Recognizing Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez for 6 extraordinary years of Meridian leadership

Dear Carlos, As we look to Meridian’s 60th year, it feels natural to reflect on how our organization has been shaped by the thoughtful and innovative leaders who have served our board and our community. And for the last 6 years, Meridian has been so fortunate to grow and thrive under your dedicated leadership. During your tenure as board chair, we have seen enormous growth in our programming, network and impact. As a trailblazer in both government and business, your expertise has been instrumental in advancing our ability to bring leaders together across industries, party lines, borders and cultures...

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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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“My YLAI 2016 Experience” by Quamme Joseph, YLAI Alum from Grenada

Quamme Joseph is the Founder of Blue Bay International Inc in Grenada. He is one of 248 fellows participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, a presidential initiative that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI focuses on strengthening their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. On October 4, I departed Grenada to start my YLAI journey in the United States. Having already attended our embassy event in Barbados in preparation for departure and...

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“I Have a Dream” by Jonathan Castro, YLAI Fellow from Venezuela

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Jonathan Castro, YLAI Fellow from Venezuela

Jonathan Castro is the Founder of La Cuadra Universitaria in Venezuela. He is one of 248 fellows participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas nitiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, a presidential initiative that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI is focused on strengthening their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.
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From the Other Side of Exchanges

Ever since I joined Meridian as an Atlas Corps Fellow, I have told everyone how excited I am to work on exchanges instead of being a participant in them. It has only been a little over two months and I have already worked on two consecutive exchanges- Emerging Leaders of Pakistan and Community Engagement: Art for Social Change.

After being a part of different exchanges and international programs, and after working on the aforementioned exchange programs, I have four tips for everyone who is going to be a part of an exchange program at some point in their life:

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