Humanitarian, Director & Author of The Third Wave
Dr/Ambassador Alison Thompson is a full time global humanitarian volunteer. Her work started on the Sept 11th 2001 attacks in New York, where she volunteered as a first responder for nine months. Since then Alison has run refugee camps, field hospitals and resilience command centers in every major disaster around the world for the past 17 years; including Haiti, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, USA, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and the Syrian Refuges crisis. Read More >
Giving Light to Syrian Refugees
Just Do Something - Alison Thompson from the Beaches of Lesvos
Relief in Action
Loyola University Chicago College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Speech
Ambassador Alison Thompson has long petitioned Congress to pass a measure requiring college students to volunteer for a month in order to graduate. Firmly believing that “anyone can hand out water or give out a hug,” she urges young men and women to devote some of their time to a cause larger than themselves — even if it begins in the dorm.
Billions of dollars are consistently raised to assist philanthropies of all sorts, yet more often than not, that money ends up sitting in banks for months on end to ultimately land in the wrong hands. In this presentation geared toward high school students, Ambassador Alison Thompson challenges her audience to come up with alternative business models that make actual aid a priority rather than an outcome dependent on how much money can be raised. Read More >
Sharing stories from her own experience providing aid in Sri Lanka, Haiti, New Orleans, and New York City, Ambassador Thompson informs high school students how they can make a difference within their own communities. Read Less ^
As co-founder of We Advance, an organization dedicated to advancing the health, safety, and well-being of women and children throughout Haiti, Ambassador Alison Thompson presents this inspirational keynote on empowering women throughout the world. In a message geared toward both sexes, she instructs women on how to arm themselves and advises men on how to protect their women.
When disaster strikes a particular region of the world, we have a moral obligation to help those affected. In providing our assistance, however, it is vitally important that our ultimate objective be to get victims back on their feet. Read More >
Based on her experience volunteering in Haiti following its 2010 earthquake, Ambassador Alison Thompson outlines clear and simple solutions for getting the country back into shape by sustaining itself, rather than relying on outside aid. Read Less ^
"She was OUTSTANDING! Could not have had a better choice of speaker! She is the exact kind of speaker we were looking for! Her Keynote was great, and we couldn't drag her away from talking with people at the end. If you can clone her, that would be great!"
"Alison was absolutely amazing. Her message resonated with every student in the audience and she made an effort to connect with everyone she spoke with directly. We couldn't have been more pleased with her!"
"From the beginning of our communication, Alison was professional, easy to work with, and personable. Alison captivated her audience with her charm and ability to connect. She speaks well and from the heart. Her experiences are incredible and her passion for life and her cause is undeniable in her presentation. She is not only inspirational but dynamic in her delivery."
"A welcome and inspiring account of what one woman and her friends can accomplish against the greatest odds."
"The Third Wave film is truly a must see, for ourselves, our children, and anyone we know. It inspires the very best in us just when we need that the most and comes as close to answering our purpose in life more than any other film in my most recent memory."
"Alison Thompson is an inspiration. Whereas most people check out after a crisis, Thompson remains there on the ground, loving, caring, and communicating the need for awareness and help. Her creativity and healing are incomparable in a crisis and deliver the messages that are needed around the world. This book is a must-read and is a call to action."
"Alison Thompson's captivating life story and adventures in volunteering makes us all want to be better citizens of our planet. We can all contribute, she fearlessly tells us, not just with her soaring words but even more with her inspiring actions."
"Alison Thompson's fine book, The Third Wave, teaches and emphasizes the value of effective, appropriate volunteerism, even when severe negative circumstances limit the number of fellow human beings who can be helped."
"Readers will marvel at Thompson's ability to leave her life midstream to help others, clearly relishing the adventure as much as the opportunity to serve. She urges readers to redefine heroism by doing whatever they can with examples of small efforts with great impact...."