Meridian International Center and the District of Columbia: A History of Engagement

For more than 50 years, Meridian International Center has offered unique education, collaboration, cultural, and exchange programs to the Washington, DC community.

As the largest partner of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Meridian opens its doors to more than 1800 emerging leaders annually, from countries around the world. These leaders visit Washington to promote mutual understanding and share experiences with U.S. professionals in their field. In addition to the IVLP, Meridian plays the critical role of connecting the international community, including Ambassadors and senior diplomats with senior U.S. government officials and leaders of major corporations and businesses in the DC area.

Through its Global Leadership Institute, Meridian brings together Washington’s top business leaders, diplomats, and government officials for idea exchanges, experiential learning, and cultural education so that these leaders and organizations can better succeed in solving the complex challenges which face their organizations, communities and countries. In fact, Meridian’s solid track record in the realm of culture and education extends to innovative public programs for elementary, middle and high school students in the nation’s capital, as well as major exhibits, film screenings and cultural exchanges – all of which are free and open to the public.

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