“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” -
Robert H. Schuller
August 2008

Same School, New Address

Thunderbird School of Global ManagementThunderbird hasn’t moved, but the Glendale campus is getting a new mailing address. Street signs will go up in October designating the circle drive in front of the Herberger Administration Building as Global Place. Mail sent to Thunderbird should then be addressed to:

1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306-6000

The change gives Thunderbird a more distinctive and memorable mailing address that promotes and brands the school’s global mission.

Entrepreneurship Program Especially Targeted to T-bird Alums

In the recent survey conducted by the Thunderbird Alumni Relations Office, more than 40% of T-birds indicated they are considering starting a business. To help support those efforts, Thunderbird is offering a one-day open enrollment certificate program entitled "Global Entrepreneurship: Starting Your New Venture." Scheduled for Saturday, October 11 on the Glendale campus, this program is designed and taught by Dr. Robert Hisrich, Garvin Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship. He will take participants through the start of any entrepreneurial venture: how to assess the risks and landscape, write the business plan, line up funding, and create a market entry plan. This program is applicable to T-birds who are farther along in the venture, as well as those who are assessing different entrepreneurial ideas. Alumni receive a 10% discount on the cost of the program.  Please click here for more information or email bonnie.cameron.wells@thunderbird.edu.

2008 Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit

Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit

The 2008 Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit is a global event that brings corporations and graduate students from around the world together to create sustainable and innovative solutions to real-world problems. This competition begins with an online round Oct. 6-12, followed by the top ten teams attending the final round on campus Nov. 13-15.

Become a Judge - We invite all alumni with interest and experience in innovation and sustainability to register as a judge for the online round. Judge registration is open from Aug. 20 to Oct. 5 on a first-come first-served basis. The judging phase will take place Oct. 14-21, with online results being announced Oct. 22, 2008.

For further information, visit www.sustainableinnovation.thunderbird.edu or contact the Sustainable Innovation Summit project manager at gregory.beijerling@thunderbird.edu or 602-978-7612. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Thunderbird in the News

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

On-Demand Alumni Continue their Global Adventures

Alumni on the 1st Annual Reunion Trip for On-Demand IThunderbird’s On-Demand program offers a unique learning experience to working professionals pursuing an MBA. The program is taught both online and in person with Thunderbird’s top-notch faculty. Students in the On-Demand program are seasoned travelers, studying in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. And, as evidenced by the first cohort of On-Demand alumni, the drive to stay connected and travel the globe is still strong.

“One of our favorite parts of the Thunderbird On-Demand experience was meeting up with our classmates in different parts of the world. Learning about other cultures in the company of good friends made our experiences much more memorable,” says On-Demand I alumna Miriam Madrigal. “Because we wanted to keep in touch after graduation, we decided to plan an annual reunion with the goal of going to a different country every year. We know only a handful of people might be able to make it at a time, but we feel strongly we can keep this tradition going in the years to come.”

On-Demand I held their first annual reunion in Puerto Rico the last weekend in June. They spent time at the beach, the pool, Old San Juan and kayaking in the Bioluminescent Bay. They even touched base with other classmates via phone, text and e-mail, the same channels used during the online sessions of their program.

Alumni Chapter News

Fourth of July in Beijing
President Cabrera and the Beijing Alumni Chapter
While on a personal vacation with his family, Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera stopped in for a Fourth of July dinner with the Beijing Alumni Chapter. T-bird alumni, spouses and prospective students were on hand to dine with President Cabrera.

New Chapter Highlight - Pakistan
Yalman Ansari ’07, is now the chapter leader of Thunderbird’s first-ever alumni chapter in Pakistan. Yalman is based in Rawalpindi, a twin city of Islamabad, Pakistan. While only a few T-birds reside in Pakistan, Thunderbird is pleased to have strong alumni participation to provide support for local alumni and to raise Thunderbird’s profile in the region. If you would like information on the Pakistan alumni chapter, please contact Yalman Ansari at yalman@global.thunderbird.edu or click here to visit the Pakistan Chapter Web site. If you or someone you know is living in the area, please encourage him or her to get involved with this new chapter

Discount for the World Business ForumHSM

This is truly an unparalleled experience you can’t afford to miss. HSM would like to invite you to take advantage of this special offer, exclusively for Thunderbird alumni:

Thunderbird Alumni Special Offer: $1,990
Regular Forum Price: $2,800

Witness a spectacular meeting of the minds at HSM’s World Business Forum, September 23-24, 2008. Ranked best global forum in the US in a recent survey among CEOs, the World Business Forum is the leading international symposium for the business community. This year's program will feature the biggest names in politics, academia, management, and leadership:

Tony Blair - Former British Prime Minister
Jim Collins - One of the most respected management thinkers
Colin Powell & Madeleine Albright - Former US Secretaries of State
Jack Welch - The former CEO of GE
And many more!

Join other top executives for two unforgettable days at historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City as global icons discuss the present and future of today’s most crucial issues in business and politics. Plus, capitalize on the opportunity to connect with thousands of your peers from around the globe. 

Click here to register.  Discount code is THUNDERBIRD.

Participate in the Thunderbird Private Equity Conference

5th Annual Global Private Equity Investing Conference The 5th Annual Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference is an industry standard for more than 250 attendees representing limited partners, general partners, institutional investors, fund of fund managers, academics, and students. 

Recently Confirmed 2009 Speakers:
Robert Theleen, Founder & Chairman, ChinaVest (T-bird '70)
Joseph Quinlan, Managing Director & Chief Market Strategist, US Trust-Bank of America Wealth Management

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2009 Conference and Golf Tournament.

Contact Jim La Marche for sponsorship opportunities at james.lamarche@thunderbird.edu or call 602-978-7501.

Sept. 4, 2008: Sunset at the Embassy – The Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington DC
Sept 22–Dec 15, 2008:
Global Leadership Certificate Program (12-week version) – Phoenix, AZ
Sept 29-Oct 2, 2008:  Finance for Global Managers – Glendale Campus
Oct 11, 2008: Global Entrepreneurship: Starting your New Venture – Glendale Campus
Oct 14-16, 2008: Managing Cross-Cultural Relationships for Business Results – Glendale Campus
Nov 4-6, 2008: Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Glendale Campus
Nov 11-13, 2008: Global Leadership Certificate Program (3-day version) – Glendale Campus

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