Our Core Values

Meridian’s core values reflect the collective principles and beliefs of our staff, serving a purpose to guide both the internal culture of our workplace and the external impact of our work and partnerships. Over the course of six months, through a series of discussions and surveys, staff across the organization collaborated on an iterative process to conceptualize, revise and produce the following set of core values, each with a corresponding statement that elaborates on how the value manifests in ourselves and our work together with our network.

These values are:
  • Global Community
  • Collaboration
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Innovation

Global Community

Meridian fosters lasting relationships by connecting people in communities and sectors across the U.S. to a global network of leaders and change-makers. We strengthen bonds between people of varied backgrounds by bringing them together to exchange ideas, perspectives and cultures, which builds the foundation for a global community that works together to address shared challenges.


Meridian promotes problem-solving internally and externally through interdisciplinary terms that are rooted in mutual trust, interdependence and empowerment. We practice a new diplomacy that thrives on government leaders, civil society actors, cultural visionaries and private sector stakeholders creatively working together to develop a more holistic understanding of and solutions to some of the world's most critical issues.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Meridian empowers international leaders and amplifies underrepresented voices to create pathways for greater understanding, shared values and respect for all cultures while transforming our global society to build a more equitable and just world for all.

We showcase the rich multicultural experiences of the American people to international audiences because our work and our workplace are stronger when we embrace diversity. We are committed to creating an equitable work environment with a diverse staff whose unique experiences are reflected in our global work.


Meridian inspires the creative freedom and entrepreneurial thought needed to catalyze change in today's rapid-paced, technology-driven world. We empower our employees to design innovative programs and spaces for dialogue that inspire global citizens to develop solutions for the future of diplomacy.

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