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Rising Stars: Meet Bill & Robyn Brawley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bill & Robyn Brawley.

Hi Bill & Robyn, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
We were both exposed to the arts at a young age, Bill through music and Robyn through dance. We both traveled around the world, working with well-known artists in our respective fields – Bill with the likes of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., and Robyn with ballet greats such as Rudolf Nureyev, Antoinette Sibley, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Robert Helpmann, and Jurgen Schneider.

We believe it was those early influences that shaped our mission and vision of providing opportunities for young people to travel and experience the world while giving back and encouraging others through uplifting and empowering experiences. We accomplish this through the power of music, which provides the backdrop for uniting many different people through freedom of expression, which helps deepen personal relationships and build self-esteem.

We are also incredibly inspired by our daughter, Lizzie, our wonderful and supportive family and friends, and the thousands of students who have touched our hearts.

Having worked in the nonprofit sector for a collective 50 plus years, when the global pandemic hit, we founded our own nonprofit, HEART Global, to continue our life work and to further the programs we had successfully developed all over the world. HEART Global is staffed by industry professionals with incredible creativity, skill, knowledge, and passion, and in the short time since our launch in December 2020, our team has grown HEART Global beyond our expectations.

Our mission at HEART Global is Creating Global Connections and Nurturing Future Generations Through Music, and our performances and music workshops are designed to provide a safe space for our cast and participants to express themselves so that they can grow, connect, and THRIVE. We are proud to partner with some incredible local, regional and international organizations including Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, JMC Japan, American Airlines, Rise Up for You, Dance Excellence, several international U.S. Army bases, and Make-A-Wish.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Every obstacle, small or large, gave us the opportunity to redefine our journey, partnership, and passion… whether it was immigration challenges which stopped Robyn from seeing her family in Australia for three years, Bill’s four year battle with cancer, or the personal or professional struggles of life… we both have a mindset of “never give up”…. and our purpose has never wavered.

The global pandemic has been an incredibly challenging time for so many people and the disconnect that people have felt, especially young people, has been unprecedented. We knew we needed to find a way to help bridge the gap and so when we created HEART Global, we developed our Global E-Workshop program to bring people together virtually, utilizing the power of music to create lasting connections.

As the world continues to open up, we are looking forward to presenting more and more of our performances and workshops in person while continuing to connect people around the world through our virtual programming.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Our most important focus is on the PERSON. We believe that EVERY person is important – whether they are a CEO, a little child, or a person in the grocery line.

We have a philosophy of “YES AND!” which means looking at the possibilities, not the problems. We encourage everyone to BE THE SOLUTION. You have the choice of adding or subtracting to a room, always be adding.

One of our favorite sayings is “NOT IF, BUT WHEN…” Trust in the timing of life as sometimes moments happen on their own time. Be prepared and accept it… and the journey will teach you so much.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Consistency. Being a consistent person creates trust, respect, honor, and success in our careers and family life. It isn’t a power word but it has powerful outcomes when used in our daily lives.

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Boivin Photographe The Grovers Photography

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