Meridian remembers Secretary Madeleine Albright

Meridian International Center mourns the passing of Secretary Madeleine Albright.

As the first woman in the position of U.S. Secretary of State, Secretary Albright was a catalyst, trailblazer and change-maker, who inspired generations of women and girls globally. A committed advocate for democracy, Secretary Albright will be remembered not only for unquestionably shaping the world, but for being a face of the power of diplomacy.

“Secretary Madeline Albright was a reminder that strength and clarity are needed for effective diplomacy,” shared CEO of Meridian Ambassador Stuart Holliday. Meridian is proud to honor her accomplishments in diplomacy and continue her and many others’ work through our exchanges and programs.

Chair of the Meridian Board of Trustees Ann Stock remembers her time working with Secretary Albright over the years sharing,

“I first met Secretary Madeleine Albright when she worked in the Carter administration’s White House National Security Council. I had the opportunity to work with her three more times as her career grew: first, as Vice President Mondale's Foreign Policy Advisor and then as President Clinton's Ambassador to the United Nations, and in her trailblazing role as the first woman Secretary of State.

Secretary Albright was a staunch advocate for women--a role model, a mentor and an inspiration to so many of us who famously said, ‘there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other’

What I'll remember most about Madeleine is her personal touch -- she always wanted to know about your family and always remembered their names.

She will be greatly missed, but her example lives on.”

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