Proudly Celebrating and Supporting International Women of Courage

This post was written by Kimberley Fritts is the founder and CEO of Cogent Strategies. For her complete bio, click here. Cogent Strategies is part of the Meridian Corporate Council. It was originally published on Cogent’s blog.   Lending Cogent’s global communications expertise to 11 of the world’s most inspiring women As a female entrepreneur, I am thrilled to be celebrating Women’s History Month alongside Cogent’s exceptional team of female strategists and our fearless female clients. This year, our team has embraced Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in unique ways. Cogent has been at the forefront of global communications, and since...

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Analysis| When recruiting the diplomats of the 21st century, start at community colleges

This post was written by Nicholas Shafer of Global Community College Transfers, one of Meridian’s DiplomacyRISE partners. It was originally published in “The Diplomatic Pouch” at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.    This piece is part of ISD’s blog series, “A better diplomacy,” which highlights innovators and their ideas for how to make diplomacy more effective, resilient, and adaptive in the 21st century. Diplomacy is, at least in a democracy, about representing the people. Across the U.S. foreign affairs workforce, there is a crisis of representation– as of 2020, the Senior Foreign Service was 80% white, with only 6.2% Black...

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Women in Science: From IVLP to Opportunities in STEM

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are highlighting Sotheavy At, Strategic Communications Specialist at DAI Global/USAID Digital Asia Accelerator and alumna of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).   How has participating in international exchange for STEM issues transformed your life, career, or education? Did any new opportunities arise from this experience? Before the visit, I thought that only women and girls in developing countries like Cambodia faced barriers to pursue STEM-education and STEM-related work. From my visit, I quickly learned that most women and girls share the same journey...

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Women in Science: Creating Women Who Dare

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are highlighting Pong Limsan, CEO and Founder of First Womentech Asia and alumna of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).   How has participating in international exchange for STEM issues transformed your life, career, or education? Did any new opportunities arise from this experience? The “Advancing Women’s Participation in the Technology Sector” IVLP program was a wonderfully magnificent experience for me not only as a woman but as a business leader. It complemented my path to be a woman who believes, dares and maintains...

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