!

Global Citizenship has nothing to do with what we do for a living, or where we are in the world, but how we care for others. It means embodying three qualities:  being present, authentically connecting with others and being inspired by a mission beyond ourselves. It seems our world is becoming nearly one hundred percent addicted to the noise, to external gratification. From continuous checking of smart phones to our self-worth represented by ‘likes’ on Facebook, we’ve lost our ability to simply enjoy the present moment. Calling upon simple mindfulness practices, Bash reminds us of the real power and productivity that come from stepping into the present moment and enjoying our work for the sake of the work itself (not for some reward at the end of the day.) By stepping away from the noise and bringing a more clear and focused self to work, our productivity, fulfillment and ability to help our clients will grow tenfold.

In this empowering and enlightening keynote, Chris Bashinelli shares a unique approach to “Global Citizenship” and the restructuring of your world view, beginning with yourself. When you do? Your foundation becomes stronger. Your potential increases. Your decisions take on new depths. And you create a clarity that is so inspired -- you’ll never, ever want to go back to the “status quo”.

This high energy talk shows attendees how to shed limited perspectives -- to see themselves, others, and their world through a more empowered lens. Ready to help your team take diversity and inclusion to the next level? Invite Chris in to speak at your next event.

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 (OR others) 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.

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.

With total clarity, Bash 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. By connecting our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others, and having unwavering faith in one’s potential, we will find the inspiration necessary to reach our Step “Z”.

Bash walks attendees through the scientific method for recognizing and reducing their most limiting beliefs, thereby opening the doorway to a whole new world. Start at Step “Z”, let go of the rest, and realize your full potential.

Why Book Chris Bashinelli

  • Actor/Activist/Ambassador from Brooklyn whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos

  • Travels from Tanzania to Abu Dhabi hosting Bridge The Gap on PBS TV

  • International Speaker, Guest Contributor for Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky Magazine, American Way Magazine, and in the Daily News Zimbabwe

  • National Geographic Young Explorer, Eagle Scout, celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for TedX and the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat, and at events in Qatar, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi

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    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York- Chris “Bash” Bashinelli gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO) to exchange with the world. As Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash takes us on an introspective adventure- walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. He empowers each of us to become GLOBAL CITIZENS, productive members of our organization, our family, and ultimately- the world!

    Bash has spoken around the world, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, to Fortune 500 Companies like the BMW Group, to entrepreneur organizations in Saudi Arabia. He’s shared the stage with people like Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and United Nations 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 others and contribute to humanity.

    “Chris is a Game-Changer”

    Chris Bashinelli, aka “Bash”, is a United Nations Speaker, National Geographic Young Explorer, Eagle Scout, and Host of the TV Series Bridge the Gap, as seen on PBS. Bash’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 United Nations General Assembly Hall. He has spoken across the globe – from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan and is an expert on all things service, productivity and cultural exchange. Bash has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on numerous occasions.

    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 for PBS 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.

    Bash 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 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.

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    Reviews

    "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."
    —Beaumont Hospitals

     

    "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!"
    --Alaska Airlines

    "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."
    --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."
    --Caesar's Entertainment

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