Meghan Beyer is a journalist, activist, and life-long advocate of women’s rights and gender issues. She founded the bilateral Swiss-U.S. project, Sister Republics, which accelerates private market drivers to break the glass ceiling and was the External Relations representative for the Swiss-based EDGE Gender Certification, a company that certifies companies achieving a global standard of gender certification. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015 to be the Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she led the first official U.S. Cultural Delegation to Cuba, which included directors of four U.S. cultural agencies and prominent artists, including Usher, Joshua Bell, Smokey Robinson, and Dave Matthews. Ms. Beyer started her career as a reporter covering education and politics for local and national television news programs, and for the last 15 years has been a regular panelist on To the Contrary, a women's political talk show on most US public television stations. She currently consults with Civic Nation, a non-profit advancing civic engagement, and the American Film Institute.