Rising Leaders Council (RLC)

Established in 2012, the Rising Leaders Council at Meridian forms a distinguished network of mid-career professionals from diverse sectors and disciplines who support Meridian’s mission of global leadership and non-partisan public diplomacy.

Council members are leaders from the foreign diplomatic community, public, and private sectors, who work together to foster a substantive exchange of ideas on global leadership.

The Council’s engaging DC-based dinners feature dialogues that focus on international issues of importance and relevance to Meridian and Council members, and offer guests a neutral forum for exploring key issues, sharing perspectives, and strengthening peer relationships.


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

RLC Steering Committee

Terms and Benefits

Steering Committee members are asked to attend approximately two meetings and three dinners during the year, provide periodic input for additional guests and topics, and make an annual contribution to Meridian to help cover costs associated with staff-time and events. In turn, Committee members benefit from opportunities to engage with the RLC’s constituency of mid-career professionals, as well as Meridian’s broader network of business leaders, public sector officials, and the international diplomatic community. Annual dues are $100 for the diplomatic and public sectors, and $250 for the private sector. Meridian is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and contributions may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Annual Benefits

  • Invitations to three RLC Salon Dinners per year
  • Opportunities to host/attend RLC social events hosted by members
  • Access to Young Professional-priced Meridian Ball tickets
  • Quarterly Meridian Exchange Newsletters
  • Invitation to Meridian Holiday Party
  • Invitation to Meridian-Gallup World Poll Release Event
  • Invitations to Meridian’s Global Perspectives Film Screenings
  • Public Recognition on Meridian’s website and in relevant collateral

Recent RLC News