Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

National Geographic Explorer | Executive Producer and 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.

Global Citizenship: Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen – presence, empathy and inspiration – then we can truly inspire those around us.

With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives – from a disagreement with a co-worker, to the loss of someone we love – becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to “change the world”, but to “change ourselves”. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need in order to be happy right now.

From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection, does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions in order to grow.

This keynote is about:

  • Transformation: change your mind – change your world
  • How to be strong and productive members of the world
  • How to embody the qualities of a Global Citizen – presence, empathy and inspiration


  • How to change your perspective to serve your team or clients
  • How to create connection and a feeling of belonging in your workplace
  • Transform your current conditions for professional and personal growth

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 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.

This keynote is about: 

  • Cultivating connection by valuing all generations, cultures and perspectives
  • A relationship building method universally tested – from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia


  • Three essential steps from the “Stoop” – Awareness, Acceptance, and Courage!
  • How to strengthen relationships
  • How to make the human connection and move people from the category of “them” to “us”

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”.

This keynote is about: 

  • How to connect our ultimate goal to a mission that benefits others
  • Creating an unwavering faith in our own potential
  • Achieving the goal you feel will truly bring your life meaning – your Step “Z”


  • Learn the scientific method for recognizing and reducing your most limiting beliefs
  • Finding the confidence to make decisions
  • How to achieve goals through visualization