Thanks to my 33-year career in the US Foreign Service, culminating in an assignment as a US Ambassador, I am very familiar with the State Department and all US agencies involved in formulating and influencing US foreign policy. As an AWIU mentor, I can lead teleconferences and act as a sounding board in the development of projects with women interested in a career in Foreign Service. Teleconferences will be formatted to offer an opportunity for networking and focus on subjects such as preparing and taking the exam in Foreign Service and building a work-life balance as a woman working in fields such as diplomacy, security policy, finance, and journalism.
A veteran Major within the United States Marines and a former Special Agent with the FBI, I have diverse experience with operational security, safety training, and policy design and have acted as an operational and risk advisor for women and youth working with grassroots organizations in Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. I would be very interested in mentoring, leading teleconferences, and working with young women with interests and goals in these areas.
Diane Mitchell Henry is a Humanitarian Entrepreneur and Consultant specializing in leadership management for global engagement. Mitchell Henry is the AWIU Founder and Chair of Career Opportunities for International Relations (COIR). COIR is an invitational international relations and diplomacy empowerment leadership program for high school, college students and young adults interested in gaining information about internship programs and career opportunities in international relations, diplomacy and with global corporations. Mitchell Henry mentors and provides assistance to women interested in international internships, career opportunities and in the development of global projects. Global affairs have been a long-term passion of Mitchell Henry.
I would be most pleased to serve as a mentor to Passport to the Future members interested in participating in a forum on Human Trafficking with the focus on such impacts as new technologies, intelligence, national security, terrorisms, and counter-terrorism. We have few women in intelligence and national security careers, and yet we are advancing rapidly into an arena of cyber diplomacy. Men in the intelligence and national security fields are asking for women to join them on the frontline. As one Intel Agent told me, “We are in this together.” On completion of the study forum, we would develop a public or media promotion plan of action.
Jackie Macias, Chair of AWIU’s Development Committee, is available to moderate discussions focused on women’s global leadership in social enterprises. Specifically, entrepreneurial leadership development provokes the personal transformation required to make a profound impact and includes:
- Discovering, nurturing, and exercising individual leadership styles. Fostering the demonstration of the leadership qualities of self-awareness, self-management, and life-long learning.
- Gaining social credibility and creating networks. Learning to cultivate teams and communities by building relationships, motivating teams, and encouraging contribution.
- Contributing to aspirations. Strengthening the ability to set strategic direction by identifying need for change, applying knowledge and evidence, and making decisions and evaluating impact.
As AWIU Membership Chair and also Chair of an AWIU teleconference series, I have featured presentations from women working with grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, and Nepal, with AWIU members attending and participating in the post-presentation discussion. I would be interested in mentoring women involved in global projects empowering women and communities, who would be interested in presenting their project or the work of their organization for the invited AWIU membership.