“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung  
June 2008

Save the Tower!Save the Tower

Help save our iconic campus landmark.

You may have caught the buzz that students are leading an initiative to restore the Thunderbird Tower.

Initial donations have allowed the project to enlist a well-regarded architectural firm and begin planning. The firm has designed a modern, environmentally sustainable renovation that stays true to the Tower’s historic legacy. The restored Tower will include a Student Union, an Alumni/Veterans’ Gallery, the Thunderbird Pub and ThunderShop.  The newly renovated space will also offer an alumni meeting room and will re-open the flight observatory on the third level.  The goal is to complete planning by mid-summer, start construction in late September and complete the project for Spring 2009 graduation.

In order to achieve this ambitious timetable we need your help.  Join the dozens of students and alumni who have already pledged to save the tower.  This project has the unanimous support of the Thunderbird Alumni Network Board.

Please follow the links below to learn more, donate to the Tower Renovation and reinvigorate the center of campus. Here is your chance to sponsor one square foot of the Pub, Alumni/Veterans Gallery or any other portion of the Tower dear to your heart.

Donate - https://secure.thunderbird.edu/TowerProject.aspx


Give now and join us for the ribbon cutting in Spring 2009.

The Thunderbird Alumni Network Board
Kevin Rohrer '82, President
Khatchig Jingirian '97, Chair, Tower Renovation Task Force

Student Tower Renovation Team
Will Counts ’09, Andrew Burman ’09, Rebecca Mitchell ’08

Faculty to Alumni Webcasts keeps T-birds Current

Leading Global ProjectsOn Thursday, May 29, Professors Bob Moran and Bill Youngdahl presented a webinar on the topic of Leading Global Projects.  Thunderbird alumni enthusiastically tuned in to keep current on this timely topic.  Authors of numerous books and articles on the subject, and professors of Thunderbird courses dealing with project management and leadership, Dr. Moran and Dr. Youngdahl offered a wealth of real-world expertise in the rapidly growing field of project leadership that spans not just borders but continents, and that engages vastly differing cultures.

The Faculty to Alumni Webcast Series offers T-bird alumni a way to stay connected to the school and its faculty and to extend learning beyond graduation.  The next webcast will take place in the fall.

To view the recorded Moran/Youngdahl webcast, please click here.

Geneva Alumni Panel
Thunderbird Alumni Impress

As students from the various Thunderbird degree programs travel the world for their global studies, alumni are called on to share their experiences and introduce the next generation of T-birds to the power of the Thunderbird Alumni Network.  On April 22, 2008, four T-birds living and working in Switzerland brought an impressive mix of knowledge and T-bird mystique to share with their visitors.

Thirty-nine students from the On-Demand program filled the Hotel Royal Geneva conference room to hear Steven Klemme ’85, Cathy Stidwell ’96, MJ Cabanel ’93, and Felix Steinebrunner ’98, share their travels and triumphs.

Steven Klemme ’85, is a managing director at JPMorgan Private Bank and Market Manager for its activities in the Middle East.  Steve has been leader of JPMorgan’s Middle East team in Geneva since 2002 and in July 2006 he was promoted to Market Manager for the region.  Before joining JPMorgan Private Bank in 1999, Mr. Klemme worked for Citibank as a private client banker for 14 years.  From 1985 to 1993, he covered the Saudi Arabia and Kuwait markets from New York, and from 1993 to 1999 he covered the Saudi Arabia and Qatar markets from Geneva.

Cathy Stidwell ’96, grew up in Ames, Iowa, but has built a career in Europe in sales and marketing for FMCG and luxury cosmetics and fragrances companies.  She spent four years with Johnson & Johnson, both in Switzerland and the UK, where she managed Neutrogena, Reach and Band Aid brands.  In 2000, she returned to Switzerland (Neuchâtel) with Bulgari Parfums and then joined L'Occitane in 2006 as the European Duty Free director, based in Geneva. She left L'Occitane in October 2007 after the birth of her son and will return to the workplace in the next year or two in a marketing context.

Mary-Jeanne "MJ" Caldwell Cabanel '93, is a Career and Life Coach specializing in mastering personal transition.  Her clients are professionals located worldwide.  Prior to coaching, MJ was a marketing specialist for more than 20 years, most recently for a leading global fund of hedge funds.  She has been in the Geneva area for 12 years.

Felix Steinebrunner ’98, was born in NY to Swiss parents and grew up mostly in Switzerland.  He studied engineering at ETH Zurich and worked five years in the industry.  After attending Thunderbird he worked for a GM spin-off and then for the Worldsites network (working in Latin America, the US, and Switzerland) Internet Solutions Internet Marketing.  As an internet consultant for Worldsites Switzerland, Felix specializes in international internet marketing and search engine optimization.

These four T-bird alums interacted with the On-Demand students during an hour-long session.  At the end, wanting to hear more from their presenters, the students invited the alumni panelists to accompany them to the usual Geneva First Tuesday location, the Heaven Lounge, where they were joined by several other members of the Geneva Alumni Chapter.

Thank you Steven, Cathy, MJ, and Felix for sharing your success stories with the next generation of T-birds.  You are impressive and inspiring and we are proud to call you T-birds.

Private Equity Guest Stars in the next TIBR Issue

This fall, Private Equity takes over the Thunderbird International Business Review (TIBR).  The eighty-page special issue of TIBR will highlight a number of marquee moments from the Fourth Annual Thunderbird Global Private Equity Investing Conference.  The authors include global industry experts:

•           Kurt Geiger, Head of Financial Institutions, European Bank for Reconstruction &     
•           Joseph Quinlan, Managing Director & Chief Marketing Strategist,
            US Trust- Bank of America Wealth Management
•           Amit Ratanpal, Head-Private Equity (Fund of Funds), ICICI Bank of India

Right now, Thunderbird is offering a steeply discounted T-bird alumni subscription rate to TIBR for a limited time only.  Alumni who subscribe for one year by July 30, 2008, will receive the prestigious HBR-style TIBR journal for only $100 (six issues), a discount of more than 60% off the individual rate of $275 (U.S.)/$311 (non-U.S.).  To take advantage of this discounted subscription go directly to the subscription form by clicking here or contact TIBR Managing Editor Suzy Howell at suzy.howell@thunderbird.edu.

This special issue on Private Equity will reach a truly global network including Thunderbird’s alumni, private equity business executives, and government officials.  There are full-page advertisement opportunities available for $1500, half-page for $1000, and quarter-page opportunities to advertise in TIBR for $750.  Please send advertisement inquiries to James La Marche at james.lamarche@thunderbird.edu.

Campus Speaker Video Archives

Do you get to Thunderbird’s Glendale campus very often?  We didn’t think so.  But, why should you miss out on the great speakers that come to campus to engage the Thunderbird community?

Click here or follow the link on the MTB home page under the “Campus Events – Speakers” section that reads “Thunderbird Video Archives.”  Our top-of-the-line speakers are recorded so that we can share their presentations with the entire T-bird community.  Some recent prominent presentations that you will find in the archives include:

Steve Forbes

  • The graduation keynote address by Steve Forbes

  • The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary, Democracy and Global Affairs U.S. Department of State

  • Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

Alumni Photos to Decorate Newly-Designed Campus Meeting Room

Submit Your Pictures!
As a T-bird, your many global experiences are a key part of using your education to create sustainable prosperity worldwide.  We ask that you share your adventures and life changing experiences with fellow T-birds and general visitors to the Glendale campus.  The largest conference room in the Herberger Administration building on campus will soon be re-decorated with images of T-birds.  To represent how truly global Thunderbird is, please submit your photos and help us show the world the value of a Thunderbird education.  Exceptional photos will be featured in this newly-designed campus meeting room and may also be considered for marketing materials, the Thunderbird magazine, or our website.  It’s easy - just submit your photos to photos@thunderbird.edu.  In your email submission, please include the name(s) of T-birds in the photo, class years, current positions/jobs, and where the photo was taken.  Please note that submitting your photo gives Thunderbird permission to use the image in marketing/promoting the school and its alumni.

Server Crash Erases Congratulatory Messages to Dean of Admissions, Judy Johnson

Judy JohnsonLong-time Thunderbird Dean of Admissions, Judy Johnson, will retire in June.  Many alumni have already submitted thank-you and congratulatory messages to Judy, wishing her well in her next pursuits.  However, on April 22nd the server where all of the messages and data were stored was hit by a virus and crashed.  All information was lost.  Technicians from Apple, Microsoft, Thunderbird’s I&IT, Mac Media and the company hosting the site could not solve the problem.

If you previously submitted comments to Judy, and would like to make sure your message gets to her, please take a moment to repost your comments.  To do so you can either send an email to comments@thankyoujudyjohnson.com or go to www.thankyoujudyjohnson.com.

Save the date for the 5th Annual Global Private Equity Investing Conference to be held at Thunderbird on March 26-27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  More details to come soon!

June 16, 2008: Project Artemis mentoring applications due to kellie.kreiser@thunderbird.edu
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
Nov 11-13, 2008: Global Leadership Certificate Program (3-day version) – Glendale Campus

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