MARCH 2012
In this issue:
European Reunion & Global Business Dialogue
Thunderbird's new commercial
FORAD reborn
Alumni giving by class

Create our next tagline

Alumni to gather with future
T-birds for Super First Tuesday

Nearly 80 Alumni Chapters participating

Some of you have lived in small villages tucked far away in the world; some of you have worked in bustling cities as leaders of global companies; and others have taken a dream and transformed it into a thriving business. But no matter what path you have traveled in life, part of your journey was spent with Thunderbird.

Share these experiences with the next generation of T-birds by joining your local alumni chapter on March 6 for Thunderbird's seventh annual Super First Tuesday event. Also, if you know someone who would make a good T-bird, invite them to join you.


March News Briefs

T-bird professor to hold webinar on global economy
Join Thunderbird professor F. John Mathis live in the Thunderbird studio at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time/ 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on March 21 for a timely and interactive webinar entitled Global Financial Uncertainty and Volatility: The New Normal Visit mms:// vitalstream_com_AlumniStream 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 Mathis during the presentation by e-mailing or submit them in advance to the same e-mail.

Another new speaker confirmed! Berlin European Reunion & Global Business Dialogue
Mr. Juergen Fitschen, CEO, Deutsche Bank, has recently been added to an already impressive lineup of today's top global leaders who will speak at the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue Berlin.

Join hundreds of your fellow T-birds in Berlin May 24-27 to reunite with friends, hear ideas from experts surrounding the theme "Beyond Uncertain Times: A Growth Agenda" and explore the fascinating history of Germany's capital.

Space is limited for this event and only those alumni who have registered will be permitted to attend, so register today.

Sneak a first peak at Thunderbird's first televised commercial
We are pleased to announce that Thunderbird is launching an exciting branding and marketing campaign in Houston, Salt Lake City and Phoenix with our first-ever televised commercial. We chose these cities as test markets for this first campaign because of our strong prospective student and alumni base. Depending upon the results, we hope to roll it out to other markets in the future. We are eager to share the Thunderbird story with more people, and we hope you are too. If you have not yet seen the commercial, visit for an exclusive peek, and feel please share it with your friends, post it to your social media profiles, and let the world know about Thunderbird!

Shhh... secret farewell surprise for Thunderbird President
Thunderbird staff is planning a farewell surprise for Thunderbird President Dr. Ángel Cabrera and we'd like your help. We are looking for alumni to send us one word that best describes Dr. Cabrera. We are also looking for photos of alumni with him. Send submissions by March 30 to -- and remember to keep it a secret!

Stay up-to-date on China with complimentary digest subscription
Week in China is an easy-to-read publication that's specially designed to help the busy executive better understand China and its 1.3 billion consumers. Each week it offers an unbiased, insightful and efficient digest of what's happening in China.

As a T-bird, you can receive free weekly PDF editions of Week in China magazine and gain access to the publication's website by visiting

Thunderbird to host ACCESS 2012 International Trade Forum
Join us for the annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Commerce Senior Commercial Officers from the Africa, Middle East and South Asia regions. Find out how the U.S. Commercial Service can help your company:

• Identify new export markets and opportunities
• Obtain the resources necessary to succeed in foreign markets
• Develop market entry strategies.

Go here for more information and to register.

Alumni and students gear up for Rugby Alumni Weekend
The student and alumni rugby teams will once again face off on the Thunderbird rugby pitch March 1-3 for the 29th annual Rugby Alumni Weekend. The weekend's activities include golf outings, a night at the pub, a baseball game, skeet shooting, a social with the alumni and student rugby players, a rugby banquet - and, of course, the annual match.

For more information, contact Chuck Hamilton '91 at

Southward Bound! CMC Associate Director to embark on Employer Relations trip
Associate Director Beth Herbert '10, of the CMC's Employer Relations Team will travel to Peru, Chile and Brazil the first week of March to meet with hiring managers who are excited to learn more about recruiting T-birds. With more than 20 meetings already booked, it promises to be a whirlwind trip. However, if during her visit you would like to connect her with a recruiter who could benefit from our global talent, she may be reached at

Thunderbird Online
offers a 50 percent discount to alumni
Simply indicate that you are an alumna or alumnus upon registration to apply your discount. Certificates available in 9 subject areas. Contact your Thunderbird Online Enrollment Counselor to learn more!

Register today for Global Private Equity Investing Conference
Thunderbird's 8th Annual Global Private Equity Investing Conference, April 4-5, is the industry's leading event for private equity and venture capital professionals - bringing individuals from around the globe together for an intimate event filled with insight, information and networking opportunities. Top industry speakers include Bob Grady, Chairman of the New Jersey Investment Council, venture capitalist Sven Weber of SVB Capital, and addressing the 'frontier' country investment opportunities is Peter Tropper, Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group of the IFC. More information and alumni registration is at

T-bird Directories now available
Thunderbird Directories - hard copy and CD version - have been mailed out to alumni who ordered them. If you have questions about your directory or if you would now like to order one, please contact the publisher Harris Connect at toll free number, (800) 877-6554, Monday through Thursday - 8:00AM to 5:00PM, ET and Friday - 9:00AM to 5:00PM, ET or e-mail

T-bird Builders, Boomers, Xers, or Millenials? Who has the most donors?
The highest rate of alumni giving last year was 26% from the class of _____?
The answer might surprise you! Click here to see the answer and find out where your class stands.

Vote for Thunderbird & help us find our next tagline
• An organization's tagline is an important driver of brand recognition. Help us find our new tagline by submitting your suggestions here.
• Thunderbird for Good has been nominated for Women Deliver 50. Help Thunderbird win by voting on Facebook and encouraging your friends to vote. Voting deadline is March 2.

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March 3:
San Diego Chapter is holding a Whale Watching & Lobster Extravaganza which will include a day trip to Mexico, four hours of whale watching, wine tasting and a lobster dinner with a margarita, more information here

March 6:
Vienna Chapter is holding its Super First Tuesday event at Gmaokeller, Heumarkt 25, 1030 Vienna, more information here

March 6:
Houston Chapter is hosting a speaker series featuring Professor Karen Walch, Ph.D. in conjunction with Super First Tuesday, more information here


March 17:
Thundercares Day is held around the globe. Students, faculty, alumni and staff all participate in a day of volunteering organized by Thunderbird Student Government, more information contact or to register go here

March 15-18:
Developing Leaders for Global Roles Summit will be held on campus, more information here

April 4-5:
8th Annual Global Private Equity Investing Conference will be held on campus, more information here


Thunderbird MBA Ranked No. 1 in International Business by the Financial Times - Reuters

The Arab League: No longer toothless? - CNN

Four ways to ease the stress load for employees - The Globe and Mail

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Story: Alumni duo works to save the hardest class you ever took

The first day starts with a warning. "Welcome to FORAD," Thunderbird Professor Michael Moffett, Ph.D., tells his students.


Blog: Thunderbird graduates 28 women entrepreneurs

Thunderbird recently graduated its first class of scholars from the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Program.


Video: Understanding China: Confucianism, Guanxi and Face

Many foreigners who come to China on business read about the culture and think they understand, but they misapply key concepts such as Confucianism, guanxi and face.

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