Meridian Exchange: October 2021

The Meridian Summit and Ball


Our 10th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit: Prioritizing People and Planet brought together the top diplomatic, business and government leaders at the intersection of diplomacy and environmental, social and governance issues. We fostered conversations that will continue next week at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). Watch all 15 program segments on demand, read our one page summary, or skip to the highlights below:

2021 Presentation of Meridian Global Leadership Awards  Tackling Human Rights at Home and Abroad Italian G20 Presidency and COP26 Co-Host Preparing for ESG Regulations and Reporting Standards Harmonization Leading the Charge: Impact of Youth on Investing and in Achieving the SDGs

The Meridian Ball celebrated its 53rd anniversary on Friday – after a 2020 hiatus. Year over year, the Meridian Ball has withstood changes of administrations, societal upheaval, and times of national and global crisis – except the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still one of the few events where diplomats, government officials and business leaders from across parties, borders and backgrounds can set aside differences and come together for an evening. View photos from the fabulous evening here.

Oklahoma Governor discusses energy and investment

On September 30, we hosted Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt for an Insights@Meridian briefing moderated by Rina Shah, Founder of Rilax Strategies. The fireside chat centered around the state’s global economic engagement, response to the pandemic, private sector growth and plans for the future workforce. “​​I want to bring the world to Oklahoma and Oklahoma to the world. That’s what we’re trying to do. That’s the great thing about America, it’s 50 different laboratories of democracies and policies, and I think that’s good and healthy,” said Governor Stitt, who discussed Oklahoma’s goals to be a top-ten state in job growth, infrastructure, education and more. Read our top takeways from the program here.

Upcoming Events

A Symposium on the Intersection of Earth Observation from Space & Climate Change: U.S. and European Opportunities and Challenges



This symposium will highlight mutually beneficial opportunities for cooperation between U.S. and European space stakeholders, focusing closely on diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. This symposium is part of a series of convenings highlighting the U.S. Science Envoy Program Digital Campaign.

Reception with Members of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade

November 3 | 6:00 PM ET
This event is open to members of the Meridian Corporate Council and has limited space. For more information, please reach out to Steven GreenwaldThis program is closed to press and off the record.


Global Business Briefing with H.E. Manasvi Srisodapol, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States

November 10 | 9:30 AM ET
Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Manasvi Srisodapol will discuss the future of the U.S.-Thailand economic relationship. This conversation is open to members of the Meridian Corporate Council and has limited space. For more information, please reach out to Steven GreenwaldThis program is closed to press and off the record.

Understanding Washington: U.S. Foreign Assistance

November 15 | 8:00 AM ET
The session will bring together members of the foreign diplomatic corps alongside U.S. government officials to understand the landscape of U.S. government agencies that provide foreign assistance. For more information, please email mcde@meridian.orgThis program is invitation-only and has limited space. It is closed to press and off the record.

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