JUNE 2012
In this issue:
Share your story
Becoming Global
iPhone growth in China
Global Giving Competition

Employers' Guide to Recruiting

Hundreds of T-birds attend European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue

Germany's capital city offered the perfect blend of history, culture and fun for nearly 200 T-bird alumni who attended the Thunderbird European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue held May 24-27 in Berlin.

During the four-day event, alumni learned from more than 20 world class speakers at the Global Business Dialogue. They also spent time touring Berlin by river boat, enjoying a gala dinner among friends old and new and participating in a variety of reunion activities.

"The Berlin European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue proved once again the magic of Thunderbird." said Interim President Barbara Barrett. "Thunderbird alumni and other supporters attended in force – from more than 30 countries."


- Thursday Welcome
- Friday Dialogue
- Saturday Tours
- Sunday Brunch

Video Coverage:
- Global Business Dialogue 2012
- European Union: Still a Dream for Some
- Handelsblatt Global Business Dialogue coverage
- Alumni Reunion

June News Briefs

Second Annual Global Giving Competition kicks off
It's the final three weeks of the fiscal year - ending June 30 - and last week Thunderbird kicked off its second annual Global Giving Competition. This year, the winning team will be featured in the fall issue of Thunderbird Magazine, where every donor will see his or her name published. They will also receive a personal thank you letter from Thunderbird's president. Two runner-up teams will be recognized separately.

This year, Thunderbird's goal is to have 15 percent alumni participation by June 30, 2012. This means we need 950 more gifts to reach that goal. Please make your gift today here.

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Employers' Guide to Recruiting Interns now available
Every year, more than 60 percent of Thunderbird's students participate in an internship experience. And Thunderbird's Career Management Center regularly fields requests from alumni who are eager to learn more about the recruitment process for interns. To help answer your questions, the Career Management Center developed a resource guide outlining everything alumni need to recruit and hire a T-bird intern for their organizations. Featuring templates for internship job descriptions, an FAQ, a sample internship evaluation form and critical information on how to post an internship, this guide provides alumni with all of the resources needed to hire an intern.

Click here to download the guide. To speak with someone directly about posting internship opportunities with Thunderbird, please contact Mike Kennard at 602-978-7323.

Want to share your story? Thunderbird Stories Project wants to hear it
The Thunderbird Stories Project is looking for the best travel stories from T-birds past and present for Volume 2, which will publish this winter. Volume 1: Tales of Global Adventure was published last October and is available in print and Kindle editions on Amazon. The theme for Volume 2 is "Off the Beaten Path" and we are looking for stories about holidays and festivals, local hangouts, into the wild, and friends in unexpected places. Please submit story abstracts, 200-300 words in length, to by June 22, 2012. Each submission will be reviewed as candidates to be developed into finished pieces for publication. If you have a story to share, but are concerned about being able to put it into writing, we can work with you to transform your oral tale into a written one. The Thunderbird Stories Project is run by an all-volunteer staff, and all proceeds from the project support student scholarships.

Endless Vacation Rentals offers deeper discount to T-birds
Endless Vacation Rentals now offers a 25 percent discount to T-bird alumni on global vacation rentals. In the past, the company has offered a 10 percent discount. More information here Thunderbird Online offers 15 online courses:

Check out the available course offerings here.

Remember - T-bird alumni get a 50% discount on all Thunderbird Online certificates.

Nonprofit seeks part-time volunteer marketing director
Thunderbird for Good partner, Bpeace, is looking for a new P/T Marketing Director. Bpeace is a non-profit network of business professionals that helps businesses in Afghanistan, Rwanda and El Salvador. This is an unpaid, volunteer position for a seasoned all-around marketing pro who is a talented writer, excels at PowerPoint, and can encourage engagement with Bpeace on social networking platforms. It is an ideal opportunity for a highly creative person who wants to make a difference and has the ability to volunteer 10-15 hours a week through the end of 2012. Can be based anywhere in the world.

Career Management Center - Job of the Month
GlobalConnect: #5085
Job Title: Director Strategic Marketing, Business and General Aviation
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Company: Valor Partners, Inc.
Expiration: July 2, 2012

For more information on this position and other opportunities, log in to GlobalConnect. If you are a new user, please allow 2-3 days to be admitted into the system.

Take part in a global negotiations survey
What is your negotiation style? Professor Karen Walch is currently researching different Thunderbird negotiation styles, and could use your help. The results will be used to build a community of learning and practice around the field of global negotiation mastery. You can help by taking part in this short 30-second assessment:

Thunderbird Making Headlines

iPhone Growth in China: It Isn't What You Think
- Wired

Bank Stocks: Are They Cheap Because They Are Bargains Or Value Traps?
- International Business Times

10 Business Schools with the Most International Students
- U.S. News and World Report

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June 1:
Shanghai Chapter held First Friday at 7 p.m. at Shanghai Brewery 2, more information here

July 10:
Chicago Chapter is holding An Evening with Natalie Merchant, more information here


June 9:
Global MBA for Latin American Managers Commencement Ceremony held at Scottsdale Plaza resort at 9 a.m., more information here

June 11:
The U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Global Cohort Welcome Reception & Marketplace on campus at 3 p.m., more information here

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Story: Becoming Global in Five Stages

Recently I have been seeing more and more headlines heralding the end of what might be called "cheap China" - an increase in labor costs that is going to be felt throughout most outsourced manufacturing.


Blog: The path to success isn't always straight

When Lea Ellermeier Nesbit '94 saw a news report that technology giant 3M had bought a dental company for $97 million, she knew the time was right to sell her startup.


Video: Three health care innovations to improve your life

U.S. health care delivery needs an overhaul regardless of what happens in Washington with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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