Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program


Meridian’s Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders program exceeded all my expectations. They convened an incredibly impressive set of high-caliber speakers – all thought leaders in their fields, ranging from ambassadors and advisors to former cabinet members. The content was perfectly targeted to equip rising business leaders with the skills we need to engage our government and international counterparts in an increasingly connected and complex world.

- Kate Aitken, Google

Merdian's Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program equips leaders with a deeper understanding of the diplomatic strategies and geopolitical insights needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. Trade agreements, cyber vulnerability, hot and cold wars, and economic crises have all impacted the daily activities of businesses in every industry. The Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program provides a platform for emerging leaders to gain the necessary diplomatic skills, insights and networks to protect and advance business interests.

Apply or nominate a high-potential leader from your company/organization to join a select cohort for an intensive one-day training session at Meridian’s historic campus in Washington, D.C. Whether you are expanding to a new market, conducting a cross-border transaction, managing a global team, or negotiating contracts in a different region, understanding the tools of the trade will make you and your team more effective.

Upcoming sessions will be hosted on February 29, 2024, May 22, 2024 and September 10, 2024. Led by diplomatic representatives, the sessions will provide participants:

  • Geopolitical insight through engaging discussions
  • Skills training on diplomatic competencies such as cross-cultural communication, stakeholder management and negotiation
  • Development of global mindsets through lessons on the role of corporate diplomacy

Participants receive a Corporate Diplomacy Leadership Certificate upon completion. Enterprise enrollment options are also available for companies to reserve up to 6 slots per year. This program is part of our broader Corporate Diplomacy Leadership Development program, a training resource for companies to develop business leaders with the necessary diplomatic skills, strategies, and geopolitical insights to navigate increasingly complicated global business challenges.


Meridian's Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program is led by world-class diplomatic officials in Meridian's network, guest speakers drawn from senior executives from across the private sector. For 60 years, we have worked at the intersection of business and diplomacy to strengthen U.S. engagement with the world. Our experience and network of expert practitioners enable us to deliver high-return training and leadership development programs to corporations and other organizations looking to prepare and protect their global teams.

Leaders and employees need corporate diplomacy to successfully navigate:

  • New market expansion and cross-border transactions
  • Interactions with government officials and stakeholders
  • Managing global teams and/or global client rosters

Our workshops are developed by diplomats and business leaders for diplomats and business leaders. An elite team presents:

  • Engaging, interactive training environment through simulations and exercises
  • Custom-designed programs delivered by diplomats from the highest levels of government
  • Application to real-life corporate situations


  • Stakeholder Management
  • Negotiation
  • Protocol
  • Deal-making
  • Cross-Cultural Communication


  • Coalition building
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Economic tradecraft


  • Geopolitical Dynamics
  • Country Briefings
  • Navigating Trade Issues
  • Cross-Cultural Intelligence



The Meridian Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program accepts a limited group of 30 participants to the program each session. Nominees should have at least 5-10 years of experience and the potential to serve in senior executive positions in business, government, the military, or the nonprofit world.



My key takeaways from the program have to do with understanding how our roles are critical in assisting CEOs and heads of businesses to execute corporate diplomacy. It was interesting for me understand how diplomacy has become intertwined with business and how much it influences today’s geopolitics. The level of speakers was incredible, they were able to keep us focused, interested and engaged. Another takeaway or useful resource I enjoyed was a crash course on protocol, always helpful to have in hand given our constant interactions with authorities.

- Carmina Hernandez, Amazon Web Services


  • 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM:
    Morning Session – Overview of Corporate Diplomacy, Cross-Cultural Communication, Protocol
  • 12:30 – 2:30 PM:
    Lunch – Forces Shaping the Global Business Environment
  • 3:00 – 5:30 PM
    Afternoon Session – Stakeholder Engagement, Negotiations



For questions about participating or nominating someone on behalf of your organization for this next year’s cohort, please email

Meridian’s Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program was a great professional development opportunity to learn real-world skills and corporate diplomacy tools that can be utilized at my company both internally and externally. These tools are essential to protect and advance your business interests globally and can set you apart from your competition.

- Alisa La, McDonalds

Project summary

Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program | May 2024
Number of Attendees: 30
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
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