“Love what you do. Do what you love.” -Wayne Dyer April 2008

Audio Postcard from Dr. Cabrera

Audio Postcard from Dr. CabreraOn April 8, 1946, the American Institute for Foreign Trade was officially incorporated. Now known as Founder's Day, April 8 is an occasion to celebrate Thunderbird's proud history and enduring legacy.

Please click here to hear a message from Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera.

Long-time Dean of Admissions, Judy Johnson, to Retire

ThunderbirdVery few people can change a life with a simple signature. Judy Johnson can, and has, for hundreds of T-birds by placing her signature on their acceptance letter to Thunderbird. During her tenure as the Dean of Admissions for the past 18 years, every student accepted to Thunderbird received a kind, genuine, congratulatory message in the form of a note, email, or phone call. It is this warmth that struck many T-birds in their first encounter with the school. Judy will retire this June.

A website has been created for the Thunderbird global community to share our collective best wishes with Judy. Please visit www.ThankYouJudyJohnson.com to extend a heartfelt thank you and congratulations to Judy. Comments to the website will be compiled and given to Judy upon her retirement.

New Rankings Keep Thunderbird #1

Thunderbird School of Global Management has again been ranked as the No.1 school for international business in the United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This is the 13th consecutive year Thunderbird has earned this distinction, and it marks the school’s third No.1 ranking in international business by top business publications in the past six months.

Because the U.S. News & World Report ranking is determined by a survey of business school deans and program directors throughout the country, it is a clear testament to the strength of our brand and reputation within an increasingly competitive global business education environment. This and the other rankings consistently place Thunderbird ahead of top schools such as Wharton, Duke, Columbia and Harvard.

For the full story, click here.

Super Successful Super First Tuesday

Thank you to all of the alumni and alumni chapters who participated in Super First Tuesday. This year’s event was very successful with 77 alumni chapters participating. Event locations included 41 in the US and Canada, seven in Latin America, 15 in Europe, three in the Middle East and Africa, and 12 in Asia/Pacific. Based on the responses and feedback we’ve received, approximately 350 prospective students and 2500 alumni attended worldwide, marking the 2008 spring Super First Tuesday a hugely successful alumni and recruiting event.

New York, Phoenix, Dallas and Seattle had excellent turnouts in the U.S. Internationally, Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina, impressed. But, this year, the newly named East Africa chapter shined with alumni participation from class years 1957 – 2007. These alumni reconnected and engaged three prospective T-birds. Thank you, East Africa Alumni, for holding a stellar event and for bringing your best and brightest to the Thunderbird Network.

Congratulations to our Alumni Survey Grand Prize Winner!

The recent Thunderbird Alumni Survey produced a lot of winners -- more than 36,000 alumni who will benefit from what we learned, as well as all those who received a T-bird luggage tag for their participation. But one winning alumnus takes home the Grand Prize, a US$500 Visa gift card! Congratulations to James Calvert '95, whose name was drawn at random from more than 1,000 alumni respondents who provided their name and e-mail address at the completion of the survey.

Deepest thanks to all who took part in this important project. Look for a report on our findings in the Summer 2008 issue of Thunderbird Magazine. And be assured: We hear your voices and are committed to providing programs and services of the greatest value to T-birds around the world.

Save the Dates for two upcoming Webinars featuring Distinguished Thunderbird Faculty!

On Thursday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Professor Emeritus Llewellyn Howell will explore the topic of Political Risk Assessment for the 21st Century. Political risk assessment is a craft and profession that originated hundreds of years ago and has evolved into a set of sophisticated techniques employed by focused corporate entities like PRS Group, ICRG, BERI, EIU, Eurasia Group, S.J. Rundt and others. Using the ICRG model as an example, we will take a look at the United States as an investor target, viewed through a foreign investor lens as shaped by ICRG's expert data.

To participate in the April 24 broadcast, click here for instructions (requires MTB log-in).

On Thursday, May 29, Professors Bill Youngdahl and Bob Moran will address another timely issue: Leading Global Projects. Participant information will be available in the May 2008 alumni newsletter.

To submit questions for our presenters in advance of either of these webinars, or if you require additional information, please e-mail Janet Chicvara at janet.chicvara@thunderbird.edu.

Global Mindset Inventory – Take it FREE before April 17

Thunderbird’s recently-completed Global Mindset Inventory (GMI) is still yours for the taking, absolutely free of charge – but only until April 17th. The GMI evaluates Intellectual Capital, Psychological Capital, and Social Capital with respect to your interactions with different peoples and cultures around the world.

An e-mail invitation to take the GMI was distributed to Thunderbird alumni on March 25. Please follow the instructions from the email to complete the inventory. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Mansour Javidan at (602) 978-7013 or mansour.javidan@thunderbird.edu.

Deadline Extended for Free Registration on Alumni Business-to-Business Directory

If you haven’t yet registered your business or service in the online Thunderbird Alumni B-2-B Directory, it’s not too late. In fact, you’re in luck, because the deadline to register for a free first year listing has been extended to May 31, 2008. Just go to www.thunderbird.edu/alumnibizdirect to register.

Looking for Project Artemis Mentors

In October, Thunderbird welcomes its third class of Afghan women entrepreneurs to campus for Project Artemis. A critical part of the program is the linking of each Afghan woman to an accomplished businesswoman mentor. These mentoring relationships provide the Artemis women with a trusted resource for advice and contacts. T-bird alumnae make excellent mentors for Project Artemis!

In addition, mentoring will be a key component of Thunderbird's new "10,000 Women" program in Afghanistan. This new program, sponsored by Goldman Sachs, will provide management training to Afghan women inside their country. We hope to create a database of alumni subject matter experts who would be willing to answer questions for the women participating in this program.

If you are interested in applying to be a Project Artemis mentor or learning about either mentoring opportunity, please contact Kellie Kreiser, Director of Thunderbird for Good, at kellie.kreiser@thunderbird.edu. Deadline to apply for Project Artemis mentoring is May 30th.

Thunderbird Alumni Network Board Holds First 2008 Meeting

Following this year’s exciting Homecoming weekend, the Thunderbird Alumni Network Board (TANB) gathered on the Glendale campus to plan its upcoming activities in support of the global alumni network. The Board, which represents the school’s 36,000-plus graduates, focuses its activities on promoting the needs of alumni to the Alumni Relations Office and school administration, while also undertaking efforts to increase alumni involvement in such areas as student recruiting, philanthropy, and communications. The TANB was integral to the development of Thunderbird’s new online Alumni Business-to-Business Directory. Setting its sights on the future, TANB members are now working to establish new programs and services of value to
T-birds around the world.

April 15-17, 2008: Effective Leadership Communication – Glendale Campus
May 12-14, 2008: Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Glendale Campus
May 13-15, 2008: Managing Cross-Cultural Relationships for Business Results – Glendale Campus
May 20-22, 2008: Global Leadership Certificate Program (3-day version) – Glendale Campus

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