"I love The Global Townhall. I would have to say that Gabrielle Reilly is one of the most interesting and dynamic people I have come across for a long time, we should all stand aside and listen to HER stories. I loved the question's she asked and would love to read any thing she has to print, this woman is going place's... xx A fan Kelly Le Brock." Kelly LeBrock Interview
"Thanks so much for having me on The Global Townhall. It has been a pleasure." Mads Mikkelsen - star of 007 Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans etc. Mads Mikkelsen Interview
"I have read your column (The Global Townhall) with joy! Great interviews and discussion points. Thank-you for sharing; it is great work. " General Robert Caslen, 3 Star General in Command of the Combined Arms Center.
"She's (Gabrielle Reilly) a very dynamic young woman whom I nominated for Young Australian of the Year," says Lim (Richard Lim, Deputy Leader Northern Territory Australia)" Gabrielle was very proud to be defeated for the title by aboriginal Olympic Gold Medalist, Cathy Freeman.
"Reilly doesn't know if she will visit Australia before the election - although "A Current Affair" and Today Tonight (and maybe even "The 7.30 Report") will be falling over themselves to get her on camera is she does."
"One of my funnier experiences in Darwin was when I was in the Miss Australia Awards," she (Gabrielle Reilly) said. "We were all dressed up and taken on a beautiful champagne, sunset hovercraft cruise. There was not a toilet on board and many of the girls on board were just busting to go after a glass or two of champagne. The hovercraft pulled up on a sandbank in the middle of nowhere and all you saw was a bunch of contestants running down the beach in formal wear to glamorously squat in one of the few areas with any scrub." (We were all worried about crocs grabbing us.)
"Gabrielle, it's been really lovely speaking with you. Still can't figure out how an Aussie ended up in Kansas of all places, this is a first for me to be interviewed in Kansas! Thanks for having me on The Global Townhall." Leslie Nielsen star of Naked Gun and Scary Movie. Leslie Nielsen Interview.
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The star-studded, extravangant life I live today is so incredibly different to the life I lived growing up… so much so that I pretty much weep every day. Not because I'm sad, but because I’ve lived and travelled to so many devastatingly poor countries, that I feel a massive surge of gratitude for all we have here in the United States. The contrast makes me weep with joy.
So nowadays I spend my days advising, consulting, negotiating with, socializing and traveling with supermodels, astronauts, billionaires, political leaders, 4 Star Generals and sports stars, many of whom are friends and family. In fact in the 19 years since I’ve lived in Kansas some of my Aussie family became billionaires. I am driven around in Bentleys or a Rolls Royce being whisked around to the finest places, with the finest service and finest food. It’s like being on a movie. Or I may spend a few days laying poolside with a supermodel/movie star at her home… or I may be flying around with a political leader educating them on American society, politics, and military, or an astronaut may visit me to have lunch and brainstorm. This is not what makes me weep though, I’ll tell you later what makes me weep.
Growing up my father was an eccentric traveler. After being born in Darwin, Australia we moved to Papua New Guinea when I was about three. In case you don’t know, Papua New Guinea is an island in the Pacific that still has tribes of cannibals and men walk around with bones in their noses carrying a spear. I spent my formative years running barefoot through these streets with my best friend, a little native boy Jerry, before moving to Perth, Western Australia. In Perth I attended a snooty all-girls college for six years which is why I talk with a slightly British accent.
Almost like moving from Oxford to a village in Africa, we then moved to Crocodile Dundee territory in the Outback, Australia. I went to high school in a dusty, sweltering hot, little town, two thousand miles from anywhere with dirt roads and a population of eight thousand. Many of the population only showered once a year when it rained so it was also a very stinky town. The people were rough there and there was not much to offer in the way of academics or opportunity. But I loved every second of living there and still keep in contact with many of my old friends. I believe all people are a soul having different life experiences, therefore we are all equal.
Throughout all these years living in different locations, we also travelled to remote and untouched places in the world, for sometimes three months at a time. Remember this was thirty or more years ago before the rise of international tourism and without any technology to help us along, so it was much more challenging. We went to places so remote we would catch the rickety old boats, sitting next to the pigs and the chickens, to get to untouched islands that had no restaurants, hotels, cars or even electricity. To get onto the island we had to jump from the boat onto a plank of wood tied to a pole in the ocean and pull ourselves to shore. We used sign language to ask for somewhere to sleep and something to eat from the locals cooking there family fish on a campfire on the beach under a thatched roof hut.
There was never a hotel booked in advance anywhere we went, we would just wonder the streets looking for somewhere to stay and move on to the next place whenever we felt like it was time for the next adventure.
So I lived amongst some of the world’s poorest people, and I was fascinated to see they had nothing, yet they were some of the most incredibly happy people in the world. They had nothing and didn’t know there was anything better. They were happy right where they were at.
This is why I weep, because I know how very lucky I have it and appreciate all the amazing opportunities. I’m not talking about things that cost a lot of money, name brands, or hanging out with famous people. For example, I’m talking about the opportunities my two children, who are 18 and 19, have enjoyed after growing up in the United States. I’m talking about their opportunity to go to a great school that encourages children to excel and utilize their gifts… a school that prepared them for college in such a structured way, a school that strategically developed their leadership qualities, discipline, community service and their kindness and love.
Little things are big things for me, like high school debate tournaments here… kids roll around large carts with all the files they will need to use in debate rounds. These tournaments are incredibly well organized across many schools, it is so professional and helps these teens develops lifetime skills. People in my Outback town didn’t have that. People in poor countries don’t have that. So watching my teenagers do debate is just one of the many, many opportunities that makes me weep with joy and gratitude.
So from running the streets with native Papua New Guineans, attending a snooty all-girl school wearing my gloves and berets, living in Crocodile Dundee territory, to sipping Champaign on yachts and riding in Rolls Royce’s throughout my life, I can say unequivocally, that is not the “things” or who you rub shoulders with, that makes you happy, but how much you appreciate how much or how little that you have.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT GABRIELLE REILLY
An Australian American, Gabrielle Reilly is Owner of The Global Townhall, which is a network of some of the most influential people in the world including movie stars, billionaires, sport champs, political leaders (from all sides of the aisle,) supermodels and authors etc. A network of people who are making the world a better place. Besides inspiring people to be their personal best, Gabrielle is dedicated to national security, diplomacy and human rights issues.
Gabrielle connects people in her exclusive international network where relevant and appropriate. She coordinates, and/or travels with, and attends meetings with her celebrity contacts from around the world. She often works with billionaires, movie stars and political leaders from around the globe on a wide variety of topics from military issues, to book deals, Washington DC political educational trips for foreign leaders, or just straight up leisure and entertainment. Gabrielle also helps craft speeches where necessary and has been a major fundraiser. She is available for consulting on a case by case basis.
As examples, one day Gabrielle could be staying on a ranch with a supermodel or being flown around the world by a billionaire, to the next day, serving as an Executive Trustee on a USA Military Board alongside other Trustees and leaders who are 3 and 4 Star Generals, or brianstorming at lunch with an astronaut or at dinner with a Senator, or be on a conference call with a Lord in the House of Lords.
Some of the advice for readers of The Global Townhall’s online magazine division includes Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, billionaire T Boone Pickens, moonwalking astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Aussie adventurer Dick Smith, supermodels Kathy Ireland and Megan Gale, No. 1 tennis champ Caroline Wozniacki, Senator Pat Roberts (R) and Congressman Cleaver (D.)
The Global Townhall is read internationally (also by many of the notable guests interviewed on it) and is intended to raise humanity up by the sharing of tremendous ideas from the most successful people in the world.
Gabrielle founded TGT because she believes that as you become what you eat, you also become what you read, watch and surround yourself with. Her mission is also to unite people and shed understanding on issues with the belief that not much can be achieved without understanding another point of view.
Gabrielle is Honorary Chair of the US Military International Military Gala held at Kansas City's Kauffman Center for Performing Arts (compare to the Sydney Opera House.) The Gala is dedicated to welcoming International Military Officers from around the world to train at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for one year. Former Officer's include Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Singapore's Prime Minister and the King of Bahrain.
"International Military Officers and their families from over 90 countries become good friends after spending a year together trainng at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. These relationships have been repetitedly known to later avoid conflict, causing peace and stability globally. This is why I am such an avid supporter of the Command and General Staff College Foundation." Gabrielle Reilly
Gabrielle's Australian family, billionaireand Member of Parliament, the Hon. Clive Palmer MP, is the major sponsor for the International Military Gala. He was warmly welcomed in Kansas City as he delivered a speech (that Gabrielle helped craft) at the Gala via a pre-recorded video. Please see the short video of the evening below including a segment of Mr. Palmer's speech.
For the 2016 International Friendship Gala, super model and business owner Kathy Ireland made Gabrielle a welcome video to play at the Gala.
Gabrielle says "I’m Australian American and have grown up travelling the world including living in Papua New Guinea for three years. I’m somewhat of a cautious adventure traveler meaning I’ve been dog sledding in the Artic, have ridden camels in the Sahara Desert, a sampan (dingy boat) through the North Vietnam juggle, have been elephant riding in Asia, and swam with sting rays. The list goes on and on.
Life is exciting and I thrive on the unknown and grand ideas.
I also dedicate some of my interviews to human rights and national security issues.
On a much more personal note, I want to share with you my core values that influence all my decisions. When I was about 6 years old I woke in the night to a vision that shone brightly, consuming me; I had a vision that I would grow up to connect and unite world leaders, legends and influencers to help in any aspect of global stability, security and peace. I wanted to improve the human condition everywhere. I still get chills thinking of that moment that changed my life.
I was deeply influenced by the selfless service of Mother Theresa (and yes, I even played in a nuns habit,) Martin Luther King’s ability to move people for the greater good of mankind and Wonder Woman’s ability to put a nice wrapping on saving the world (good marketing.)
I’ve travelled to over 40 countries often staying with the locals in remote regions off the tourist tracks. After living in America for 19 years, I’ve been involved with some of the most influential people in the world. So the vision that engulfed me at age 6, was perhaps what one would label a “calling” or “destiny.”"
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GABRIELLE REILLY
CEO and Founder The Gabrielle Reilly Weekly 2002-2010
After 9/11 Gabrielle was compelled to use her international experience growing up in Australia, Papua New Guinea and years collectively travelling to over 40 countries, to try to mitigate the hatred around the world of America. Born and raised in Australia Gabrielle became a US citizen in 2002. The premise that the more people hated America, the more terrorists would be recruited, therefore the more conflict would arise, drove Gabrielle’s interest in diplomacy.
Gabrielle parlayed her international following as a model and global correspondent and spent years talking on radio stations and newspapers around the world including the BBC, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, the ABC, on such hot issues as Abu Ghraib. The Gabrielle Reilly Weekly generated some tremendous traffic on the internet. The Gabrielle Reilly Weekly traffic still gets forwarded to The Global Townhall.
Executive Officer on the Command and General Staff College Foundation Board of Trustees, Fort Leavenworth (current)
International Relations Council of Kansas City (Board Member 2008-2011)
Greater Kansas City People to People (Board Member 2006-2010)
Women In National Security (WINS) sub group of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in DC (2011 to Present)
Command and General Staff College Foundation Donor
FBI Citizens Academy (2011 to Present)
Set America Free Coalition (2004- Present)
Navy League (2013- Present)
Council for National Policy (CNP, 2002-2004)
International Relations Council of Kansas City (Board Member 2008-2010)
Greater Kansas City People to People (Board Member 2006-2008)