Meridian Exchange | March 2019



Meridian Exchange
Meridian International Center | March 2019
Advancing global leadership and diplomacy
through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture

Think Like A Diplomat: Meridian Launches New Corporate Diplomacy Certification Program

Business leaders from over 30 companies such as Caterpillar, SK Group, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, 3M, IBM, WeWork, First Data, APCO Worldwide and more recently participated in Meridian’s inaugural Corporate Diplomacy Professional Development Program, a half-day workshop previewing the full three-day curriculum next month. Through simulations and discussions, participants learned how diplomats acquire cultural intelligence in preparation for work abroad and in an embassy environment, how to cultivate relationships with host country contacts, and the role of protocol in cross-cultural relationships. Get certified as a corporate diplomat by registering for our course April 29-May 1 here.

Beyond The Beltway: Diplomats Go To Charlottesville To Explore Laboratories Of Democracy

More than 30 members of the international diplomatic community traveled with Meridian to Charlottesville, Va., on February 26 for “Engaging the Electorate in the Laboratories of Democracy,” a day-long briefing and seminar co-hosted by the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. The briefing focused on citizen engagement in the American electorate and top issues for the U.S. in 2019, specifically at the state and local level. Participants met with legislators from the state, county and city levels and exchanged perspectives not often heard in the nation’s capital while also strengthening connections with their counterparts from countries around the globe. The diplomats also visited historic sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, which offered insight into the beginnings of the United States.

Emirati Culinary Arts Offers Window To Uae Culture And Society

In partnership with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., Meridian opened a window to the diverse cultures of the UAE through a salon lunch discussion on Emirati culinary diplomacy. Cultural influencers and food aficionados from across D.C. came together to learn about the rich history of cuisine of Abu Dhabi, which for decades has influenced chefs, writers, educators and diplomats in the region. Cookbook author Hanan Sayed Worrell, Chef Marjon Ajami, NYU Abu Dhabi’s Bill Bragin, and former UAE Ambassador Barbara Leaf discussed Emirati cuisine and culture over lunch. Guests enjoyed dishes prepared from Worrell’s cookbook “Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi,” such as Asian glazed salmon fillets, traditional Moroccan tomato lentil soup and chicken braised in preserved lemon, parsley and mint, among other dishes. Learn More

2019 International Women Of Courage Awards

First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary Mike Pompeo, and the U.S. Department of State honored 10 women on March 7 with the Annual International Women of Courage Award. The IWOC Award honors women who demonstrate “exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.” These 10 honorees span industries and missions including human rights advocacy, counter-terrorism and media reform. Hear their stories here.


Global Business Breakfast – Hosted by Ambassador of Mexico – March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 | Global Business Breakfast – Hosted by Ambassador of Mexico
The Meridian Corporate Council is partnering with AT&T; and FedEx to host Her Excellency Martha Barcena of Mexico for a discussion on the future of US-Mexican trade relations and top issues for the U.S. administration.
Salon Dinner Series – Entrée to Dialogue: Dinner hosted by His Excellency Francisco Santos Calderon, Ambassador of Colombia, and Mrs. Maria Victoria García – April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019 | Salon Dinner Series – Entrée To Dialogue: Dinner Hosted by Ambassador of Colombia
Hosted at the Residence of the Colombian Ambassador in collaboration with EDENS, this dinner will welcome chef Juan Manuel Barrientos for a taste of his DC restaurant El Cielo and to celebrate his partnership with La Cosecha Latin Market, opening summer 2019 at Union Market.
Insights at Meridian Briefing with Dr. Janet Yellen – April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019 | Insights @ Meridian Briefing With Dr. Janet Yellen
Dr. Janet Yellen is the first woman to have served as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve. She will brief international Ambassadors on her views of the executive and legislative branches in financial policymaking and their impact on interest rates.
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