"The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why." –Warren Bennis  
May 2009

Thunderbird No. 1 againU.S. News ranks Thunderbird No. 1 again

Thunderbird has again been ranked as the No.1 school for international business in the United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This is the 14th consecutive year Thunderbird has earned this distinction, and it marks the school’s second No.1 ranking in international business by top business publications in the past four months.

“Thunderbird’s consistent ranking as No. 1 in International Business by the world’s top business publications is testament to our long-standing expertise in developing global leaders with the business skills, global mindset, and social responsibility to successfully navigate a complex global economy. Our graduates understand the importance of sustainable business practices and are skilled in producing real, lasting value for their companies, communities, and the world,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D.

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Thunderbird executive educationThunderbird executive education ranks among world leaders

Thunderbird was named again by the Financial Times as one of the world’s leading providers of executive education, landing the No. 16 spot overall for Open Enrollment and Custom Programs combined.

Thunderbird’s Open Enrollment programs came in at No. 11 overall, No. 1 for its international presence and No. 3 for the quality of course design. The school ranks No. 24 overall for Custom Programs and No. 1 for the number of partner schools with whom it delivers those programs. In both Open Enrollment and Custom Programs, the school ranks No. 2 for the global diversity of its faculty.

“Thunderbird’s continued showing as one of the world’s leading providers of executive education is testament to our leadership in providing world-class programs and solutions that companies and executives need to succeed in today’s complex international marketplace,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, PhD.

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Foreign service worker builds cultural ties in Iraq

Suzanne BodoinWomen in colorful garments sang and danced this January at the textile museum in the Citadel, an ancient city within a city in Kurdish Iraq. Rugs, tapestries and embroideries filled the museum and added to the festive mood of the women, who came to celebrate their graduation from a U.S. State Department initiative to preserve the region’s cultural heritage of weaving.

“Those skills are starting to fade,” said Suzanne Bodoin '02, a public diplomacy officer serving a one-year assignment in Iraq.

Her regional reconstruction team, which operates in Erbil as an extension of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, promotes women’s rights, public education, rule of law and other initiatives designed to help local residents run the region on their own. The weaving program helped about 20 young women learn skills that can generate income and preserve part of the nomadic culture.

“One of our goals in Iraq is to foster mutual understanding through cultural preservation and exchange,” Bodoin said March 20 during a two-week leave in Massachusetts. “The only way you’re going to improve relations is through face-to-face contact.”

Bodoin started her Iraqi assignment in November and will serve next in Jerusalem. She also has spent time in places such as Kazakhstan and Russia during her civil service career, which started in 2002 after her Thunderbird graduation.


Mother's DayThunderbirds serve their community on Mother’s Day

Members of the Phoenix Alumni Chapter spent Mother’s Day giving back to the local community. As part of their commitment to global citizenship, approximately 20 T-bird chapter members partnered with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for a volunteering opportunity at their local dining room.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international lay organization committed to serving the needs of the poor and providing an opportunity for those more fortunate to serve others. Founded in France in 1833, the society has been assisting Arizona families since 1946.


LinkedInRally to update LinkedIn

As Thunderbird’s alumni group on LinkedIn approaches 5,000 members, we ask your help in updating the name of the school in the LinkedIn system. Currently, when selecting your school in the education profile section, your choices are limited to two former names of the school. After many unanswered requests for LinkedIn to include the current name of the school, Thunderbird is taking matters into its own hands.

If you would like to include the current name of the school on your LinkedIn profile, after you select "Arizona" as your school location, under the "School Name" field select "Other." Then, a box will appear where you can type in the name – Thunderbird School of Global Management.

To join the group, go to http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1005.

To follow Thunderbird on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/ThunderbirdNews.

Become a fan of Thunderbird at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderbird-School-of-Global-Management/13453485145.

Check out Thunderbird's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/TbirdKnowledgeNet, which is now part of YouTube EDU.


MBA Focus connects T-bird alumni job seekers to employers

MBA Focus is a résumé database featuring students and alumni of the leading graduate business school programs worldwide. This exclusive database is accessed by leading global firms and MBA recruiters. So far this year there have been 322 Thunderbird alumni résumé books purchased from this system representing over 722 alumni.

Click here to include or update your resume. This link requires an MTB log-in. If you need assistance with your MTB account, email alumni@thunderbird.edu or call 602-978-7358.


Thunderbird commencementListen to the Thunderbird commencement address on your iPod

The troubled world of global business needs an updated version of capitalism that bridges the gap between fiscal and social responsibility, recently retired Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Neville Isdell told Thunderbird graduates May 1 in Glendale. “We need leaders who will help update capitalism for the challenges the world faces today,” Isdell said.

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Project ArtemisMentors needed for Jordanian and Afghan women entrepreneurs

The Thunderbird Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for women alumni to mentor Jordanian women entrepreneurs who will study in Glendale during a two-week, intensive, leadership and business training program in late October 2009. The acceptance period for applicants closes on July 6. Selected mentors will be assigned to work in a group and one-on-one with a Jordanian entrepreneur October 28, 29 and 30th on the Glendale campus. Mentors need not reside in the Phoenix area. The long term commitment for the relationship would include twice a month communication for a two year period.

If you cannot travel to Glendale in October, we hope you will consider mentoring women entrepreneurs enrolled in programs in Afghanistan and Jordan. The commitment includes communicating twice a month - electronically and/or telephonically - for a two year period with an assigned woman entrepreneur.

The mentorship application is available at www.thunderbird.edu/wcge. Contact Professor Melissa Samuelson at Melissa.Samuelson@thunderbird.edu or 602-978-7274 for more information.


Thunderbird Incubator seeks alumni talent

The Thunderbird Global Entrepreneurship Incubator is seeking alumni interested in working with Incubator companies. The mission of the Thunderbird Global Entrepreneurship Incubator is to provide entrepreneurs with a unique environment which will increase their company's chances for success. Alumni will share expertise with Incubator entrepreneurs to assist with the early stages of company development. Current incubator clients to be matched with alumni include an accounting company and a medical records management company. To get involved with the incubator contact Katherine Hutton at 602-978-7173 or Katherine.Hutton@thunderbird.edu.




Inaugural Global Thunderbird LGBT Reunion

You are invited to join the inaugural Thunderbird Global LGBT Reunion in San Francisco June 25 - 28, 2009 hosted by GLOBE and the San Francisco Alumni Chapter. The Thunderbird LGBT Reunion falls on Pride Weekend in beautiful San Francisco, California. Possible activities include a trip to wine country, pub crawl, networking events, rugby tournament on Treasure Island hosted by the San Francisco Fog RFC (a gay rugby club), the Pink Saturday Party and attending the Pride Parade/Festival.
 
This event is a great opportunity to meet other gay business leaders from the Thunderbird community. There is no registration fee but some activities will incur a cost. For more information and to RSVP please email tbird.lgbt.reunion@gmail.com.

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