Women leaders and Coronavirus: It’s not about winning. It’s about leading.

This piece was written by Susan Sloan and originally published on the Medium and updated for Meridian. Susan Sloan is a Meridian Council leader and author of A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World — an Amazon #1 New Release. For more information about the book, visit susansloan.com. Follow her on Twitter @realSusanSloan. If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that leadership matters. The staggering spread of the virus hit the U.S., Italy, Spain, and dozens of nations. Yet, others managed to alter the pandemic’s trajectory significantly. While many factors are at play, it is apparent that women in leadership positions...

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IVLP Alumni Spotlight: Connecting People, Creating Understanding, Exploring Opportunities

The following was written and submitted by Mr. Marco Polo. The author participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State from September 27 to October 20, 2019. He is an Associate Professor at the Communication and Journalism Department and concurrently the Director for University Advancement of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Cavite, Philippines. He is a former two-term national president of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE) and is a member of the Board of Management of the Asian Media, Information and Communication Center (AMIC). I have always believed that traveling is...

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Passing the Arts Test for These COVID-19 Times

This blog post was contributed by Frank F. Islam, who is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and a member of Meridian’s Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council. Meridian is committed to implementing the arts and culture as an instrument to promote diplomacy and global leadership and exchange. “The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.” – John F. Kennedy COVID-19 put the arts industry to the test in ways not...

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A post-pandemic crisis: The mental toll on America

This blog post was originally published on PhRMA’s The Catalyst and authored by Reza Moghadam, PharmD, MBA, senior director, Population Health & Remote Customer Engagement with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals on the impact of mental health during COVID-19. PhRMA and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are partners of Meridian, we were recently joined by Mr. Kabir Nath of Otsuka for a Global Business Briefing with Ambassador Sugiyama of Japan.  As we continue to wade through another month of societal paralysis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our country is accelerating quickly toward another potentially more devastating issue that has been ready to boil over for...

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Staying Engaged as American Alumna of State Department International Exchanges

Jarrett Fisher, and alumni of the U.S Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program, shared with us the following article written to reflect her continued engagement with the broader Exchange Alumni community – the State Department’s alumni program. Jared was a participant in the 2018 U.S Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program which is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Republic of Korea National Assembly. This unique program is designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on the legislative process;...

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