Global Leadership in Turbulent Times

Global Leadership in Turbulent Times

Spring 2016
Thunderbird Campus

Is your company facing new challenges in today’s turbulent market? Does it seek global experts within the organization to lead during times of change with a global mindset and skillset? If you’re an executive who’s ready to lead beyond borders, Thunderbird’s Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program will empower you with practical information you can apply immediately. This three-day executive program is designed to be a personal leadership journey.

Program HighlightsGlobal Leadership in Turbulent Times


In a volatile global economic market and in an era plagued by questionable corporate practices, today’s business leaders are expected to be more dynamic than ever. With this program you will learn how to sharpen your global business skills as you study:

  • Globalization: Leading in uncertain and ambiguous times
  • Leading effectively across cultures
  • Leadership Effectiveness: Engaging stakeholders across cultures
  • Exploring leadership today
  • Leadership Communication: Engaging employees
  • Leadership “Derailers” – Feedback and assessment
  • Discovering your Strengths, Enhancing your Leadership Skills: Leader-level reading
  • Cultural gap analysis
  • Cultural Intelligence and Orientations Indicator®
  • Leading for Optimal Engagement; Leading teams for peak performance
  • Leading & executing change
  • Your global management skills will further be enhanced as you complete team exercises with peers from around the globe, study global case studies and participate in class discussions.

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Global Leadership in Turbulent Times

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Global Leadership in Turbulent Times

A Course with Real, Applicable Solutions

The skills you develop from participating in Thunderbird’s Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program can be applied to the very issues facing your own organization.

As you analyze global business issues and trends through this short-format executive education program, you will gain a new understanding of:

  • Ways to thrive and lead in a constantly changing environment
  • How to develop a plan to enhance personal leadership skills
  • The skills needed to perform cross-functionally and cross-culturally
  • The mindset necessary to lead globally and to positively impact company subcultures

High-potential Participants

Join individuals from diverse industries and cultures spanning the globe – peer participants in supervisory-level leadership positions ready to share their varied corporate experiences in a collaborative environment free from competition.

What Past Participants Are Saying

“The Global Leadership in Turbulent Times is a first rate program at a first class educational institution which is Thunderbird. Being a graduate of Thunderbird, I had certain expectations of the course being challenging, interactive and most of all, a cultural hodgepodge of learning. This program exceeded all my preconceived expectations. In fact, it went beyond and gave me new insight into the current world we live and work in and a practical solutions based orientation in which to succeed in our ever changing world.  This is a must attend program for leaders of all types of organizations international and domestic.”

- William (Bill) Bossany, Deputy Chief Executive/General Manager, Health Section 

“Knowing the reputation of Thunderbird and taking a number of on line courses a few years ago, I was finally able to participate in a three day seminar on campus. Every aspect of the program, from pre arrival to final session was executed at the highest levels of professionalism. Program attendees from all over the world clicked, facilitated by the course material itself, caliber of the professors, method of presentation which, combined, resulted in intellectually stimulating and meaningful discussion pertinent to every one of the diverse business leaders in the room. In addition to the course material, the self-assessments are particularly useful. I hope I have the opportunity to attend another seminar and strongly urge any business leader to do so.”

-Karen Fierst, KerenOr Consultants

“This course is invaluable to any leader facing the global management challenges of today. It opens your mind to the many obstacles we face daily and how they shape our decisions. It then teaches us new, relevant methods of self-reflection to strengthen and reinforce our leadership skills. I highly recommend this course for all management level individuals!”

- Cheryl Fischer, DHL IT Services

“I have lived and worked for several years in Europe and Asia, and yet the program opened my eyes to cultural differences and practical new management ideas. It emphasizes real-world solutions. You will quickly acquire relevant leadership tools that can be put to immediate and profitable use. And you will have a great time doing it.”

- David Stansbury, Formerly with Conoco Inc. and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

“I thought the three-day Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program was excellent and the entire Thunderbird operation was first class. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and had first-hand experience working in a global environment, which is crucial to understanding the true cultural issues and obstacles when doing business on a global scale.”

- MCOE, Sr. Technical Manager, Honeywell Aerospace 


“Thank you so much for your wonderful recommendation of the Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program at Thunderbird was one of the best I have ever attended so far. The lecturers were of high intellectual and cultural capacity and the program staff was supportive and kind at all times. Not surprisingly, participants were from various parts of the world - South America, Asia and Europe, just to mention a few. The dynamism of the program structure, as well the constant active participation of all of us made this program a ‘must have’ for all those aiming at better practices in leadership.”

- Joao Molinari Junior
, MRL Homeopathic International


Is Your Company Listed?

Ready to join the important list of companies who have participated in Thunderbird’s Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program? Below is a sampling:

Here is a sampling:
Actuant Delphi Corporation Prudential
Advanced Systems Consultants Diebold Inc. Qwest Communications
Alstom Power EDS Corporation Raytheon
Aimia Equinix, Inc. SAP Business Solutions
American Express Exxon Mobil Corporation Smith Aerospace
Australian Trade Commission F-Secure Inc. Southco
Avnet, Inc. FedEx Services State Farm Insurance Company
BAE Systems Henkel of America, Inc. Syntel, Inc.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation Hewlett-Packard Company The Boeing Company
Bayern LB Honeywell Aerospace The Dial Corporation
Bell Helicopter Textron HSBC United Nations
BHP Billiton Intel Corporation U.S. Navy
CENTRUM Catolica JDA Software U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service
Cessna Aircraft Company Kohler Company U.S. Department of State
Charles Schwab McDonald’s USA, LLC U.S. Air Force
Cintas Corporation Mohawk Industries Vanguard
Cisco Systems PetSmart, Inc. Visa Inc.
Cox Communications Phoenix Police Department


Thunderbird’s diverse faculty members bring you renowned global business instruction as well as intimate cultural insight you simply won’t find elsewhere. Their consulting experience with companies around the world, coupled with their own diverse heritages, means that your global business instruction is merged with cross-cultural insight. The end result: you’ll interact with the world’s most accomplished global thought leaders and leave Thunderbird prepared to lead and drive your own global business success anywhere in the world.

The Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program is led by a team of faculty that includes Professors Christine Pearson, Karen Walch and Paul Kinsinger.

Pricing Details

USD $7,500

Program fee includes tuition, instructional and assessment materials, and meals for the program. Price does not include accommodations, which can be secured online at the Thunderbird Executive Inn, a full-service facility conveniently located on campus and offering a host of amenities and business services for executives.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

2.0 CEUs

CEUs provide a permanent record of the professional development training and non-credit enhancement activities of working executives who wish to stay current in global business. One CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours of time spent at a qualified instruction site. Participants who complete this program earn 2.0 CEUs.

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

20.00 PDUs

The 3-day Global Leadership in Turbulent Times program is certified through the Project Management Institute Inc. (PMI®). The professional development unit (PDU) is a recognized method of qualifying participation in an organized project management experience. Each individual who completes this program receives 20.00 PDUs through PMI®.

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