Meridian’s approach to preparing the next generation of influential global leaders involves forming partnerships with a cross-section of established and emerging leaders. Our partners believe in us because, for more than 60 years, they have seen the positive and significant change we bring to communities through our three programmatic pillars: global leadership, diplomacy, and culture.

Our partners also value our nonpartisan approach and meaningful public-private partnership opportunities with leading U.S. and foreign organizations, as well as the wide range of benefits that a relationship with Meridian provides, including:

  • Insights on critical global issues through our exchanges, training, diplomatic and corporate engagement, and cultural diplomacy programs.
  • Access to expanded networks of top leaders from around the world.
  • The opportunity to create value and increase impact by creating greater security, economic development, and mutual understanding worldwide.

Our Approach

Meridian’s integrated programming approach provides leaders with various platforms in neutral environments to develop an informed global view, cultural awareness, and collaborative peer networks to produce better outcomes. When leaders return home and implement change, the impact of Meridian’s programs is amplified across numerous arenas, including women's and girls’ empowerment, business and trade, human and civil rights, and energy and the environment. Directly impacting the quality of life for people around the globe, these issues are pivotal to Meridian’s vision of a more secure and prosperous world today and for future generations.


We bring together a cross-section of established and emerging leaders


Provide them with resources and insights on key global issues through our exchange, training, culture and convening programs


Leaders develop an informed global view, cultural awareness and collaborative peer networks that increase their effectiveness


Which translates into better decisions and outcomes benefiting individuals, communities and countries around the world


As a neutral, nonpartisan organization, Meridian maintains curatorial control and editorial independence over its programs and content. Donors do not direct program coverage, nor do donor organizations, initiatives, or ideas receive preferential treatment. Meridian may produce content with which donors disagree.

Our Partners

Diplomatic Corps

The Diplomatic Corps in Washington and Abroad

Government Agencies

The U.S. Department of State and other U.S. Government Agencies

The World’s Leading Multi-National Corporations



Our Meeting Types and Rules

The below applies to all in-person, hybrid, and virtual events and meetings convened by Meridian.

Meridian House Rule

Meridian believes that more perspectives lead to better outcomes. We seek to provide an environment that fosters candid dialogue to address challenging issues while also sharing key points of conversation to advance global cooperation. When a meeting is held under the Meridian House Rule, no information from the meeting may be attributed to a specific individual or organization. Neither direct quotes nor recordings of the event may be made public. Information from the meeting, however, may be summarized and publicized. Participants may be photographed, identified, and publicized.

On the Record*

Information may be quoted directly and attributed to the official or speaker by name and title. Video recordings and/or transcripts may be produced and publicized.

Off the Record*

No information provided may be used in a publication. The information is only for the user’s education or background knowledge.

On Background*

Remarks may be quoted directly or paraphrased and are attributed to a general characterization of position or other designation as determined by the official or Speaker.

*Adapted from the U.S. Department of State – Foreign Press Center

Chatham House Rule**

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

**Courtesy of Chatham House