Meridian to New Ambassadors: Visit Many U.S. States


Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement hosted a “Welcome to Washington” reception for newly arrived ambassadors at its headquarters in the historic Meridian House and White-Meyer House on Sept.14. The pleasant weather allowed guests to enjoy the lovely terrace, as they enjoyed canapes from Spilled Milk Catering.

The reception afforded newly arrived Chiefs of Mission an opportunity to meet and engage with a cross-section of Washington leaders  from the government, business and policy communities. Building peer-to-peer relationships in Washington is crucial for diplomats to exchange information and facilitate bilateral cooperation on a wide variety of global issues. This event is part of Meridian’s Center for Diplomatic Engagement, an education and networking hub that accelerates collaboration between the diplomatic community and U.S. public and private leaders to solve share global challenges.

Meridian CEO Stuart Holliday acknowledged Meridian Board Chair Ann Stock and cooperation with Abbott Laboratories. Holliday encouraged the diplomats to visit as many states as possible to better understand our country.

Abbott’s Divisional Vice President for International Government AffairsJason Grove lauded the part that Meridian plays in assisting the private sector to understand diplomatic duties.

Meridian CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday (center) honors newly arrived Chiefs of Mission. Photo by Oscar Parra Photography.

Rebecca E. Gonzales, Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, U.S. Department of State. Photo by Oscar Parra Photography.

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