Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Chris Bashinelli

February 9, 2014
Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

Expertise:   Diversity, Global Citizenship, Leadership, Youth, Empowerment, Personal Development, Inspiration

Speaking Style:  Passionate. Inspiring. Engaging.

Travels From:  New York, New York

Nancy Says:  “Chris came to my attention via my wanderlust daughter, Lisa (they both travel the world). What a discovery! Chris is a very impressive individual with an incredible message... and one of the finest individuals I've ever encountered. He's a rarity, indeed.”

 

Blurring the Lines Between Cultures and Generations.

Actor, activist and global explorer, Chris Bashinelli is a man perpetually on a cultural adventure. As the the host and executive producer of the internationally recognized series, Bridge the Gap (PBS), Chris traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand to experience life in someone else’s shoes. Chris has harvested buffalo with Native Americans, walked miles for clean water in Haiti, ran from venomous bees in Uganda, and worked side-by-side with individuals from countless corners of the Earth.

At age 20, after a successful acting career, Chris followed his passion to experience life in the developing world first hand. In his keynotes, he shares both humorous and death-defying stories with stunning visuals from his journeys. Chris takes attendees on a trek across continents, discovering places of common ground: “stoops” around the globe. In fact, his message, What’s Your Stoop? is an intriguing metaphor for gaining insight into your passion, for increasing productivity and ways to contribute to humanity. Chris is a United Nations Moderator, a guest writer for Lonely Planet, and a National Geographic Young Explorer.

Learn more about Chris Bashinelli...

Chris Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Lebanese and Italian parents. His childhood friends shared a combined total of 13 nationalities – which exposed him to cultural exchange at an early age. After a successful acting career, including an appearance on The Sopranos (HBO), Chris decided to follow his passion. At 20 years old he moved to Tanzania to experience life in the developing world firsthand. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Abu Dhabi as Host of Bridge the Gap, a new series featured on National PBS Television, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for one day. He is a United Nations Moderator, an International Speaker (TEDx), a Writer for award-winning publications like Lonely Planet, an Eagle Scout and a National Geographic Young Explorers grantee.

The inspiration behind Chris’s mission to create a culture of compassion stems from the life of his parents, and his late father- Stephen Bashinelli. A hardworking, honest man, Stephen passed away from cancer in 2009 at the age of 55. This was the defining moment that propelled Chris forward on his path.

Chris has spoken in nearly one dozen countries, everywhere from TEDx to Azerbaijan to Abu Dhabi. He has shared the stage with people like Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and is the youngest male ever to moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Chris has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet- people like Dikembe Mutombo, Dr. Richard Leakey and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. He is an avid surfer, an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College (Cum Laude) and the Executive Producer at Bridge the Gap TV.

TV HOST:  

As Executive Producer and Host of the internationally recognized series, Bridge the Gap, Chris traverses the globe to experience life in someone else’s shoes. Chris has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans, walked miles for clean water in Haiti, ran from venomous bees in Uganda, and worked side-by-side with individuals from countless corners on Earth.

GLOBAL EXPLORER:

At heart Chris is an explorer. Having recently been named a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee, Chris’s life’s mission is to bridge the gap between cultures and people from all walks of life- not only in front of the camera an on stage- but face to face- on a human level.

SPEAKER:

As a sought after international speaker Chris has delivered keynotes at global conferences for the United Nations, multi-million dollar corporations, Ivy League universities and countless non profit organizations. Chris has spoken in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Qatar, Geneva, Austria and in the UN General Assembly Hall with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to name a few places. He continues to share his message of the “Global Stoop” we all share.

WRITER:

Chris’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky Magazine and in the Daily News Zimbabwe. He shares stories of social activists creating positive change in the developing world, personal stories of self-discovery and growth, and travel guides for the adventurer.

Whether he’s escorting Forest Whitaker from the United Nations, witnessing the last testament of an American Indian activist, or gutting raw fish in Abu Dhabi...Chris presents us with a new way of looking at the world.

 

Presentation Topics

In his presentations, Chris Bashinelli shares both humorous and death-defying stories from his journeys, coupled with footage from his adventures as host of Bridge the Gap. Chris leverages his personal and professional experiences into one-of-a-kind presentations that inspire attendees to take action in business and in life.  Whether he’s escaping from venomous bees in Uganda or escorting Forest Whitaker from the UN- Chris presents us with a new way of looking at the world.

Global Leadership 

Global Leadership, Diversity

How can a kid from Brooklyn attract major sponsorships from companies like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and create a TV show for PBS? 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.


 

Rules of the "Stoop"

Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Awareness

Chris takes attendees on a trek across continents, discovering places of common ground, aka “stoops”, around the globe. From his multicultural stoop in Brooklyn to the shade of trees in Tanzania, we’ll discover the importance of “finding the stoop” to build cohesion in the workplace.


 

From Brooklyn to Africa 

Direction, Social Responsibility, Global Awareness

Have you ever been uncertain of your life’s direction after graduation? Actor, PBS TV Host, and UN Emcee, Chris Bashinelli, shares concrete examples colored by international adventures that help us ignore the noise and find meaning.

 

Videos

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DVD

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