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Kelly O'Dea, chairman and CEO of AllianceHPL Worldwide, has been elected chairman of Thunderbird's Board of Trustees

Features for October 2009

Kelly O'Dea '72 elected Chairman of Thunderbird Board of Trustees: Kelly O'Dea, chairman and CEO of AllianceHPL Worldwide, was elected chairman of Thunderbird's Board of Trustees at the October board meeting held on the Glendale campus. Read more...

Faculty to Alumni webcast presentation - Oct. 20, 2009 1:00 p.m. ET: We are pleased to announce the first webcast in the 2009/2010 series: Global Recovery: What to Expect? with Thunderbird Professor F. John Mathis, Ph.D. Professor Mathis will share his expertise in the financial sector and discuss what changes in the economy we might see in the coming year. Read more...

Global partners to educate women entrepreneurs in Peru: Thunderbird is continuing its commitment to the training of women entrepreneurs in developing countries with the announcement today of the school's participation in "Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Peru. Read more...



News Briefs

Class Reunion Leaders Needed - Thunderbird Homecoming 2010
Has it been too long since you've seen your classmates? Mark your calendars for Thunderbird Homecoming - March 25-28, 2010. Thunderbirds from across the globe will gather in Glendale to reconnect with old friends. Make sure your class is the center of attention! Contact the Alumni Relations Office to start planning your class reunion during the 2010 Homecoming event. We will work with you to design a custom reunion experience. Any graduating class year is welcome. Call or e-mail today: 602-978-7358 or alumni@thunderbird.edu

Thunderbird Tower Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration
Please join us on the Glendale campus Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for the Thunderbird Tower groundbreaking ceremony and celebration. Thanks to generous contributions from Merle Hinrichs '65 and many other Thunderbird supporters, the student initiated Tower restoration effort has raised over 80% of the $2.5 million needed for a full renovation. Will Counts '08 is project manager for the restoration. When completed, the Tower will be home to a student union, the Thunderbird Pub, the ThunderShop and an alumni/veterans gallery.

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Executive education discount and tuition credits offered
Thunderbird alumni who enroll in an executive education certificate program receive a 50 percent discount. Also, participants in executive education classes or online certificate program can now apply registration and course fees toward the tuition of one of Thunderbird's degree programs. To learn more about this offer, please contact Joe Patterson '08 at joe.patterson@thunderbird.edu

Archived bulletins now available on MTB Thunderbird
Archives compiled and scanned school bulletins from the past seven decades. If you are interested in the academic calendar or in what classes were offered while you were a student, please click here to view the archive page on MTB. If you need help accessing MTB, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 602-978-7358 or alumni@thunderbird.edu

ThunderCares Day goes global
Thunderbird students and alumni around the world did their part in September to improve their communities during the inaugural Global ThunderCares Day. T-birds in Los Angeles helped pick up trash along Redondo Beach. Hong Kong alumni helped Crossroads Foundation inspect computer monitors and pack them for shipment to schools in Kazakhstan and Uganda. And students, alumni and other volunteers in Arizona donated their time at a food bank, an animal shelter, a charter school and six other locations.


Chapter News

Paris, France
The Paris Alumni Chapter will gather Nov. 27-28 for Thanksgiving at the Chateau de Percey. Visit the chapter Web site for further details.

 

Cairo, Egypt
The Cairo Alumni Chapter monthly event is moving to First Friday to allow more local T-birds to attend. If you live in Cairo or will be visiting the area, plan to connect with fellow T-birds on Nov. 6.

 

Houston, Texas
The Houston Alumni Chapter joined the MBA Council of Houston - a federation of local alumni groups of top business schools. Chapter leader Kristin Weikel '99 will serve as the Thunderbird representative.

 

Social Media Highlight: San Francisco, CA
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Knowledge Network

Story: Beyond the Go Daddy Girl: Customer-driven innovation in a connected world
Go Daddy Group President and Chief Operating Officer Warren Adelman said Oct. 1 at Thunderbird that the firm's continued prosperity has more to do with old-fashioned customer service than edgy advertising or anything else.
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Story: Advice for rebels from ING Direct:
Corporate rebels who want to make a difference in society with game-changing enterprises need to focus on creating sustainable value for their customers ING DIRECT Chairman and President Arkadi Kuhlmann said Sept. 18 at Thunderbird.
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Story: Brand building tips for a digital world
Social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn empower consumers and give marketers less margin for error, "Brand Digital" author Allen Adamson said Oct. 5 during a live webcast at Thunderbird.
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Blog: A new Nobel Prize for CEOs?
Washington Post "On Leadership Panel"asks whether it might make sense to establish a Nobel Prize for leadership. Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera weighs in as contributor of high-profile Post leadership panel.
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Thunderbird Making Headlines

Economic Truths, Financial Times, October 5, 2009

Testing manager's global I.Q., BusinessWeek, September 28, 2009

Steering a new course, The Economist, September 16, 2009

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October Features (continued)

Kelly O'Dea '72 elected Chairman of Thunderbird Board of Trustees: Kelly O'Dea, chairman and CEO of AllianceHPL Worldwide, was elected chairman of Thunderbird's Board of Trustees at the October board meeting held on the Glendale campus. Kelly joined the Board of Trustees in 2000, the same year he received the Thunderbird Alumni Association award for Marketing Excellence. As chairman, he will be responsible for overall leadership of the Board. He formerly served as the vice chairman of the Board and as chairman of the Corporate Learning committee. He succeeds David H. Roberts '73 who stepped down as chairman at the October meeting. This marks the first time that the board chairmanship has passed from one T-bird alum to another.

"It's both an honor and challenge to serve as chairman in this exciting era where the forces of globalization and technology innovation will forever change the face and future of 21st century education," Kelly said. "Thunderbird has long been a recognized leader in global education and is ready to carry on this legacy."

Kelly's company, The Alliance for High Performance Leadership Worldwide, which he founded in 2004, is a global strategic advice and applied innovation firm. He is a recognized strategy and marketing expert who has advised global companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Shell, Samsung, Boeing, Ford, Jaguar, Lenovo, Fujitsu, AT&T and Unilever. He has long been an active Thunderbird supporter in a variety of capacities. Like many T-birds, he has lived overseas at various time in his career.

Kelly believes in giving back, and devotes much of his public service time to the fields of education and politics. He has been working with Outward Bound International for more than 25 years. From 2003 - 2009, he was chairman of the organization and created their innovative Global Leaders for a Better Tomorrow program. He has also served as senior advisor to American Solutions, a non-partisan citizen action network founded by Newt Gingrich, and been involved in development of economic and energy policy. He lectures at leading graduate schools, including Thunderbird, and is a regular speaker and commentator on global marketing, technology, new media and change leadership issues.

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Faculty to Alumni webcast presentation - Oct. 20, 2009 1:00 p.m. ET: We are pleased to announce the first webcast in the 2009/2010 series: Global Recovery: What to Expect? with Thunderbird Professor F. John Mathis, Ph.D. Professor Mathis will share his expertise in the financial sector and discuss what changes in the economy we might see in the coming year.

Last year, more than 400 alumni tuned in to view "Thoughts on Wall Street" and "Recovery from the Financial Crisis" webcasts presented by Professor Mathis, director of the Thunderbird Global Financial Services Center. The Faculty to Alumni Webcast Series offers T-bird alumni a way to stay connected to the school and its faculty and to extend learning beyond graduation.

Please join us to learn more about this timely topic. To submit questions for the faculty, please e-mail alumni@thunderbird.edu. You may e-mail questions anytime including during the webcast. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Janet Chicvara at 602-978-7358 or janet.chicvara@thunderbird.edu.

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Global partners to educate women entrepreneurs in Peru: Thunderbird School of Global Management is continuing its commitment to the training of women entrepreneurs in developing countries with the announcement today of the school's participation in "Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Peru."

The global partnership, which will help more than 100,000 women launch and grow their small or micro enterprises in their homeland, is being funded by more than $7 million in grants from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank; Peru's leading microfinance institution Mibanco S.A.; the Australian government; and Goldman Sachs Group.

The project, which seeks to address the lack of educational training tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs, will have two tracks: one for women micro entrepreneurs and another for women small business owners. The program will be part of Thunderbird's philanthropic arm, Thunderbird for Good, which specializes in customized business training for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

MiBanco will work with Thunderbird to develop SALTA (Spanish for jump), a large-scale training program for micro entrepreneurs in all regions of the country. The seminars will focus on improving business processes and product lines as well as provide financial and human resource management training. The project will reach out to the clients of all microfinance institutions in Peru, and other Latin American micro lenders will be encouraged to use the resulting training program, which will be available for public use.

In addition, Thunderbird will collaborate with a Peruvian university to develop a certificate program for women small business owners. This part of the project is a partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, a global effort to provide underserved women around the world with high-quality business and management education. The program in Peru builds on Thunderbird's existing Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program in Afghanistan as well as the school's highly successful Project Artemis Afghanistan and SEEDS (Supporting Entrepreneurs and Enterprise Development Seminar) program for women entrepreneurs in Jordan, which launches next month.

The Multilateral Investment Fund, an autonomous fund administered by the IDB, has been a major supporter of microfinance innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1993. The IDB is the leading source of long-term financing for economic and social development in this region.

"Investing in the education and economic empowerment of women in developing countries not only improves the lives of the women themselves, but enriches the entire community and contributes to the sustainable prosperity of those countries as a whole," says Dr. Ángel Cabrera, president of Thunderbird. "Our goal is to change lives and create lasting benefit. This truly global partnership, allows us to unite with leading financial institutions who share this goal and are deeply committed to realizing our vision of a better world through education and opportunity."

Half of Peru's GDP is generated by small and microenterprises, and women head more than 40 percent of these companies. Peru is one of only two countries in the world in which women are more likely to start a business than men.

"Investing in these women makes good business sense for the Peruvian economy and for the microfinance industry," said MIF General Manager Julie T. Katzman. "Building women's business skills will lead to the improvement of millions of livelihoods, create much needed jobs and raise the living conditions of many low-income households in the country."

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Calendar

Oct. 19-23: 
Fall Career Week
Recruiters are invited to a week of career-related activities on the Thunderbird campus, an ideal opportunity to recruit candidates with a global mindset and a solid grounding in international business.
 
Oct. 20:
EMBA-Europe Candidates: Meet Alumni in Zurich
Executive MBA-Europe candidates are invited to attend an evening panel and networking reception with Zurich-area alumni. Learn about the program and the "Thunderbird mystique."
 
Oct. 20 - Oct. 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. 5-7:
Alumni Global Reunion (Macau)
Join us for the Macau Thunderbird Global Reunion on the west bank of the Pearl River Delta in South China, 40 miles west of Hong Kong.

Nov. 6-8:
Thunderbird 360° Preview Weekend
Prospective students get to know Thunderbird first-hand. Talk to professors, meet students, learn about our programs and attend a "regional night."

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. 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.

March 25-28:
Thunderbird Homecoming


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