"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self." -Hindu Proverb
October 2008

Executive MBA Program Ranked No. 3 Worldwide

Executive MBA ClassroomMany working professionals hungry for world-class international management education commute from neighboring states and even the East Coast to participate in Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program, which was ranked No. 3 in a new global survey released Sept. 30 by the Wall Street Journal.

Thunderbird’s full-time MBA ranked No. 1 in the world for international business by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. The latest rankings focus on executive MBA programs, which cater to working professionals through formats such as concentrated weekend classes. The new Wall Street Journal report was based on surveys with thousands of students and hundreds of companies.

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To view the rankings, visit: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/st_EMBARank_20080929.html

To read the Wall Street Journal report, visit: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122244975223379303.html


Thoughts on Wall Street

Professor MathisThunderbird Professor and Director of the Global Financial Services Center, F. John Mathis, recently shared his insight and thoughts on the current situation in the banking industry and its impact on the financial services sector. This informal session was presented on campus and was recorded for viewing by alumni.

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Thunderbird in the News

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Thunderbird Alumnus Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador

Alumnus Philip T. Reeker '91Thunderbird alumnus Philip T. Reeker ’91 was sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to Macedonia on Sept. 10 in Washington. Prior to his ambassadorship, Reeker served as counselor for public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary. He also has served as the deputy spokesman at the U.S. State Department, and earlier in his career was a public affairs officer in Skopje, Macedonia.

“I am honored to be returning to Macedonia,” the ambassador said during a recent visit to Thunderbird. “As a career Foreign Service Officer, it is an honor to be given this opportunity by the President and the Secretary of State...”

He said one of his priorities will be highlighting Macedonia’s business and human resource potential for international investment opportunities, particularly from the United States, in order to bring stability to this historically unstable part of the world.
“The well-educated labor force available at low cost in this geographically strategic location should be of interest to U.S. investors,” Reeker said. “It is also a beautiful country.”

Reeker said he credits Thunderbird for his jump into a long-lasting foreign service career. When he came to Thunderbird from Yale University, his undergraduate alma mater, he was pursuing a career in international finance or banking with his sights set on Europe at the end of the Cold War. It was a posting in Thunderbird’s Career Management Center to take the Foreign Service exam that initially piqued his interest.

He said his Thunderbird experience and education not only equipped him to better understand and work effectively across cultures, but also gave him the global business skills that are now key to foreign policy in a growing global economy. “Thunderbird is diplomacy in action,” he said. “The school brings together people with a common set of interests but who have different experiences and different points of view.”

The appointment marks the second time in recent months that a person affiliated with Thunderbird has been nominated to serve as an ambassador. Former Thunderbird trustee Barbara Barrett was appointed Ambassador to Finland in April. Reeker also joins Niels Marquardt, a 1980 graduate, as Thunderbird alumni currently serving as ambassadors. Marquardt serves as U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar.

Other alumni who formerly held ambassador positions include Luis Moreno, a 1977 graduate who served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia; Lewis Lucke, a 1977 graduate who served as U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland; W.L. Brown, a 1960 graduate who served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Tony Holmes, a 1979 graduate who served as U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso.

Faculty to Alumni Webcast Series Returns

Professor Roy NelsonLast year, alumni tuned in to webcasts with Thunderbird professors Mary Teagarden, Mansour Javidan, Lew Howell, Bill Youngdahl and Bob Moran. 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 most recent webcast, Doing Business in Latin America with Professor Roy Nelson, took place last month. Professor Nelson shared his business expertise in the Latin American region and covered some common benefits and challenges of working in this area.

This presentation originally aired Sept. 11, 2008. The one hour recording is video and audio and requires a media player such as Windows Media Player. To view the presentation, please click the following link:


Reminder: Executive Newsletter Coming Soon!

Thunderbird Executive Newsletter

The new Thunderbird Executive Newsletter was created specifically for busy global executives who need to remain on the cutting edge of business trends that directly impact their bottom lines. Produced by the world leader in global management education, each quarterly issue will connect you to top global thought leaders on real-world business challenges along with educational opportunities that can accelerate your ability to adapt and win in the new global economy. Please watch for the first edition in the coming weeks.

A Message from the Career Management Center

Thunderbird Career Management Center

This fall, the Career Management Center (CMC) launched our first annual Finance, HR/Organizational Development,International Development and Public Sector, Consulting and Marketing Functional Days – days devoted to educating new and continuing students on the various professional areas of each of these functions, including tips on the skill-sets, language and understanding required of students pursuing a career in each of these fields. Through a combination of interactive seminars, panels and phone and in-person interviews, alumni from around the nation helped make these functional days successful, graciously devoting their time and expertise to help educate and better prepare current students in these areas.

The CMC has already received wildly positive feedback from those who attended the sessions, encouraging the CMC to continue to innovate our professional educational programming. We would like to pass on our appreciation for the continued alumni support that makes these days possible. In our ongoing efforts to provide students with ample career management programming, the CMC will be holding mock interviews across all functions during career week of this year.

On October 21, between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PST) the CMC will connect students from all functional areas with alumni across the globe for our fall mock interview sessions. Practice interviews, voted by students last fall as one of the most valuable job search activities all trimester, enable current T-birds to sharpen their functional and behavioral interviewing skills in a risk-free environment. As a result of your time, effort and expertise, T-birds are better prepared to successfully compete for leading positions in the global marketplace. With your help, we hope to continue the mock interview day tradition in trimesters to come. If you would like to volunteer for the next Alumni Mock Interview Day, please contact Beth Rehman at the CMC at beth.rehman@thunderbird.edu.

A special thanks to those alumni who helped with the Marketing Day mock interviews:

  • Shekinah Cohn ’07
  • Josh Sherwood ’06
  • Jeff Dicosola ’98
  • David Naber ’08
  • Paul Johnson ’97
  • Zach Wyer ’07
  • Lenora Greene ’02

Thank you again from the CMC!

Oct 11, 2008: Global Entrepreneurship: Starting your New Venture – Glendale Campus
Oct 14-16, 2008: Managing Cross-Cultural Relationships for Business Results – Glendale Campus
Oct. 21, 2008: Alumni/Student Mock Interview Day
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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