Gabrielle Reilly, social and community entrepreneur,
political and media analyst, founder The Global Townhall
- March 2015
the "secret" to your success?
Having a purpose greater than myself
my destiny or calling. It happens when a vision burns
in your soul. When your mind and emotions align as
one, the universe will conspire to make whats
in your mind become a reality in your life.
When I was five or six, I was lying in bed when a
light filled the room, or I had a dream, or a vision.
Im not sure how to describe it, but it seared
into the essence of my being. I saw Mother Theresa,
Martin Luther King and Wonder Woman. That night I
knew that I would grow up to unite the most influential
people in the world by serving mankind with the heart
of Mother Theresa, raising people up like Martin Luther
but packaging myself like Wonder Woman.
On 9/11 that vision suddenly made all the sense in
the world to me and I knew what I had to do.
How and when did you break into
the media world?
As I mentioned, after 9/11 I was compelled to act.
I launched a website to help share a more peaceful
political perspective around the world. The most searched
term on the internet then was bikini.
So thats what I donned
a bikini as my
hook to talk about politics and peace. The internet
ended up being like Wonder Womans glass plane.
I could wiz around the world on the internet in seconds
in an outfit as skimpy as hers.
The website www.gabriellereilly.com
which morphed into the www.gabriellereillyweekly.com
took off around the world becoming one of the top
sites on the internet. Media outlets globally were
interviewing me, which gave me more opportunity to
spread my message. Photographers were lining up to
take my pictures. I was given this silly catch phrase
the super model with super brains.
Im fundamentally very shy about showing my body
off but I think it is nobler to wear a bikini and
speak the truth and spread love, than it is to stand
in a suit and say outrageous things that stir riots
and deaths around the world as some of our more well-known
political commentators were doing to get themselves
I was approached by some of the most influential academic
and political organizations in Washington DC because
I offered a unique perspective in my political opinions.
example, I wrote an article giving a global geopolitical
analysis of oil prices, predicting exactly what occurred
between 2003 and 2006. Ivy League college grads were
still stuck in the old paradigm they were taught that
OPEC doesnt control oil prices, the market
does. They hadnt reevaluated the rise
of China and its new demand on oil, combined with
a former KGB Director becoming President of Russia
which had the other 51% of the worlds energy
They poo-hooed me at first and then realized I was
right, OPEC was temporarily in a position of power
over oil prices. The global energy system now is completely
different now of course.
this time I met some of the most well-known people
in the world. I packed away my swimsuit a decade ago
and am thankful to be back in my business suits again
interviewing the most famous people in the world.
When and why did you create
The Global Townhall?
previous sites morphed into www.theglobaltownhall.com
about five years ago to continue my work. It is dedicated
to raising people up, entertainment, global stability,
diplomacy and human rights.
thrilled that such amazing people such as moon walker
Buzz Aldrin, Italian Opera singer Andrea Bocelli,
World Tennis Champion Caroline Wozniacki, billionaire
T Boone Pickens, supermodel Kathy Ireland, movie star
Mads Mikkelsen etc, have wanted to be a part of it!
You are a beautiful, intelligent
and driven woman. What are some of the main ways you
have been able to use your celebrity, profile and
influence for good?
you! Much of the global impact I have happens behind
the scenes, behind closed doors. I personally advise
some of the most influential people in world. Im
a confidante. I never breach that trust. Loyalty is
also connect people who need to be connected. I am
involved with influential people in many countries,
in many industries, so I am good at knowing what someone
needs and who to get it from
much of which I
cant talk about either.
small example I can mention would be when I travelled
throughout America for 8 days with Australian Federal
Senator Jacqui Lambie. She is dedicated to helping
Australias veterans so I introduced her to Congressman
Cleaver in Washington DC who serves on the Veterans
Affairs Committee. He provided Senator Lambie with
the American GI Bill for her to go through and adopt
smart ideas that she could push forward in Australia
to benefit the veterans.
a grassroots level, people contact me regularly to
thank me for inspiring them through my uplifting interviews
on The Global Townhall.
also involved with a number of organizations dedicated
to good international relations with world leaders.
Who have been the top few influences
in your life and career, and why?
I would say that the person who has influenced me
the most, and I dont mean this in a religious
sense, is Jesus
the man who walked on Earth.
I had a childrens bible when I was little and
I used to love reading stories about him. He did not
judge people, he was not cruel, he walked in peace
and helped people wherever he could. He even let a
prostitute wash his feet so who are we as people to
judge anyone? Clearly we are not supposed to. If all
the Christians in the world tried to live as Jesus
showed us to, the world would be a much kinder place.
What are the biggest obstacles
you have overcome?
was deeply hurt by friends and family when they lashed
out at me, not understanding what I was doing when
I suddenly started wearing a bikini; and the people
on the internet could be so mean as they are to all
had to deal with green-headed, jealous women. As my
looks fade this is one thing I will celebrate
not having to deal with the green-headed monster when
all I want is world peace.
so sensitive. It hurt so much I withdrew from the
world for years. My heart couldnt take the pain.
I had to grow thick skin.
felt like this was a cross I had to bear though to
do what I had to do.
What is your connection to Queensland
based politician Clive Palmer?
My Mum is a Palmer so Clive is family. I was just
back in Australia a few weeks ago and had the most
fantastic time with Clive, his wife Anna and the kids
at their home near Surfers Paradise. They took me
out for a beautiful seafood lunch and we watched old
family movies in his home theatre.
is really thoughtful, very entertaining and obviously
very smart. He is a visionary. His wife Anna is an
exceptional woman; she is very kind, humble, intelligent
and a great Mum. His kids are fantastic. They are
all so lovely; I had one of the nicest days of my
life with them.
famous/influential people have the media coming after
thats what sells newspapers. Clive
is good for selling newspapers for them, he makes
them money, and gosh can they misrepresent him!
What did you most enjoy about
your most recent trip down under to Australia?
of it was awesome but Canberra was fantastic. I didnt
realize how many Members of Parliament and Senators
I knew. I was given the VIP treatment there for a
few days thats for sure! They picked me up from
my hotel, took me to dinners, a party, even to a night
club. Who knew Canberra could be so much fun.
I understand that Alice Springs
(where we are currently based) is your original hometown.
When and why did you decide to expand your horizons,
all the way to Kansas, USA?
lived in Papua New Guinea, Perth, Darwin and Alice
Springs. I love all those places. I moved to Kansas
City 18 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter.
Actually, I went into labor on the flight from Australia
to America, but that is a whole other story.... I
love Kansas City and have lived here as long as I
have lived anywhere so it really feels like home.
What are your main hobbies and
interests outside of work, and is there much cross
over for you?
My work is pretty much my social life but I love to
read, garden, decorate my home, watch sunsets and
spend as much time as possible enjoying my patio which
is set in a forest. Breathing in the fresh air is
invigorating. One of my favorite things to do also
is learning how to Latin/ballroom dance, even though
I have two left feet. I love doing Zumba classes and
dancing around my home with music pumping.
Any plans to return to Alice
Springs? (we had to ask)
I would love to go back to Alice Springs. All of my
family has left Alice though, so it is hard to find
the time to get back when Im in Australia to
Do you think some of the locals
here at 'The Alice' may remember you, when they read
Im friends with quite a few on Facebook. I just
love my friends from Alice. Most of them are such
You have met and interviewed
some many people.. world leaders, Olympians, world
class social entrepreneurs and humanitarians... who
haven't you met and interviewed yet, that you would
What are your favorite philanthropic
causes, and why?
am honored to serve on the Executive Committee on
a Board of Trustees alongside the 3 Star Generals
(ret.) The Command and General Staff College at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas have an International Military
Officer Program that trains international officers
from all around the world.
officers include the President of Indonesia, the Prime
Minister of Singapore and the King of Bahrain. The
US officers include all five of our 5 Star Generals
as well as our Presidents so you can get an understanding
of the immense caliber of the program.
International Officers (IO) and their families spend
a year or two here in Fort Leavenworth learning about
democracy, the West, America etc. As an example Indonesias
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono contributes his
training here at Fort Leavenworth in 1991, to what
he has achieved in Indonesia over the past 20 years.
Besides the economic growth, he introduced democracy
throughout Indonesia, the largest Muslim population
in the world, without a single bullet having to be
fired. In fact I just met President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono last month at Fort Leavenworth where his
son is currently attending.
International and USA Officers and their families
become good friends throughout their stay here in
Kansas. Over the years, if there is conflict in their
respective countries, they have been able to pick
up the phone and talk to an old friend from their
college days to resolve the problems. Many conflicts
throughout the years have been avoided because of
these relationships. This program has helped with
global peace and stability in ways we will never be
able to measure.
What's your motto?
kind, spread love, contribute to society and spend
as much time as you can outdoors in nature.
How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as being a great Mum.
Its the most important job in the world. Before
any of my causes, my kids come first. I dont
believe any parent should save the world at the expense
of their own children. Besides, Im best at being
a Mum, its what I love most in life.
note: A truly remarkable woman and we know that our
friends and associates far and wide, from Alice Springs,
to Sydney, up to Hollywood, Washington and beyond
are going to get something good from this. Stay tuned
to this space, as we and the world at large have not
heard the last of Gabrielle Reilly.