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Meridian International Center Announces Corporate and Global Engagement Chairs and Leadership Committee for 50th Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit


Meridian International Center Announces Corporate and Global Engagement Chairs and Leadership Committee for 50th Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit

Meridian International Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit on October 12th. The 50th Meridian Ball Leadership includes United Airlines as Corporate Chair, Whittle Schools & Studios as Global Engagement Chair, and a dozen former Meridian Ball Chairs across the last 50 years, among other Washington influencers and leaders serving as Ball Committee Members.

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WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The 50th Annual Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit will take place on Friday, October 12, 2018. One of the most highly regarded events in Washington, D.C., the Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit brings together high-level leaders from the diplomatic, business and government communities in support of Meridian International Center's public diplomacy and global leadership initiatives. We are pleased to announce this year's event Chairs:

Meridian Corporate Chair
United Airlines

Meridian Global Engagement Chair
Whittle Schools & Studios

50th Annual Meridian Ball Leadership Committee
Former Meridian Ball Chairs from the last 50 years:
Loran and Robbie Aiken
Lisa Barry and James Gale
The Honorable Don Beyer and Mrs. Megan Beyer
The Honorable James Blanchard and Mrs. Janet Blanchard
Samia and Huda Farouki
Heather and Andy Florance
The Honorable Jane Sloat Ritchie
Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin

Committee Members:
The Honorable John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbie Barrasso
Evelyn and Charles DiBona
The Honorable Debbie Dingell and The Honorable John Dingell Jr.
The Honorable Mary Mel French
Antonia and John Gore
Mae Haney Grennan and Ande Grennan
The Honorable Lloyd Hand and Ann Hand
The Honorable Steven Horsford and Dr. Sonya Horsford
Sydney and Admiral Jay Johnson, Ret.
The Honorable Tom C. Korologos and The Honorable Ann McLaughlin Korologos
The Honorable Patrick Leahy and Marcelle Leahy
The Honorable Fred Malek and Marlene Malek
The Honorable Edward Markey and Dr. Susan Blumenthal
The Honorable Capricia Marshall and Dr. Robert Marshall
The Honorable Doris Matsui
The Honorable Michael McCaul and Linda McCaul
The Honorable Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt
The Honorable Bill Stuckey and Ethelene Stuckey
The Honorable John Tanner and Betty Ann Tanner
Jean and Dick Thompson

About the Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit:
The Meridian Global Leadership Summit is the premiere convening of diplomatic, business and government leaders in a neutral, nonpartisan forum to exchange ideas and collaborate on solutions to address the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly globalizing world. Now in its 7th year, the program will take place the morning of Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This year's Summit will focus on Technology and Innovation Across Borders.

Later in the evening, Summit attendees continue conversations with other Washington influencers, Congressional leaders and international dignitaries at the Meridian Ball, which begins with Ambassador-hosted dinners at over 25 embassies and residences around Washington, followed by dessert, dancing, and entertainment at Meridian House, a national historic site.

To date, the following Embassies are confirmed to host dinners: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia.

Proceeds from the Meridian Ball and Global Leadership Summit go to Meridian International Center. For more information, visit:

About Meridian International Center:
Meridian International Center, founded in 1960, is a leading non-partisan, not-for-profit public diplomacy and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world and builds global leaders through the exchange of people, ideas and culture. We believe that the United States is stronger at home when globally engaged, setting the tone for collaboration and consensus building across nations for the formation of a more secure and prosperous world for all.

Meridian works with the U.S. government, the private sector and the diplomatic community to create innovative exchange, training, culture and convening programs that advance three goals:

  • Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange
  • Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future
  • Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors

About United:
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL."

About Whittle School & Studios:
Whittle School & Studios is the first truly modern institution providing a global education for Pre K-12th grade with campuses in the world's leading cities. Through its network of schools, this highly integrated global learning community is led by an international faculty teaching a curriculum with experiential learning to a diverse body of day and boarding students. The campuses work collaboratively through exchanges and online activities, creating an organization linked with a new collective intelligence unlike any single-site institution in the world. For more information, visit

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