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June 2009

Thunderbird Oath makes headlines amid crisisT-bird Oath makes headlines amid crisis

Thunderbird’s Oath of Honor and emphasis on sustainable value creation have made international news in recent weeks as business schools come under increased scrutiny amid a global economic crisis.

“Our oath establishes a commitment to respect the rights and dignity of all people affected by the corporation,” Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D., told one reporter for a National Public Radio program that aired May 17. “It establishes a commitment to combat corruption. I have no doubt that if we were successful at creating a consensus around a set of principles across business schools around the world, decisions would have been quite different right now." A second story aired earlier this week on NPR’s Here & Now.

Cabrera has made similar statements in interviews and guest columns for the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Economist, El País, the Arizona Republic and other global media outlets. TIME magazine reporter Justin Fox visited Thunderbird on May 1 to meet Cabrera and watch for himself as 278 graduates recited the Oath of Honor during commencement exercises. Fox’s report, included in a May 15 cover package called The Future of Work, compares Thunderbird’s first-of-its-kind pledge to the Hippocratic Oath that binds medical professionals to high ethical standards.

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Watch TIME's video about Thunderbird School of Global Management.

For more on this topic, visit Cabrera's Global Leadership blog on the Thunderbird Knowledge Network.

Job search support for western Michigan T-birds

Gayle JacobsAlumni looking for employment or career advancement in the sagging economy have a new resource in western Michigan.

Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids chapter leader Gayle (Giffin) Jacobs ’03 started a job search support group in November that brings alumni together through regular conference calls that include Alicia Sutton ’09 from Thunderbird Alumni Relations.

“As Thunderbirds, we look out for each other,” said Jacobs, who is happily employed as a broker. “Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we’re thinking of each other.”

Jacobs said the idea for the support group emerged last summer, when an increasing number of alumni started approaching her quietly about job leads. She said she decided to do something beyond the regular chapter socials to help alumni in her region.

The initial response has been strong, and Jacobs would like to see other chapters around the world start similar support groups.

“The emphasis is on the moral support and the encouragement,” she said. “It reinforces the psychology that we’re all in this together.”

Kip Harrell, Thunderbird associate vice president of Professional Development and Career Management, said programs such as the one in Michigan provide a timely service to the Thunderbird community in the economic downturn. He said alumni also can help by providing job leads and referrals to Thunderbird’s Employer Relations Office.

How to help
To post a job for students or alumni, call Thunderbird’s Employer Relations Office at 602-978-7245 or register at GlobalConnect.

Thunderbird Washington DC global private equity forum
Public-Private Investments in Emerging Markets

Register Now for the Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center’s global private equity forum at the offices of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, June 16.

Network with more than 90 LPs, GPs, and private equity professionals and discuss the risks and opportunities of private investing in emerging markets. The breakfast presentation features a panel of private equity experts, including a special introduction by Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, Acting President, OPIC.

The panel will be moderated by Todd Peterson, Partner, Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice Group and Head of Emerging Markets Practice Group, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLC. Panel members include Barbara Day, Acting Vice President of Investment Funds, OPIC, H. Jeffrey Leonard, President & Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Fund, and James Seymour, Managing Director, EMP Global.

Win airfare to the global reunion in Macau!Win airfare to the global reunion in Macau!

Thunderbird is in the countdown phase of this year’s annual fund donation campaign. Any donations made to Thunderbird by June 30th will count towards this year’s alumni participation rate.

To celebrate and thank alumni donors, every T-bird who donates to Thunderbird this fiscal year (7/1/2008 - 6/30/2009) will be entered into a drawing for a free round trip airfare to the Thunderbird Global Reunion in Macau, November 5-7, 2009.

Here’s your chance to participate in “Re-Shaping the World Agenda: Leadership for Sustainable Prosperity Worldwide” by winning free airfare! Don't miss your opportunity to connect with fellow T-birds at the reunion and share your thoughts and ideas. Get your passports ready and make your gift today – every dollar counts!

June/July, 2009: Thunderbird Alumni Chapter Events – Various Alumni Chapters
June 16, 2009: Regional Global Private Equity Forum

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