Chris Bashinelli

Speaker Chris Bashinelli motivational keynotes



TV Host, Nat Geo Explorer and sought after Speaker

Speech Topics Include:

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – From Brooklyn to the World

Rules of the “Stoop”-The 3 Simple Steps for Connecting with the “Other”

Inner Nomad- The Key to Unlocking Your Soul’s Compass

Chris Bashinelli is an Actor/Activist from Brooklyn, New York, whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos. He has traveled from Tanzania to Thailand hosting the internationally recognized TV Series Bridge the Gap TV with speaker Chris Bashinelli (broadcast into 45M homes in 80 markets).

He’s a celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat, and at events in Qatar, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi.

After years of reading headlines about world hunger, human suffering and extreme poverty, Chris traveled to Tanzania with a Sony handy cam and came home with a new found meaning for life.

He returned to New York to face tragedy and within two years would bury his father due to cancer. These turbulent times forced Chris to find meaning, and he did so in Bridge the Gap.

He now travels to impoverished areas worldwide to find out first-hand how the other half of the world lives. Chris is the producer and host of Bridge the Gap, an internationally recognized travel series that fosters intercultural dialogue by highlighting stories of everyday life from around the world.

Chris is the founder of the socially-conscious production company, Bridge the Gap TV. He has interviewed everyone from Ben and Jerry to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, and has formed partnerships with the world’s leading non-profit organizations, including the Jane Goodall Institute and Do Something.

Chris’ experience is in the world of film, with credits ranging from The Sopranos (HBO), to An Inconvenient Truth Special on MTV. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Cum Laude) from Marymount Manhattan College. He is an Eagle Scout and a United Nations Guest Speaker. He has spoken at international youth conferences and Emceed in the UN General Assembly Hall with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Chris is determined beyond measure to produce wide-reaching, socially conscious media.

Speaker Chris Bashinelli

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – From Brooklyn to the World

A Guide to Unleashing your Potential & Contributing to Humanity

How can a kid from Brooklyn attract major sponsorships from companies like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and create an International TV show for PBS and the National Geographic Channel? Join this expedition from the slums of Haiti to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro to push your boundaries of what’s possible in business and in life. Colored with engaging audience participation and jaw-dropping footage, Bash shares how we can unleash our potential by adopting an unwavering commitment to serve others.

Rules of the “Stoop”-The 3 Simple Steps for Connecting with the “Other”

What does it mean to respect people no matter where they come from, what nationality they are, or how they treat you? Chris grew up in Brooklyn, with the world on his stoop. His friends shared 13 backgrounds- Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Korean, Irish, Italian, Russian, and Puerto Rican- to name a few. By finding our metaphorical “stoop”, or place of common ground”- in our work place- be it a Mongolian wrestling dojo or a South Dakota Ranch- we can strengthen any relationship. Join Bash on this interpersonal expedition to “stoops” around the world.

Inner Nomad- The Key to Unlocking Your Soul’s Compass

Chris has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, escaped from venomous Uganda and worked side by side with individuals from countless corners of the Earth. By walking in other people’s shoes we begin to see, that from understanding comes respect- Only then can we begin to create change wherever we are in the world. Whether working at a fish market in Abu Dhabi, talking relationships with taxi drivers in Thailand, or looking for clean drinking water in Haiti, these stories of cultural exchange present us with a new way of looking at the world in which we live.

Empty section. Edit page to add content here.