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New Thunderbird Program Offering: Doing Business in China

As globalization continues to expand, more and more companies have set their sites on doing business in the country with the fastest growing economy in the world: China. With this in mind, Thunderbird has launched “Doing Business in China,” a comprehensive, online certificate program on the dynamics of contemporary Chinese business.

The eight-week program is designed for working professionals to get the tools and knowledge needed to work effectively within China’s contemporary business environment. Participants will learn to understand the Chinese market and China’s impact on the global marketplace. The first program began June 1, 2007,  and a new class will launch each month.

For more information on this program, please click here.


Financial Times Ranks Thunderbird in the Top 10 in the World for Executive Education

On May 14, 2007, Thunderbird was named by Financial Times as one of the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education.  Thunderbird’s No. 10 position represents a jump of five places over last year in this overall ranking which combines open enrollment rankings and the custom program rankings.  Thunderbird landed No. 8 in custom programs and No. 15 in open enrollment, a jump of nine places over last year.  For the full story, click here.

To view all of Thunderbird’s top rankings, click here.


First Lady Laura Bush Attends Thunderbird Project Artemis Reception

First Lady Laura Bush attended a private reception for Thunderbird’s Project Artemis May 25, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore where she thanked the school for its efforts to help educate the women of Afghanistan.

The program, which began in 2005, brings classes of 15 Afghan women entrepreneurs to Thunderbird for two weeks of intensive business training. Under Artemis the women receive entrepreneurial training, coaching, mentoring and access to resources, so they can help rebuild their ravaged nation by starting small businesses in their homeland. 

For the full story, click here.


Congrats Grads

The Thunderbird Alumni Network gained 400 new members on May 4, 2007, with the School’s spring graduation ceremonies.  This graduating class was filled with milestones for the School: the 1,000th graduate of the Latin American Managers Global MBA program and the first cohort to graduate from the Global MBA On-Demand program.  Welcome, grads, to the Thunderbird Alumni Network!


Alumni Chapter Happenings

Thanks go out to the following chapters and chapter leaders for hosting Thunderbird President Dr. Ángel Cabrera over the past few months:

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan – Gayle Jacobs 03
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – Brian Shultz 99
  • Memphis, Tennessee – Carlo van Rantwijk 94
  • Nashville, Tennessee – John Walker 78 and
    Rick Burnett '05

In the month of June, Dr. Cabrera and David Roberts ’73 (Chair, Thunderbird Board of Trustees), will visit Denver, Colorado.  Please visit the Denver Alumni Chapter page on "My Thunderbird" for more information.


A World of Opportunity from the CMC - New Bimonthly Job Postings

The Career Management Center is offering a new service for Thunderbird alumni – a bimonthly e-mail featuring the hottest new alumni job postings.  These opportunities are posted to the Global Job Connection board by employers seeking experienced Thunderbird alumni.  To subscribe to this bimonthly e-mail, click here.

To check the latest job openings on your own time, visit the Global Job Connection board available on the Alumni Career Management Resources page within "My Thunderbird" website.  (Sign in with your user name and password.)


The Elizabeth Dole Young Entrepreneur Scholarship

We believe that the best and the brightest young women entrepreneurs come out of Thunderbird programs.  To help us show this to the world, please check out the new offering by Washington, DC-based Women Influencing Public Policy (WIPP).  WIPP is currently soliciting nominations for the Elizabeth Dole Young Entrepreneur Scholarship.  This scholarship recognizes high potential young women business owners who are leaders in their community, with resources and guidance to excel their businesses and personal success.

If you are a woman entrepreneur between the ages of 21 and 35 and a U.S. citizen, please click here to find out more information about this exciting opportunity.


Do you want to show your Thunderbird pride in Chinese?  Check out these new Thunderbird t-shirts with Chinese characters:  雷鸟,翼展全球! (Thunderbird, Truly Global!)  These shirts, along with merchandise displaying the new name and logo, are now available at the ThunderShop on campus and online.  Please visit the ThunderShop website at www.thundershop.com for details.

Men's T-shirt Women's T-Shirt

All profits from the ThunderShop support the efforts of Thunderbird for Good.  Thunderbird for Good leverages our School’s expertise in international business to provide learning experiences for non-traditional students who can utilize business and management skills to fight poverty, secure peace and improve living conditions in their communities.


July 16, 2007: Webcast for T-bird Alumni: “Global Mindset,” featuring Professor Mansour Javidan
August 21-24, 2007: On the Course of Leadership - Singapore
Alumni Early Registration Discount Extended Through June 22, 2007
October 10-12, 2007: Thunderbird Global Reunion - Mexico City
February 25-28, 2008: Global Family Enterprise Program - Phoenix
February 29 - March 2, 2008: Thunderbird Homecoming - Glendale
April 3-4, 2008: Global Private Equity Investing Conference - Glendale


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