Dr. Ángel Cabrera

2020 Vision Sets Stage
for Thunderbird's Future

One of the most complex and crucial actions in a life of any organization is to decide on its vision for the future: what it is trying to accomplish, what are the collective aspirations that will define success. Every few years, organizations need to pause and ask themselves those fundamental questions. This was the year for Thunderbird to do so. Read more...

August News Briefs

Don't Miss out! Thunderbird European Regional Reunion
Join T-birds from across the world for the annual reunion in Bad Ischl, Austria September 16-19, 2010. A reception will be held at the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl where the first reunion was held in 1982. The three-day reunion includes a business forum and informal tourist activities. For more information, visit Space is limited to 250 guests so register early!

Global Connect for your career
Have you signed up? If you want to stay current on career opportunities geared specifically toward T-bird alumni, then sign up for Global Connect. After you're approved, you can access dozens of new job opportunities through our database.

Alumni using social media
Are you networking? Don't forget to join the Thunderbird Alumni Network on LinkedIn for access to more than 6,500 alumni throughout the world. Join dynamic discussions, check out job postings or simply reconnect. Alumni who need assistance with LinkedIn, please e-mail

Advance your business skills at T-bird and get a 50% alumni discount
Thunderbird's Executive Education programs offer you a unique opportunity to refine your global business skills as a working professional. Alumni who participate in our classroom programs receive a 50% discount on the program fees. The following classes are available this fall:

Communicating and Negotiating With a Global Mindset (Oct. 5-7, Glendale)
Creating Value Through Global Strategy (Oct. 11-15, Glendale)
Effective Leadership Communication (Oct. 12-14, Glendale)
Global Leadership Certificate Program (Oct. 26-28, Glendale)
Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results (Nov. 10-12, Geneva)

For more information contact Erin Wilson at or visit

WANTED: Memorabilia for new pub
Hey T-birds, have an old license plate sitting in the garage? We're looking for these, along with Thunderbird memorabilia and old photos with captions, for the new pub. Send us your items and they could be displayed in the new pub or in other parts of the Tower, upon its completion.

Please send all items to 1 Global Place, Glendale, AZ 85306-6000
Attn: Project Director, Tower Restoration, Will Counts '09.

We will do our best to find a place for each item; however we cannot guarantee its use. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

WANTED: Photos of T-birds in Business Attire
Calling all well-dressed T-birds! We are looking for pictures of all of our T-birds dressed in business attire for use in marketing materials. If you have a picture of yourself looking dapper, please send to Kristen Jarchow at

Get the daily dish on your T-bird Alumni
Find relevant, important and dynamic Alumni news all in one place - the Alumni Impact blog. This newly revamped page now offers videos, slideshows and fresh content daily, produced solely for and about alumni. Do you have something to say? Leave your opinion in the comments section of the blog. Have an idea for a posting? Let us know at

Want to make an introduction with an impact?
As the new fiscal year gets under way, Cindy Yeager '08 will serve as the Thunderbird Development Fellow, reaching out to her T-bird network for grant proposal opportunities. But she can't do it without the help of her fellow T-bird alumni! So, T-birds please consider a few questions. Do you work for a corporation with a foundation or corporate social responsibility department? Do you know someone who does? If so, please reach out to Yeager at A personal connection opens the door to many partnership opportunities that could otherwise go unnoticed.

Global ThunderCares Day
ThunderCaresJoin the second annual Global ThunderCares Day. Thunderbird's community service day, ThunderCares, went global last September when alumni chapters around the world joined current students in a day of service to their communities. This year's events are set to take place throughout the month of September. More information about projects in your area will come from your local alumni chapter on MTB and you can also contact Amaly Johnson at, Robert Reese at or Brian Haas at for more Global ThunderCares Day information. A logo for clothing and advertising has been created for the month-long event. Please contact Thunderbird Student Government to access the logo.

Knowledge Network

Luis Alberto Moreno re-elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank
Luis Alberto Moreno '77, a member of the Thunderbird Board of Fellows, was re-elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank earlier this month.


Cuban entrepreneur leaps into Fortune 50
Nobody had a job for Cuban entrepreneur Diego Veitia '66 when he finished his bachelor's degree in the 1960s, but he is now chairman of a Fortune 50 company.


Executive MBA grads from LG Electronics join T-bird family
Thunderbird welcomed 31 graduates from LG Electronics to its alumni network on July 23, 2010, following 13 months of coursework in Seoul, South Korea and Glendale, Arizona.

Visit the Thunderbird Knowledge Network

Thunderbird Making Headlines

New BP director (a T-bird alumnus) faces tough task, World News Australia

Putting some soul into management, The Times of India

Universities to the Rescue: The Goals of The National Society of Hispanic MBAs' University Partnership Program Quickly Being Realized, Business Review

More Thunderbird in the News

2020 Vision Sets Stage for Thunderbird's Future

One of the most complex and crucial actions in a life of any organization is to decide on its vision for the future: what it is trying to accomplish, what are the collective aspirations that will define success. Every few years, organizations need to pause and ask themselves those fundamental questions. This was the year for Thunderbird to do so. After a year-long process of energizing, thought-provoking, out-of-the-box dialog with alumni and students, faculty and staff, trustees, fellows and global council members, donors and friends from around the world, earlier this summer the Board of Trustees expressed its enthusiastic support for our new "Thunderbird 2020 Global Vision."  

Thunderbird alumni played an important role in the development of Thunderbird 2020 - through Thunderbird 2020 brainstorm sessions held in Macau, Dubai, Geneva, New York City, and Panama and then in feedback provided during last spring's Homecoming activities. I also received valuable feedback and advice from individual alumni throughout the course of the planning process or in response to some of the updates I posted on my blog.

Everyone involved in the process agreed that this is an exciting time for Thunderbird. The world is in dire need of the global leadership talent we were founded to provide. But the dramatic changes in the world economy as well as in the way education is delivered require that we re-think what we want Thunderbird's role to be in the next decade.

In Thunderbird 2020, we commit to significantly growing our impact and seizing the opportunity provided by a global economy that is increasingly multi-cultural and inter-connected. To that purpose, our vision for 2020 centers around the theme "global leadership for global impact."  We are committed to remain a world leader in management education to dramatically extend the impact we have in the global economy. These are certainly bold words but they are backed by an equal boldness of thought and commitment to action centered on the following four strategic priorities:

1. Strengthen Our Unique Approach to Global Leadership Education
2. Innovate for Scale and Impact
3. Engage Deeply in Emerging Markets
4. Build a Global Community of Learning and Practice

Please take some time to review the plan: click here. I hope you will find it inspiring, and I welcome your thoughts on our plans and aspirations for 2020.

Our job now is to bring those themes down into concrete actions over the next few years. Some key steps have already begun and will soon need to materialize in the form of new programs and initiatives.

For example, as you know (and as I mentioned in prior updates) we have engaged in discussions over the last couple of years with several potential partners on the possible creation of new programs such as new online short courses, the extension of the skills training work we do in Russia to other emerging economies or the creation of a new undergraduate program. While none of these discussions have materialized for a number of reasons (we decided to suspend negotiations on a possible undergraduate program in the Spring), they have nevertheless helped us better understand the shifts that are changing the landscape of education, the emergence of new players and new models of education, as well as the kinds of innovation that Thunderbird could potentially engage in either alone or in partnership with organizations with complementary skills and capabilities. The new vision provides us with an invaluable framework to create and assess opportunities in the next few years.

As we begin to translate this vision into concrete plans and specific initiatives, I will look to alumni as a source of advice and support. With that goal in mind, we are planning to hold Thunderbird 2020 presentations for alumni groups throughout the globe to engage in a dialog about ways in which alumni can become engaged in the plans and initiatives contained in Thunderbird 2020.

In particular, the fourth strategic theme, to "build a global community of learning and practice" is the direct result of a request by alumni that Thunderbird become a true learning and networking companion beyond graduation day. Our shared vision is that the day our students receive their Thunderbird diploma they should not "graduate out" but "graduate into" a community of shared purpose and interests that will accompany them for the length of their careers. This exciting vision will only become reality with your engagement and leadership.

I would like to thank all of you for your support of Thunderbird. The alumni community is one of the school's greatest sources of strength. As ambassadors and advocates for your alma mater you can continue to help us build the Thunderbird brand. Also, we greatly appreciate the work so many of you do to encourage others to attend Thunderbird. Inspired by your experiences and by the variety of stimulating global careers pursued by Thunderbird alumni, prospective T-birds will continue to seek out the school as a source of learning and career advancement.

Finally, thank you so much to those of you who supported the school financially in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Impressively, alumni giving rose 50% last year despite the overall stagnation in the global economy. By investing in Thunderbird you are not only helping Thunderbird remain the No. 1 school of international management, but you are also helping the School remain a positive source for economic change in a world desperately in need of our values of cross-cultural understanding, global business and trade, and sustainable value creation.

Very best regards,
Ángel Cabrera

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Summer Commencement, Speaker is Dr. Clara Lovett, for more information click here.

August 21-28:
Faculty Lead for the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory, Professor Michael Finney will be in Geneva. He can be reached at michael.finney

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