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Features for July 2009

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Concert for Thunderbird: Atlanta chapter leader Rick Knutsen '86 has taken on an unexpected role in the name of Thunderbird – concert promoter. Read more...

Join global day of service as ThunderCares expands beyond Arizona: ThunderCares Day will go global this September as alumni chapters around the world join forces with students in Glendale, Prague, Beijing and Mexico for a global day of service. Read more...

Thunderbird Learning Consulting Network partners with Fundación Sonora: Thunderbird Learning Consulting Network (TLCN) Principal Consultant Joe Carella '08 and his team have partnered with Fundación Sonora to work on two projects in Mexico. Read more...


News Briefs

Detroit Alumni endow struggling scholarship
Gail Kozeliski '93
and the Detroit chapter have successfully endowed the Francis and Louis Gifford Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established in 1987 to honor a generous and caring couple who gave their heart and soul to the students of Thunderbird. The Detroit chapter adopted the fund in 2005 with the hopes of bringing the scholarship to the endowed level of $50,000. At this time, the Gifford's legacy of supporting a student’s educational journey will live on at Thunderbird.  

Alumni receive discount to World Business Forum
The World Business Forum is the largest business event in the United States, where top business, political and academic figures meet to debate the most pressing issues of the day. T-birds receive a $500 discount on registration. For more information, visit www.wbfny.com. Use discount code THUNDERBIRDALUMNI or click here to register.

Thunderbird study provides guidelines for family businesses
A Thunderbird study by Professors Ernesto Poza, Robert Hisrich and MBA candidate Jacob Ruesch provides family business leaders in the United States and United Arab Emirates guidelines for making a smooth leadership transition from one generation to the next. The study was titled "Differing Perceptions and Challenges Facing UAE Family Businesses: Implications for Practice."

Thunderbird Europe participates in custom program fair
Thunderbird Europe participated in the third annual Handelsblatt custom program fair this May in Düsseldorf. Marie-Laure Clisson and Will McDonald represented Thunderbird at the event. The duo had the opportunity to make a 15-minute presentation to attendees as well have one-on-one meetings with participants. Their participation led to Thunderbird's inclusion in an article published in Perspektiven, Handelsblatt's weekly career magazine in German.

Sustainable Innovation Summit postponed
The 2009 Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit has been postponed due to the impact of the economic downturn on companies and organizations globally.


Chapter News

Unique month of "Second Tuesdays"
Because of the proximity to the July 4 holiday, several alumni chapters such as South Florida and Indianapolis have opted to delay their monthly gathering by one week. See MTB for details.

 

Hong Kong welcomes Grameen
Jennifer Meehan, CEO of the Grameen Foundation’s Asia Region, spoke July 7 to Hong Kong T-birds about micro-lending and volunteer opportunities with Grameen's "Bankers without Borders" program.

 

Social Media Highlight: Dallas, Texas
Follow the Dallas Alumni Chapter on Twitter, http://twitter.com/dfwtbird, and Facebook, http://www.facebook.com
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Knowledge Network

Story: Growing with global mindset: Raytheon implements Thunderbird tool
The Global Mindset Inventory has helped leaders from Raytheon and more than 200 other organizations assess their readiness to enter the global arena.
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Blog: Thunderbird Bookshelf
The Thunderbird community could fill a library with all the books it has produced. This blog tracks some of the most recent.
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Podcast: Time for MBA schools to rethink ethics education (30:18)
Business schools leery of teaching MBA students the difference between right and wrong need to rethink their approach to ethics education.
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Video: Paul Kinsinger on Iran election protests (10:52)
Thunderbird Professor Paul Kinsinger talks June 22, 2009, with "Horizon" host Ted Simons on KAET-TV.
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

CNBC - Blame the B-schools

TIME - Training Managers to Behave

Financial Times - Charities seek support in the schoolroom

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July Features (continued)

Atlanta Alumni Chapter Concert for Thunderbird: Atlanta chapter leader Rick Knutsen '86 has taken on an unexpected role in the name of Thunderbird - concert promoter. An Internet marketing consultant by day, Rick has teamed with Francine Reed, a blues singer with a Thunderbird past, to present a concert that will raise funds for Thunderbird scholarships.

Before Reed became famous singing with the likes of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Delbert McClinton, she performed at various Thunderbird events in the late 1980s. The Atlanta chapter has arranged for Reed to perform Sept. 26 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Atlanta. Tickets range from $20 to $45, with four premium seats available in the orchestra area for $300.

Proceeds will support a scholarship fund to help Georgia residents attend Thunderbird. A VIP event before the concert at a makeshift "Thunderbird Pub" will recognize people who donate at least $50 to the scholarship fund.

The Atlanta chapter started selling tickets for the concert July 8 at its "First Wednesday" event at the Atlanta Brewing Company. For more information, please visit www.tbirdatl.com or the chapter website on MTB.

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Join global day of service as ThunderCares expands beyond Arizona: ThunderCares Day will go global this September as alumni chapters around the world join forces with students in Glendale, Prague, Beijing and Mexico for a global day of service.

Gbemi Disu '06 started ThunderCares Day in 2004 as a way to give back to the Phoenix community, where many Thunderbirds spend two years of their lives. Projects range from sorting food bank donations to cleaning and renovating local schools and shelters.

This fall, thanks to efforts by Amaly Johnson '09, Aleksandra Lubavs '91 and others, the concept will expand beyond Arizona. Most projects will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12. More information about projects in your area will come from your local alumni chapter.

Make sure you are registered with your local alumni chapter by logging on to My Thunderbird, locating the alumni chapter closest to you, and clicking on the "Join" link on the chapter home page. If your chapter page says "Opt-Out," you are already a member!

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Thunderbird Learning Consulting Network partners with Fundación Sonora: Thunderbird Learning Consulting Network (TLCN) Principal Consultant Joe Carella '08 and his team have partnered with Fundación Sonora to work on two projects in Mexico. The first project had the team develop a go-to-market strategy for entry into the United States for sushi-grade, quality fish.

The second project aims to develop the wine industry in Sonora. The project takes a look at wine production and tourism in the high plains of the Sierra Madre Mountains. TLCN previously has completed two other wine industry projects, focusing on wine distribution across the United States, including online distribution.

The TLCN melds the talents of faculty, professionals, MBA students, alumni specialists and the world’s top advisors to provide unique, globally integrated advisory services to clients in virtually any market. Click here for more information.

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Calendar

Aug. 21:
Summer Commencement
Commencement will take place at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona.

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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