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Humanitarian & Author of The Third Wave

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Dr 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. Alison has run internally displaced persons camps in Sri Lanka, Haiti and around the world and was appointed as the first official Ambassador to the Haitian Ministry of Environment in 2012 where she works in reforestation and cholera initiatives. Alison is fondly known as the “Angel of Galle” in Sri Lanka and the "Angel of Light" in Nepal and in 2015 was honored at Loyola Chicago University with an Honorary ‘Doctorate of Letters’, in the ‘Humanities’, where she also gave the commencement speech. For the past 7 months, Alison has worked tirelessly on the island of Lesvos, Greece in the epicenter of the Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugee European migration, where over 800,000 refugees have fled war zones by the sea in Turkey. In Greece, Alison is working as a volunteer paramedic resuscitating hundreds of drowning victims and caring for refugees with hypothermia and war wounds . Alison has developed a network of over 10,000 volunteers in which hundreds have deployed to Lesvos where she supports and coordinates aid groups and direct aid in her ongoing work for the refugees. Her mission is to bring Love and Light to Lesvos and to be a VOICE for HUMANITY for the suffering of the refugees she witnesses daily. She describes those first moments with the refugees as the most purest form of love where two humans meet eye to eye and hug without borders, politics or religion.

Her latest program is bringing in an innovative origami designed upcycled PET LED solar light. It is a paper thin light and folds up into a pocket size, it is solar powered and gives eight to ten hours of light. This is critical as refugees find themselves in most cases, in the dead of night, freezing with a thirty one mile walk upon landing on the shores in Lesvos. These lights are basically life savers and guides them out of darkness into light and safety, as they make their way to the processing camps and on though Europe. Alison has personally delivered over 10,000 lights to the refugees.

In 2004 Thompson flew to Sri Lanka after the tsunami devastated the country — and remained there for two years developing and operating a field hospital, rebuilding a village and a local school. There she Founded the first Tsunami Early-Warning Disaster Center along the Indian ocean and a Children’s Learning Center and Tsunami Museum. Her award-winning documentary The Third Wave, chronicles her volunteer experience in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in a Presidential Jury Screening presented by Sean Penn and Bono. She followed up with a book, The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story. In 2010, Thompson flew to Haiti along with Sean Penn and ten doctors to help after the earthquake. Together, they managed a 70,000-person IDP camp and field hospital alongside General Simeon Trombitas and the 82nd Airborne who honored her with the US Commanders 'Medal of Excellence' Award. In 2010 she was awarded the Order of Australia, the highest civilian medal given by the Australian Government and Queen Elizabeth II, for her volunteerism and her contributions to mankind. In Haiti she also co-founded We Advance, an organization dedicated to combating gender-based violence and advancing the health and safety of women and children throughout the dangerous Cite Soleil slums. — After Hurricane Sandy in New York, Thompson created and managed The Third Wave Command Center in the Rockaways NY, supporting thousands of affected civilians with aid and resilience campaigns and then went onto work in the Philippines with Typhoon Haiyan followed by the Nepal earthquake disaster of 2015 where she delivered thousands of solar lights to remote destroyed mountain areas. For the past 5 years Alison has organized "I am Peace" student led marches in the streets of Chicago to draw attention to the rampart gun violence disaster. With simplicity and humility, Thompson inspires everyone to service and to take action just as she has: as an everyday, average individual. She tailors her message on how ‘anyone can volunteer’, from a global scope to our own backyards and that “everyone is needed” As she continues to change the world – she believes “It is easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but its Leadership to be in the wrong time at the right time.”

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The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

Speaking Topics
  • Volunteerism: A Call to Action Redefining Heroism (College)

    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.

  • Women Issues & Gender-Based Violence: Solutions

    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.

  • Sustainable Haiti: Real Solutions

    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. 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.

  • It Starts with the Lemonade Stand: An Inspiring Introduction to Volunteerism (High School)

    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. 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.

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Dr. Alison Thompson

Humanitarian & Author of The Third Wave

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Dr. Alison Thompson Biography

Dr 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. Alison has run internally displaced persons camps in Sri Lanka, Haiti and around the world and was appointed as the first official Ambassador to the Haitian Ministry of Environment in 2012 where she works in reforestation and cholera initiatives. Alison is fondly known as the “Angel of Galle” in Sri Lanka and the "Angel of Light" in Nepal and in 2015 was honored at Loyola Chicago University with an Honorary ‘Doctorate of Letters’, in the ‘Humanities’, where she also gave the commencement speech. For the past 7 months, Alison has worked tirelessly on the island of Lesvos, Greece in the epicenter of the Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani refugee European migration, where over 800,000 refugees have fled war zones by the sea in Turkey. In Greece, Alison is working as a volunteer paramedic resuscitating hundreds of drowning victims and caring for refugees with hypothermia and war wounds . Alison has developed a network of over 10,000 volunteers in which hundreds have deployed to Lesvos where she supports and coordinates aid groups and direct aid in her ongoing work for the refugees. Her mission is to bring Love and Light to Lesvos and to be a VOICE for HUMANITY for the suffering of the refugees she witnesses daily. She describes those first moments with the refugees as the most purest form of love where two humans meet eye to eye and hug without borders, politics or religion.

Her latest program is bringing in an innovative origami designed upcycled PET LED solar light. It is a paper thin light and folds up into a pocket size, it is solar powered and gives eight to ten hours of light. This is critical as refugees find themselves in most cases, in the dead of night, freezing with a thirty one mile walk upon landing on the shores in Lesvos. These lights are basically life savers and guides them out of darkness into light and safety, as they make their way to the processing camps and on though Europe. Alison has personally delivered over 10,000 lights to the refugees.

In 2004 Thompson flew to Sri Lanka after the tsunami devastated the country — and remained there for two years developing and operating a field hospital, rebuilding a village and a local school. There she Founded the first Tsunami Early-Warning Disaster Center along the Indian ocean and a Children’s Learning Center and Tsunami Museum. Her award-winning documentary The Third Wave, chronicles her volunteer experience in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in a Presidential Jury Screening presented by Sean Penn and Bono. She followed up with a book, The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story. In 2010, Thompson flew to Haiti along with Sean Penn and ten doctors to help after the earthquake. Together, they managed a 70,000-person IDP camp and field hospital alongside General Simeon Trombitas and the 82nd Airborne who honored her with the US Commanders 'Medal of Excellence' Award. In 2010 she was awarded the Order of Australia, the highest civilian medal given by the Australian Government and Queen Elizabeth II, for her volunteerism and her contributions to mankind. In Haiti she also co-founded We Advance, an organization dedicated to combating gender-based violence and advancing the health and safety of women and children throughout the dangerous Cite Soleil slums. — After Hurricane Sandy in New York, Thompson created and managed The Third Wave Command Center in the Rockaways NY, supporting thousands of affected civilians with aid and resilience campaigns and then went onto work in the Philippines with Typhoon Haiyan followed by the Nepal earthquake disaster of 2015 where she delivered thousands of solar lights to remote destroyed mountain areas. For the past 5 years Alison has organized "I am Peace" student led marches in the streets of Chicago to draw attention to the rampart gun violence disaster. With simplicity and humility, Thompson inspires everyone to service and to take action just as she has: as an everyday, average individual. She tailors her message on how ‘anyone can volunteer’, from a global scope to our own backyards and that “everyone is needed” As she continues to change the world – she believes “It is easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but its Leadership to be in the wrong time at the right time.”

Dr. Alison Thompson Videos

  • Loyola Commencement speech 2015

Dr. Alison Thompson Books

Dr. Alison Thompson Speaking Topics

  • Volunteerism: A Call to Action Redefining Heroism (College)

    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.

  • Women Issues & Gender-Based Violence: Solutions

    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.

  • Sustainable Haiti: Real Solutions

    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. 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.

  • It Starts with the Lemonade Stand: An Inspiring Introduction to Volunteerism (High School)

    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. 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.

FAQs on booking Dr. Alison Thompson

  • How to book Dr. Alison Thompson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Alison Thompson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Alison Thompson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Alison Thompson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Alison Thompson?

    Booking fees for Dr. Alison Thompson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Alison Thompson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Alison Thompson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Alison Thompson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Alison Thompson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Alison Thompson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Alison Thompson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Alison Thompson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Alison Thompson for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Dr. Alison Thompson generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Beverly Gooden, Glenna Crooks, Mayim Bialik, Jonathan Sandys and Montel Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Alison Thompson for an upcoming event.

Dr. Alison Thompson Speaker Videos

  • Loyola Commencement speech 2015

Dr. Alison Thompson Speaking Topics

  • Volunteerism: A Call to Action Redefining Heroism (College)

    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.

  • Women Issues & Gender-Based Violence: Solutions

    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.

  • Sustainable Haiti: Real Solutions

    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. 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.

  • It Starts with the Lemonade Stand: An Inspiring Introduction to Volunteerism (High School)

    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. 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.

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