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 Benefits and Privileges

In recognition of our Council Members’ generous support, we are pleased to offer the following benefits and privileges.

  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions featuring distinguished global leaders
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20, 2017(8 invites)
    • Global Perspective breakfast with Meridian’s CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday (2 invites)
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8, 2017 (8 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Meridian Ball Committee at the Crescent Circle level (6 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner, two invitations to the Host Committee Reception and acknowledgement on all Meridian Ball sponsorship materials)
  • SPONSORSHIP OF A MERIDIAN GLOBAL LEADERS SALON DINNER on a topic of personal interest in alignment with Meridian’s mission (additional costs may be incurred for food and beverage)
  • ENGAGEMENT with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • PRIVATE, CURATOR-LED TOURS of cultural exhibits produced by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy
  • FACILITY RENTAL DISCOUNT (30%) at the Meridian House once a year
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions featuring distinguished global leaders
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20th (2 invites)
    • Global Perspective breakfast with Meridian’s CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday (2 invites)
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8th (4 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Meridian Ball Committee (2 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner, invitation to the Host Committee Reception and acknowledgement on all Meridian Ball sponsorship materials)
  • ENGAGEMENT with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • PRIVATE, CURATOR-LED TOURS of cultural exhibits produced by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 20th (2 invites)
    • Global Perspective breakfast with Meridian’s CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday (2 invites)
    • Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Forum and Celebration on June 8th (2 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: 2 tickets to the Meridian Ball and White-Meyer Dinner on October 20th
  • ENGAGEMENT with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: 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
  • 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 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
Amy Alvarez*Executive Director, International External Affairs @ AT&T
Carmiel Arbit*Director of Strategic Engagement @ AIPAC
Deborah Taylor Ashford, Esquire*Senior Partner, Washington, DC @ Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Meredith Attwell Baker*President & CEO @ CTIA
Lisa Barry
Janet Blanchard*
Theresa Bowman*Associate @ Law Offices of Charles H. Camp
Victoria Butler**
Honorable Timothy Carney**
María-Elena CarriónManaging Partner @ Multicultural Capital LLC
Beth Celestini
Tammie L. Collins*
Didi Cutler*Photographer @ Isabel “Didi” Cutler Photography
Robin Diamond*
Dorothy Dwoskin*Senior Director of Global Trade Policy and Strategy @ Microsoft
Marjan Ehsassi*Founder and President @ Black Fish Advocates
Randa Fahmy*President @ Fahmy Hudome International
James Gale
Gwen Holliday*The Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Robert J. Hotes, AIA**
Kate Irvin*Group Director, Diplomatic Relations @ The Coca-Cola Company
Allison Laudicina KahlDirector if Interior Architecture and Design @ Team Red, White, and Blue
Daniel Kauffman
Cathryn Keller*Senior Communications Advisor @ Friends of Florence Foundation
Bonnie Larson**
Stephen O. Lesser**
Shannon Lewthwaite*Founder and CEO @ 2000 Rivers
Michele Lynch*Public Policy & Government Affairs @ Google
Shahin Mafi*Founder and CEO @ Home Health Connection
Michele A. Manatt*
Nadia Nicolova Manuel*Bulgarian Television Correspondent
Karen Maples*President and Founder @ Myutiq LLC
Marcia Mayo*President @ The Mayo Charitable Foundation
April McClain-Delaney*Washington Director @ Common Sense Media, Inc.
Erin McGrain*Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Allyson McKithen*Senior Operations Manager, Office for Trade Promotion @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
NeAnna Roane McLean*Founder @ Women's Global Impact Initiative
Mary O’Connor*
Maureen Orth*Special Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Megan Pollock*Strategic Communications Director @ Samsung Electronics America
Dina H. Powell*Director of Global Corporate Engagement @ Goldman Sachs Group
Judithe Registre*Program Director @ Plan International USA
Aili Tran Reome*Corporate Social Advocacy Manager @ Caterpillar Inc.
Marie Thérèse Royce*
Reem Sadik*Associate @ King & Spalding
Karen St. John*Former Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
Betty Ann Tanner*President @ Betty Ann Tanner Accessories
Jessica R. Towhey*CEO @ 2e Communications
Ann Townsend*Founding President @ The Museum Exchange
Jill Cooper Udall*Consultant @ National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Timothy Wyman**

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