Inspiring Action: Bridging the Gap
Chris understands the college age generation and they flock to him like moths to a flame. Why? It is simple: Chris’ story is THAT compelling and inspiring. Chris quit his professional acting career after a stint on the popular series “The Sopranos” to spend a month in Tanzania. He has since traveled from Uganda to Thailand, Haiti to Native American communities in the US, Mongolia to Indonesia – and it has changed his world. Chris’ experiences abroad motivated him to create and host “Bridge the Gap,” an entertaining educational TV series (broadcast into 45 million homes in 80 markets by PBS) that empowers young people to explore other cultures and to value diversity. His enthusiastic speaking style has landed him numerous speaking engagements at the United Nations (including their International Peace Day) and as the keynote for Jane Goodall’s National Roots and Shoots Youth Leadership Retreat. Chris is also an energetic emcee, recently presenting and facilitating the TEDx event at Wake Forest University.
His presentation inspires young people to explore diversity beyond their local communities and to go boldly into this world believing that anything is possible. Using tales from his life in Brooklyn and his extensive, immersion experiences abroad, Chris will inspire your students to move from thoughts to action in determining their place in this world.
Did I mention that Chris is in his twenties? He inspires any audience – corporate or college!
Here is an interview with Chris (mp3): http://www.nativetelecom.org/audio/producerprofiles/bashinelli_profile.mp3
“Thank you for giving such an inspiring speech. I really enjoyed how I was able to relate to your speech, not only because I grew up in Brooklyn too, but because many events you mentioned had arisen in my life as well. I remember when I first told my family I wanted to be a cardiologist. To many families this may be a blessing, but for mine, I was always destined to follow in my father’s footsteps and become a trader for a hedge-fund. Although the support of family may not be as big an obstacle to others as it is to me, I have to prove myself everyday so they can see that it is what I really want to do. Your words really reinforced my drive to work hard because I realize that if I really want to be a cardiologist, I must give it my all, no matter what, and eventually my family will come around and support me. I hope that your words spark change in others, as it did for me, and you continue to influence people from all over. Thanks again!” – Student, Wake Forest University
“Chris Bashinelli, the speaker for International Education Week , was an inspiration to me. He speaks with passion. He has the power to capture the audiences and when he speaks it is truly from heart. I am sure he will go far in his mission to Bridge the Gap. It will be a pleasure to have him speak again in our college. ” Student, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar