JULY 2011
In this issue:
TEM Lab makes an impact
Global Business Dialogue Special Offer
Japan's long-term energy plan
Alumni Job of the Month

App now for Android
Vision 2020

A letter from your
Alumni Network Board

Dear T-birds,

There is a special closeness that binds all T-birds together.

Nearly 40,000 of us fanned out across the globe, and yet we still maintain our connections with the school, our favorite faculty and each other.

In each other we find more than just alumni. As T-birds, we find business contacts, lifelong mentors, traveling companions and of course our dearest friends.

We can all remember our time on campus in the Arizona desert. Our homes felt so far away, yet the entire world was within our grasp.

We all had our own unique Thunderbird experiences:
- Regional nights at the Fish.
- Posting job rejection letters on the Pub wall.
- The flag ceremony during Foundations.
- Pub Crawl/Thunder Olympics with our Cohorts.

All of these experiences, and the journeys we've had since we graduated, have shaped who we are today.

So, as the fiscal year draws to a close this week, I ask that you join me in making a gift to Thunderbird. How about $1 for each year since you graduated? A gift in any amount makes an impact upon Thunderbird and can ensure that our school stays strong for years to come. You can even designate your gift toward a scholarship to help another student have the same opportunity as you.

Why not visit now? If you already have made a gift, we thank you for your support.

We'd love to hear from old friends and classmates and see many of you in person at the 2011 Homecoming and Tower Celebration.

Warm Regards,
Aleksandra Lubavs '91
President, Thunderbird Alumni Network Board

Kevin Rohrer '82
Chairman, Thunderbird Alumni Network Board

July News Briefs

TEM Lab making impact on three continents
Five Thunderbird consulting teams have deployed to Central America, Asia and Africa this Spring and Summer for a range of consulting assignments for the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab). Teams of five MBA candidates have each completed project work ranging from training government employees in Guatemala, to creating scale-up plans for social enterprise and distributing alternative energy technologies in Uganda, to market analysis for digitization services in Cambodia. Jessi Bellama '11 was the team leader of the Cambodia TEM Lab. She came to Thunderbird because it is a truly global school that focuses on responsible business. Watch her video.

Jessi's experience and the experiences of all TEM Lab participants make the program a crucial part of Thunderbird's 2020 Vision. TEM Lab is a direct response to the strategic priority of expanding our expertise in emerging markets. The cultural and professional experience that Thunderbird consultants receive while immersed full-time in a professional engagement in an emerging market is life altering. TEM Lab graduates are better prepared to be global leaders because they've been to the field, persevering through real challenges to implement business solutions.

TEM Lab is currently contracting with 2012 consulting clients and you can help! Alumni and their organizations, businesses and networks are a preferred source of TEM Lab projects. A TEM Lab client receives professional consulting services at minimal costs. Simply cover the expenses associated with the project. Please visit the TEM Lab website for more information, including sample project synopses, or contact Program Director Charles Reeves '09 at with questions or comments.

Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue
Recruit five friends and get your admission for free

Thunderbird is offering free admission to the Global Business Dialogue for any alumn who recruits five other individuals to attend the November 10-11 Dialogue. To take advantage of the group offer, please contact or call 602-9787-7359. To register as an individual, click here.

This global forum will draw hundreds of alumni and other top global leaders and executives from around the world for two days of leading-edge dialogue, collaboration, and networking around the theme of "Redefining Global Leadership."

Among the keynote speakers already lined up to share ideas and experiences is Thunderbird alumnus ('79) Robert W. Dudley, CEO of BP Group; Mark Penn, CEO Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller; and Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO and chairman of the board for Intel Corporation.

The Global Business Dialogue is being held in conjunction with Thunderbird's annual homecoming festivities Nov. 11-13 and the Grand Opening of the renovated Tower.

Android users can now access mobile app
The new mobile application that puts the power of the world's No. 1 alumni network in the palm of your hand is now available to Android users, in addition to iPhone and iPad users. Featuring a real-time GPS tracking service, the app allows the entire Thunderbird global community to locate and contact one another instantly no matter where they are in the world. Read more here.

Global Giving competition reaches final week
The top three teams going into the final week of Thunderbird's global giving competition are:
- China and Hong Kong with 18.5 percent participation.
- United Kingdom with 16.8 percent participation.
- Northern Europe with 15.3 percent participation.

The winning team will be featured in the October 2011 issue of Thunderbird Magazine. To check weekly scores and learn more about the competition, go here.

Career Management Center Job of the Month
GlobalConnect # 4191
Manager of Business Analysis, Kimberly-Clark Latin American Operations

Position Purpose: To provide effective quantitative and qualitative financial analysis, counsel on general business matters and input into regional strategic planning that supports the Latin American Operations in achieving both short-term objectives and sustainable growth levels in the medium and long-term.

Fluency in English and Spanish as well as work experience in Latin America are required.

Deadline to apply is July 5, 2011. For more information on this position and other opportunities, login to GlobalConnect. If you are a new user, please allow 2-3 days to be admitted into the system.

Have you heard of Thunderbird Online?
Thunderbird Online is the new professional development division of Thunderbird and provides online courses and certificates to busy professionals allowing you to continue your Thunderbird education throughout your career. Thunderbird Online's Executive Certificates and Independent Study Courses are perfect for T-bird alumni looking to focus on a specific global business area and continue to develop their global knowledge with course content from world-renowned Thunderbird faculty. Each certificate comprises three eight-week courses, and all of your learning is online and on your schedule.

Thunderbird Online Executive Certificates are available in:
Global Finance
Global Leadership NEW
Global Marketing
Global Negotiations
Global Corporate Social Responsibility 1 CSR course available now. Full certificate available Spring 2012.

As alumni, you receive 50 percent off your enrollment of any online course or certificate. Upon registration, indicate that you are a T-bird alumnus, and your graduation year, and you will receive your discount. This is our way of thanking you for being a valued part of the Thunderbird community.

Continue your Thunderbird education today with Thunderbird Online. For course and certificate information or questions, contact enrollment counselor Brent Suhr at or (800) 457-6959.

Vision 2020 Part 8: We believe in Global Leadership
To lead effectively, global managers need to have a global mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit. They must combine solid business acumen with an equally strong understanding of global affairs, cultures and languages. Also, they must be true global citizens, committed to the highest ethical standards and dedicated to creating real long-term value for their organizations and the communities they touch.

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July 9:
U.K. Chapter is trekking through the Surrey countryside, more information here

June 12:
Portland Chapter is holding its First Tuesday at a new location, more information here

Please note: Due the July 4 holiday, some U.S. chapters are holding their events on different days. Check with your chapter leaders before attending.


July 23:
Executive MBA-EU Visit Day. Join us in Geneva and attend an Executive MBA-Europe class, meet other candidates, professors and current students, and speak with an admissions representative, more information here

November 10-14:
Thunderbird’s Global Celebration. Events include the Global Dialogue, Tower Celebration and Homecoming activities, more information here


The Glue of Civility The New York Times

Tips to Expand Your Business Overseas

Ruthless Economy is Eroding Job Loyalty The Arizona Republic

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Larry Lipsher '65
Story: Nuclear accident forces Japan to rethink long-term energy plan

Japan has lost confidence in nuclear power following a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, forcing the country to rethink its long-term energy plan, the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles said June 16, 2011, at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Howard Lindzon '91
Blog: Happy Anniversary, Proyecto Salta

One year ago today, partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors launched a four-year campaign to empower 100,000 women entrepreneurs in Peru through business education.

Howard Lindzon '91
Video: Professor Paul Kinsinger Webinar to update on Middle East

What is the worst-case scenario in Yemen? How will Saudi Arabia react if violence from Yemen spills across the border? What is the future of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya? Professor Paul Kinsinger provided answers to these questions and more.
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