Meridian Council

The Meridian Council is a global network of leaders and advisors who believe that we are stronger at home when globally engaged. Council members provide vital support that helps strengthen international capacity to solve the global challenges of our times. Through exchanges with senior and rising leaders in government, the foreign diplomatic corpsthe arts, and the private sector, Meridian helps build a more just society, greater international security, and more inclusivprosperity foall people.   

 Meridian Council members engage with our mission and programs through specially curated programs throughout the year. From discussions on foreign policy issues at intimate salon dinners in embassies to lively cultural diplomacy receptions, these programs focus on cultivating relationships with the diplomatic community and impactful exchanges of ideas and culture from around the world. Specific benefits are outlined below. 

 For more information, please contact Silbi Stainton at sstainton@meridian.org and Tracy Bernstein at tbernstein@meridian.org. 

Become a Member  

Silbi Stainton, Senior Director of Development | sstainton@meridian.org

Meridian Council Membership Levels and Benefits

  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
    • Year-round engagement with Meridian's network of business leaders, public sector officials, and the international diplomatic corps
    • Opportunities to engage with over 4,000 emerging leaders that Meridian hosts each year from around the world
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Exclusive access to purchase discounted tickets to the Annual Meridian Ball reception (Please note that Embassy hosted dinner tickets and additional tickets can be purchased separately)
  • FRIENDS CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (as listed above)
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum (2 invites)
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit  (2 invites)
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites to 2 events throughout the year)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Two (2) tickets to the Annual Meridian Ball and preceding Ambassador-hosted Dinner (Please note that priority choice Embassy hosted dinner tickets and additional tickets can be purchased separately)
  • 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)
  • MERIDIAN ONLINE VIRTUAL CONVENINGS: Invitation to Meridian Online Virtual Convenings with Senior Members of the U.S. Government, Foreign Diplomatic Corps, CEOs in the private sector, and thought leaders
  • FRIENDS CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (as listed above)
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Cultural Diplomacy programs with Artists, Exhibits and Global Excursions
    • Insights and Diplocraft programs with the Diplomatic Community on the global challenges of our times (One (1) program annually)
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation
  • MERIDIAN BALL:  Two (2) tickets to the Annual Meridian Ball and preceding Ambassador-hosted Dinner (Please note that priority choice Embassy hosted dinner tickets and additional tickets can be purchased separately)
  • 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)
  • MERIDIAN ONLINE VIRTUAL CONVENINGS: Invitation to Meridian Online Virtual Convenings with Senior Members of the U.S. Government, Foreign Diplomatic Corps, CEOs in the private sector, and thought leaders
  • FRIENDS CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (as listed above)
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Two (2) invitations to executive-level Salon Dinner with Meridian CEO, Board of Trustees, and Senior Members of the U.S. Government and Diplomatic Corps
    • Cultural Diplomacy programs with Artists, Exhibits and Global Excursions
    • Insights and Diplocraft programs with the Diplomatic Community on the global challenges of our times
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Four (4) tickets to the Annual Meridian Ball and preceding Ambassador-hosted Dinner (Please note that priority choice Embassy hosted dinner tickets and additional tickets can be purchased separately) 
  • 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)
  • MERIDIAN ONLINE VIRTUAL CONVENINGS: Invitation to Meridian Online Virtual Convenings with Senior Members of the U.S. Government, Foreign Diplomatic Corps, CEOs in the private sector, and thought leaders
  • FRIENDS CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (as listed above)
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Underwriter privileges with opportunity to dedicate program series with your name
    • Two (2) invitations to executive-level Salon Dinner with Meridian CEO, Board of Trustees, and Senior Members of the U.S. Government and Diplomatic Corps
    • Cultural Diplomacy programs with Artists, Exhibits and Global Excursions
    • Insights and Diplocraft programs with the Diplomatic Community on the global challenges of our times
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Four (4) tickets to the Annual Meridian Ball and preceding Ambassador-hosted Dinner (Please note that priority choice Embassy hosted dinner tickets and additional tickets can be purchased separately)
  • 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)
  • MERIDIAN ONLINE VIRTUAL CONVENINGS: Invitation to Meridian Online Virtual Convenings with Senior Members of the U.S. Government, Foreign Diplomatic Corps, CEOs in the private sector, and thought leaders

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.


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