Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2013

Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2013 Program
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On Friday, October 18, Meridian International Center hosted the second annual Global Leadership Summit in partnership with Gallup and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event, which brought policy makers, subject matter experts, diplomats, business leaders and members of the media, was a high level forum to discuss the current—and future–state of global leadership.

The Chairman of Meridian’s Board of Trustees, Governor James J. Blanchard opened the Summit with welcome remarks followed by brief remarks from Ball and Summit Chair, Dalia Mroue-Fateh, Founder of Salt Productions, LLC.

The Summit featured the release of “Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leaders,” presented by Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. The report captured key findings from over 160 countries on what citizens think of their leadership and set the stage for ensuing discussion through two dynamic sessions. The poll, the only global study of its kind, measures the views of citizens on key quality of life issues, including law and order, food and shelter, institutions and infrastructure, good jobs, and well-being. The report shows that factors beyond classical economic measures affect people’s attitudes and behaviors, and provides leaders with better tools to examine the future of economics, government performance, and the overall momentum of the world’s population. According to Clifton, “Through classical economy data we know what people worldwide are spending and transacting, but we do not know what people are thinking or how they are feeling. Classical economic data do not necessarily reveal conditions for instability or revolution. We are more likely to predict stability or revolution when we review metrics of hope, suffering, perceptions of government corruption, number of good jobs, and perceptions of safety and food security.”

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