Our Philosophy & People

Our philosophy is simple – the client is at the center of what we do. We are here to collaborate with you, and provide solutions to overcome existing challenges and help our clients achieve your strategic objectives.

As we engage with our clients, we focus on issues with complex global aspects and build upon the global business acumen that is in Thunderbird’s DNA. Diversity is not just in our name or curriculum, it is a vital strategic advantage. Our staff includes people from 16 countries who speak 17 languages, bringing together a rich variety of skills, experiences and perspectives.

The richness of our teams’ backgrounds gives Thunderbird Executive Education a range of expertise and insight to tackle our clients’ global business priorities. In addition to this diversity, we all share a passion for delivering value to our clients and a greater impact for their organization.

Executive Education Employee Spotlight 

Derek Shaw, Program Manager
Birthplace: USA
Languages: English, Spanish and Arabic
“I love working at Thunderbird with such diverse and multi-cultural students, faculty and staff. It’s a truly global environment that’s connected to the world where learning abounds and sustainable impact is cultivated.”


Leslie del Angel, Client Director, Content Management - Thunderbird Online
Birthplace: Mexico
Languages: Spanish, English and French
“Few things are more global than the internet. Shaping our online Executive Certificate courses allows me to connect Thunderbird’s international business expertise with phenomenal professionals all around the world. I love being on an innovative team that reaches across borders and industries to educate our world’s emerging leaders.”