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 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 What's Possible

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.

Bash walks attendees through the 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 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. 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”.


Promo Video - Short
What's Your Stoop?
Corporate Testimonials
Bridging the Gap
Step Outside Yourself
Dr. Jane Goodall Interview for PBS
Promo Video - Short
What's Your Stoop?
Corporate Testimonials
Bridging the Gap
Step Outside Yourself
Dr. Jane Goodall Interview for PBS


About Chris

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary. The focus: How can we change the world? The day he returned from Tanzania, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was in that moment he realized there was nothing he could do to change the world, meaning, there was nothing he could do to control circumstances outside of himself. Ultimately, the only person we ever have control over is ourselves. This realization became the impetus for Chris’s life mission, that when we ‘Change our mind’, we ‘Change our world’.

As the Executive Producer and Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Chris has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He 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. Chris’s adventures are a means to inspire viewers to step with courage into the direction of their fears. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

As an internationally-recognized speaker, Chris has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder, to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. He lectures to thousands of people on a yearly basis, everywhere from Fortune 500 companies, to prisons, offering the simple message that when we change internally, our world actually changes around us.


Chris would be an asset to any event requiring a quality speaker

Chris presents with a smooth confidence that both sets the tone of the event and captures the attention of the audience. He harnesses the ethos of social entrepreneurship, and would be an asset to any event requiring a quality speaker.

Frank Fredericks, World Faith

Authentic, engaging, and energetic presentation.

Bash offered a very authentic, engaging, and energetic presentation for our conference attendees. He brought many of his valuable life experiences to the table, and though all proved very different, they revolved around one common theme- breaking down barriers and finding a common ground with whomever you engage. Attendees left feeling exhilarated, taking with them many of the principles Bash illustrated back to their local institutions.

Jake Parks, The Institute of Internal Auditors

One of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.

Chris made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. He was one of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.

Geoff Ballott, The Wyndam Hotel Group


Meeting Planner

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Chris Bashinelli Introduction

NOTE- Please play the song “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones the moment the introducer begins reading the introduction. As Chris enters the stage and the applause quiets down, please lower the music to silent.

Are you ready to embark on an international adventure and discover what it means to become a Global Citizen?

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. 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 new television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel.

Bash has spoken around the world- from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan- at multi-million dollar corporations, Ivy League Universities, and in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and Sumo Wrestled heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

Please help me welcome to the stage CHRIS BASHINELLI!!!

Chris Bashinelli Technical Requirements

  1. Timer: If possible, provide an IPAD or Timer counting UP from zero during the speech in the front row, or on the confidence monitors in the front row.
  2. Warm Up Room: If possible, please set aside a private room near the stage entrance, or a short walk from the stage for Chris to warm up in prior to entering the stage.
  3. Clicker: Chris will use his clicker (or a clicker provided) to advance all slides.
  4. Videos Play Automatically: Videos are embedded into several slides. If you are downloading Chris’s PowerPoint presentation, please make sure that each video is set to “play automatically”. In this manner, when Chris clicks to a slide where a video is embedded, the video should start automatically.
  5. Computer: Chris uses a Macbook Pro (early 2008). The presentation is formatted for Mac computers. The laptop has a DVI port. Chris will bring a DVI to VGA adapter if you decide to use his computer.
  6. Audio output: The laptop has a standard audio port. Ensure there is sufficient audio in the room as the presentation includes several videos. Each video may play at a slightly different audio level. If possible, please have a member of the audio team adjust volume accordingly.
  7. Wireless Mic: Chris would ideally like to use a wireless lapel microphone, either a clip on or over the ear. He can certainly use a handheld microphone, or simply project without anything if needed.
  8. Handheld Mics: Please have 2 wireless handheld microphones available that can be shared with the audience, either in the their seats or on the stage.
  9. AV Contact: Please have at least one AV person available before and during the event.


1) Slide: If possible, please ensure that the first slide of Chris’s presentation is on screen as soon as the person introducing Chris begins the introduction. This will give Chris the freedom to control the presentation from his clicker once he starts.

2) Music: Chris may decide to enter with intro music, depending on the venue. Please have your AV team download “Gimme Shelter” by the Rolling Stones. We can also send the song to you. Please have the song begin playing the moment the introducer begins reading the introduction. The song should play underneath while the person is reading the introduction, and should be turned up to full volume as soon as they finish reading and say “Welcome Chris Bashinelli”. Allow the music to play for a few beats while Chris is on the stage. Once the applause quiets down you can lower the song to silent.


Chris performs in many different situations ranging from amphitheaters to hotel ballrooms to courtyards. The below staging is the ideal scenario. These are only suggestions.

  1. If possible, please have the stage set up prior to Chris being introduced as he may begin with audience participation immediately.
  2. Please ensure that at least one screen (if available) shows Chris’s current PowerPoint slide during the entirety of the event for the audience to see. This is because each slide either includes an image or video that is linked directly to what Chris is saying.
  3. Place a portable “stoop” at downstage center, a few feet back; so there is room to walk in front of it. A “stoop” is a small set of stairs. We often simply use the risers that lead to the stage. Ideally, this will be placed on stage before Chris begins his presentation. For an example, Google images of “Brooklyn Stoop”. The stoop can be anywhere from 2 steps in height and up. Keep in mind it is important that the stoop is not too high that it blocks the images of the PowerPoint (if the screen is behind the stoop). If a stoop is unavailable you may use a black box, stool, or chair. The “stoop” will serve as a metaphor for a meeting place of common ground during the presentation.
  4. To either downstage right or left include a podium. Chris will be walking around during the entirety of the presentation, however this podium will serve as an anchor for notes and water bottles.
  5. Lighting: If possible, dim the house and stage lights during each of the videos in the presentation.

Chris will bring the PowerPoint and videos on a USB drive to the venue. If preferred, we can also send you a download link to the PowerPoint and videos prior to the event.


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