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In 2016 and 2017, I had the privilege of supporting the Wilson Center on several projects for its Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. As if that weren’t cool enough, the organization also invited me to participate in a small private reception for the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde last year, and an event this fall featuring President Coleiro Preca of Malta and Vice President de Saint Malo of Panama!

My enthusiasm for the Wilson Center is evident whenever I mention them as a client. It’s like I’m cueing people to ask, “What’s the Wilson Center?”

Despite my expertise in messaging and positioning, I never feel like my answer does their work full justice. The breadth and depth of their research and their commitment to the power of dialogue and ideas are truly astounding. But it can sound a bit esoteric without more context.

Today marks 50 years since Congress established the Center as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson and the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for global issues. To commemorate the anniversary, the Center produced this wonderful video that more fully describes their work. I highly recommend it.

During this time of profound change and uncertainty on the global stage, think tanks and conveners such as the Wilson Center are as important as ever. As Woodrow Wilson said in 1907, “… there are few voices of vision; there is much excitement and feverish activity, but little concert of thoughtful purpose.”