From Miami to the Mile High City: My YLAI Experience

Alejandro Carbonell is a young entrepreneur from Panama who was selected to attend the 2016 Young Leaders of the America’s Initiative (YLAI) pilot program by the U.S. Department of State. This presidential initiative supports social and business entrepreneurs from across Latin America and the Caribbean. Here are some of his reflections on his experience attending this prestigious U.S.-based exchange. Written March 11, 2016  After a short flight from Panama, and a very long wait in Miami’s Airport, I finally went through the door, looking for some sort of sign that I could recognize of the YLAI program. Instead I saw two...

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To Go Far, Go Together

From March 7-13, 2016, we recognize, participate, and celebrate public-private partnerships (PPPs) during the annual Global Partnerships Week (GPW). With an all-day kickoff held at the United States Institute of Peace on Monday, March 7, 2016, public and private organizations were able to convene to recognize the critical role PPPs play in today’s world. As a team member of GlobalConnect, I’ve come to recognize the value each program brings not only for new opportunities given to participants, but the long-term partnerships that come out of them. GlobalConnect’s clientele varies from U.S. government agencies to non-profits organizations to private companies....

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Meridian celebrates its Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Its national Peace Corps Week, and everyone from former volunteers to President Obama have celebrated the occasion. Here at Meridian, we think there’s no better way to celebrate than by recognizing the members of our team who have served as volunteers across a diverse range of sectors and regions. While it may have been many years since they served as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV), there is no doubt that the experience impacted their lives and has allowed them to relate to the more than 4,000 international visitors who have walked through the Meridian House doors in 2015 alone. Yesterday,...

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Golden Weeks of Healthcare, Exchange and Celebration

This past October, 24 Chinese medical professionals participated in a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Healthcare Training Program. They attended a week of training  at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Unlike most Chinese who returned to their hometowns or traveled around China to celebrate the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China, these 24 Chinese visitors spent  this “Golden Week” in the classroom at UPMC for training sessions on hospital administrative finance, information technology, handling the media and U.S. insurance. In addition, they had the opportunity to tour several top facilities such as the Children’s Hospital of...

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Interns’ International Experiences Enhance Cultural Exchange

A combined total of 20.5 years abroad in 15 different countries. Eight foreign languages spoken. GlobalConnect division’s five new interns embody the diversity of backgrounds and cultural experiences Meridian emphasizes as the foundation for global leadership. Exploring Cultural Outreach through YLAI YLAI (Young Leaders of the Americas) Program  Intern Alexandria Anderson also understands the importance of cross-cultural communication in community development. As an undergraduate at Spelman College, Anderson studied abroad in Cochabamba, Bolivia in a field studies-based program focused on multiculturalism, globalization, and social change. From potato farming with her host family to participating in a welcoming ceremony in...

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