“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” -Theodore Roosevelt  
January 2009

Thunderbird in the White HouseThunderbird in the White House

First lady Laura Bush recognized Thunderbird’s Project Artemis during a meeting Dec. 18 at the White House. T-bird alumna and Thunderbird for Good Director Kellie Kreiser ’04 represented Thunderbird at the event, organized by the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.

Thunderbird launched Project Artemis in 2005 as a way to help women entrepreneurs succeed in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. During the first four years of the training and mentorship program, 44 women have graduated.

“This amazing meeting at the White House was for the council to recognize some of its successful programs and to look ahead at the work that still needs to be done,” Kreiser said. “Project Artemis was the first program discussed. In two incredibly short minutes, I explained what our program has accomplished in the past four years.”

To view the news story, click here.
To read Kellie Kreiser’s blog about her White House experience, click here.

Advance your family owned business

Advance your family owned businessThunderbird’s Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship will offer the Global Family Enterprise Program on March 9-12. The focus of this program is Growth, Governance and Continuity of the Family Business. Program participants will learn how to manage growth, establish successful governance strategies and ensure continuity among generations of family leaders. Live case study discussions, group exercises, case analyses, lectures, and family group projects will be part of the curriculum. A select group of family business experts also will provide current industry insight. The program will be at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix.

For more information, click here.
For information about the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, click here.

2009 HomecomingView the 2009 Homecoming Evite

Registrations are starting to come in for Homecoming 2009 on the Glendale campus. This year, an Evite was sent so alumni can see which of their friends and classmates plan to attend. See the list and RSVP by clicking here. Make sure to visit the official registration page to ensure your spot at this year’s event.

Evite RSVP
Official Homecoming Registration Page

Magazine available online with e-mail alerts

In support of Thunderbird’s mission to advance sustainability and environmental responsibility, the school is offering alumni an opportunity to read Thunderbird Magazine electronically instead of in print.

Alumni interested in being part of the effort, can register to receive e-mail alerts with the links to the most current magazines as soon as they are posted online. In most cases, Thunderbird will post the electronic edition of the magazine about one to three weeks before the print edition arrives in mailboxes around the world.

Reading the magazine online will reduce costs and help the environment.

If you are interested in stopping your print subscription and starting e-mail delivery, send a request to alumni@thunderbird.edu. Current and past editions of the magazine also can be viewed online at www.thunderbird.edu/about_thunderbird/publications.

Thunderbird Magazine is published every March, July and November as a service to the alumni community.

Thunderbird goes social

TwitterThunderbird alumni can now follow the latest news and information from Thunderbird on Twitter. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send and read other users' updates. Twitter is a great way for Thunderbird alumni to stay connected with each other as well as the school. To follow Thunderbird on Twitter go to http://www.twitter.com/ThunderbirdNews.

Thunderbird in the News

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

Call for nominations: 2009 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year

The Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship is accepting applications for the 2009 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. The winner must have started, managed and grown a business or substantially led the turnaround or growth of a business or managed a larger business in a way that has demonstrated notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements. The winner will be written up as a case study that will be taught to entrepreneurship students at Thunderbird by Walker Center faculty. The winner also will be considered for inclusion as a case study in the world’s most widely used textbook on entrepreneurship, written by Walker Center Director Robert Hisrich, Ph.D. Nomination forms and information are available at www.thunderbird.edu/wcge. Nominations are due Feb. 13 and the winner will be announced March 9.

Alumni chapter news

San Francisco meets Tower Tuesday Challenge
Thunderbird students issued a challenge to alumni chapters in December to help save the dilapidated Thunderbird Tower on campus. The San Francisco chapter answered the call and provided information to its chapter members on the Thunderbird Tower restoration project at its annual holiday party. The event brought in more than $1,700 in alumni support. The event also ensured that San Francisco will be recognized as a supporting chapter when Tower renovation is complete. Congratulations, San Francisco, and thank you for supporting the Tower project.

Singapore T-birdsSingapore T-birds gather for the holidays

Holiday gatherings are a tradition with many alumni chapters, and Singapore is no exception. More than 30 T-birds gathered Dec 8 at the Swiss Club in Singapore to celebrate the winter holidays and to reconnect with friends and classmates.

Career management resource: Global Workplace

Interested in accessing job postings relevant to your education and experience level? You can find hundreds of MBA and business school alumni positions on Global Workplace.

Accessible from the Alumni Career Management homepage, Global Workplace is a service subscribed to by the Thunderbird Career Management Center that brings you positions from the world's top business school recruiters. At present, the site contains more than 600 positions by notable companies such as GE, Walt Disney and Microsoft. To begin searching Global Workplace jobs, click here and register by selecting "Students/Alumni" from the lefthand menu. For questions about this service or other alumni career management resources, contact alumni.careers@thunderbird.edu.

Geneva course offering – Global projects take global leadership

Global project leadership is an essential skill in today’s project-based world. It takes strategy, team management, cross-cultural awareness and sophisticated business acumen. Thunderbird’s Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results program helps participants develop the tools and techniques necessary to lead as a strategist and a tactician.

The next program will be May 11-13 at Hotel Epsom in Geneva, Switzerland. The fee is 4,500 CHF, which includes instruction materials and meals. Register Early! Participants who register by Feb. 11 will receive a 500 CHF discount.

Swiss banker credits Thunderbird for transformation

Steve KlemmeSwiss banker Steve Klemme ’85 remembers exactly what he was doing when he first heard about Thunderbird in 1982. He was selling pianos and organs at a music store in Eau Claire, Wisc. A co-worker heard that Klemme was looking for a change and told him about an international business school in Glendale, Ariz.

Klemme decided to apply, and his life has never been the same. “Thunderbird changed my life from selling pianos and organs in Wisconsin to being a managing director of J.P. Morgan running the Middle East team in Switzerland,” he said.

Over the years, Klemme has shown his gratitude to Thunderbird in many ways. He contributes financially, and he travels at his own expense to London to work with Winterim students. “I was always thankful for what the school taught me,” he said.

See your name in print – Two great opportunities to participate

T-birds are always on the move. But no matter where you are in the world (or in your career), we don't want to lose touch with you! Please let us know what’s new in your life by sending your news to alumni@thunderbird.edu. We’ll share your news through our Class Notes section on My Thunderbird and in Thunderbird Magazine.

Did you enjoy the fall edition of Thunderbird Magazine? Anything in there light a fire in you? Any articles or information that you would like to comment on? Did the magazine spark an idea for a story that you would like to contribute? If so, send a letter to the editor or an editorial submission to editor@thunderbird.edu. Deadline for submissions in the March 2009 edition is Jan. 21.

Feb. 11: Early Registration - Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results – Geneva Campus
Feb. 13: Deadline for Entrepreneur of the Year nominations
March 5-8, 2009:
Thunderbird Homecoming – Glendale Campus
March 7: Chapter Leader Workshop – Glendale Campus
March 9-12, 2009: Global Family Enterprise Program – Glendale Campus
March 26-27, 2009: Thunderbird Private Equity Conference – Glendale Campus

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