Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2014

Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2014 Program
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On October 17, 2014, Meridian International Center hosted the third annual Global Leadership Summit in partnership with Gallup and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  More than 250 influential business and world leaders, policy makers, subject matter experts, diplomats and members of the media gathered for a high level forum featuring stimulating and thought-provoking dialogue on the changing dynamics of global leadership.

Meridian’s President and CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, opened the program and invited Andrew Gelfuso, Vice-President of Trade Center Management Associates, to share welcome remarks. Meridian’s newly elected Chairman, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, shared his insights on The Demand for Global Leadership.

The Summit featured the release of the Gallup World Poll survey report Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leader presented by Jon Clifton, Managing Director of Gallup World Poll. The report captured key findings from Gallup surveys in 137 countries and areas in 2013 on how people are feeling based on specific socio-economic indicators, and served to establish the context for rich discussions to follow. The Gallup World Poll measures the views of citizens on key quality of life issues, including law and order, food and shelter, institutions and infrastructure, good jobs, and well-being. The indicators provide leaders with information about their countries’ performance on the Gallup Macroeconomic Path – a behavioral–based leadership model for successful societies.

A “Global Leadership Spotlight” featured remarks by Senator George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and Senate majority leader. Senator Mitchell gave a powerful speech on America’s role in the world within the current global context. According to Senator Mitchell, “American values and democratic ideals appeal to all in the world and we must remain true to our principles.” He stated that while America does not have the capacity to solve every problem in the world, a great future for partnership and collaboration lies ahead for the country and that America must continue to lead.

An  inspiring conversation between foreign policy icons, Senator Richard G. Lugar, President and Chairman, The Lugar Center, and Ambassador Tom Korologos, Strategic Advisor, DLA Piper, focused on the current national security and foreign policy issues ranging from the crisis in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine to the threat of ISIS.

In two dynamic panel discussions, speakers from diverse backgrounds and sectors discussed the new approaches to global leadership and examined the opportunities that lie ahead for global leaders.

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