|"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." –Robert Frost
Benefits of being a T-bird
Being a Thunderbird graduate means enjoying a lifelong connection to other alumni and to the school. As a T-bird, you can do more than simply network. You can maximize your professional and personal success by using Thunderbird resources throughout your life.
This month’s newsletter is dedicated to alumni programs and services provided by Thunderbird and the Network to enhance the lifelong value of your education.
Thunderbird keeps you connected to the school and to each other through:
A magazine published three times a year keeps the worldwide Thunderbird community connected with in-depth features, intriguing profiles, international business trends, alumni updates and institutional news. Do you have an idea to contribute? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not receiving the magazine or want to receive it electronically, E-mail: email@example.com.
My Thunderbird (MTB)
Alumni, faculty, staff and students have access to MTB, an online Intranet tool. Through MTB, you can search for other T-birds, access Thunderbird alumni chapter Web sites, select a global e-mail address, create a personal and professional profile and join a discussion group. MTB is your direct link to Thunderbird, no matter where you are located - my.t-bird.edu.
This monthly e-newsletter for alumni features school news items, alumni chapter events, alumni profiles and continued learning opportunities. Sent directly to your inbox, it’s a convenient, timely way to check out the latest Thunderbird activities and stay engaged.
As a T-bird, you can do more than simply network. You can maximize your professional and personal success by using Thunderbird resources throughout your life. More than 4,000 T-birds belong to the Thunderbird Alumni group on LinkedIn — an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world. To join the group, go to www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1005 or search groups for "Thunderbird Alumni" and join the group with over 4,000 members.
Facebook is a great way for the Thunderbird community to stay connected with each other as well as find out the latest Thunderbird news. Become a fan of Thunderbird at www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderbird-School-of-Global-Management/13453485145.
Follow the latest news and information from Thunderbird on Twitter - a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send and read other users' updates. To follow Thunderbird on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/ThunderbirdNews.
The Alumni Relations Office keeps the Network strong by providing:
Alumni B2B Directory
Locate T-birds and their businesses by industry, job function, location, product or service via Alumni Biz Direct. Available to all Thunderbird alumni and current students, the directory is a great resource for your business needs and a global networking tool with the best and brightest T-birds. Visit alumnibizdirect.thunderbird.edu.
Faculty to Alumni Webcast Series
This webcast series offers alumni a way to stay connected to the school and its faculty and to extend learning beyond graduation. Key Thunderbird faculty members present hour-long seminars on global business topics and answer questions posed by alumni. Previous webcast recordings are available on MTB.
Alumni Career Management
Use the alumni career resources to help you enhance or expand your career options. Search job postings from Thunderbird employers and search firms, and access global job databases and resources from career management firms to help in future job searches. Additionally, Thunderbird is a great place to recruit future employees. T-birds are culturally diverse, flexible and have the business background and language skills that are needed to succeed in today’s global business environment. As alumni established in your careers, consider Thunderbird as a resource for recruiting future global leaders to work for your company or organization.
Whether for business or pleasure, T-birds are people on the go. As alumni, you’ll enjoy discounts to select hotels, condo rentals, and discounted membership to The Williams Club in midtown Manhattan, with 100 worldwide affiliates.
Classes in Degree Programs – Travel and Learn
You may remember Thunderbird Winterims/Summerims, the highly regarded intensive courses held each January and May at Thunderbird and around the world. These 10-15 day courses are led by expert Thunderbird faculty, and are designed for in-depth coverage of relevant global business topics. Alumni receive a 30 percent discount on these programs as well as all on-campus classes in the traditional program.
Executive Education Programs
Thunderbird’s exceptional Executive Education certificate programs offer business professionals short, focused executive programs on global management topics that can be immediately applied to their business. Alumni receive a 10 percent discount on the cost of these programs.
Thunderbird Corporate Learning can help your company and executives unlock their full global potential by creating innovative, holistic, customized learning for your organization.
Business Information Service (BIS)
If you find yourself in need of assistance gathering international business research, the Thunderbird BIS, an alumni-exclusive service, is designed to support and provide you with custom, high-quality data and research.
These exclusive services are supported by alumni contributions to the Thunderbird Annual Fund. To continue these valuable services, make your gift now. Call 602-978-7426, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.thunderbird.edu/MyGift.
Additional ways to give back:
Share Your Experiences
Think back to when you were a student at Thunderbird. Perhaps there were certain alumni who motivated you in one way or another. Now it’s your turn to keep up the tradition! Keep your My Thunderbird (MTB) profile current so others can reach you. Advertise in the Alumni Biz Direct so you can promote your business or service to T-birds around the world. Volunteer to speak or make a presentation to a class or to the entire student body.
Stay Informed and Share Your Knowledge
Read and contribute articles and information about current global business issues and trends online at www.thunderbird.edu/knowledgenetwork. Contribute articles or advertise your business in Thunderbird Magazine.
Refer a Future T-bird
Thunderbird cultivates graduates who are distinguished by a global mindset. This mindset allows them to work successfully in diverse cultures and to manage effectively in different social, economic and political environments. Help perpetuate the mission of Thunderbird – to educate leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide – by referring prospective students. If you know someone who would make a great T-bird, tell them about Thunderbird. Visit: www.thunderbird.edu/refer.
Visit the ThunderShop
The ThunderShop is more than a gift store. It is a student-run learning laboratory and a fund-raiser for social works created by students from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. All profits from the ThunderShop go to support the efforts of “Thunderbird for Good.” Thunderbird for Good leverages our school’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who can utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure
peace and improve living conditions in their communities. Visit: www.thundershop.com.
Alumni Chapter Events
Proof positive of a powerful network, there are over 150 alumni chapters worldwide. Chapters strengthen the professional relationships between members, local businesses and civic organizations and groups. Organized and managed by local alumni, chapter programs and events bring alumni together for social interaction, networking, professional development and lifelong learning. Most chapters host monthly social and networking events for alumni and their colleagues – First Tuesdays – on the first Tuesday of each month. To locate the alumni chapter in your area, click here.
Apr 9-12, 2009: Thunderbird Weekend in Las Vegas! – Las Vegas Alumni Chapter
May 5, 2009: Thunderbird First Tuesday – Various Alumni Chapters
May 11-13, 2009: Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Geneva Campus
June 6, 2009: Thunderbird Norwegian Alumni Golf Open – Oslo, Norway Alumni Chapter