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Features for November 2009

Thunderbird adviser to lead Foreign Commercial Service: Thunderbird Global Council member, executive education alumnus, and former Executive-in-Residence Suresh Kumar was nominated by President Obama as new assistant secretary of commerce and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more...

Global Family Enterprise Program: Thunderbird professor Ernesto Poza, Ph.D., a global leader in family business education and research who teaches in Thunderbird's Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, will lead the fourth annual Global Family Enterprise February 22-25, 2010. Read more...

Faculty webcast - Global Recovery: What to Expect? The Alumni Relations Office presented a faculty to alumni webcast Oct. 20 with Thunderbird professor John Mathis, Ph.D. Read more...


News Briefs

Pick up the Phone and Save the Tower!
Beginning at 7 p.m. MST on November 21, student and alumni volunteers will participate in a 24-hour telethon to save the Thunderbird Tower.  Callers will contact alumni across the globe to answer their questions about the Tower Restoration Project and provide an opportunity for alumni to donate to the cause. For more information about the plans to restore the historic Tower building, visit the Tower website. To date the Tower Project has raised more than $2 million but still needs $600,000. When your phone rings November 21 or 22, pick up the phone and save the Tower!

Co-Founder of Fast Company Business Magazine speaks on campus
Alan Webber, editor, author and columnist, presented "Rules of Thumb in Business” to Thunderbird students on Nov. 3. Mr. Webber is an award-winning business journalist and co-founder of Fast Company, the fastest growing, most successful business magazine in history. The magazine has received two national magazine awards, one for excellence and one for design. Webber is also a former managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review.

Most campus speaker presentations are recorded to share with the greater Thunderbird community. Click here to view Alan Webber's presentation. Click here to view the full campus speaker video archive.

Thunderbird Magazine helps you refer a future T-bird
You've asked for them - now they're here! The fall issue of Thunderbird magazine, will include a page of referral cards. Present a card to anyone who would make a great Thunderbird student in any of our programs. The cards direct your referrals to a website with more information about Thunderbird. Here, they can indicate which alumnus referred them. If your student referral enters your name, you will receive a gift from Thunderbird!

My Thunderbird (MTB) gets more secure
Thunderbird is currently implementing a portal system that will allow for one single password to access MTB and Lifetime email. In order to provide added security to these accounts, you will be required to select two security questions to answer. You will be prompted to provide the answers if you need to reset your password. The questions will appear after Nov 17th and you will need to select the answers by Dec 1st.

President Cabrera joins Washington Post Leadership Panel
Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera recently joined the Washington Post "On Leadership Panel" as a regular contributor to questions posed on the latest topics and trends related to leadership as the world emerges from the global financial crisis. Cabrera is featured weighing in on whether there should be a Nobel Prize for CEOs, what the criterion should be and who, today, might qualify for such an award. Visit the site and post your comments.

Global Financial Services Center to sponsor program in December
Thunderbird's Global Financial Services Center, headed by Thunderbird professor John Mathis, is sponsoring an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) training and professional designation program on Monday, Dec. 7. The program will make participants aware of the duties and responsibilities of fiduciaries and educate them on how to fulfill those duties to the standard of care required by law. A fiduciary is someone who is managing the assets of another person and stands in a special relationship of trust, confidence, and/or legal responsibility.


Chapter News

Milan, Italy
T-birds in Milan, Italy, now have an alumni chapter. Thanks to the initiative of Diana Profir '97, the chapter website is up-and-running. In addition, the chapter has an official presence on Facebook and LinkedIn. Diana, the new Chapter Leader, will launch Milan's inaugural First Tuesday event on January 5, 2010. Check the chapter website next month for details.

 

Princeton, New Jersey
The Princeton Alumni Chapter, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, co-sponsored The Afghan Women You Don't Know, a documentary screening and panel discussion that included representatives from Thunderbird's Project Artemis.

 

San Antonio, Texas
Members of the San Antonio Alumni Chapter visited the StandardAero engine maintenance and overhaul facility. T-birds toured the plant and attended a presentation from StandardAero engineers. The event was organized by Richard Crail '72.

 

Stuttgart, Germany
The Stuttgart Alumni Chapter is planning a Christmas T-Bird meeting on Tuesday, December 1, in downtown Stuttgart at 19:00. Please RSVP to the chapter leader, JP Lemaitre '90, today if you would like to attend. JP's information is posted on the chapter website.

 



Knowledge Network

Bookshelf: In Chaotic Times … What Great Leaders (Should) Know
The turbulent global business environment is constantly testing leaders in ways they never dreamed possible. It has amplified the importance of effective leadership practices and people management.
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Story: The role of Global Mindset in developing global leaders
Not much has changed for global companies since Welch made this statement a decade ago. The context in which global leaders operate remains full of complexity, novelty, variety and even chaos.
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Story: Po Chung, Thomas Crampton share personal journeys with T-Bird alumni
DHL International co-founder, Po Chung, shared his fascinating life journey, from poor fisherman in Macau, to hand delivering packages in Hong Kong, to building a global distribution empire. He talked about leadership, entrepreneurship and meaning.
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Story: Five compliance and ethics issues to consider in Vietnam
Since its reunification in 1975, Vietnam has emerged as one of Southeast Asia's dynamic economies. The success is impressive given the country's recent history of war, invasion and massive migration, as well as the loss of support from the old communist bloc.
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

MBAs Confront a Savage Job Market, BusinessWeek, October 29, 2009

Leagues of their own - the top 10 schools in selected categories, Financial Times, October 19, 2009

Angel Cabrera - The Best Executives, The Washington Post, October 14, 2009

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November Features (continued)

Thunderbird adviser to lead Foreign Commercial Service: Thunderbird Global Council member, executive education alumnus, and former Executive-in-Residence Suresh Kumar was nominated by President Obama as new assistant secretary of commerce and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Kumar is President & Managing Partner of KaiZen Innovation. He served as Special Advisor to the Clinton Foundation where he worked with governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and corporate CEOs to establish private-public partnerships to stimulate economic development in the region. Suresh previously served on the Group Operating Committee at Johnson & Johnson and as Vice President of Consumer Products for Latin America at Warner Lambert/Pfizer. He has an Economics degree from Delhi University, an MBA from Bombay University, and is an alumnus of Thunderbird's International Consortium Program. In 2004, Mr. Kumar was named Distinguished Executive-in-Residence by Thunderbird for his contributions to global trade.

Click here for the official White House press release.

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Global Family Enterprise Program: Thunderbird professor Ernesto Poza, Ph.D., a global leader in family business education and research who teaches in Thunderbird's Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, will lead the fourth annual Global Family Enterprise February 22-25, 2010. This experience is a targeted program designed to build and grow a family business. Family members will learn to develop a professional approach to management that will transition the business to the next generation, deal with setting and growing the fundamental structure that will ensure the legacy of the business, and build an action plan that addresses the unique strategic challenges that face a family business.

For more information go to www.thunderbird.edu/familybusiness or contact Dennis DuBois at 312-316-1850.

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Faculty webcast - Global Recovery: What to Expect? The Alumni Relations Office presented a faculty to alumni webcast Oct. 20 with Thunderbird professor John Mathis, Ph.D. Dr. Mathis shared his expertise in the financial sector and discussed what changes in the economy we might see in the coming year.

If you were unable to watch the live broadcast, click here to view the recording.

Click here for an archive of past faculty webcasts.

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Calendar

Nov. 9-20:
Advanced Management Program for Oil & Gas Executives
Considered the "gold standard" in the oil and gas industry, this program gives senior-level managers the skills to drive their organizations to success in this competitive industry.

Nov. 12:
Thunderbird Tower Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration
Join the Thunderbird community, City of Glendale and others on campus from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. as we kick off the restoration of the Thunderbird Tower. Music, refreshments, Tower tours and more.

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.

Dec. 11:
Fall Commencement
Commencement will take place at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona.

Feb. 22-25:
Global Family Enterprise Program
This experience is a targeted program designed to build and grow a family business. Learn to develop a professional approach to management that will transition the business to the next generation.

March 25-28:
Thunderbird Homecoming
Email alumni@ thunderbird.edu to start planning your class reunion or homecoming group experience.

April 8-9:
6th Annual Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference
Join private equity professionals from around the globe for this networking and knowledge sharing event on Thunderbird's Arizona campus.


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