HERspectives: Edda Collins Coleman

Edda Collins Coleman is the Managing Director of Cogent Strategies, a certified woman-owned small business specializing in government relations, communications and digital analytics. This interview was conducted by Sheerica Ware Wilkins, a Corporate Research Fellow at Meridian. It is part of a series highlighting and celebrating women leaders during Women’s History Month. You co-founded a non-profit called the All in Together Campaign (AIT) that is geared towards activating the civic power of women in private senior leadership, and have had great success in convening thousands of women in technology and other sectors. What’s the advantage of businesswomen leading in...

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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

This post was written by Katie Conti, Program Coordinator in the Meridian Center for Global Leadership. It is a part of a blog series highlighting and acknowledging the work and contributions of Black diplomats during Black History Month. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield is a distinguished career diplomat and trailblazer for women and people of color in the field of foreign affairs. From “gumbo diplomacy,” her Cajun spin on building cultural connections, to the strength drawn from lessons of kindness and compassion instilled by her mother at a young age, she brings a unique frame of reference to her newly sworn-in...

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Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

This post was written by Katie Hudak Senior Program Associate / Social Media Facilitator at Meridian. It is a part of a blog series highlighting and acknowledging the work and contributions of Black diplomats during Black History Month. American political scientist and diplomat Condoleezza Rice broke barriers when she became the first black woman to serve as the United State’s national security adviser, as well as the second woman and first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State (2005-2009).  Born in 1954 in Alabama to Angelena Ray Rice, a high school science, music and oratory teacher, and John Wesley Rice, Jr., a high school guidance...

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Ambassador Dwight L. Bush

This post was contributed by the Honorable Dwight L. Bush, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco. It is a part of a blog series highlighting and acknowledging the work and contributions of Black diplomats during Black History Month. I had always hoped that I would have the opportunity to do public service for our great country. Becoming an ambassador provided a perfect opportunity to serve. I am fortunate to have had broad academic, business and international philanthropic experiences which, taken as a whole, prepared me well for being an ambassador. I studied economics and government at Cornell University. Most of...

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Pakistani Ambassador: Dialouge is the way forward

This blog post was contributed by Urwah Ahmad, Global Communications Fellow at Meridian International Center.  On February 4, 2021, Asad Majeed Khan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. joined Eric Ham, Political Analyst at The Washington Diplomat, for a Global 360 conversation about topics ranging from Pakistan-U.S. relations in the context of the Biden Administration and the regional, security and economic situation in Kashmir.   Ham shared that global challenges will only “be solved by nations working together and in common,” echoing President Biden’s address to the U.S. State Department on February 4, 2021. “America’s alliances are our greatest asset,” he noted. Ambassador Khan commented that this was a significant and symbolic address and a message to people around the globe on “the importance that  administration is going to...

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