Meridian Exchange | May 2021

We’re excited to bring you a diversity of events, updates and speakers this month, with programs ranging from global business briefings to cultural diplomacy celebrations. As COVID restrictions lift in Washington, we look forward to continuing our virtual programming with innovative and engaging platforms and topics, while also slowly re-introducing our in-person events. Read more below.

World Press Freedom Day 

On May 3, we celebrated World Press Freedom day by highlighting work by some of our journalism exchange alumni. We reconnected with Mike Okwoche, Nigerian news anchor and alumnus of the Broadcast Media International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and he reminded us of the importance of press freedom, especially in the digital age. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price and National Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne joined us for a timely conversation on press freedom as a national and global security priority. Watch here.


Peruvian Minister Briefs on the

Future of Bilateral Trade

Earlier this month we hosted H.E. Claudia Cornejo, Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, and Peruvian Ambassador to the U.S. Hugo de Zela for a discussion on the U.S.-Peru bilateral relationship and the future of trade and economic relationships as strategic partners in 2021. Hon. Fred Hochberg, former Chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, moderated the conversation on mutual opportunities for the two countries. Read the debrief here.


International Visitor Leadership Program
Alumni Engagement Initiative

This spring, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) engaged over 120+ alumni representing 70 countries from the fields of civic engagement, volunteerism and activism. As part of the U.S. Department of State Salon Series, IVLP alumni reconnected with U.S. experts to discuss various challenges in their fields brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alumni had the opportunity to share their perspectives in panel discussions on topics like Leadership & Activism in a Global Pandemic. In addition, to promote global volunteerism, the Office of International Visitors launched the #IVLPVolunteers campaign for IVLP participants and stakeholders to take a pledge to volunteer in 2021 and pay it forward.


Upcoming Events

culturefix | June 9, 2021

As Cultural Diplomacy Month comes to a close, we are pleased to invite you to join Meridian's inaugural cultural diplomacy celebration, which will honor the power of the arts and culture to help fix global challenges. The virtual program will feature conversations at the intersection of diplomacy, culture and the arts, the announcement of the Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Awards and special performances. Register today! For more information, please reach out to Rebekah Mechem-Nantz.

Meridian Huddle on Global Trends in Health, Trade, and Strategic Engagement with Mr. Bart Édes of McGill University

May 25 | 10:00 A.M. ET
Mr. Bart Édes, Professor of Practice at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University
 will join the Meridian Corporate Council to share his insights on what COVID-19 may have changed for good, possible post-pandemic futures, and scenarios for how the U.S.-China rivalry and major structural forces could reshape the world. For more information, please reach out to Steven Greenwald.
*This program is open to members of the Corporate Council and has limited capacity.

Meridian Huddle with Mayur Patel, Chief International Trade Counsel, Senate Committee on Finance

June 3 | 10:00 A.M. ET
The Meridian Corporate Council is pleased to be hosting a virtual discussion with Mayur Patel, Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Committee on Finance, on the future of the U.S. Senate Trade Agenda. This conversation is open to members of the Meridian Corporate Council and has limited space. For more information, please reach out to Steven Greenwald.
*This program is closed to press and off the record.

Global Business Briefing with H.E. Arthur Sinodinos, Ambassador of Australia to the United States

June 8 | 10:00 A.M. ET

Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos of Australia will join the Meridian Corporate Council for a discussion on the U.S.-Australia bilateral relationship in 2021. Moderated by Meridian CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday, the conversation will focus on the future of the U.S.-Australia bilateral economic relationship. For more information, please reach out to Maggie Henkin.
*This program is closed to press and off the record.

Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit

October 21-22, 2021
Please save the dates for the 53rd Annual Meridian Ball (Friday, October 22, 2021) and Global Leadership Summit (Thursday, October 21, 2021). The Summit will be a hybrid virtual/in-person experience and the Ball will be in-person at embassies across Washington, DC, and Meridian House. More details to follow as the event dates approach. All health guidelines at the time of the event, including limiting guest capacity, will be followed. Tickets and sponsorship packages will be limited accordingly. For more information on pre-purchasing tickets, please contact Kylie Cash.

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