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Rap Video

Alumni Chapter
Google Map

Nominate an Outstanding T-bird

Global Issues Forum

T-bird is top-ranked for return on investment

Vision 2020 Part III

Get ready for
Thunderbird Mobile

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Thunderbird Mobile is coming soon! This free mobile app will allow alumni and other members of the Thunderbird community to connect with the school and each other from the convenience of their phones. Users of smartphones and other Internet capable phones will have access to news and information, global business research, blogs, videos and podcasts, as well as mobile access to the global Thunderbird community.

Thunderbird Mobile will be available for free to anyone, but only alumni, students, faculty and staff will be able to tap into the Thunderbird global network, allowing them to update and search profiles, find one another by current address and/or GPS location (optional) and map their search results. Read more...

If you would like to be notified when Thunderbird Mobile is available, please send your contact information to Make sure your profile is up-to-date in MTB to access this app when it becomes available.

February News Briefs

Not your mother's phonathon!
In an effort to find new ways to inspire giving, Thunderbird student ambassadors have created a rap video in T-bird style featuring multiple languages and cultures. The video, which includes scenes from the campus Pub, uses music by Dan Bos/ The project started when MBA student Bharath Balasubramanian told Thunderbird Assistant Director Annual Giving Keith C. Kerber about his passion for rap Indian music fusion. Kerber went to work with Balasubramian and other student ambassadors to create the video. Be sure to watch for cameo appearances by Thunderbird Professor Hassan Hosseini and Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera. Watch the video...

Get ready for Super First Tuesday
On March 1st, 2011, alumni chapters around the world will be participating in Thunderbird's sixth annual Super First Tuesday. Super First Tuesday is a special event organized and promoted by Thunderbird's Recruiting Team and Alumni Relations. Last year, over 85 chapters participated and over 2,500 alumni and prospective students met in cities worldwide. We highly encourage you to attend these events. It's a great way to meet future T-birds. It's also a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with T-birds in your area. Specific information can be found on your city's chapter page on MTB, or Please contact Andy Chen or Katie Mayer if you would like to get involved with your chapter event.

New Google map features alumni chapters
Finding a Thunderbird Alumni Chapter is now easier than ever. Whether you're looking to attend a First Tuesday or to locate a chapter leader online, it's all just a click away on our new Google Map. Take a look at 168 T-bird alumni chapters that span the globe and click on a point to view chapter leaders and their e-mails for that location. The map will be updated regularly as chapter leadership changes and as new chapters form. Now you can access the number one global business school network whether you are moving to a new place, traveling for business or vacationing.

T-birds, we are looking for distinguished alumni!
Know any fellow alumni who stand out from the rest? We are looking for a person who is a budding star in a career as well as a person with a proven track record of success. We are looking for alumni who have given their time to support Thunderbird and alumni who have demonstrated the ultimate in professional achievement, civic service and Thunderbird activities. If you know an exceptional T-bird graduate, nominate him or her today for our 2011 Distinguished Alumni awards! Go here to fill in the boxes and make your nomination. Categories include Rising Star, Career Achievement, Alumni Volunteer Award and Jonas Mayer Outstanding Alumni Award. Winners will be announced on campus during the week of 11/11/11. Last year's winners include Joel Montgomery '08, Michael Zuieback '91, Kevin Rohrer '82, Carlos Neuhaus '74, Salvatore Pappalardo '80, Fred Opéré '07, David Thorson '87 and Gary Brukardt '72.

Join T-bird Alumni Rugby Association for upcoming events
Like to play rugby or even just watch? Come back to Thunderbird with the Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association (TARA) or join them in Iceland for the Mjöður Old Boys Rugby Tour. Rugby Alumni Weekend (RAW) will kick off on March 3, 2011 and last until March 6. During this time, participants and guests will play golf, enjoy a night out at the Pub, catch a spring training ballgame, go skeet shooting and, of course, play rugby. This event is a great time to meet up with fellow T-bird alumni and enjoy some good old fashioned competition! The next event is the Mjöður Old Boys Rugby Tour, which will take place July 1-8, 2011. The weekend will consist of one to two matches against the Iceland club and another visiting club from Europe. On off days, the group will sight-see, hike, visit museums and just enjoy Iceland's volcanic hot springs and 20 hours of daylight. For inquiries regarding either event, or to be included on the Rugby Alumni e-newsletter, please contact Chuck Hamilton '91, president of the Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association, at

Help current students help YOU - Hire an intern!
Do you remember back when you were attending Thunderbird how nice it was, or would have been, to have a recent or even longtime graduate reach out their hand and help you get a foot in the door? Would you also like to increase student awareness of your organization? As alumni of the best global business school in the world, you have a unique opportunity to help current students launch their careers, to increase Thunderbird's representation in the global workforce, and to get your organization's name and mission on the minds of current students and faculty.

Consider suggesting a spring campus visit to your HR or recruiting office. It's a wonderful time of year here in Arizona! Company information sessions, club events and functional days are just some of the ways you can interact with students and not only give them opportunities within your organization, but also create awareness for your organization among the future leaders of the business world. Contact to schedule something now!
**We recognize that in the current economy, it may not be cost-effective to fly to campus for only a day or two and are more than happy to accommodate your presentation via technology.**

Take advantage of a 50 percent alumni discount on classroom certificate programs

Catapult your career by acquiring essential skills for managing in a culturally diverse and increasingly competitive global environment. Thunderbird alumni receive a 50 percent discount on executive certificate programs. Thunderbird Corporate Learning leverages its extensive experience in developing hundreds of critical learning programs for global companies to help you succeed. Our dynamic and interactive programs allow you to learn across industry, business, function and culture. Develop a richer and broader global network through interaction with diverse participants from boardrooms to the trenches - and geographies ranging from London, New York and Shanghai - to Angola, Vietnam and Panama.

Continue your learning journey at Thunderbird and enroll in an upcoming certificate program today. Classes beginning in April 2011: Communicating & Negotiating with a Global Mindset & Leading Global Projects for Strategic Results.

For more information, contact Charlotte Cole at or 602-978-7353. Refer a friend or colleague and receive a Thunderbird gift as a token of our appreciation.

Vision 2020 Part 3: Leverage Our Strengths
Thunderbird's approach to global leadership conveys a strong competitive advantage. To meet growing global demand for our expertise, we will build on this advantage by staying true to our foundational beliefs, investing in our academic core, enhancing our unique multidisciplinary learning environment, building our financial base, and strengthening our thought leadership at the nexus of global business, global affairs and global leadership. For more information, visit

Please thank your chapter leaders
Alumni, please remember to thank your chapter leaders and any fellow T-birds who help you. The T-bird alumni chapter leaders are there for you, and they are volunteering their time and energy to keep this network strong. Please remember to take a moment to express your gratitude - especially to those who have helped you.

Use LinkedIn T-bird group for B2B promotions
Did you know that you can do B2B promotions in the Thunderbird Alumni group on LinkedIn? Simply click on the "Promotions" tab and type in your content. The group contains over 7,900 T-birds all over the world and is set up to be a business resource as well as a networking tool. For questions, please e-mail

Knowledge Network

Story: Compensation and equity in the family-owned business
By Ernesto J. Poza, Clinical Professor of Global Family Enterprise: You may be among thousands of families in business that attempted to hold informal family meetings over the holidays with business topics like succession planning and estate taxes. Are you happy with the outcomes?


Blog: Marathon runner aims for every continent, every U.S. state
Having an itch to travel the globe is a common trait of T-birds. But Lisa Dahl '93 isn't packing her suitcases for the usual business trips or vacations. When she tours a city, she does it on foot. Read more...


Video: Brazilian Oil
Thunderbird School of Global Management Professor John Zerio, Ph.D., speaks to MBA students about oil in Brazil Jan. 6, 2011, during the Brazil Winterim in Sao Paulo.
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Upcoming Chapter Events Roundup

February 1:
South Florida Chapter is holding its First Tuesday at the Conrad Miami Hotel "The Bar" on the 25th Floor, for more information click here.

February 1:
Atlanta Chapter is holding its First Tuesday at the 5 Seasons Brewery, for more information click here.

February 1:
United Kingdom Chapter is holding its First Tuesday upstairs in the Marquis, a family-run pub, for more information click here.

Please note: If you have trouble accessing these events online, please sign up with MTB. If you are having trouble logging on, contact Janet Chicvara at janet.chicvara@ for assistance.



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March 15:
Eliana Zem, Senior Vice President Human Resources Diageo North America will be speaking on campus in Yount DLC, for more information click here.

March 29:
Ed Fuller, President and Managing Director, Marriott International Lodging will be speaking on campus in Yount DLC, for more information click here.


Thunderbird ranks among top schools for good return on investment - The Arizona Republic

President of Thunderbird School of Global Management lists keys to growth - The Arizona Republic

Firms yield big savings with MBA intern program - The Arizona Republic

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