AWIU Passport to the Future Program

AWIU’s Passport to the Future Program offers networking and educational opportunities for students in international fields and young women working on projects focused on empowering women and building women’s leadership globally.

The Passport to the Future program is open to young women under 32 years currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate programs or beginning careers in international fields who would benefit by association with AWIU programs under the mentorship of an AWIU member.

Applications for the Passport program are initially reviewed by the AWIU mentors followed up by an phone interview with the Coordinator of the Passport program to determine which of our team of mentors would be the most appropriate match given the background and field of interest cited by the applicant. Once a mentor match is determined, the selected mentor will be in contact with the applicant to further explore her current status and develop a plan geared to her career goals and interests.

Membership dues is not required for Passport to the Future, although participation in the program over time could pave the way to full AWIU membership. The program has been conceived as a vehicle for young women focused on developing careers in international fields to associate with AWIU through participation in teleconference discussions and local chapter programs under the support and guidance of an AWIU member.

Passport to the Future is for you if

  • You are interested in developing a career in international relations and you would like to participate with other students in a forum via teleconference led and facilitated by an AWIU member with a life long career in Foreign Service.
  • You are focused on the issue of human trafficking and you would like to participate in a forum via teleconference with an AWIU member with lifetime experience preventing and combatting human trafficking.
  • You are developing a project geared toward building women’s leadership and empowering women globally and you would like to participate in a forum via teleconference with an AWIU member experienced in teaching global entrepreneurial leadership.
  • You are engaged with an organization or project focused on improving women’s lives and building women’s leadership globally and you would like to share the  work you are doing with the AWIU membership in a teleconference facilitated by an AWIU member.

Benefits Include

  1. Having an AWIU member as a mentor, who is matched to your interest and skills.
  2. Networking opportunities with the AWIU membership as well as with other women engaged in projects or study programs focused on building women’s leadership and global understanding.
  3. Experience presenting a project of high academic or professional interest to a wider audience through teleconferencing and video presentations.
  4. Opportunity to add qualifications to your CV or resume and to build academic and professional references based on your participation with AWIU.

AWIU Passport to Future Mentor Bios


Tatiana Gfoeller

US Ambassador

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.


Patty Haley

Homeland Security Solutions Inc, USMC

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 Henry

AWIU Founder and Chair of Career Opportunities for International Relations

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.


Betty Houbion

President at ReZolve, LLC, AWIU Member

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.


Dr. Jackie Macias

Managing Partner at Gazelle Advisors, AWIU Vice Chair

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:

  1. Discovering, nurturing, and exercising individual leadership styles. Fostering the demonstration of the leadership qualities of self-awareness, self-management, and lifelong learning.
  2. Gaining social credibility and creating networks. Learning to cultivate teams and communities by building relationships, motivating teams, and encouraging contribution.
  3. 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.

Barbara Rubio

Retired School Psychologist, AWIU Membership Chair

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.


Passport to the Future Application

Thank you for your interest in AWIU’s Passport to the Future program!

You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application. Once your application is received, an AWIU member-mentor matched most closely to your stated interests will be in touch with you. If you have any questions about the application process, please email Barbara Rubio, Coordinator of the Passport to the Future program, at passportapps@awiu.org.