In this issue:
Prof. Leclerc upcoming webinar
Why you can't retire
First day on campus
Share your experience with students

Update on the Middle East


Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue & Tower Celebration/Homecoming

Nearly 1,000 T-bird Alumni will gather on campus in just six weeks to network, re-unite and celebrate.

Some are attending Thunderbird's first inaugural Global Business Dialogue, others are attending the largest celebration in our school's history, and Homecoming - and many are taking part in everything.

As Thunderbird gears up for 11-11-11, world-class speakers are still joining an already impressive list of top global business leaders for the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue set for November 10 - 11, 2011. In addition, Class of '86 leaders are working with Alumni Relations staff to gather classmates for a reunion. And Thunderbird event planners are putting the final touches on the Tower Celebration.

"After 32 years of being an alumnus, I am still as excited as ever about getting back on campus to renew the sense of purpose we felt when we graduated," said John Cook '79. Despite living in Switzerland, Cook rarely misses a Homecoming and calls the returns to campus "truly amazing."

Another T-bird, Nona Niner '81, who is a New York City Chapter Leader, said returning to Thunderbird campus for Homecomings and attending European reunions have been among the most memorable and joyful times in her life.


October News Briefs

Remember your first day on campus?
Take a peek at what campus looks like today. Meet a few students on their first day at Thunderbird. Stop inside Professor F. John Mathis' class for a sample lecture.

What do you remember most about your first day at Thunderbird? Watch this video and then share your first-day memories with us at We will post all stories on Thunderbird's Alumni Impact blog.

Professor Leclerc to hold webinar
Join Thunderbird professor Denis Leclerc live in the Thunderbird studio at 10 a.m. Arizona time on Wednesday Oct. 5 for an interactive webinar entitled "Diversity and Inclusion in a Complex World."

Visit mms://
to attend the webinar.

Note: The link will not be active until the day and time of the event. Submit your live questions to Professor Leclerc during the presentation by e-mailing or submit them in advance to the same e-mail.

Professor Leclerc's areas of expertise are cross-cultural communication and management, global negotiations, leading with a global mindset.

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. Professor of Marketing emeritus Dennis Guthery 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

Two Thunderbird Profs update on Arab Spring
Young people with access to social media technology will help transform Middle East culture in the coming months, Thunderbird Professors Paul Kinsinger and Melissa Beran Samuelson said Sept. 13, 2011, in a faculty webinar. "The demographics in much of the Arab world trends towards the extremely young," Kinsinger said. "There is tremendous pressure on these governments and these societies to find opportunities for people coming of age." Samuelson said the United States saw a similar youth movement in the 1960s. "When you're young, there is a lot more possibility in the air," she said, "and that helps drive some of the revolution." The professors responded to alumni questions about Libya, Syria, Egypt, Israel and other Middle East hotspots in this hour long webinar. Watch here.

Share your feedback with Chapter Leaders
Last week, you should have received a survey via e-mail asking you what types of alumni activities interest you most. The goal of this survey is to assist Chapter Leaders in meeting your needs to bolster alumni participation in social and networking events. We ask that you take the time to provide your responses by October 10. We will collect the results and communicate your feedback to each Chapter Leader. In case you did not receive the e-mail, the link to the survey is

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Janet Chicvara in the Alumni Relations department at or (602) 978-7602. We appreciate your valuable assistance in increasing our alumni participation!

Does your company recruit at career fairs?
Thunderbird CMC representatives will be in attendance at both the NSHMBA and NBMBAA annual conferences this year. Will you? If you're recruiting at either of these career fairs, let us know at In addition, consider joining the Facebook groups we've created and share your best tips and advice if you've attended previously.

NSHMBA Facebook group:
NBMBAA Facebook group:

Thunderbird now offering Master of Science Degree Programs
Two new Master of Science degrees have been added to our roster of full-time programs for fall 2012. These programs will offer students the opportunity to launch their careers in global business with a specialization in Global Finance or Global Marketing. The Master of Science in Global Finance and the Master of Science in Global Marketing consist of 51 total credit hours including a deep-dive into Global Finance or Global Marketing through specialized electives, compressed management courses and language courses. "In the past few years, business schools have started to respond to the market's demand for more specialized degree programs. Thunderbird has stepped forward to offer our strengths in the global market place by providing two degrees that teach not only the essential skills of marketing and finance, but how to do it on the global scale," said Jay Bryant '04, Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

Requirements include an undergraduate degree in Business (major or minor), Economics, Engineering, Mathematics or Science. Prospective students who do not have a degree in one of these disciplines will need two years of work experience to qualify. We encourage students who do not have a second language upon entering the program to enroll in our Thunderbird Summer Language Abroad program. This program offers on-site, immersive language study in French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

If you know someone who would be interested in one of these programs, please contact or fill out the Refer a T-bird form.

Phoenix Chapter to hold 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Forum
The 5th Annual Thunderbird Alumni Association Entrepreneurship Forum brings business executives and entrepreneurs together to learn first-hand from those operating in the trenches about the processes and resources available to succeed in a global capacity. This year's forum topic is entitled "Going Global: Opportunities, Partners & Culture."

Featuring a panel of three professionals, the forum will be moderated by Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D. The speakers will focus on international market assessment, finding and building partner relationships and leveraging the cultural divide.

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
5:30 p.m. - Networking, food, cash bar, raffle and silent auction
6:30 p.m. - Panel discussion begins
8:00 p.m. - Program ends

Where: Once again this year the facility is graciously sponsored by Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Conference Center
100 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Register here.

Thunderbird Online to hold Lunch & Learn in AZ

Thunderbird Professor Christine Pearson will discuss "Leadership Development - Dealing with Bad Behavior at Work."

When: October 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: SkySong-Tempe, AZ

Free to Attend - E-mail to RSVP.

The second Arizona Technology Council Lunch and Learn of October is being sponsored by Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Christine Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of Global Leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management has built a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost authorities on the role of strategic preparation in heading off workplace crises. As an expert on dysfunctional workplace behavior, she has also studied and developed insights and solutions regarding the costs and causes of problems that escalate from incivility and aggression among employees. Dr. Pearson's most recent book is "The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do about It," which makes a business case for managing workplace civility.

Harris Connect to create alumni directory
The Alumni Relations office has received a number of questions regarding the legitimacy of a new Alumni Directory. Due to a number of requests from our alumni, we are working with Harris Connect to create a hard copy and CD version alumni directory that will be available spring 2012. This is a legitimate company and we will need the help of our alumni to create the directory. Please note: Purchasing the directory is optional and you do not have to buy anything. Over the next several months, Harris Connect will contact each of you by e-mail, post cards and phone to gather information. We ask that you take a moment to share your information, so that the directory will be current once it is published. The last alumni directory that Thunderbird created was published in 1996.

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October 4:
Washington D.C. Chapter is holding a speaker's event in conjunction with First Tuesday. The title is Entrepreneurship series: "Starting your own business: Managing Financing." This is in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NAWMBA, more information here

October 7:
Tokyo Chapter is holding a First Friday at a new location, Yebisu Oyster Bar, more information here

October 19:
Phoenix Chapter is holding its 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Forum at the Wells Fargo Conference center in downtown Phoenix, more information here


October 4:
Houston Professional Speaker Series. Join T-bird thought leaders on the University of Houston campus as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing business in China and competing with China, more information here

October 11:
Angela Curley, Manager of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, Henkel Corporation, will speak on campus from 1:10 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., more information here

November 3-4:
Thunderbird Ethics Conference 2011, Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 - Keynote address from 1:10 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Benjamin Brown Lecture Hall 54 on campus. Friday Nov. 4, 2011-- Ethics Discussion Panel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Herberger Building, Barrett Honor Council Room 3 on the Thunderbird Campus, more information here


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