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"Only new relationships can heal and transform silos, divides and distrusts" -Parfait Bassalé



Helping people and organizations become relational bridges.

From Portland (Oregon) to Dakar (Senegal); from Olympia (Washington) to Port aux Princes (Haiti), Parfait has worked with thousands of youth, educators and corporate professionals to identify and overcome barriers that stand in the way of meaningful connection with those who are different. Inspired by his life story and what he describes as "the tragic repeated experience of standing at the door of spaces", Parfait is committed to transforming othering through empathy, and to training the next generation of bridge builders.

He does this work with individuals and organizations through the story and song- centered approach which harnesses the introspective virtues of music and the power of stories to shape and alter meaning.


"I have been the man standing at the door of spaces a good chunk of my life. I did not have words to describe it. Often, I was not invited or felt that I wasn't welcomed. At times, I chose not to enter. It took a bridge builder to notice me, invite me in and create space for me to  jumpstart a process of healing.
The insight from this experience now fuels my passion to help people become bridge builders.”


Parfait Bassalé



Parfait Bassalé is the consummate storyteller, educator and performer. With expertise and experience in interpersonal neurobiology and empathy his talks and workshops are engaging, informational and inspirational.


Memorable & Inspiring

Parfait Bassalé  inspires audiences with a heartfelt message and music about the journey to belonging.


Engaging & Insightful

Parfait provides transformational and multi-sensory workshops on what it takes to belong and to create cultures that foster belonging.


Get Ready to Take Action

Parfait Bassalé works with individuals and organizations to implement effective EDI initiatives.



Parfait Bassalé provides professional speaking and coaching services for a variety of exceptional partners. Learn more about who Parfait has worked with below, and get in touch to book your own speaking or coaching engagement.


Thurston Regional Planning Council

Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference

US State Department: Young African Leaders Initiative

Experience Olympia & Beyond

Multnomah County

Mercy Corps

Portland State University

Seattle Children's Hospital

University of Oregon

Beaverton School District

Portland Public Schools

Edmonds Community College

Clark College

Portland Community College

Multnomah County library

South Puget Sound Community College

Reality Church

Tumwater Fire Department

Association of International Schools in Africa

Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School

Bonneville Federal Power Plant

Parfait would love to collaborate with you - get in touch!

Audience Testimonials

With a unique ability to connect with each and every audience, Parfait is an effective communicator and well-renowned speaker. Take a look below to see actual testimonials from previous audiences.


Wayne Scott, Therapist

OK, let me get the main news out there right away: He sings. Not just sings, but sings beautifully. And it's connected to his overall message of increasing empathy, dismantling otherness, and spreading peace. At Multnomah County we heard about Parfait first through word-of-mouth, the employee buzz, and people asking us, "Can you get Parfait to do a workshop here?" We set him up to do two on "Transforming Otherness through Empathy," and they immediately filled up with wait lists, and we added three more. The response has been enthusiastic. Parfait has a unique skill set: deep knowledge about the neurobiology of otherness and empathy and what gets in the way of people being more compassionate and the magical tool of his music, which touches people's hearts, shifts thinking, and really moves them. I recommend him to any organization with enthusiasm.


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