Meridian Global Leadership Council

The Meridian Global Leadership Council is a network of individuals who support Meridian's commitment to strengthening U.S. engagement with the world; providing neutral forums for international dialogue and collaboration and preparing public and private sector leaders for a complex global future. Council members engage in Meridian's year-round programming to create a more stable, peaceful and prosperous world. Members:

  • Gain knowledge and build networks by interacting with Meridian's diverse network of foreign and domestic government officials, the diplomatic corps, corporate partners, emerging leader program participants, and leaders from the business, NGO, and cultural communities;
  • Participate in critical discussions on current public affairs, issues relevant to the United States and foreign diplomatic communities, and business and international policy trends;
  • Advance Meridian's mission of non-partisan diplomacy in the United States and abroad.

Each member has the opportunity to engage in Meridian communities of interest including the Meridian Global Women’s Initiative, Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and other regional and issue focused programs. Specific benefits are outlined below.

Contributions to the Meridian Global Leadership Council are tax-deductible as allowed by United States law.

Become a Member  

Amy Selco, Vice President, Development | (202) 292-2288 | aselco@meridian.org

Meridian Global Leadership Council Levels and Benefits

  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:

    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20th
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8th
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Priority access to purchase individual tickets
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders and engagement with relevant international visitors
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20th (2 invites)
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8th (2 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Meridian Ball Committee (2 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner on October 20th, invitation to the Host Committee Reception)
  • ANNUAL MERIDIAN DELEGATION TRIPS: Invitation to travel abroad as a member of Meridian’s annual cultural leadership delegation (2 invites; airfare, lodging and other travel expenses are additional costs)
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders and engagement with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions featuring distinguished global leaders
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20th (4 invites)
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8th (4 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Terrace Ball Committee (4 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner on October 20th, invitation to the Host Committee Reception)
  • ANNUAL MERIDIAN DELEGATION TRIPS: Invitation to travel abroad as a member of Meridian’s annual cultural leadership delegation (2 invites; airfare, lodging and other travel expenses are additional costs)
  • For individuals interested in supporting Meridian at the $25,000 level and above, in additional to Meridian Global Leadership Council membership and benefits, tailored programs can be customized to align with a supporter’s interests and goals.
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:

    • Select Rising Leaders Council events
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Priority access to purchase Rising Leaders Council Meridian Ball tickets (only 150 available each year)

Individuals seeking to make a major investment in Meridian or a specific program or project can do so through our major gift program or the Linden Legacy Society. We are happy to create a customized set of benefits and naming opportunities aligning Meridian’s capabilities and your priorities. For more information, please contact Amy Selco, VP of Development at 202-292-2288 or aselco@meridian.org.

Council Members

NameTitle
Natasha-Christina Akda*Attorney
Deborah Taylor Ashford, Esquire*Senior Partner, Washington, DC @ Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Lisa Barry
Janet Blanchard*
Victoria Butler**
Honorable Timothy Carney**
María-Elena CarriónManaging Partner @ Multicultural Capital LLC
Beth Celestini
Tammie L. Collins*
Didi Cutler*Photographer @ Isabel “Didi” Cutler Photography
Marjan Ehsassi*Founder and President @ Black Fish Advocates
Stephanie Fischer
Alonzo L. FulghamPresident @ Galileo Energy Partners, BV.
Laurie S. Fulton
James Gale
Marc Ginsberg
Carlos M. GutierrezChair @ Albright Stonebridge Group
Edilia Gutierrez
Gwen Holliday*The Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Robert J. Hotes, AIA**
Allison Laudicina KahlDirector of Interior Architecture and Design @ Team RWB
Dr. James R. KanskiRetired Endocrinologist @ Buffalo Medical Group
Daniel Kauffman
Bonnie Larson**
Steve LeblingOwner @ The Lebling Companies
Christina Lepore
Shannon Lewthwaite*Founder and CEO @ 2000 Rivers
Stanley S. LitowVice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs & President @ IBM International Foundation
HongXia LiuAssociate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations @ New York University (NYU) Shanghai
Shahin Mafi*Founder and CEO @ Home Health Connection
Jeffrey MalinakManaging Principal @ Analysis Group Inc.
Michele A. Manatt*
Nadia Nicolova Manuel*Bulgarian Television Correspondent
April McClain-Delaney*Washington Director @ Common Sense Media, Inc.
Maureen Orth*Special Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Michael PickrumExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer @ BET Networks
Reem Sadik*Associate @ King & Spalding
Karen Sonneborn
Karen St. John*Former Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
Ann Stock
Jessica R. Towhey*CEO @ 2e Communications
Timothy Wyman**

* Member of Meridian Global Women’s Initiative
** Member of Meridian National Arts Council