MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Stronger at home when globally engaged

Washington, DC   |  http://www.meridian.org

Mission

Meridian strengthens engagement between the United States and the world through diplomacy, leadership and culture to solve shared global challenges.

Ruling year info

1962

President & CEO

Ambassador Stuart Holliday

Main address

1630 Crescent Place NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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53-0259663

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International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

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Meridian Center for Global Leadership

The Meridian Center for Global Leadership (MCGL) administers professional and educational exchange programs that enhance Meridian’s vision of a more secure and prosperous world—today and for generations to come. MCGL’s virtual and in-person programs provide training, networking, and professional development opportunities to emerging leaders from around the world. Programs support key global issues and sectors, including business and trade, women's empowerment, journalism, youth leadership and civic engagement, human rights and energy and the environment.

Meridian’s integrated programming approach provides leaders with a variety of platforms in neutral environments to develop an informed global view, cultural awareness, and collaborative peer networks to produce better outcomes. Meridian works with governments, the private sector, and the diplomatic community to develop international exchange and training programs to build mutual understanding and help leaders better address global challenges and opportunities.

Our exchange programs provide leaders from the U.S. and around the world with the insight, capacity, networks, and cultural context needed to navigate a rapidly evolving globalized society. We are the U.S. Department of State’s largest partner on the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), which brings foreign leaders to the United States for short-term professional exchanges on topics ranging from women’s empowerment to global entrepreneurship and countering violent extremism. The IVLP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Meridian.

Meridian develops trainings that are tailored to individual program requirements for leadership development. We believe that the strength of a training program lies in its ability to connect people with issues as well as with broader global networks, and Meridian accomplishes this through a combination of instruction and experiential learning. Our custom programs combine practical tools with expertise from our high-level network, ensuring our private and public sector partners are equipped to navigate global challenges and opportunities.

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Adults

Meridian views arts and culture as tools of diplomacy to connect people around the world and bridge divides. We work in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, our American embassies abroad as well as the diplomatic community here in Washington, D.C. to develop and curate exhibitions, exchanges and programs that range from film screening to mural arts programs to hip hop music performances. Our programs have reached millions of people in more than 260 cities in 60 countries worldwide. We recently formed a Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council, a platform and network that brings together cultural leaders from the top cultural institutions including the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic to strengthen the role of arts and culture in diplomacy. During a time of rising global tensions, these programs are important to bring cultures together through shared interests, create positive impressions of the United States and help dispel common misperceptions.

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy is the leading center in the United States that employs the arts and culture as a tool of diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. The Center collaborates with embassies, governments and the private sector to curate cultural diplomacy exhibitions, exchanges and programs in Washington, D.C. and around the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Diplomacy is evolving and multi-faceted. Skepticism of global engagement is growing, alliances are shifting, and polarization is increasing. Complex policy issues require collaboration among diplomatic, business and policy leaders, however gaps exist among these sectors. Stronger neutral, non-partisan channels among these communities are needed.

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement accelerates collaboration between international diplomatic corps and U.S. public and private sector leaders to cooperate on solutions to global economic and security issues. With more than 60 years of close relationships with the diplomatic community, Meridian is uniquely positioned to convene dialogues among leaders across borders, parties, and industries. These conversations are essential in today’s polarized society to achieve consensus and sustainable, mutually-beneficial solutions.

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement serves as a bridge between the diplomatic community and the U.S. government and private sector to:

Provide diplomatic leaders with the political, social and economic context driving U.S. government policies;
Strengthen important relationships among diplomatic, government and corporate leaders to promote collaboration on key global economic and national security issues;
Exchange perspectives and gain valuable insight on timely domestic and international issues in a neutral, non-partisan environment;
Build capacity among the diplomatic corps and business community by serving as a training and resource hub that fosters knowledge and skill development.

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement is an education and networking hub that accelerates collaboration between the international diplomatic corps and the U.S. public and private sectors to address global challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the world today. Leveraging 60 years of deep relationships with the diplomatic community, Meridian convenes programs across borders, parties and industries enabling participants to connect in intimate settings with top officials and policymakers, dive deeply into issues, understand how Washington works and strengthen peer-to-peer relationships.

Meridian’s two annual signature events, the Global Leadership Summit and the Meridian Diplomacy Forum serve alongside the longstanding [email protected] and Diplocraft programs as the backbone of the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2022
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Board chair

The Honorable Ann Stock

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Term: 2019 - 2022

Sean Cahill

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The Honorable Alonzo Fulgham

Galileo Energy Partners, BV

The Honorable Laurie Fulton

Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmar

Jeffrey Malinak

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Megan Beyer

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Janet Blanchard

Jon Clifton

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Jennifer Crozier

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John Dashwood

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The Honorable Israel Hernandez

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Tom Higgins

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The Honorable Fred Hochberg

Export Import Bank (formerly)

Maria Karp

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Brad Knox

Aflac

Janet Lamkin

Bank of America

Bonnie Larson

The Honorable Drew Maloney

American Investment Council

Michael Pickrum

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Steven Quamme

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Deborah Ashford

Hogan Lovells US, LLP

The Honorable Walter Cutler

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Honorable William McSweeny

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