Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program


Merdian's Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program is designed to equip leaders with a deeper understanding of the diplomatic strategies and geopolitical insights needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. Trade agreements, cyber vulnerability, hot and cold wars, and economic crises have all impacted the daily activities of businesses in every industry. Protect and advance your business interests by empowering your company with the diplomatic tools needed for today’s global challenges.

Those who apply and those who are nominated by their organizations will join a select network of senior-level diplomatic professionals in simulations and seminars on global economic and security issues and participate in diplomatic leadership training.

Participants receive a Corporate Diplomacy Leadership Certificate upon completion.

Participants first come together for an intensive training day at Meridian's historic campus in Washington, D.C. in April 2023. The day-long session will feature:

  • Development of global mindsets through lessons on the role and framework of corporate diplomacy
  • Skills training on diplomatic competencies such as cross-cultural communication, stakeholder management and negotiation
  • Geopolitical insight through engaging discussions with high-level diplomatic officials


Meridian works at the intersection of business and diplomacy. Today’s complex business environment has accelerated the need for leaders to have global insight, cultural context and networks to collaborate on today’s most critical issues. The Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program provides a platform for emerging leaders to gain the necessary diplomatic skills, networks and best practices to use diplomacy to find solutions to our shared global challenges.

Corporate diplomacy skills are essential in today’s complex business landscape. Whether you are expanding to a new market, conducting a cross-border transaction, managing a global team, or negotiating contracts in a different region, understanding the tools of the trade will make your representatives more effective. Leaders from your headquarters and offices around the world in addition to your global government affairs team are encouraged to apply and participate in the inaugural Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders cohort.

This program is part of our broader Corporate Diplomacy Leadership Development program, a training resource for companies to develop business leaders with the necessary diplomatic skills, strategies, and geopolitical insights to navigate increasingly complicated global business challenges.


Meridian's Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program is led by world-class diplomatic officials in Meridian's network, guest speakers drawn from senior executives from across the private sector. For 60 years, we have worked at the intersection of business and diplomacy to strengthen U.S. engagement with the world. Our experience and network of expert practitioners enable us to deliver high-return training and leadership development programs to corporations and other organizations looking to prepare and protect their global teams.

Leaders and employees need corporate diplomacy to successfully navigate:

  • New market expansion and cross-border transactions
  • Interactions with government officials and stakeholders
  • Managing global teams and/or global client rosters

Our workshops are developed by diplomats and business leaders for diplomats and business leaders. An elite team presents:

  • Engaging, interactive training environment through simulations and exercises
  • Custom-designed programs delivered by diplomats from the highest levels of government
  • Application to real-life corporate situations


  • Stakeholder Management
  • Negotiation
  • Protocol
  • Deal-making
  • Cross-Cultural Communication


  • Coalition building
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Economic tradecraft


  • Geopolitical Dynamics
  • Country Briefings
  • Navigating Trade Issues
  • Cross-Cultural Intelligence



The Meridian Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program accepts a limited group of 30 participants to the program each session. Nominees should have at least 5-10 years of experience and the potential to serve in senior executive positions in business, government, the military, or the nonprofit world.


8:30 AM – 12:00 PM:
Morning Session

12:30 – 2:30 PM:
Lunch – Forces Shaping the Global Business Environment

3:00 – 5:30 PM
Afternoon Session


Applications for the 2023 Program are open from now until February 1, 2023. For questions about participating or nominating someone on behalf of your organization for this next year’s cohort, please email Ali Rubin at

Project summary

Corporate Diplomacy Global Leaders Program | April 2023
Number of Attendees: 30
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy
Program Areas: Diplomacy