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CONvENTiON gLobAL ciTizEnsHip SpEaKEr Global Citizenship A guide to unleashing your potential and contributing to humanity BY cHRIS BASHINELLI AND STEVE GUGLIELMO W hen chris Bashinelli was 20 years old, he had the opportunity to go to Tanzania as part of a study abroad program. During his time in Tanzania, he worked at a community center in the town of Magi Ya chai. While there, chris visited an orphanage where he noticed two small children chasing a dog. concerned that the children would get lost, chris followed them but eventually lost track of them. Not being fluent in Swahili, chris returned to his group and told his Kenyan teacher, Mwagi, about his concerns for the children. The teacher told chris not to worry, that in Tanzania people had a community mindset and looked out for one another. A few minutes later, the children reappeared with the dog. Convention Speaker This trip was a life changing experience for chris, who was, at the time, a successful actor, having appeared in HBO's The Sopranos. When chris returned from the trip, he decided to create a documentary that would show the beauty of Tanzania and its people. That documentary, entitled Bridge the Gap, ultimately led to a series of similar documentaries aimed at showing the commonalities of the human experience. Through his experiences, chris has learned the importance of being, what he calls, a global citizen. "Global citizenship essentially comes down to a very simple idea of connecting with our passion and using that passion to serve others," says Bashinelli. Through his Bridge the Gap series and his work as a global citizen, chris has traveled to more than 30 countries. He has trained with Mongolian herdsmen, walked for clean water in Haiti and harvested buffalo in Pine Ridge. And in all of his travels, chris has found one thing to be universally true. "The people that I've seen that are the most successful, both in business and in life, are the people that genuinely care about others and do their best on a daily basis to find out what their skills are, or what they have access to, that they can use to benefit their communities," he says. "That's everywhere in the world, whether it's on top of a mountain in Mongolia or right inside your office." Being a Global Citizen Another thing that chris learned throughout his travels is that being a global citizen does not require you to give up your possessions and travel the world to volunteer. You can be a global citizen in your everyday life. "The words 'global citizen' can be changed to 'good person' or 'kind The MHEDA Journal | Second Quar ter 2 016 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
Women @Work
Industry Puluse
Teamwork and Personal Accountability
Exhibitors' Showcase Product Guide and Floor Plan
Exhibitor Summaries
Global Citizenship
Six C-Level Cyber Blunders (And Solutions)
What to Look Forward to in 2016
How to Build a sense of Community for Your Business
Women Mean Business
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Creating Great Customer Experiences: Why, How and Why Now?
Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment
Too Much of a Good Thing
Matuson's Sixteen Workplace Predictions for 2016
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016