In this issue:
Snapshots from
New Thunderbird Online Program
Why smart people do stupid things
Best quotes from Global Business Dialogue

Asia Regional Night Videos

11-11-11 events draw record numbers

More than 1,500 alumni from classes spanning the last six decades poured into Glendale, Ariz. for several days of 11-11-11 celebrations and the inaugural Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue.

The gathering was the largest Homecoming in Thunderbird's history and included four days of events such as the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue, Last Night at the Old Pub, Tower Celebration, Margaritas on the Tower Lawn, Regional Night and a Farewell Brunch.

Ramiro "Ramsy" Figueroa '04 returned to campus from Mexico City for the events and said he had an exciting week reuniting with global friends from the past in the same place where they met 10 years ago.

"It felt like I never left, like time stopped and stood still while we shared memories and adventures," Figueroa said.

Bart Kohnhorst '83
returned to campus from Texas and said he "came home realizing that Thunderbird is once again at the top of global business and education, but also that the mystique is alive and thriving."

Some alumni who attended Homecoming and the Tower Celebration kicked off their trip with two days at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel & Spa for the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue. The dynamic event offered 23 sessions and explored the theme "Redefining Global Leadership."

To accommodate the dialogue, the hotel was dramatically transformed to capture the Thunderbird Mystique with flags from around the globe lining the main walkway and colorful blue banners hung throughout.

But it wasn't the decorations that made this event a success -- it was the people. Nearly 1,200 attendees from 43 countries, more than 98 speakers and 28 sponsors brought a dynamic and truly global atmosphere to the dialogue. Attendees enjoyed meals and conversation and listened to keynote speeches from Robert Dudley '79, CEO of BP group; Dr. Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO/Chairman of the Board for Intel Corporation; José María Figueres, former president of Costa Rica; and Mark Penn worldwide CEO, Burson-Marsteller.

"Almost every session I attended - each with a different topic - was tied together by the exploration of the Global Mindset concept and what it is to be a global leader today," said Jean-Christophe Deverines '00, who is based in Washington D.C. "This event served as a benchmark to test my own reflections and helped crystallize different ideas while bringing new ones to the surface."

Many alumni who attended the Global Business Dialogue and the Homecoming activities called the festivities historic and the best event in Thunderbird's history.

December News Briefs

Snapshots from the 11-11-11 events
Couldn't attend the 11-11-11 festivities or just want some photos to share? Re-live the glamour of the Tower Celebration, the history of the Tower Dedication Ceremony and the memories from Last Night in the Old Pub. View the slideshows below:

Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue
Last Night at the Old Pub
Tower Dedication Ceremony
Tower Celebration Party
Margaritas and Beer on the Tower Lawn
Regional Night

Videos will also be available on Thunderbird's YouTube Channel.

"I'm so proud to be a T-bird."
With a slight variation here and there, this phrase was proclaimed by many a T-bird who participated in the Global Business Dialogue, the Tower Celebration, and/or Homecoming events. Indeed, these events not only reflected and celebrated Thunderbird's professional caliber in the global marketplace but, more importantly, it reminded us of the impact T-birds make around the world. It is a confirmation that the world needs more T-birds. As you enjoy the stories, photos and videos in this newsletter and rekindle your T-bird, memories, pride and gratitude, please consider making a gift to the Thunderbird Annual Fund to contribute to our school's continued global impact. Give today at or call (602) 978-7309 (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arizona time).

Eleven videos from Thunderbird's Global Business Dialogue
Thunderbird has posted a series of videos from the Global Business Dialogue, held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel & Spa. Visit to watch the videos, which are free tools you can use and share with your colleagues and peers. The videos will answer the key questions below:

Global Leaders
- What does it mean to be a global leader?
- What new challenges do global leaders face in the 21st century?
- What traits are most important for global leaders to develop?
- What do leaders need to do differently in the 21st century?
- What is the most common leadership mistake you see?

Global Mindset
- Why do 21st century leaders need a Global Mindset?
- How do you develop your Global Mindset?

Global Entrepreneurship
- Where will the world find solutions to complex problems in the 21st century?
- What is the best way to foster innovation?

Global Citizenship
- What social obligations do global leaders have? What happens if global leaders ignore these obligations?
- What can global leaders do to create lasting (or sustainable) value?

Want to share your business challenges with T-bird students?
Thunderbird faculty members are offering alumni a unique opportunity to share their real life business challenges with T-bird students. Dennis Guthery, Ph.D., emeritus Professor of Marketing, is seeking alumni to work with faculty in writing business cases which will be used in the classroom. The cases must be in marketing and/or in quantitative methods/decision sciences. For more information or to get involved, contact Professor Guthery at e-mail

Find jobs and post jobs with Global Connect
Do you have a job or internship opportunity that would be great for a T-bird, but just don't know how to share it? The Career Management Center maintains an online career board called GlobalConnect that is used exclusively by members of the Thunderbird community. Posting jobs on GlobalConnect is easy! Simply follow these steps and within minutes, you'll be sharing your job or internship opportunity with current students and alumni across the globe.

1. Visit and select "Employers."
2. Under Register, click the "Register and Post a Job" button.
3. Receive confirmation of your registration and job posting from our Employer Relations team.
4. Collect and review résumés of Thunderbird candidates.
5. Finalize your interview list and invite students to schedule an interview time, either on campus, via telephone or by videoconference.

Need more information? Be sure to read our "How to Post a Job on GlobalConnect" PDF.

Also, the Career Management Center is happy to provide all the help you need. Call 602-978-7323 or e-mail Assistant Director, Student & Alumni Liaison Mike Kennard at email with any questions or feedback.

Take a virtual tour of Thunderbird campus
If you didn't have the chance to visit campus last week for the Homecoming festivities, take a look at Thunderbird's new virtual campus tour to see updated photos and videos about Thunderbird.

Thunderbird Online launches new online Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management
Beginning January 2012, this certificate can be completed in three to four weeks and comprises 12 modules focusing on Global Oil & Gas including: Value Chain & Geopolitics of Oil, the Upstream, the Midstream, the Downstream, and the Future Oil & Gas Industry. As a T-bird graduate, you automatically receive a 50 percent discount for your online certificate. Upon registration, just enter your graduation date, and the discount will be applied. For questions, contact an enrollment counselor at , or visit

Asia Regional Night draws 1,000
The mouth-watering odors of a variety of Asian dishes wafted through the newly constructed facility where the TAC formerly stood, while music and dancing from around the continent provided lively entertainment on Saturday November 12, 2011. Asia Regional Night, held as part of Homecoming celebrations, drew more than 1,000 alumni and students and featured nine performances, including a high energy finale.

Watch here:
Final Performance

When was the last time you visited the Thunderbird Campus?
Here's your chance.

Thunderbird's Executive Education Classroom Certificate Programs offer a perfect opportunity for you to return to campus and refresh your Global Mindset. Our three to five-day programs will help you sharpen your skills and expose you to the latest business concepts and techniques.

These high impact short programs are designed specifically for working professionals and offer you and your fellow participants the opportunity to revisit Thunderbird's highly regarded and globally recognized curriculum. Also, you will have the opportunity to learn best practices from your peers, while further expanding your global network.

All Thunderbird Alumni receive a 50 percent discount.

Watch here as Paul Arinze of Exxon Mobil describes the value of Thunderbird executive education programs.

Watch here as Thunderbird School of Global Management graduate Rune Gisvold '81 discusses executive education certificate program "Communicating and Negotiating with a Global Mindset."

In 2012, Thunderbird will embark on its 66th year of educating global leaders like you. Take a few moments to explore our 2012 classroom portfolio and let us know how we can assist you in your lifelong learning journey.

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December 6:
Phoenix Chapter is holding its annual wine holiday party at 5:30 p.m. at Enotria Land of Wine in North Scottsdale. The chapter will also collect canned food for donation, more information here

December 6:
San Francisco Chapter is holding a holiday party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Circolo, located at 500 Florida Street, more information here

December 6:
Houston Chapter is holding its holiday party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cafe Moustache in Montrose, more information here


December 16:
Fall Commencement, December 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Arizona) Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa - 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale, more information here

December 5-7:
Leading with a Global Mindset. During this three-day coaching workshop, learn to influence individuals from other backgrounds, use insight about cultural preferences to nimbly adjust your style and fit your approach into any cross-cultural scenario, more information here

December 6:
Arizona Supreme Court Oral arguments will be held on Thunderbird campus, more information here


Global energy centre lands at Thunderbird in Arizona -

Craig Barrett talks US competitiveness at Thunderbird event - Business Journal

Former CIA agent talks Qaddafi's demise - MyFox Phoenix

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Story: Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue tackles leadership challenges

Thunderbird School of Global Management launched an ongoing discussion about leadership in the 21st century with a signature business conference Nov. 10-11, 2011, at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Arizona.

Blog: Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue: Great Quotes

What a memorable two days at Thunderbird. An incredibly inspiring inaugural Global Business Dialogue followed by a magical celebration hosted by trustee, alum and philanthropist Merle Hinrichs '65. Here's a list of a few pearls of wisdom from what turned out to be an incredibly enlightening Dialogue.

Video: Why smart people do stupid things

Thunderbird Ethics Day speaker Patrick Kuhse says he has "street credibility" when he talks about business responsibility. He pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy charges in 1998 and then spent four-and-a-half years in a U.S. federal prison.
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