"I 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

For 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 had 190.

For The Wall Street Journal article, click here.

Click here for Dr. Cabrera’s letter that addresses the school’s other rankings.


Robert Widing named Senior Vice President and Provost

Dr. 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 the Alumni 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.)

Click 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 alumni@thunderbird.edu 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 gituarte@corporacionhipotecaria.net. 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 alumni@thunderbird.edu 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 MTB. Click here to view the slides.

Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit - Judges Needed

The Thunderbird 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. Sign 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

Where 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, contact Beth Rehman.

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


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