For more than a decade National Geographic Explorer, Chris Bashinelli, better known as “Bash”, has travelled the world walking in other people’s shoes and discovering trying to better understand the human condition.
A passionate Mental Health advocate, Bash has studied Meditation and Mindfulness for more than a decade, since the death of his father.
As a celebrated Diversity & Inclusion recognized by the United Nations, Bash brings to life the powerful tools he’s learned to help organizations build stronger teams, renew employee inspiration and Step Into their Full Potential.
From his childhood “Stoop” in Brooklyn where his friends shared a combined total of over 13 nationalities, to his grandparents that immigrated to the United States from Lebanon through Ellis Island – Bash’s understanding of DE&I is built into the very fabric of his DNA.
Bash brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought provoking exercises.
Whether he’s living as a nomad in Mongolia, working with suicide prevention activists on the Pine Ridge Reservation or Sumo wrestling the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history – he will leave audiences inspired and empowered, reminding us of our greatest asset – our people.
Talks & Topics
The Power of Human Connection – Embracing Diversity, Building Stronger Teams
Embark with Bash on an international adventure, from the sweeping grasslands of Mongolia to the remote hillsides of China, coupled with stunning video footage and thought provoking exercises, where we learn to truly embrace diversity and harness the collective power of our shared humanity.
It is only when every single team member, from the office manager to the CEO, feels safe to bring their whole, most authentic selves to work every day, that our organization will realize its full potential.
So long as anyone feels they must hide who they are, we leave untapped resources on the table – negatively impacting our bottom line.
Embracing the powerful metaphor of his childhood “Stoop” in Brooklyn, where his friends shared a combined total of thirteen nationalities, Bash reminds us that it is only when our uniqueness is celebrated and all perspectives equally welcome, that we can truly tap into the power of human connection.
Creating a Culture of Trust & Empathy – The Superpower to True Business Growth
In this flagship keynote, Bash shares the profound method he’s used to build trust and forge lifelong friendships around the world as a National Geographic Explorer.
From living with nomads in Mongolia, to Sumo-wrestling Japan’s heaviest human being of all time, Bash shares the superpower for true business growth in engaging, humorous and practical terms.
Without trust, business suffers profoundly – with it, our people and our company thrive. When our clients feel on a core level that we have their best interest in mind, they will be inspired to work with us, and business will flourish.
As we live and work from a place of empathy we will naturally create an inclusive culture that inspires teammates to want to work together towards our mission and attract clients who trust us with their business.
Inspirational Leadership – Reignite Employee Inspiration & Bring Your Best Self Everyday
Join Bash on an international adventure, from the distant hilltops of Western Hunan, to the iconic Mongolian steppe, where we learn, through the power of story, that the most effective way to lead others is to become our best selves, each and every day.
Pulling from his most memorable experiences in travels to over 40 countries, Bash shows that it is only because of challenge, not in spite of it, that we can realize our full potential – the space between who we are and who we can be.
When our leaders truly embrace empathy and show an unwavering commitment to realize their full potential, the result is inspiration.
Leaders inspire us by what they say and do, but perhaps more than anything else – by who they are. In this revolutionary keynote we’ll explore how the results of influence are often short term and self serving, whereas the impact of inspiration lasts a lifetime.
The Power of Mental Wellness – Mindfulness, Mental Health & Creating a Healthy Workforce
We are working harder, under more pressure, and for longer hours than ever before – but without a mindful approach to work and life, one that values our well being as well as the bottom line – burnout and turnover are inevitable.
Pulling from more than a decade of in-depth mindfulness and mediation studies, Bash shares how to incorporate positive mental health strategies into our work and life in order to increase productivity, profit and happiness.
Colored by Bash’s extraordinary adventures around the world as a National Geographic Explorer, this keynote brings to life the core lessons he’s learned to create a healthy workforce in fun, engaging and practical ways.
No matter what our organization is struggling with – employee retention, company layoffs, or economic downturns – it can fuel our path to a wiser, more caring and more innovative culture.
Start at Step Z – A Guide to Realizing Our Potential
In this interactive keynote Bash walks attendees through the step-by-step method of how to get from Step “A”, to Step “Z”, reverse-engineering the path to their goals.
With total clarity, he emphasizes that the swiftest way to get from where we are, to where we want to be, is to be there first – on the inside.
From speaking in the United Nations General Assembly Hall at 23 years-old with no prior training, to attracting partnerships from some of the world’s most recognizable brands, to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia, Chris Bashinelli has forged his own path in life.
This talk is a call to action for each of us to embrace our full potential – first by imagining it, then by believing it, and finally through definite action.
Chris Bashinelli has got to be one of the best speakers we’ve ever had on our stage. His energy and inspiration to help people become global citizens and understand what that means, was absolutely phenomenal. Thank-you, Chris!VISIT Florida
WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP , Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO
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. I’ve had… of our 2,000 people that attended today, no less than a dozen come up in tears and say the message they heard in terms of connection, the message they heard in terms of empathy and caring, is a message that will resonate with them for the rest of this show and probably for the rest of their lives. 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.