Robin is the CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions, a television and film production, youth mentorship and media consulting company, with a mission to make meaningful media and produce powerful social impact experiences. The business of SoulTouch and Robin’s personal commitment is to plant seed of hope in young people and present “Visions of Possibilities”.
Robin’s film work includes the HBO mini-series, Laurel Avenue and Emmy and NAACP Image Award nominated Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks, a documentary on the life of her great-uncle. She worked with HBO on the film’s national community and educational outreach.
ESSENCE magazine’s June 2006 issue features a tribute to Mr. Parks, who died in March 2006, written by Robin.
In 2011, the Minnesota Council on Black Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Center awarded SoulTouch a Humanities Legacy grant to develop “In the Footsteps of Gordon Parks”, a youth development initiative and celebration of his legacy.
Robin was recently featured in TPT’s Lost Twin Cities III, which featured a segment about Parks’ fashion photography experience with Frank Murphy’s boutique in St. Paul (YouTube).
“Walking in the Footsteps of Gordon Parks” was the theme of her Black History Month keynote address at the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County 2012 celebration (YouTube). In November 2012, SoulTouch in partnership with numerous community, corporate and philanthropic organizations, hosted a Gordon Parks Centennial Celebration and Film Festival, which was held at the MN History Center and the St. Anthony Main Theater featuring special guest, actor/producer Richard Roundtree (SHAFT).January 2011, Robin delivered the keynote address for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Governor’s Commission on the Martin L. King Jr. Holiday (YouTube/Robin Hickman). She represents the month of May in the 5th Anniversary Issue of the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar.
Additionally, Robin and SoulTouch have received numerous award’s, including:
SoulTouch is a member of the MN Black Chamber of Commerce and Robin serves on the boards of the St. Paul YWCA, St. Paul Neighborhood STAR, IFP Minnesota Media Arts Center, MN Museum of American Art and is a founding member of the Minnesota African American Museum.
Robin is a native of and resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. She participates in worship at Camphor United Methodist Church. Robin graduated of St. Paul Central High School and received a B.A. in Communications from Howard University, Washington, DC. Robin has traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Africa. One of her greatest passion is her multicultural doll collection, which she uses in motivational presentations to inspire creativity, positive self-esteem and promote cultural diversity. Her collecting journey and artistry has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Star Tribune newspaper, the Mpls/ St. Paul Magazine, on HGTV and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Her original doll hats were displayed at the Guthrie Theater during its presentation of the play “Crowns”.