Longtime member Diane Mitchell Henry might be surprised to learn that she is responsible for Trudie Thompson joining AWIU. “I read an article about AWIU in the November 2020 Foreign Service Journal titled “The Ability to Connect,” says Trudie. “That article was by Diane Henry. I went straight to the AWIU website and filled out an application online.” Read more here.
The retired State Department foreign service officer (political) lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and joins the Virtual Chapter. Trudie has lived in Germany, Botswana, South Korea, Australia, and Afghanistan. She has traveled in most other European countries, Uganda (where she supports a school), Kenya (where she supports two sewing schools founded by a friend), and Brazil (Rotary/tourism). In addition, she supports Shabana Basij-Rasikh’s School of Leadership for Afghan girls, which is currently located in Rwanda because of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Trudy has an A.B. from Middlebury College in German, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. In addition to German, she speaks French, Korean and some Spanish.
She would like to work on the International Women of Courage Celebration and COIR.