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Chris Bashinelli

National Geographic Explorer; Executive Producer & Host, Bridge the Gap


Chris Bashinelli was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary, asking the question: how can we change the world? When he returned, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was this moment that he realized there was nothing he could do to change the world — we can’t control outside circumstances; we only ever have control over ourselves. This became the impetus for Bashinelli’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, Bashinelli has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He has harvested buffalo with Indigenous people in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and sumo wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. Bashinelli uses his adventures to inspire viewers to step with courage in the direction of their fears.

Bashinelli is also 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, Bashinelli has shared the stage with such prominent people as 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, from Fortune 500 companies to prisons, offering the simple message that when we change internally, our world actually changes around us.

Topics & Categories
  • Adventurers & Explorers
  • Change | Change Mgmt.
  • Communication
  • Creativity | Innovation | Disruption
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Global Issues
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Motivational
  • Resiliency
  • Team-Work & Collaboration
  • Virtual Presentations

For more than a decade National Geographic Explorer, Chris Bashinelli, has traveled the world walking in other people’s shoes and trying to better understand the universal human condition. Pulling from more than ten years of Meditation practice and first hand cross-cultural experiences in 40 countries - Bash brings to life for your audience the powerful tools he’s learned around Mental Health, Well-Being and the Importance of Connection. Invite “Bash” to help your attendees see themselves, each other and the world around them as they never have before.

Virtual / Live Keynotes:

Creating Connection - Building Powerful Teams +

Only when each member of our team feels seen, valued and respected, can we tap into the true strength of our organization. Chris has forged lifelong friendships in a matter of moments with nomads in Mongolia, Lakota activists in Pine Ridge and farmers in the remote villages of China - How? Through the transformative approach of finding our “in”. Our “in” is a moment of connection where the wall that separates us from another human being dissolves, and we immediately recognize their humanity. When this happens, the other person feels safe, they can trust us, and the strength of our relationship grows tremendously.

Bash simplifies Diversity and Inclusion to it’s essence - empathy and respect. By sharing stories of authentic human connection and the methods for which we can do the same, this talk empowers organizations to tap into the true strength of their team - where every single person is encouraged to bring their best, and their whole selves to work. The result? A more present, connected and inspired organization. --

Mental Health from a Global Perspective +

Employee burn out, stress and mental health challenges are at an all time high. Our increased work load, longer hours and the dissolution between office and home boundaries have left many of us feeling more stressed and anxious than ever before. Pulling from more than a decade of in-depth Meditation studies and firsthand experience in presence and productivity as creator and Host of Bridge the Gap, Bash offers practical solutions for Mental Health and Well Being, from a Global Perspective.

Colored by stories of perseverance and mental agility everywhere from Western Hunan to the Mongolian grasslands, Bash reminds us that there truly is no circumstance to difficult to be transformed (and that one’s perspective truly does shape one’s reality). Attendees will be guided through simple, yet powerful exercises they can bring back to the office today, to help reduce stress, increase enjoyment at home and fuel productivity in the office. In order for our employees to perform at their best, they must be feeling their best - this talk offers a practical solution to the Mental Health challenges of our time - that doesn’t require attendees to get on a plane. --

Global Citizenship - Change Your Mind, Change Your World +

There is so much outside of our control - government regulations, company layoffs, budget cutbacks - as long as we focus on what is outside our control we are guaranteed to feel anxious, helpless and stressed - and our work will suffer. After studying anthropology in East Africa at 20 years old, Bash returned home to discover his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In this moment his life mission changed - from wanting to change the world - to wanting to change himself. The moment we take responsibility for what is in our control, we are empowered to act to change circumstances for the better.

In this talk Bash takes attendees on an international journey that shows how when we change our minds, we truly do change our world. From this perspective, challenge gives rise to strength and suffering - empathy. From the story of a remote Chinese village that multiplied it’s income by tenfold after a devastating fire, to a young man in Tanzania who overcame unthinkable odds to become a celebrated cinematographer, to Chris’s own experience of tragedy and triumph - we learn in practical terms how shifting our perspective has the power to shift our experience for the better. “Global” Citizenship has nothing to do with traveling the world, and everything to do with understanding that we each have a critical role to play and that our organization will only flourish when we flourish individually. --

For more information,*speaking fees, Chris Bashinellis speaking schedule and booking speaker Chris Bashinelli, contact us. *Fee range indicated is for "live" presentations. Contact us for virtual keynote pricing.

What Clients are Saying

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.

–The Wyndam Hotel Group


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.

–The Wyndam Hotel Group

What I love most about Chris is that he treats everyone exactly the same- be it the United Nations Secretary General or the hotel consierge. He does not distinguish between rich people, poor people, famous people, and everyday people. For Chris, everyone is equal. He has a great deal of respect for the ‘human being’ and this is a rare quality. Chris embodies what we say in Germany, ‘Wir sind alle gleich’, which means, ‘We are all the same’.

–BMW Group

Thought-provoking, Engaging, Inspiring are the words I would use to describe Chris Bashinelli. With people in the audience from around the globe, I was initially concerned if Chris’s message would resonate with our diverse team. I soon realized my concerns were unfounded. Chris has the ability to inspire and enlighten across cultural boundaries. His talk touched all of the participants. As employees of a multi-national company, Chris’s comments about our responsibilities as Global Citizens hit home. His message about finding the opportunities to communicate and share are relevant to business as well as personal life. Chris left the team inspired to do more and be more.

–Beckman Coulter

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.

–The Institute of Internal Auditors


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