New podcast featuring emerging entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean

We just launched the YLAI Innovators Series podcast that puts a spotlight on emerging entrepreneurs who are innovating and sparking change across Latin America and the Caribbean. The series is part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, and serves as a platform for YLAI Alumni and Network Members to engage in discussions on advancing entrepreneurship in the region. Tune in to the latest episodes of the YLAI Innovators Series by clicking the links below – and stay tuned for more information about upcoming conversations. Episode 1: YLAI 2018 Fellow, Andres Sanchez Mora Andres is the Founder and Executive Director of Millennial Ecuador, a business consulting firm that provides young entrepreneurs with seminars, workshops, talks and services to help them develop a business plan. After returning home from his YLAI...

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Why corporate diplomacy matters

Meridian International Center has launched its Corporate Diplomacy Training program where we equip corporate leaders across industries and sectors with the diplomatic tactics, strategy and insights to succeed in a competitive global business environment while enhancing leadership skills and advancing multilateral cooperation. We sat down with Betsy Whitaker, a former diplomat and our trainer for the program to discuss her stance on corporate diplomacy.   Meridian International Center: Why is corporate diplomacy training necessary?  Betsy Whitaker: I see tremendous overlap between the work of corporate diplomats, if you will, and traditional diplomats. It’s all human relations. Whether we’re diplomats trying to cultivate a...

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Standing with New Zealand

The entire Meridian community is shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation caused by the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. Through our international exchange and cultural diplomacy initiatives, Meridian works to advance the freedom of expression and ideas to achieve greater mutual understanding of the world’s diversity of people and cultures, including religion. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

Why should corporate leaders learn to think like diplomats?

Meridian International Center has launched its Corporate Diplomacy Training program where we equip corporate leaders across industries and sectors with the diplomatic tactics, strategy and insights to succeed in a competitive global business environment while enhancing leadership skills and advancing multilateral cooperation. We sat down with Brad Knox, Vice President and Counselor for Federal Affairs at Aflac, to get his feedback on the program. Meridian International Center: Six months ago you and fellow members of Aflac’s federal relations team participated in a four-part corporate diplomacy training at Meridian. How was the experience? Brad Knox: When you tell your team you’re going to...

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From Participant to Programmer: Meridian IVLP Alumnus on Exchanges with Meridian

In the fall of 2018, Mr. Manuel Comeron, an alumnus of the 2017 Meridian International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) entitled “Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism,” was a programming partner for the Community Connections program. This iteration of Community Connections is a two-part international exchange program between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee and Liège and Verviers, Belgium during which rising American and Belgian leaders in violence prevention exchange best practices in countering violent extremism. In the first part of the program, Mr. Comeron organized a one-week program in Liège for 8 American NGO leaders, government officials,...

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