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Features for August 2009

Thunderbird Global Reunion: Macau, November 2009 - Re-Shaping the Global Agenda: Leadership for Sustainable Prosperity: Every two years, at varying locations around the globe, T-birds gather with their friends and classmates to celebrate their past, present and future. Read more...

Major gift helps save Thunderbird Tower: Crews will start work in January to restore Thunderbird Tower to its former glory, thanks to a student-led grassroots campaign and a major gift from Thunderbird Trustee Merle A. Hinrichs '65 and his wife, Miriam. Read more...

Executive MBA - Europe Program Launches January, 2010 - Refer a future T-bird and win registration and accommodations at the Macau Global Reunion: Beginning in January 2010, Thunderbird's Executive MBA Europe program offers working professionals a truly global business and cultural education in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland, home to Thunderbird Europe (EMEA headquarters for Executive Education). Read more...


News Briefs

Alumni receive discount to Frost & Sullivan conference
Thunderbird professors Paul Kinsinger and Kishore C. Dash will present at the Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership Conference Sept. 13-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz. As a conference Strategic Alliance Partner and the only business school to take part in the conference, Thunderbird is able to provide a 50 percent discount for alumni to attend the conference. Frost & Sullivan's flagship client event, "GIL Global," is your bridge to accessing a community supporting senior executives and their efforts to accelerate the growth of their companies.

T-birds on the inside update LinkedIn school name
Thanks to Thunderbird insiders at LinkedIn, you now can update your profile to reflect the current name of the school - Thunderbird School of Global Management. All LinkedIn users who had previous school names listed have been updated to the current school name. If you customized the name of the school to reflect the current name, please follow these instructions to be grouped with other Thunderbird alumni. Thanks go out to Nico Posner '00 and Nancy Boever '95 for making this change happen.

Summer edition of Thunderbird Magazine in mailboxes now
The summer edition of Thunderbird Magazine hit mailboxes in early July. The new edition, which focuses on entrepreneurs, can be viewed on Thunderbird's external Web site by clicking here. If you would like to receive the magazine electronically, or if you did not receive the magazine, please update your mailing address with the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@thunderbird.edu.

Program delivers negotiation tools for global leaders
Business leader Richard Hebert had years of experience but no formal education as a cross-cultural negotiator when he enrolled in Communicating and Negotiating with a Global Mindset, a new Thunderbird certificate program that will run again Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Click here to read more.

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Concert for Thunderbird
Reminder: Tickets are on sale now for the Atlanta Alumni Chapter fundraiser concert with Francine Reed. The chapter has arranged for Reed to perform Sept. 26 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Atlanta. Thunderbird President Dr. Ángel Cabrera will welcome guests at the event. Tickets range from $20 to $45, with four premium seats available in the orchestra area for $300. For more information, please visit www.tbirdatl.com or the chapter website on MTB.

New merchandise coming this fall at the Thundershop
Kick back, relax and enjoy new merchandise from the Thundershop. Plan early this year for your holiday gifts and give your loved ones the perfect Thunder-gift. Visit www.thundershop.com.


Chapter News

Barcelona T-birds team with Admirals Business Club
The Barcelona chapter now partners with the Admirals Business Club for monthly networking events. The partnership between these two international, cosmopolitan groups brings out more than 50 attendees to each event.

 

Portland, Oregon
A group of 30 T-birds, friends and family gathered at the Portland Alumni Chapter's annual Thunderbird Family Picnic on Aug. 2. To see photos or for more information on the Portland chapter, click here.

 

Social Media Highlight: Princeton, New Jersey
Follow the Princeton Alumni Chapter on Twitter, http://twitter.com/ PrincetonTbird, and Facebook, http://tinyurl.com/najwzn.



Knowledge Network

Story: Muslim women eager for business education, conference panelist says:
Professor Melissa Beran Samualson who participated in a global Islamic women's conference in Malaysia says female entrepreneurs from Muslim countries are eager to step forward as business leaders despite security threats and other obstacles.
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Blog: Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship Blog
A team of students led by Professor Gary Gibbons has developed a sustainable business model to turn cattle and swine into cash for a collegiate club at the University of Arizona Meat Science Laboratory in Tucson.
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Podcast: Perspective on election fallout in Iran (1:47)
More than 70 percent of Iran's population is under 30 and social media savvy.
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Video: Africa shoots for World Cup windfall (3:01)
Professor Olufemi Babarinde, talks about the economic opportunities in Africa as the 2010 World Cup approaches.
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

Mind your manners and make millions - Financial Times, July 30, 2009

University of Texas at Arlington's Executive MBA Program Spearheads Adaptation of an Ethics Oath - Forbes.com, July 29, 2009

Outsourcing the MBA Job Hunt - BusinessWeek, July 27, 2009

A brainwave in the study of leadership - Financial Times, July 19, 2009

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August Features (continued)

Thunderbird Global Reunion: Macau, November 2009
Re-Shaping the Global Agenda: Leadership for Sustainable Prosperity:
Every two years, at varying locations around the globe, T-birds gather with their friends and classmates to celebrate their past, present and future. This year the Thunderbird Global Reunion will take place Nov. 5-7 at the beautiful StarWorld hotel in Macau.

"Re-shaping the Global Agenda: Leadership for Sustainable Prosperity" is the theme of this year's reunion. And while the event offers an array of thought-provoking presentations on this timely topic, it also promises a profusion of fun in typical T-bird style.

The event opens on Thursday, Nov. 5 with a cocktail reception to connect old friends and make your plans for exploring what Macau has to offer. During the conference, learn from globally minded leaders who productively operate across cultural and national divides, who appreciate the differences and nuances around the world and turn them into opportunities. These leaders build bridges across borders and, as a consequence, make our world more prosperous and peaceful.

Click here to register for the event. Book your hotel stay before Sept. 5 for a free room upgrade and additional 15 percent room discount. We hope to see you there!

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Major gift helps save Thunderbird Tower: Crews will start work in January to restore Thunderbird Tower to its former glory, thanks to a student-led grassroots campaign and a major gift from Thunderbird Trustee Merle A. Hinrichs '65 and his wife, Miriam.

"The tower represents a significant icon of Thunderbird's history," said Merle Hinrichs, chairman of Global Sources, a Hong Kong-based business-to-business media company. "The tower and the Thunderbird airfield were constructed to serve critical training needs for U.S. and allied pilots during World War II. Lt. Gen. Barton Kyle Yount, commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Training Command, was successful in his request to the U.S. government to donate the Thunderbird airfields property and buildings to establish a school for foreign trade. He firmly believed in 'borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers.' Those of us who have had the pleasure and privilege of attending Thunderbird fully appreciate the importance of Lt. Gen. Yount's vision. We live it daily. The Tower is Thunderbird's symbol to the cause of peace and prosperity. For this reason I believe it is important not only to refurbish the Tower, but to maintain the essence of its history. The engagement by students, faculty, staff and alumni in this project is encouraging and exciting."

A $2 million pledge, which Miriam made this summer in honor of her husband for his 70th birthday in November 2011, gave the restoration project the boost it needed to turn the dreams of many into reality. The pledge follows an initial $100,000 donation that Merle gave in February 2008 to help launch the project aptly named "Save the Tower."

Since then, hundreds of Thunderbird students, faculty, staff and alumni have stepped forward with additional donations totaling more than $110,000. As part of the Hinrichs' gift, Thunderbird has hired Will Counts '09 - one of three students who helped launch the campaign - to oversee the project and help raise the remaining $500,000 needed to implement all phases of the project.

Counts said the idea behind the grassroots campaign is to involve as many people as possible in giving the condemned building a second life. "We want everybody to be a part of this building," he said.

Once restored, the building will include a student union, the Thunderbird Pub, ThunderShop and an alumni/veterans gallery.

To donate or find more information about this project, visit www.thunderbird.edu/tower. Renovation updates also are available on a blog set up by Counts at http://thunderbirdtower.blogspot.com.

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Executive MBA - Europe Program Launches January, 2010
Refer a future T-bird and win registration and accommodations at the Macau Global Reunion:
Beginning in January 2010, Thunderbird's Executive MBA Europe program offers working professionals a truly global business and cultural education in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland, home to Thunderbird Europe (EMEA headquarters for Executive Education).  

No one knows better than Thunderbird alumni how profoundly a Thunderbird education can impact the daily business of international communication, cross-cultural negotiations and strategic decision-making. And no one knows better than you who would make a great next T-bird! As a thank you for helping us source talented leaders for our next cohort, we'll enter your name in a drawing for an opportunity to attend the Thunderbird Global Reunion in Macau (registration and three nights at the StarWorld Hotel in a deluxe room Nov 5-7, 2009). Qualified referrals must be made by Sept 15, 2009.  

To refer a candidate, send an e-mail to Will McDonald, Director of Academic Program Business Development in Geneva, at will.mcdonald@thunderbird.edu. He will reach your candidate personally to help them explore the program features and discuss the basic qualifications for the Executive MBA (note: the GMAT is not required for the Executive MBA).  

More about the Executive MBA - Europe program:
• A multinational cohort of 30 participants from across Europe, Middle East & Africa
• Delivered in Geneva in a series of 1-week modules, convenient for busy working professionals
• Thunderbird's world-class professors travel to deliver the program
• Cross-cohort learning and shared modules abroad with the Arizona Executive MBA program
• Minimum 8 years of professional experience
• No GMAT required for admission (based on academics, professional experience and leadership potential)
• Scholarship opportunities available!

Visit www.thunderbird.edu/emba-europe for more details!

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Calendar

Aug. 14:
Mentor Application Deadline for Jordan SEEDS
Women entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to apply to mentor a Jordanian woman entrepreneur during Thunderbird's Supporting Entrepreneurs and Enterprise Development Seminars (SEEDS) in October.

Sept. 18-20: 
Hospitality Weekend
Get to know Thunderbird first-hand. Talk to professors, meet students, learn about our programs and attend a "regional night." Accommodations and meals provided.
 
Sept. 22 - Dec. 15:
Leading & Managing in Turbulent Times Program
This 12-evening course analyzes culturally diverse and global business issues from the perspective of the functional areas of an MBA.
 
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1: 
Communicating & Negotiating with a Global Mindset Program
Leaders with a global mindset thrive in today's global marketplace. Learn your global mindset profile and discover proven communication/ negotiation tactics for cross-cultural environments.
 
Oct. 5-9: 
Globalization: Merging Strategy with Action Program
Improve your understanding of global firms' strategies while enhancing your ability to view your company/role within a broader strategic and global framework.
 
Oct. 20-22:
Leading & Managing in Turbulent Times Program
This comprehensive 3-day course analyzes culturally diverse and global business issues from the perspective of the functional areas of an MBA.
 
Nov. 16-18:
Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results Program (Geneva)
Learn to lead projects as a strategist and tactician; discover the art of influencing/ motivating across functions, companies and cultures; and develop skills to lead diverse teams.


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