Announcing Speaker Lineup for 7th Meridian Global Leadership Summit: Preparing for a digitally-driven future across sectors and borders

September 24, 2018
Meridian International Center


How can the public and private sectors work together to advance technology and innovation, while protecting individual liberties and national security?
How can the U.S. partner with technology companies and our allies around the world to combat the spread of disinformation and restore trust?
What education initiatives and training policies best prepare countries to meet the demands of the future workforce?

Experts in technology, foreign relations and business will address the answers to these questions and more at the Meridian Global Leadership Summit next month. The Summit convenes 200 senior level business leaders, U.S. government officials, diplomats and policy influencers in a neutral, non-partisan forum.

  • What: Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • Where: The Pavilion at Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center
    1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • When: Friday, October 12, 8:30 to 11:00 am

The economy, jobs, immigration and border security are top of minds as American voters head to the polls in a few weeks for the midterm elections. This year’s Summit will address how leaders can prepare for a digitally-driven future across sectors and borders, the increasing influence of digital technology and innovation on foreign policy and international business, and the global responses needed to address these changes.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO;
  • Chris Whittle; Whittle School and Studios CEO;
  • His Excellency Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Ambassador of the Philippines;
  • Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee;
  • Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), House Committee on Foreign Affairs;
  • Ambassador Carlos Gutierrez, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group;
  • Tim Hwang, FiscalNote Founder and CEO;
  • Michéle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors (Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Former White House National Security Council)
  • Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Recode
  • Molly Kinder, Senior Advisor, Work, Workers and Technology with New America;
  • Sharon Grant, Vice President for Community Affairs with United Airlines;
  • Sarah Wildman, Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy; and
  • Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian International Center President and CEO.

The Summit will also feature discussions about automation and closing the global skills gap; pending federal privacy legislation and the unintended consequences for businesses; the future of education; and how the largest looming national security threat isn’t nuclear, biological or chemical weapons – it is an attack on data and information.

Foreign Policy is the media partner for this year’s Summit. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC), presented by Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), joins Meridian again as a lead sponsor and host of the 2018 Summit.

Note: The Summit is an invitation only event. Please let Megan Devlin know if you would like an invitation or to learn more as additional speakers are added.

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Meridian International Center is a public diplomacy and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world through the exchange of people, culture and ideas. Founded over 55 years ago as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, Meridian works with governments, the private sector and the diplomatic community to develop exchange, training, culture and convening programs to help leaders better address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalized society.

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