6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit, October 20, 2017

Ambassador Wendy Sherman at Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2016

Advancing National Interests in a Globalized Society

Meridian Global Leadership Summit 2017 Program
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Friday, October 20

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Washington, DC

A premise exists in the United States and around the world that there is a binary choice between globalization and nationalism, and that our nation must choose one path or the other. A reluctance to acknowledge the economic stagnation of a large segment of the American population and a failure to articulate the benefits of global alliances has forged the country down a divergent road. This need not be the case. U.S. businesses, governments and civil society possess the resilience and ingenuity to adapt to evolving economic and societal landscapes. Likewise, American principles remain valued and sought after on a world stage. Through collaboration among these sectors, the United States can and should continue to serve as a global leader, while concurrently elevating the security and economic prosperity of all Americans from the country’s heartland to her coastlines.

The 6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit will explore the importance of international engagement and how the United States can more effectively utilize its global leadership position to benefit the entire nation. In particular, the Summit will examine:

  • Balancing domestic and international priorities;
  • Opportunities and challenges of global commerce, technology and security;
  • Key drivers of stability and instability; and
  • Business leadership.

Held in the Pavilion Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, Meridian’s signature convening brings together a cross-section of 200 international and domestic leaders to explore more efficient, effective ways to address global economic and societal challenges. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Ambassador of Australia Joe Hockey, CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield, U.S. News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly, and Carlyle Group President and Chief Operating Officer Glenn Youngkin are among the confirmed speakers this year.

For more information on the 6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit, please contact: Frank Justice, Vice President of Convening, at forums@meridian.org or (202) 939-5583.

Summit Agenda

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Balancing Domestic and International Priorities: a U.S. Perspective

Balancing Domestic and International Priorities: a Global Perspective

What Happiness Today Tells Us About The World Tomorrow

Maintaining Tech Advantage in an Age of Increasing Cyber Opportunities and Threats

  • Josh Kallmer , Senior Vice President of Global Policy, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Ronald Smalley, Vice President of Cyber Security Operations & Investigations, First Data
  • Frances Townsend, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
  • Moderated by: Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report

CEO Spotlight

Business Leadership Conversation

  • David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group
  • Glenn Youngkin, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Carlyle Group

Message from Speaker Paul Ryan


Closing Remarks

Summit Speakers

Summit Partners

U.S. News & World Report
First Data Corporation
Albright Stonebridge Group
Capital One
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Project summary

6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit, October 20, 2017
Impact Areas: Security, Foreign Policy, Human and Civil Rights, Governance and Transparency
Program Areas: Forums
6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit