Meridian Global Leadership Institute

GLI is a premier leadership education institution that offers programs based on Meridian’s 52-year-old methodology for preparing emerging leaders for unparalleled success.

The Global Leadership Institute offers:

  • Executive education
  • Professional development programs
  • Leadership exchanges
  • Country-specific and regional briefings
  • Conferences
  • And other programs that develop the organizational and personal competencies needed to compete successfully and effectively in the evolving global environment.


President Barack Obama in Cape Town – The Epitome of Global Leadership

President Obama Speaks at the University of Cape Town on June 30, 2013
Global leadership is about understanding the complex interplay of economic, political, social, and cultural forces that impact global competitiveness and effectiveness. It’s about meeting heightened economic and social responsibilities as competition intensifies and stakeholder expectations increase. It’s about establishing a culture of innovation and the adoption of best practices, drawing on ideas and initiatives from multiple cultures and spheres. Global leadership is also about understanding how government and policy, private enterprise and profit drivers, people and their perceptions are shaping the rapidly expanding and increasingly competitive world in which we live. Continue  

12 U.S. Foreign Policy Resolutions for 2015

In 2015, the world should focus on security, cooperation and preparing the next generation of leaders.

As we all do, I have been thinking a lot about what 2015 will bring. Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order, on what U.S. foreign policy must focus on this year. 1) Revitalize NATO NATO is a critical body for international security, but its importance and resources have been waning. As Russia tests the limits of NATO’s resolve, aggravating Cold War mentalities, NATO must stand strong as a coalition to safeguard freedom, security, and democratic values. 2) Finalize and adopt outstanding trade deals Negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)...


Foreign Policy Matters: How Diplomacy Impacts Americans

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Duckenfield launches the Foreign Policy Matters initiative along with Dr. Carla Freeman and me.

“Foreign Policy” – the term itself sounds like an intangible, rigid set of rules and regulations by which governments, ambassadors, and other high-level officials abide. Distant and far removed from everyday life, and sometimes, foreign policy can seem to be just that – especially with the closed door discussions that characterize much of the field. At best, the public only sees these high-level diplomatic meetings, summits, and conferences in the media; at worst, they see cocktail receptions and junkets. Regardless, they very rarely feel as if they participate directly. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth....