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Chris Bashinelli

United Nations Speaker, National Geographic Young Explorer, PBS TV Host and Cross-Cultural Expert

“We need more people like Chris in the World,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. Chris Bashinelli pulls from real-life experiences in over 25 countries to empower audiences to strengthen relationships with the “other.” He helps organizations ignore the noise, step outside of their comfort zones, and blow past their goals.

   
How to Bridge the Gap: How to Harness Your Unique Gifts to Serve Others (Corporate Leadership)

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 (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 (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 global citizen has nothing to do with traveling the world. Global Citizenship 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 global citizenship mentality—one that we can apply to our lives today.

Ignore the Noise: Life Lessons For Discovering Your Passion (Education Groups)

Noise in the modern world is constant and serves to distract us not only from our greater goals, but also from our internal decision make—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 television 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 television 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.

Meet Chris Bashinelli

“We need more people like Chris in the World,” says Dr. Jane Goodall. Chris Bashinelli pulls from real-life experiences in over 25 countries to empower audiences to strengthen relationships with the “other.” He helps organizations ignore the noise, step outside of their comfort zones, and blow past their goals.

Chris Bashinelli, aka “Bash,” is a United Nations speaker, Eagle Scout, National Geographic Young Explorer and host of the TV show Bridge the Gap on PBS. Bash’s unapologetic energy, humor and compassion have made him a go-to speaker everywhere from multimillion-dollar corporations to Ivy League universities, to the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He’s spoken across the globe—from TEDx to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan, and is an expert on cultural exchange. Bash has shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas and the UN 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 other human beings, and contribute to humanity. Whether he’s interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall 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 at all costs.

Bash has attracted major sponsorships from corporations such as Ben & Jerry’s, interviewed some of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, led a National Geographic expedition in Mongolia, and has been featured in acclaimed publications, including The Huffington Post, Delta Sky, American Way magazine and Lonely Planet.

He is the youngest male ever to moderate the UN International Day of Peace.

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