Sylvia Chimhina ’15

Sylvia Chimhina '15 Zimbabwe - USA

Why Thunderbird?

I was impressed by Thunderbird’s track record as a leader in global management education. Coming from a small country with crisis in leadership from a macro and micro perspective, I believe good global understanding and leadership is critical to the success of any generation. Thunderbird’s mission of educating global leaders is aligned to this core belief.”

More about Sylvia…

Languages spoken -
Shona, English

Academic background - 
BS in Business Information Technology, Bay Path College, Massachusetts
AS in Accounting, Springfield Technical Community College, Massachusetts

Professional background -
Founder/CEO of Sylvia Chimhina Group, a talent management and media company; a Six Sigma Black Belt Enterprise Business Architect; and currently Head of Strategic Initiatives at Aetna Inc.

Personal notes -
Passionate about image management and helping people with their skincare and weight management; enjoys tennis, swimming, reading, drawing and traveling  

As a working professional, how does Thunderbird’s program format benefit you?

“The option to complete my Global MBA Online in 19 or 28 months, with flexibility going up to five years, was very important. For many high achievers who continue to work while pursuing their degree, there are many moving pieces that can derail or necessitate the acceleration of your education. The program flexibility enables me to be successful and meet my educational goals.”

What makes Thunderbird different than other schools that offer a “global” focus?

Thunderbird doesn’t just talk about having a global environment, the students are immersed in a global setting and experience it through the makeup of the cohorts and the countries we get to travel to during the course of our studies.

How does your personal mission align with Thunderbird’s?

My mission is to create opportunities that will enable others to realize their own dreams, and to positively impact the socio-economic and political lives of Africans through creation of generational transferable wealth. This speaks to anyone of African descent and anyone interested in Africa. Such a vision requires superior understanding of global dynamics and their influences on Africa, Africans and the rest of the world. I believe Thunderbird will augment and sharpen my global mindset.”