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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

PBS television host, Actor, Activist and empowers people to be Global Citizens

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  • Actor/Activist/Ambassador from Brooklyn whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos
  • Host of PBS TV’s Bridge the Gap traveling from Tanzania to Abu Dhabi
  • National Geographic Explorer who pulls from experiences in 40 countries to inspire a practical and powerful message of Human Connection
  • Lebanese & Italian-American from Brooklyn, New York who uses the inspiring metaphor of the “Stoop” to empower Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Passionate Mental Wellness advocate with more than a decade of in depth Meditation and Mindfulness studies

“We need more people like Chris in the World,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. 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 renew employee inspiration, foster a culture of inclusion & wellness 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 experience’s life in countless cultures around the world.

A celebrated Diversity & Inclusion and Wellness speaker, Bash has traveled the world for over fifteen years, sharing a message of empathy and understanding everywhere from Fortune 500 Companies, to inside prison walls, to the United Nations General Assembly Hall. His world view was shaped on his childhood “Stoop” where his friends shared a combined total of thirteen nationalities. Bash has spoken around the world, from Abu Dhabi to Azerbaijan, and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, the UN Secretary General, and his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall.

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, Bash returned home to discover his father had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The death of his father sent him on an international quest to better understand the human condition and the universal qualities that lead to a happy, meaningful life. Bash brings to life the powerful lessons he’s learned about the power of mental wellness, inviting attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought provoking exercises. 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 kind stories of adventure and authentic moments of human connection, Bash truly bridges the gap between self and other, helping us recognize our shared humanity. At 24 years old he became the youngest male to ever moderate the UN International Day of Peace. He is a National Geographic Explorer, an Eagle Scout and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

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

The Power of Human Connection - Embracing Diversity, Building Stronger Teams

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 each and every day, that our organization can realize its full potential. As long as any single team member feels that they have to hide who they are in the workplace, we will be leaving untapped potential on the table – and our results will suffer. From his childhood “Stoop” in Brooklyn where his friends shared a combined total of over 13 nationalities, to his grandparents that immigrated to the United States from Lebanon through Ellis Island – Bash’s understanding of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is built into the very fabric of his DNA.

Pulling from experiences in over 40 countries as a National Geographic Explorer, from living with nomads in Mongolia, to farming for tea on the hillsides of China, to Sumo wrestling the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history – Bash shares in very simple steps how to create an environment where employees not only feel safe, but empowered to bring their whole selves to work – creating a culture of trust and allowing our organization to tap into the power of our shared humanity. By recognizing the strength in our diverse experiences, cultures, identities and perspectives we can fully realize the strength of our greatest asset – our people.

The Power of Mental Wellness - Renew Employee Inspiration, Creating A Healthy Workforce

We are working harder, longer and under more pressure than we ever have before – but without a mindful approach to work, one that reduces stress and renews inspiration – this type of employee output can actually worsen results. If we are to succeed as an organization we must find a way to not only manage, but transform the stresses and pressures our constantly changing world in a way that works to our advantage. In this one of a kind keynote, Bash walks attendees through the practical ways we can actually use the stresses of our work and life to empower a culture of mental health and employee wellness.

Drawing from more than a decade of in depth meditation and mindfulness studies, Bash walks attendees through a powerful approach to mental wellness – one we can apply in our work and our lives here and now. From gratitude practice, to smart phone retreats, to mindfulness tips – Bash reignites our productivity, recalibrates our focus and renews employee inspiration. He shares the practical tools he’s used to reduce stress, deepen concentration, and create peace of mind – all while hosting an international television series for National Geographic, leading worldwide expeditions, and inspiring audiences everywhere from Abu Dhabi to Azerbaijan. Bash reminds us that creating a healthy workforce begins with each of us playing our part and taking responsibility over our own minds.

Step Into Your Potential - Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Potential is the space between “where we are” and “where we can be”, it is our “unrealized abilities”, personally, professionally and as an organization. Stepping into our potential means understanding that it is only because of challenge, not in spite of it, that we can become our best selves. In this thought provoking keynote, colored with international stories of adventure, resilience and triumph – Bash shares the power available to each of us when we stop seeing challenge as an obstacle to success, and instead as the very vehicle by which we can achieve it.

From a remote Chinese village that rebuilds after a devastating fire, to a young Tanzanian filmmaker’s unimaginable dream come true, to Bash’s own personal experience of tragedy to triumph – this talk reminds us that when we change our minds, we truly can change our world. We will only realize our potential as an organization when every single team member is committed to realizing their strength individually. This keynote experience is at once a call to action for each of us personally as it is a reminder of the impact that’s possible when we tap into the collective strength of our shared humanity.

START AT STEP “Z” – Reverse Engineering The Path To Our Goals

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 only 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, it’s us.

Bash walks attendees through a 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 we are, to where we 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 our best chance at achieving our 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 happy and meaningful life. 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”.

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