"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."  -John Quincy Adams  
September 2008

Campaign Thunderbird Kickoff Celebration

Campaign Thunderbird Kickoff EventOn Oct. 1, 2008, Thunderbird will officially launch Campaign Thunderbird, a $65 million capital campaign to fund scholarships, student services, faculty, research and facilities. During the quiet phase of the campaign, the school has raised more than $40 million. This early success will be celebrated at the public kickoff on Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m. on the Glendale campus. The celebration, which will include food, drinks and entertainment, is free and open to the public. Participants can RSVP at www.thunderbird.edu/kickoff. For more about Campaign Thunderbird, visit www.thunderbird.edu/betterworld or e-mail events@thunderbird.edu.

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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.

Phoenix Alumni Chapter Entrepreneurship Panel - Webcast

The Phoenix Alumni Chapter is proud to present the Third Annual Global Entrepreneurship Panel - Thunderbird: A Global Leader in Arizona. The event will take place Oct. 14, 2008, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center in Phoenix. This year’s event will be open for all alumni to attend via a webcast. Information about joining the panel webcast will be provided in the October newsletter.

The Global Entrepreneurship Panel is a yearly event organized by the Thunderbird Phoenix Chapter Alumni Association Board to share experience and knowledge on entrepreneurship on a global level. The event brings entrepreneurs, executives, experts and aspiring entrepreneurs together to discuss matters related to entrepreneurship in current market conditions. Thunderbird has a tradition of entrepreneurship with a vast network of active alumni around the world. Proceeds from the Global Entrepreneurship Panel fund scholarships for outstanding Thunderbird students.

The 2008 Panel will feature:

  • Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Barry Broome, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Dr. Jan Belt, Executive Director, Oxford Learning and CEO, Learn and Succeed Solutions
  • Dr. Robert Hisrich, Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management

For more information, please visit the Phoenix Alumni Chapter MTB Web site or contact Chapter Leader Sebastien Verstraet at sverstraet@sebconsulting.com.

Thunderbird in the News

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A T-bird Cross-country Road Trip Raises Cancer Awareness

Read Lori's blog at www.kttcroadtrip.comA Thunderbird graduate who lost her mother to breast cancer in 2005 has started a cross-country road trip from San Francisco to New York to raise awareness for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2008 Key to the Cure campaign.

Lori Raimondo ’89 is collecting stories of cancer survivors along the way and recording them in a blog at www.kttcroadtrip.com. She said people see the cancer slogans on her car and tap on her window or stop her at diners or hotel lobbies to share their stories.

“Everybody’s story is unique,” Raimondo said during an Aug. 28 stop at Thunderbird. “Sometimes I become emotional when I hear these stories, and I just go back to my hotel room and lay there for awhile.”

Besides meeting cancer survivors along the way, Raimondo said her journey has helped her reconnect with a Thunderbird classmate who shares her passion for cancer research. Raimondo met with Saks Fifth Avenue executives in New York four days before the trip, and the senior vice president of marketing looked familiar. That executive, Kimberly Grabel, turned out to be another 1989 Thunderbird graduate who took a school trip to Paris with Raimondo. “I kept looking at her, and she looked so familiar,” Raimondo said. “Then she asked where I went to school.”

This road trip, which will end Sept. 27, is not Raimondo’s first. She drove across the country on a spontaneous trip in a rental car in 2006 to raise $9,490 for cancer research — one dollar for each day her mother, Lorraine Raimondo, battled cancer over a 26-year period.

Alumni Chapter News

Re-energizing Bucks County, PABucks County, Pennsylvania, Alumni Chapter at August First Tuesday
With a new T-bird at the helm, the August First Tuesday with the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Alumni Chapter was a great success! Twenty-one T-bird alums, guests and future T-birds gathered at the Freight House restaurant to reminisce and to share their experiences and interests with other local T-birds.

The next chapter gathering will take place at the start of the holiday season - December 2 at the Freight House in Doylestown. If you would like more information about this chapter, please visit its MTB chapter Web site or e-mail chapter leader Cliff Lavin ’71 at clifflavin@comcast.net

Faculty to Alumni Webcast Series ReturnsProfessor Roy Nelson

Last 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.

We are pleased to announce the first webcast in the 2008/2009 series: Doing Business in Latin America with Professor Roy Nelson. Professor Nelson will share his expertise in the Latin American region and cover some common benefits and challenges of working in this area.

The webcast will take place Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. To join the webcast, click the following link: mms://media.t-bird.edu/livestream **
** Webcast link will only be available on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. EDT

To ask questions during the webcast, please call (800) 457-6940. Participants outside the U.S. can submit questions prior to the webcast to janet.chicvara@thunderbird.edu. If you have questions about the webcast or need assistance, please contact Janet Chicvara at (602) 978-7602 or janet.chicvara@thunderbird.edu

Attend a Symposium with Thunderbird Professor Mansour Javidan in NYC

Business for Diplomatic Action, Thunderbird School of GlobalManagement & The Levin Institute cordially invite you to a symposium and discussion: America’s Role in the World: The New Face of Global Engagement.Dr. Mansour Javidan

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 2008, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Levin Institute
116 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022
Reception will take place prior to discussion. Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Cari.Guittard@sf.ddb.com

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Mansour Javidan, Dean of Research, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Tim Love, Vice Chairman, Omnicom
  • Keith Reinhard, President, Business for Diplomatic Action
  • Garrick Utley, President, The Levin Institute

MTB Abuse

In recent weeks, there have been several instances where MTB and the information it offers to the Thunderbird community have been abused. MTB may not be used to send unsolicited or unapproved mass e-mails (spamming). Thunderbird offers several options for T-birds to promote their accomplishments or their businesses (Discussion Boards, Class Notes, Business-to-Business Directory). If you would like further information about these tools, please e-mail alumni@thunderbird.edu.

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.

Support the Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit

Watch the VideoStarted in 2003, the 2008 Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit is in its 6th year and registration is now open to both teams and judges.

Each year students compete in the Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit. Beginning with the Online Round student teams compete from anywhere in the world and submit a 2-page sustainable innovation solution to the challenge questions that sponsoring companies pose. Out of all the teams that compete, ten teams are invited to compete in the Final Round - held live at the Thunderbird Campus in Glendale, Arizona - for the Championship Crown of Sustainable Innovation and a cash prize of $20,000.

Last year this global event attracted 118 teams from 59 universities, in 15 countries and was won by a team from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with Thunderbird placing 2nd and 3rd.

This year, Thunderbird is hoping to take first place, and we need your help!

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available starting at $1,000, and we are also still in need of a few more judges. So please show your Thunder Spirit and support us in whatever way you can.

For more information, please visit www.sustainableinnovation.thunderbird.edu, or email innovation@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
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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