Chris Bashinelli

  • Actor-Turned-Activist
  • Host, Founder and Executive Producer, Bridge the Gap TV
  • National Geographic Explorer

For socially conscious members of the modern world, Chris Bashinelli, the Cross-Cultural-Explorer, takes us on an introspective adventure walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world on his TV show Bridge the Gap. He’s a kid from Brooklyn who gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO), to follow his real passion—using media to bridge intercultural gaps around the world. Whether he’s speaking on stage with Stevie Wonder, interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall for PBS, or living as a nomad in Mongolia for National Geographic, Bash keeps us engaged, entertained, and inspires compassion for “the other.”

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 interviewed some of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet and is an Eagle Scout. At 24 years old, he became the youngest male ever to moderate the UN International Day of Peace. Bash is a vanguard for all things service, productivity and cultural exchange.

 

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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!

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Chris Bashinelli
  • SAB JHOOTI - Co-Founder of Drift Innovation
  • CONNECTICUT SOCIETY OF CPA'S - David Gibbs, C.P.A, Partner
  • ENTREPRENUERS’ ORGANIZATION - Sue Duncan, President of EO New Zealand
  • RC TAYLOR - tuart Brooks, Principal
  • BEAUMONT HOSPITALS - Liz O’Malley, Staff and Employee Development Specialist
  • CAESAR’S ENTERTAINMENT - Melanie Harrje, Convention, Meetings & Sales Marketing
  • BMW GROUP - Konstanze Carreras, Senior CSR Official at BMW Group
  • ALASKA AIRLINES
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Global Citizenship: Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive ...

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen - presence, empathy and inspiration - then we can truly inspire those around us.

With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives - from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love - becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to “change the world”, but to “change ourselves”. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need in order to be happy right now.

From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection, does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions in order to grow. 

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 ourse ...

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.

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 h ...

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.

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Biography

For socially conscious members of the modern world, Chris “Bash” Bashinelli, the Cross-Cultural-Explorer, 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. Bash is a relatable everyman who forged his own unique path in life Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bash gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO), to follow his real passion – using media to bridge intercultural gaps around the world. Whether he’s speaking on stage with Stevie Wonder, interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall for PBS, or living as a nomad in Mongolia for National Geographic, Bash keeps us engaged, entertained, and inspires compassion for “the other”.

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. From TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Austria, to Azerbaijan, Bash has left attendees in tears of empathy and joy. He 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.

Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash has interviewed some of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet and is an Eagle Scout. At 24 years old he became the youngest male ever to moderate the UN International Day of Peace. Bash is a vanguard for all things service, productivity and cultural exchange.

His mission in life is to create a Culture of Compassion. The fire behind his unquenchable thirst for change, stems from the life of his parents, and his late father – Stephen Bashinelli, who passed away in 2009. An Actor-turned-Activist, he throws himself into high stakes scenarios on TV with no holds barred. He has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, walked miles for clean water in Haiti and worked side by side with individuals from countless corners of the Earth. With humor and humility, Chris presents us with a new way of looking at the world.