In the spring of 2014, Meridian International Center will begin the implementation of the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program for Zambia and Zimbabwe. Beginning in May 2014, the program aims to bring 24 professionals to the U.S. from Zambia and Zimbabwe in two cohorts to introduce them to American business, entrepreneurial, and marketing practices that they can later implement in their home countries. The program incorporates a 3-week fellowship with an American business or NGO based in Denver, CO, or Charlotte, NC, as well as skills-based workshops, and culminates with a Professional Fellows Conference in Washington, DC. The participants will also benefit from a reciprocal two-week visit from eight American counterparts to Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2015.
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Meridian International Center administered the Study of U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders for Public Policy and Government Leadership (SUSI) in the summer of 2013. The program was a combination of leadership training, cultural exchange, and rigorous classes designed to give participants a better understanding of the United States, as well as transform them into more effective and successful leaders.
Spring has officially arrived, and with it, a flurry of new activity. Meridian’s Senior Vice President for the Arts and Cultural Programs, Dr. Curtis Sandberg, is busy this week sharing his expertise on cultural diplomacy at American University’s Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium and the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, both in Washington, D.C.
President Hollande’s State Visit – Positioning the US and France for a Shared Future
When President Obama welcomed President Hollande of France for February’s State Visit, one of their first stops was Thomas Jefferson’s historic Monticello estate. Jefferson – himself a strong diplomatic presence in Paris in the early days of our nation, as well as a celebrated leader and innovative thinker – is perhaps a perfect metaphor for today’s US-France relationship: steeped in history, but focused on the future.