am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn
how to do it." --Pablo Picasso
Thunderbird Ranked #1 for Seven Years in a Row
the seventh consecutive year, The Wall Street Journal/Harris
Interactive 2007 survey of corporate recruiters has ranked
Thunderbird as the No. 1 school for international business. This
year's international category was dubbed "global mindset,"
which is a key characteristic of Thunderbird students and a pillar
in the school's curriculum.
"The need for managers who have a global mindset and the skills
to compete in today's global economy has never been more in demand,"
said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera. "Along with
highly valued business skills, T-birds gain a deepened respect and
understanding of cultural, institutional, and social differences,
an ability to bridge differences where others see only insurmountable
hurdles, and an enterprising spirit that allows them to venture
into any land, any industry and face any challenge."
Recruiters most often named Thunderbird as the MBA program that
excels in international business giving the school 697 nominations.
INSEAD followed with 374 nominations, and London Business School
For The Wall Street Journal article, click
here for Dr. Cabrera’s letter that addresses the school’s
Robert Widing named Senior Vice President
Robert E. Widing will now serve as provost, a new position at Thunderbird.
In this role, he is responsible for Thunderbird's portfolio of degree
programs, school accreditations, learning outcomes, and all faculty-
and research-related matters. Dr. Widing will continue to position
the school as the world leader in global management education.
Dr. Widing has been with Thunderbird since March 2005. He came
to the school following a five-year term as chair of marketing and
associate dean of graduate studies at the University of Melbourne,
Australia. Widing received all his degrees, BA, MBA, and Ph.D.,
from The Ohio State University. He is a dual citizen of Australia
and the United States.
Have You Taken the Alumni Survey?
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to provide feedback to
Thunderbird. Your feedback will help the school understand what
is important to you as a T-bird, as well as how to improve the relationship
you have with Thunderbird.
In appreciation for your participation, every alumnus who completes
Survey and provides us with his or her name and contact information
will receive a Thunderbird luggage tag and will be entered into
a drawing for a US$500 Visa gift card. (The Grand Prize drawing
will take place in February 2008.)
here to access the survey.
Thunderbird in the News
Want to know what others are saying about Thunderbird? Click
here for Thunderbird in the News.
Global Reunion Cancelled
Due to extenuating circumstances, the
Global Reunion Organizing Committee has decided to cancel the 2007
reunion in Mexico City. Notification has been sent to everyone who
registered for the reunion and each registrant will receive a full
refund. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Alumni Relations
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (602) 978-7358.
Thank you for your continued support of Thunderbird and we look
forward to seeing you at future Thunderbird events.
Alumni Chapter Happenings
Houston Alumni and NSHMBA
Join the Houston, Texas, alumni chapter to welcome students, staff
and alumni who are participating in the National Society of Hispanic
MBAs (NSHMBA) Conference. The team from Thunderbird and the alumni
chapter will host the “Thunder Reception” for alumni,
students, prospective students and NSHMBA employers. The reception
takes place on Oct. 4, 2007, from 7 – 10 p.m. at Picazo Restaurant.
See the Houston
Chapter website for more information.
New Chapter Highlight - León
Guillermo Ituarte ’07, is now the chapter leader of the newly
formed León, Mexico, alumni chapter. Mexico has existing
chapters in Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Mexico City and Monterrey.
León is the fifth most populous city in Mexico and the largest
city in the state of Guanajuato. It is also home to more than 60
Thunderbird alumni. If you would like information on the León
alumni chapter, please contact Guillermo Ituarte at email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is living in the area, please encourage
him or her to get involved with this new chapter.
Doing Business in China – Webcast Exclusively
for Thunderbird Alumni
Join your fellow T-birds on Oct. 24, 2007, for an extraordinary
Webcast presentation, “Doing Business in China,” by
Thunderbird professor Mary Teagarden.
The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. EST and will last approximately
60 minutes, including time for a Q&A session. Click
here to register for the Webcast. The password to view the presentation
is China1. For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (602) 978-7358 or (800) 457-6957.
This Webcast is the second in a year-long series planned by
the Alumni Relations Office that will cover a range of topics from
global strategy, to leadership, to doing business in china and more.
Look for details on future Webcasts in upcoming issues of this newsletter.
Follow-up on Javidan Webcast
Presentation slides from Professor Mansour Javidan’s Webcast,
“Do You Have a Global Mindset?” are now available on
here to view the slides.
Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit - Judges
Sustainable Innovation Summit provides thought and business
leaders like you with a unique opportunity to review new product,
process, or service concepts crafted by the world's most innovative
business students who create sustainable value.
Sponsors are submitting their real life business challenge questions.
The online round of the Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit
Challenge began on October 1, and we would be honored to have you
on this year’s Global Panel of Judges.
We are looking for judges with seven or more years of work experience.
up online by Oct. 7, 2007, to be a judge and
empower the young minds of MBA and other master’s level students
around the world in their work on innovative businesses, products,
services and strategies.
Help T-birds Master the Employment Interview –
Oct. 22, 2007
do you see yourself in five years?
What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
How many airplanes are in the sky right now?
Help Thunderbird students master questions like these by participating
as a mock interviewer during Mock Interview Monday on Oct. 22, 2007.
Mock Interview Monday is an event designed to prepare students for
the Thunderbird Fall Career Fair that takes place Oct. 25, 2007.
Whatever your time permits, sign up for these interviews to help
T-birds perfect their interviewing skills. You can participate in
person or by telephone. If you’re a hiring manager or have
experience with the interviewing process, your expertise is needed!
This is a valuable way to make a non-financial contribution to
your alma mater. If you’re interested in becoming a mock interviewer,
October 10-12, 2007: Thunderbird
Global Reunion - Mexico City - CANCELLED
October 24, 2007, 1:00 p.m. EST: Doing Business in China Webcast
for Thunderbird Alumni by Professor Mary Teagarden
November 8-10, 2007: Thunderbird
Sustainable Innovation Summit - Glendale
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
April 3-4, 2008: Global
Private Equity Investing Conference - Glendale