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New Alumni Service – Thunderbird Alumni Resume Database  

The Alumni Relations Office is always looking for ways to enhance alumni career services available to you as a T-bird.  We are proud to announce the launch of a new service, the Thunderbird Alumni Resume Database.  Whether you are looking for a new career opportunity or you are curious about your current market value, there’s no better way to get your credentials in front of the world’s top companies.

How does it work?

  1. Take 5-10 minutes to create a profile and upload your resume.
  2. Don’t have a current resume?  Create a brief professional summary.
  3. Prescreened employers contact you with appropriate opportunities.
  4. Share as much or as little information as you choose.

This new service is provided to Thunderbird Alumni completely free of charge.  Click here to get started or contact the Alumni Relations Office for more information.


Carlson Wagonlit Travel Taps Thunderbird for Custom Programs

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), one of the world’s largest travel management companies, has teamed up with Thunderbird Custom Programs.  CWT is the largest travel management company in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, and is the second largest in North America.

Following a successful talent development initiative undertaken by CWT in the Europe / Middle East / Africa region, the company wishes to conduct two similar programs in the Americas and Asia Pacific in fall 2008.  Custom programs for CWT’s Americas and Asia Pacific talent development initiative will be based at three business schools in the Americas, including Thunderbird, as well as three across Asia Pacific.  Thunderbird Professor Dr. Graeme Rankine will serve as global academic director responsible for overall thematic learning.

CWT is present in nearly 150 countries and territories and has 22,000 employees around the world.  Its client portfolio includes more than half of the Fortune Global 100 companies.

Thunderbird in the News

Want to know what others are saying about Thunderbird? Click here for Thunderbird in the News.

Sustainable Innovation Summit Draws Prominent Alumnus  

Josh Dorfman ’00 is not your typical environmental activist.  He believes in creating stylish, innovative, and market-based approaches to environmental challenges that make it easy for everyone to be part of the solution.  An environmental entrepreneur, author, speaker, and radio personality, Josh founded Vivavi, a provider of contemporary eco-friendly furniture and furnishings, in 2003 to merge cutting-edge design with environmental consciousness.  In 2006, he launched ModernGreenLiving.com, Vivavi’s companion resource that lets homeowners and renters search for green homes and find local green building professionals throughout North America.  Josh is also the creator, producer, and host of The Lazy Environmentalist, a national talk radio show broadcast on the Lime Radio channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.

In November, Josh returned to Thunderbird to serve as a Keynote Speaker and Judge for the school’s annual Sustainable Innovation Summit, a competition for teams from MBA and master’s-level programs from around the world.  The teams compete to create sustainable and innovative solutions for real-world business challenges for companies like Johnson & Johnson, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and Merck & Co., Inc.

Read more about Thunderbird’s Sustainable Innovation Summit.  
Learn more about Vivavi, Josh and The Lazy Environmentalist.


Alumni Chapter Happenings

Chapter Event Highlight, Geneva and Zürich, Switzerland
T-bird BBQ at Felix's Chalet

On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, 12 T-birds arrived in Biel/Bienne Switzerland for a BBQ Alumni Chapter event.  The weather was quite cool with a cold wind that dropped the temperature by more than 10 degrees °C in the days before the event.  But even with the chilly weather, T-birds took over Felix’s Chalet, a mountain cabin above Biel/Bienne. Biel/Bienne is the main watch manufacturing town of Switzerland, between Geneva, Basel and Zürich.  Everyone had a great time grilling, eating, discussing and taking a short hike in the area to look at Swiss and foreign cows.

Alumni Chapter Highlight – Washington, DC 

Thunderbird would like to congratulate and welcome the new chapter leadership team of the Washington, DC, Alumni Chapter:

President:  Peter Barclay, ’98
Vice President:  Brett Kitchen, ’88
Communications Chair:  Ladan Madresehee, ’97
Past 2007 DC Chapter President:  Kristen Cooper, ’00
Board Members: Tara Burke, ’96; Manville Chan, ’02; Lucienne Mayberry, ’97; Irvin Varkonyi, ’76

If you are a T-bird living in the DC area, or are looking to relocate to DC in the future, please join this dynamic chapter.  For more information, visit the C hapter Web site or send an e-mail to dctbirds@yahoo.com.

Let Alumni Relations Help you Reconnect this Holiday Season

We know that the holidays are a busy time for T-birds and not everyone has time to keep their MTB profile up-to-date.  Did you know that the Alumni Relations Office can help you track down your long-lost T-bird friends?  If you’ve searched MTB and still can’t find the contact information that you are looking for, call the Alumni Relations Office and let us help you reconnect with T-birds across the globe.  Email alumni@thunderbird.edu or call (602) 978-7358 or toll free (in the U.S. only) at
(800) 457-6957.

Give Back through the ThunderShop 

Live the festive spirit this holiday season Thunderbird style!  This is your chance to buy great products and be a part of a great cause.  All the proceeds from the ThunderShop go directly to Thunderbird for Good, the charitable wing of Thunderbird.  Thunderbird for Good supports endeavors such as Project Artemis – an initiative to lift the status of women in Afghanistan through quality education.  Visit www.thundershop.com and browse through the great collection of holiday ornaments, padfolios, sweat shirts, caps, polos and much more.  Finish your holiday shopping knowing that your purchases will make a difference around the globe!

Thanks from the CMC!

The Career Management Center would like to send a very sincere THANK YOU to all the alumni who volunteered to participate in the first Alumni Mock Interview Monday on October 22:

Colin Brennan

Michelle Gansle

Sangeeta LeForges

Kevin Chenowith

Lenora Greene

Rich Mackney

Bruce Cranendonk

Nathan Guess (current EMBA)

Scott Mahoney

Jack Daliere

Megan Hundley

Peggy McNiel

Brian DeFee

Mauricio Janauskas

Sandra Medina

Jeff Dicosola

Bill Johnson

Jason Passe

Jorge Duque

Paul Johnson

Jill Stockwell

Zach Dwyr

Terry Koch

Jocelyn Wyatt

Pierre Edelman

Alexander Kramer


The event could not have been more “typically Thunderbird.”  T-birds stepped up in their usual style to support the current students.  There were 141 students who received a mock interview either in person or on the phone.  Alumni conducted mock interviews via telephone from as far away as Paris, London, and Brazil.

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and they ranked the event in the top three most valuable events during the entire Career Week.  One student wrote, “I thought the group mock interview was a GREAT experience.  I was very intimidated going in but the environment was very supportive and focused on helping students improve.”

Based on very high demand and the exceptional student feedback, we will have more Alumni Mock Interview days in the future.  If you have questions about participating or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Beth Rehman.

Dec. 12, 2007, 1 p.m. EDT: Enron: Lessons Learned –Webcast postponed until early 2008
February 25-28, 2008: Global Family Enterprise Program - Phoenix
February 29 - March 2, 2008: Thunderbird Homecoming - Glendale
March 1, 2008: Annual Thunderbird Alumni-Student Rugby Match – Glendale Campus
April 3-4, 2008: Global Private Equity Investing Conference – Glendale Campus

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