Thunder News is a monthly roundup of alumni news, pictures and videos to keep you informed and connected.
MARCH 2011
In this issue:

Take a virtual tour around campus

Our strength in numbers matters

Professor Kinsinger to hold webinar on Middle East unrest

Next generation of MTB on its way

CMC job of the month

Vision 2020 Part IV

Global alumni chapters gear up for Super First Tuesday

Know anyone who would make a good T-bird?

It only happens once a year: A regular monthly T-bird gathering explodes into a larger event with the goal of uniting prospective students with the one group that can best discuss the Thunderbird experience - our valued alumni.

Alumni Chapters around the world will participate March 1, 2011, in Thunderbird's sixth annual Super First Tuesday. The event is organized and promoted by the Thunderbird Recruiting Team and Alumni Relations to give participants the chance to gain firsthand insights from T-birds on what Thunderbird has to offer and how a Thunderbird education has led them to a wide variety of different careers and life experiences.

Last year, more than 85 chapters around the globe participated, and more than 2,500 alumni and prospective students had the opportunity to meet in cities worldwide. This year, Thunderbird recruiters are scheduled to attend events at 10 chapters, and nearly 60 chapters are hosting events, with more joining every day. Read more...

RSVP to Super First Tuesday here.

March News Briefs

Why our strength in numbers matters
Even the smallest gift from YOU matters to US. When more alumni give to Thunderbird:
• Students see that T-birds care about their school and that students should care too.
• Major donors may be more apt to give, knowing that others are willing to help.
• Staff and faculty are amazed, appreciative and energized.
• T-bird can continue to develop innovative and award-winning education programs.
• Corporations and foundations see Thunderbird as a solid investment for large gifts, as a large donor base incites confidence that the gift will be well-utilized.
• It indicates a satisfied and appreciative community.

Please remember in this final stretch of Campaign Thunderbird that every gift - big or small - makes a difference. Last fiscal year, 15 percent of alumni - 4,499 to be exact - gave to T-bird. We would like to see that increase to 17 percent or 5,008 alumni gifts by June 30, 2011. We currently stand at 8.7 percent, so your participation matters! Make a gift here today. And we'd like to extend a warm THANK YOU to all of our alumni who have already given a gift.

Professor Kinsinger to hold webinar on Egypt revolution and Middle East unrest
Join us live in the Thunderbird studio 10 a.m. Arizona time/noon Eastern time on Wednesday, March 2 for a timely and interactive webinar by Thunderbird Professor Paul Kinsinger on the revolution in Egypt and current unrest in the Middle East.
Visit mms://
to attend the webinar. The link will not be active until the day and time of the event. Submit your live questions to Professor Kinsinger during the presentation by e-mailing or submit them in advance to the same e-mail. Professor Kinsinger has recently appeared in numerous media reports involving the local and global impact of Egypt's revolution:

"Ripple effect of unrest in Egypt"
"Egypt unrest could push up gas prices"
"Valley expert expects Egypt protests to spread"
"Expert: Gas prices may keep rising in Arizona"

Professor Kinsinger is an expert in business intelligence, global region-specific security issues and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, South Asia and other regions. He is a clinical professor of business intelligence at Thunderbird School of Global Management and is the managing consultant for the Thunderbird Learning Consulting Network. Before joining the Thunderbird faculty in 1995, Kinsinger spent two decades as an intelligence officer with the Directorate of Intelligence in the CIA. He served in many intelligence-gathering capacities, including political and military analyst, branch chief in India and Iran-Iraq, executive assistant to the director and deputy director, deputy chief of the South American-Caribbean Division, and chief of the Africa Division. From 1982 to 1985, he was a staff member and daily intelligence briefer to several senior National Security Council members of the Reagan Administration.

Take a virtual tour of campus landmarks
Join Jaime Schilling '06, Leadership Annual Giving Officer, for a brief tour of how our campus looks today. Watch here as Schilling shares a bit of Thunderbird's history. Was the IBIC here when you were in school? Have you seen the renovated tower? If you haven't been able to come back to campus in recent years, we invite you to come along with us.

Career Management Center - Job of the Month
Job #3633: Regional Manager for Third Party Distributors with Cook Medical
Location: Eastern Europe and Russia
Primary Function: The primary purpose of this position is to increase sales and profitability for the business unit in the region. The Regional Manager is responsible for developing and implementing local strategies in support of the goals and general strategies of the Strategic Business Unit (SBU). The Regional Manager is responsible for all Distributors in the region assigned, concerning recruiting, managing, training, directing, developing, monitoring, motivating and dismissal. This job closes in Global Connect on March 15.

For more information on responsibilities, qualifications, requirements and how to apply login to Global Connect here. If you are not currently registered with Global Connect, you must create a profile and register before you can access the jobs. Once you are verified as a member of Thunderbird Alumni, you will be able to access Job #3633 and additional career opportunities posted for alumni.

Next-generation MTB to connect T-bird community
After nearly two decades in operation, Thunderbird's home-grown intranet My Thunderbird (MTB) will be retired this year and replaced with a more robust system that will bring the latest in technology and functionality to the school's global community. The new intranet system not only will replace the existing MTB, but it will become the central hub of business activity, collaboration and information sharing for the entire community. The new portal will be rolled out in phases that will allow the school first to clean out and convert existing MTB content and functionality to the new system, followed by additional phases that will add and improve function and features. The first phase is scheduled to roll out in fall 2011. Thunderbird will make additional details available in the coming months. The planning committee has assured the Thunderbird community that all of the information they currently are able to access will continue to be available throughout the implementation and afterward. Alumni and other stakeholders can send suggestions for the new system to Any feedback received will be shared with the planning committee. General questions about the new portal and implementation should be sent to Senior Director of Corporate Communications Carol Sunnucks at

Join us as Professor Gregory Unruh addresses global sustainability questions
WHAT: Thunderbird Executive Business Lecture Series 2011 -- Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and the pursuit of Sustainability Dr. Gregory Unruh, Ph.D.
WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (19:00 - 20:30)
WHERE: Thunderbird Campus - Yount DLC

Join us for an evening with Professor Gregory Unruh, an expert on the role of technological innovation in addressing global sustainability questions. During this session we will consider important and critical issues in the area of ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. We will look at such things as understanding the origins and meaning of the current CSR movement, consider the role of societal expectations and responsibilities among government, business and civil society in the process and finally seek to understand the business value that can be created by managing these issues well. A lively question and answer session will follow. RSVP required to

2010 alumnus uses network, CMC, alumni to climb ranks in Coca-Cola
Ted Ketterer '10 came to Thunderbird with an interest in Latin America. It was here that he realized he wanted to focus on marketing and more specifically brand management, ideally in Latin America.

"While studying abroad at Monterrey in Mexico, about to give up all hope of getting an internship in brand management I decided to apply my knowledge from two years as a headhunter and formalized a networking plan strictly using the Thunderbird alumni database."

He made strategic connections with Thunderbird alumni in marketing manager positions throughout Latin America, secured 15 interviews and landed his dream internship. He got to develop a brand plan for an American tea brand in Lima, Peru. During Ted's 2nd year at Thunderbird he networked hard to get into the consumer goods food and beverage industry. He came up with his own personal branding strategy, which coupled with his passion and networking skills would lead him to his current role.

"My father's former colleague, who happened to be the former Global VP-HR for Lenovo in China, connected me with a Senior Executive Recruiter at Coke."

Here starts the example of the importance of networking. Through a series of connections via the Coke Recruiter, Ted met five other Coke employees before he would eventually interview. Read more...

Position yourself for success in the global marketplace -- Enhance your Global Mindset
One of our newest certificate programs, Communicating and Negotiating with a Global Mindset, introduces participants to culture and its impact on management issues and negotiations, while simultaneously providing skills and strategies for working more effectively in a culturally diverse economy. This program incorporates Thunderbird's Global Mindset Inventory (GMI), a revolutionary approach to developing leaders for global roles. In this program, you will learn to influence, negotiate and build trust with individuals from different cultures by measuring and enhancing your "Global Mindset" profile.

Take advantage of a 50 percent alumni discount and enroll in the Communicating & Negotiating with a Global Mindset certificate program today.

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 4: Innovate for Scale and Impact
Dramatic improvements in educational technologies and the growth of non-traditional educational models have reshaped the higher education market. Drawing from its innate entrepreneurialism, Thunderbird will capitalize on this changed environment through the use of new business models, cutting-edge education and information technologies, expanded partnerships, and innovative funding structures to increase scale and reach, generate new resources and maximize its impact in the world.

For more:

A new opportunity to prepare global leaders
Are your children and grandchildren future global leaders? Now they have the opportunity to be a part of global education long before college and graduate school. Verde Valley School, America's International Baccalaureate Boarding School in Sedona, Arizona is offering two partial merit scholarships to children and grandchildren of T-bird alumni who are enrolling in fall 2011 for grades 9, 10 or 11. The scholarships are for one boy and one girl. Verde Valley School shares a similar past and mission as Thunderbird and is nestled in picturesque Sedona. The scholarship will be renewable as long as the recipients maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and good deportment. It will cover $18,000 per year toward tuition and other expenses. Students interested in applying, go here and check "yes" next to the question, "Thunderbird Scholar?" The deadline for applications is April 15, 2011. By April 28, 2011, the finalists will be notified and asked to submit a second essay via e-mail by May 15, 2011. The final awards will be made by May 30, 2011.

Take our Dilbert Effects survey
Thunderbird Professors Kannan Ramaswamy and Bill Youngdahl are working to uncover and reduce the "Dilbert Effects" that keep organizations from meeting their strategic goals and objectives. In their consulting and teaching experience with Fortune Global 500 executives, they frequently encounter the frustrations of leaders who are unable to gain traction for their strategic initiatives. Often, for seemingly inexplicable reasons, even the best laid strategy plans seem to get easily derailed. Loosely called "Dilbert Effects," these strategy killers encompass a wide range of reasons from lack of strategic clarity, inadequate resourcing, poor communications, and absence of a supporting culture. Ramaswamy and Youngdahl are launching a formal study that will isolate the implementation dysfunctions of organizations and provide insights into how some of these dysfunctions can be addressed. They hope you will spend 10 minutes to share your insights participating in an anonymous online survey.

Knowledge Network

Story: Despite Middle East turmoil, Bahrain plans for sustained growth
Political unrest in Bahrain and other parts of the Middle East will not stop growth in the region, the chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board said Feb. 14, 2011, during a panel discussion at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.


Blog: Taiwanese startup attracts U.S. buyer
T-bird entrepreneur Suchi "Jerry" Kuo '02 made headlines around the world when his Taiwan-based social media and online shopping company Atlaspost merged with U.S.-based Groupon in a deal announced Dec. 1, 2010. Read more...


Video: Chinese New Year at Thunderbird
Thunderbird School of Global Management trustees, MBA students and guests celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 3, 2011, in Glendale, Arizona.
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Upcoming Chapter Events Roundup

March 1:
Las Vegas Chapter Super First Tuesday, The Duece Lounge at Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89158, for more information click here.

March 1:
Rio de Janeiro Chapter Super First Tuesday, Outback Steakhouse Rio Sul, Rua Lauro Muller, 116 - Pavimento G3/loja D-91, Shopping Rio Sul - Botafogo - Rio de Janeiro, for more information click here.

March 13:
Pakistan Chapter Super First Tuesday, Blue Lagoon, Off The Mall, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 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 3:
Executive Lecture Series: Ethics, CSR & Sustainability, Join Thunderbird Professor Greg Unruh, Ph.D. for a lively discussion on the critical issues in the areas of ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. RSVP to emba@

March 3:
Rugby Alumni Weekend (RAW) will kick off 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. For inquiries, or to be included on the Rugby Alumni e-newsletter, please contact Chuck Hamilton '91, president of the Thunderbird Alumni Rugby Association, at chuck.notlimah@

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 School of Global Management top school for international business - The Arizona Republic

Pushing digital marketing content without strategy - Forbes India

Women help each other start businesses in Afghanistan - The New York Times

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