MAY 2011
In this issue:
Thunderbird Mobile App Available Now
T-Bird License Plate Coming Soon
Hotel Discounts for Alumni
Thunderbird Angel Network

2020 Vision Part VI
Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year

11.11.11 Global Celebration

Three events. One historic gathering. Register today!

11-11-11 Global Celebration

We've all been told that you can't mix business with pleasure — but this November, the rules will be broken! Thunderbird's four-day 11.11.11 Global Celebration will combine the school's first Global Business Dialogue with the celebrations of the official Grand Opening of the newly restored Tower, last night at the old pub and homecoming. This is a great opportunity for you to travel back to Thunderbird for professional development, which your company could support or you could write off as a business expense, while also enjoying a weekend of sunshine and historic events at your alma mater. Read more...

Register today for early bird discounts here.

May News Briefs

Thunderbird Mobile – Available NOW for iPHONE & iPAD
Thunderbird Mobile is now here and allows members of the Thunderbird community to connect with the school and each other no matter where they are in the world! Users of smartphones and other internet capable phones now have access to news and information, global business research and the Thunderbird global community. The Thunderbird Mobile application is available now for iPhone and iPad, with Android and mobile Web versions coming soon.

Thunderbird Mobile is available to anyone, but only alumni, students, faculty and staff can 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. Get the app and learn more here.

If you are having trouble accessing the app, please make sure that your phone is using the latest operating system.

Is your team winning? Global Giving Competition kicks off
We have entered the final two months of Campaign Thunderbird, and in the spirit of the friendly rivalry built during Foundations, we thought we'd liven things up with the school's first Global Giving Competition. The country or region that produces the highest percentage of donors will be featured in the October 2011 edition of Thunderbird Magazine. Donors' names will be published in the magazine, and winners will receive a thank you letter from Dr. Cabrera and will be recognized during the 11-11-11 Global Celebration. Two runner-up teams will be recognized in summary form. Find more information here.

New hotel and vacation discounts for alumni
As a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management and a member of Alumni Travel, you will receive up to 20 percent off the "Best Available Rate" at participating locations every time you travel. Hotels included in the discount program are:

• Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
• Days Inn
• Ramada Worldwide
• Super 8
• Wingate by Wyndham
• Baymont Inns and Suites
• Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
• Microtel Inns and Suites
• Howard Johnson
• Travelodge
• Knights Inn

T-bird alumni also now have access to approximately 200,000 vacation rental units worldwide. Stay at one of the available vacation rental properties and enjoy 10 percent off. More information here.

Career Management Center – Job of the Month
GlobalConnect #3838
Manager Environmental Sustainability – Xerox
Rochester, New York

Work closely with the Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability on implementing environmental sustainability strategy. Priority focus on management process integration.

This job closes in Global Connect on May 31, 2011. 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 the Thunderbird alumni network, you will be able to access Job #3838 and additional career opportunities posted for alumni.

For more career updates, subscribe to the Career Management Center's Alumni Jobs Newsletter here.

A credit card that earns you points while supporting Thunderbird
Applying for the Thunderbird School of Global Management Platinum Plus MasterCard credit card with WorldPoints rewards is smart, simple and a great way to earn rewards. Choose the rewards that are right for you. Redemption options include unlimited cash rewards, airline travel with no blackout dates, brand name merchandise, gift cards — even once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Apply securely online today and receive top quality benefits and service. For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of this credit card, see Terms and Conditions. This credit card program is issued and administered by FIA Card Services, N.A.

Vision 2020 Part 6: Strengthen our global community
For Thunderbird to have true global impact, it must create meaningful linkages that connect the entire Thunderbird community. For this purpose, Thunderbird will become a platform for information, inspiration and interaction for practicing global managers throughout their professional careers. Students will not graduate out of Thunderbird, but into a life-long community of collaboration, learning and practice.

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Are you an angel or are you looking for an angel?
The Thunderbird Angel Network is a network of alumni, friends of Thunderbird and students that are either accredited investors looking to invest in early stage companies or alumni-owned or managed early-stage ventures seeking capital. In the course of three meetings, one company has received funding, and members are in the process of investing in three more companies. The Network continues to seek from the alumni base both interested accredited investors and deal flow. Investors and entrepreneurs alike need not be from Arizona. Visit the network at

2011 Thunderbird Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year nominations now being accepted
Nominations for the Thunderbird Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award are being accepted through June 3, 2011. The 2010 recipient, Robert Phillips '94, is the founder and managing partner of Intelligent Leisure Solutions in Brazil. "Thunderbird gave me exposure to people who were truly international," Phillips said. This network of classmates has been a support to Robert during his launch of Intelligent Leisure Solutions, a group of five Brazilian companies focused on Internet solutions for luxury travel, tourism development and real estate. Winners will be the subject of a case study to be included in the entrepreneurship curriculum at Thunderbird with a feature in Thunderbird Magazine. The nomination form is available at

Alumni seek T-bird stories for upcoming book
Have a great travel story to share? The Thunderbird Stories project is looking for the best travel stories from T-birds past and present for a book to be published in the fall. We are seeking submissions of story abstracts of 200-300 words, which will be reviewed as candidates to be developed into finished pieces for publication. Editors will work with authors to polish grammar and flow of stories selected for publication – Concerned about being able to express your story in writing? Don't worry, we can help! Stories can range from humorous escapades to daring adventures to more serious life lessons. If you have a great story that you are interested in sharing, please submit to by May 22, 2011.

Enroll today or refer a friend or colleague
Act now to take advantage of a 50 percent alumni discount when you enroll in a Thunderbird executive education certificate program. "Leading and Managing in Turbulent Times," a global leadership certificate program, will run May 24-26, 2011, on the Thunderbird campus in Arizona.

Taught from the perspective of the functional areas of an MBA, this hands-on, interactive program is designed to expand your knowledge of 10 key global business topics and improve your ability to drive success in a turbulent market. Learn more here.

T-bird license plate coming soon!
Arizona law makers recently approved SB1402, which was signed April 28, 2011 by Gov. Jan Brewer and allows the state to offer Thunderbird license plates to drivers in Arizona. The vanity plates are similar to those currently offered for other universities and non-profit organizations, and was a project set forth by T-bird alumni Vishal Baijal '08 and Aram Chavez '08. Look for updates on the new plate, its design and when it will be available for purchase!

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May 13:
Project Artemis Pakistan Commencement, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on campus, Erickson Alumni Pavilion, more information here

June 5-16:
Thunderbird International Consortia, Join executive participants from around the world for a two-week consortia featuring custom curriculum designed to address the global business challenges of partner companies, more information here


A meeting of minds — Financial Times

Business School Boom — Latin Trade Magazine

Fitting DHL-Express into DHL's big picture — Forbes India

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Larry Lipsher '65
Story: Culture of fear grips U.S. expatriates as IRS grows more invasive

Hong Kong accountant Larry Lipsher '65 gives an update on new tax laws and IRS crackdowns targeting U.S. expatriates. "U.S. expatriates live in a culture of fear," he writes. "And the environment is getting worse."

Howard Lindzon '91
Blog: Market investor builds StockTwits for himself (and 300,000 friends)

Market investor Howard Lindzon '91 has one source for financial ideas: His own microblogging platform, StockTwits. "I built it for me," the Thunderbird School of Global Management graduate said April 21, 2011, during a campus visit. "It is the only product I use."

Video: Alumni Webinar: Global recovery hinges on U.S.

Global investors looking for signs of recovery need to pay close attention to U.S. consumers, Thunderbird School of Global Management Professor F. John Mathis, Ph.D., said April 7, 2011, during an interactive alumni webinar.
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