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.

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Natalie Jones, Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Upcoming Events

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 Natalie Jones, SVP of External Affairs at (202) 939-5591 or njones@meridian.org.

Recent Council Events

Council Members

NameTitle
Natasha-Christina AkdaAttorney
Carmiel ArbitDirector of Strategic Engagement @ AIPAC
Deborah Taylor Ashford, EsquireSenior Partner, Washington, DC @ Hogan Lovells US, LLP
The Honorable Elizabeth Bagley
Lisa Barry
Grace Bender
The Honorable Stuart Bernstein
Wilma Bernstein
Judith Bishop
Janet Blanchard
Patrice Brickman
Dr. Jill Bruno
Victoria Butler**
Jane Cafritz
Calvin Cafritz
Martin Cargas
The Honorable Timothy Carney**
María-Elena CarriónManaging Partner @ Multicultural Capital LLC
Beth Celestini
Tammie L. Collins
Bob Coonrod
Didi CutlerPhotographer @ Isabel “Didi” Cutler Photography
Nathan DaschlePresident and COO @ The Daschle Group
Marc Duker
Nancy Duker
Marjan EhsassiDirector @ Program Impact & Learning at Global Communities
Stephanie Fischer
Lawrence R. Fischer, II
Stephenie FosterPartner @ Smash Strategies
The Honorable Alonzo L. FulghamPresident @ Galileo Energy Partners, BV.
The Honorable Laurie S. Fulton
James Gale
Shelly Galli
The Honorable Mark GilbertFormer Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
The Honorable Marc Ginsberg
Stephen GreerChairman and CEO @ Sonco Worldwide
David A. GrossChair Partner @ Wiley Rein
Betsy Gross
The Honorable Carlos M. GutierrezChair @ Albright Stonebridge Group
Edilia Gutierrez
The Honorable Fay Hartog-Levin
Gwen HollidayThe Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Cindy Jones
Evan Jones
T.J. JubeirManaging Partner @ Capitol Partners
Allison Laudicina KahlDirector of Interior Architecture and Design @ Team RWB
Dr. James R. KanskiRetired Endocrinologist @ Buffalo Medical Group
Daniel Kauffman
Ann Mclaughlin Korologos
Bonnie Larson**National Arts Council Member @ Meridian International Center
Steve LeblingOwner @ The Lebling Companies
Christina Lepore
Molly Levinson
Beth Libow
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
The Honorable Carmen LomellinPrincipal @ Lomellin Global Partners
Shahin MafiFounder and CEO @ Home Health Connection
Shaista Mahmood
Ray Mahmood
Jeffrey MalinakManaging Principal @ Analysis Group Inc.
Michele A. Manatt
Nadia Nicolova ManuelBulgarian Television Correspondent
Keith MasonPartner and Senior Counsel @ Dentons
April McClain-DelaneyWashington Director @ Common Sense Media, Inc.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-HunterCEO @ Pace Communications
Allyson McKithenSenior Operations Manager, Office for Trade Promotion @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Jodie McLean
Neanna McLeanDirector @ Women’s Global Impact Initiative
Tom MonahanChairman and CEO @ CEB
Richard Morrissey
Pilar O’Leary
Maureen OrthSpecial Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Laura PattenDirector of Foreign Risk Management @ U.S. Department of Energy
Michael PickrumChief Strategy Officer @ EverFi
Amy Raskin
Judithe RegistreFounder @ Inclusivus
Reem SadikAssociate @ King & Spalding
Smita ShahFounder and CEO @ SPAAN Tech, Inc.
The Honorable Alan D. SolomontDean @ Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
Karen Sonneborn
Karen St. JohnFormer Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
The Honorable Ann Stock
Julia Tolkan
Annie Totah
Jessica R. TowheyCEO @ 2e Communications
Toni Verstandig
Josh Wachs
Timothy Wyman**
Mei Xu

** Member of Meridian National Arts Council