In this issue:
Thunderbird Graduates 27 Women from Haiti
Senator Jon Kyl Visits Thunderbird
Vote for "Business Professor of the Year"
Alums Look to Hire at Thunderbird Professional Development Week

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Thunderbird Welcomes
New President,
Dr. Larry Edward Penley

On November 1, 2012, The Board of Trustees announced their election of Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D. as president and chief academic officer of Thunderbird School of Global Management. The appointment followed a search that attracted top-tier candidates from both business and academic organizations.

Dr. Penley's record of results over a distinguished 35-year career makes him a great leader for Thunderbird. As president of Colorado State University, he reversed declining enrollment and oversaw the doubling of fundraising. As dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Dr. Penley led the creation of a strategic plan that produced a top 25 ranking among public university MBA programs.

Dr. Penley also applied his knowledge for diplomacy and management skills as chairman of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a world leader in accreditation services. INROADS Arizona and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council have honored Dr. Penley for his service.

As a leader, Dr. Penley's extensive overseas experience gives him great passion for Thunderbird's global mission. He has lectured on four continents, speaks Spanish, and has held faculty and administrative roles in Mexico and Venezuela. While at ASU, he also oversaw the launch of successful MBA programs in China and Mexico.

"Thunderbird is very fortunate to have Dr. Penley at the helm," said Ann Iverson, Chair of Thunderbird's Board of Trustees. "He is a lifelong learner who embraces innovation, fosters collaboration, and welcomes diverse viewpoints."

Dr. Penley arrived at Thunderbird as interim chief academic officer and provost in April 2012 and quickly went to work assessing degree programs and the overall student experience. "My focus as president and chief academic officer will be on students, employers and the quality of the learning experience," he said. "Everything else will flow from this."

"We are extremely thankful and very grateful for the enormous contributions that Ambassador Barbara Barrett, interim president, has made at Thunderbird during the past six months," Iverson said. "She has provided significant stability and a positive focus for Thunderbird during her leadership and we will always be grateful."

Iverson, in thanking John Berndt who stepped down from his role as chief operating officer effective Thursday, November 1, 2012, said, "John came in as COO during the transition and made major contributions for the operations of the school. He was absolutely terrific."

November News Briefs

Thunderbird Graduates 27 Women from Haiti
On October 26, Thunderbird graduated its third class of scholars from the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership. This group of 27 entrepreneurs, all from Haiti, is the third of three global cohorts of women who have received training at Thunderbird under the U.S. Department of State and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, a program managed by Thunderbird For Good, the school's philanthropic arm. The October graduation came at the end of two intensive weeks of business skills courses, site visits across Arizona and the successful presentation of each woman's business plan to a panel of Thunderbird faculty, staff and students.

The 27 women who completed this training represent a number of industries - from a cosmetology school to a small construction and engineering firm. They return to Haiti with enhanced skills in leadership, negotiations, pricing and goal setting, and with an expanded network of Thunderbird contacts. The graduation ceremony was presided over by Thunderbird Interim President Barbara Barrett and keynote speaker Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer from the U.S. Department of State.

"There is a saying: 'talent is universal, but opportunity is not.' And today your talent has come together with the opportunity that Thunderbird has provided," Ambassador Verveer said at the ceremony."No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people, its women, behind. And we know that when women like you thrive, all of society thrives."

Graduate Smide Petit-Homme, the owner of Bel Travay, a business that cleans delicate ceramic coated items and also offers woodworking, plumbing, painting, metal roof installment, and maintenance of landscape, spoke on behalf of her class.

"In the name of the 27 women who are here, and in the name of our precious country, I'd like to say a big thank you," Petit-Homme said through a translator."I'd like you to know and understand that this training that we received has fallen on fertile ground. We want to make sure that we share the message, and that we produce fruit in the years to come."

Leveraging Thunderbird School of Global Management's expertise as a leader in international business education, Thunderbird for Good provides customized management and leadership training for non-traditional students from developing countries. The training and certification programs provide entrepreneurs with the skills, resources and confidence to grow or start their own business.

You can view pictures from the cohort commencement here:

Senator Jon Kyl Visits Thunderbird
U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) visited Thunderbird on October 23rd. While he was on campus, he met with students and faculty, stopped into an executive education class, and offered advice to the group of 27 Haitian women being trained at Thunderbird as part of the U.S. Department of State and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.

Sen. Kyl is currently serving his third and final term in the U.S. Senate.

Vote for "Business Professor of the Year" before Nov. 23!
Three T-bird professors have been nominated for The Economist's "Business Professor of the Year Award." Professors Kannan Ramaswamy, Anne Stringfellow, and Michael Finney are all up for the award, so go to to cast your vote. Make sure to spread the word to other students and alums, and show your support for our amazing faculty! Only one vote is allowed per person and voting ends Nov. 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (GMT) We need to catch up with the leading vote-getters!

Japanese Ambassador Tours Campus
(Ambassador Fujisaki pictured with Thunderbird faculty and staff)

The Japanese Ambassador to the U.S, Ichiro Fujisaki, visited Thunderbird on October 31.

Ambassador Fujisaki met with students and faculty while he was on campus, and sat in on a global leadership class.

Read the Das Tor article here:

New Thunderbird Website
We are pleased to announce the new launched on Wednesday, October 31. The redevelopment of our website encompasses a complete overhaul the website including:

- New technology platform - the open source system Drupal
- Enhanced performance measurements
- New content including new architecture and navigation

As Thunderbird alumni, much of the web-based content that you use is located on the My Thunderbird (MTB) Intranet. MTB will not be affected by the updates to However, you will find a new channel on the new called Alumni, located on the upper right corner of the homepage. This new area features information on alumni resources including events, awards, transcripts, discounts, continuing education opportunities, career and business services. This new area can also be found by going to

As many of you know, a website is a living organism. We will never be done with our web work. We will continue to develop, test and enhance our site. But this marks a significant upgrade in our digital marketing strategy.

Link to Alumni Webinar on the Middle East
Did you miss the live webinar on the Middle East this month? It is now up on YouTube. See what Professors Paul Kinsinger and Nivien Saleh had to say about events in the Middle East that continue to produce new surprises and challenges, here:

Alums look to hire at Thunderbird Professional Development Week
A big thank you to the more than 20 Thunderbird alumni who came to campus with their current companies to recruit T-birds during the Thunderbird Professional Development Week.

(T-bird student talking to alum Aaron Heilbrun'03 of HILTI)

If you're looking to hire a T-bird for a job or internship, please contact:

Thunderbird Career Management Center
Employer Relations
(602) 978-7245

Job of the Month:
GlobalConnect: 6802
Job Title: International Finance Manager - Relocation Services
Location: Dallas, TX
Company: Xerox Business Services
Expires: 11/13/2012

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.

Join Phoenix's CFO Alliance for a Roundtable
As we make our way through Q4, 2012 and look toward 2013, the time is right to gather with your peers to openly discuss, debate, and dissect the critical opportunities and issues you face as Phoenix's finance leaders.

Join CFO Alliance members and guests post-Election Day, Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club for a Peer Breakfast Roundtable led by Dr. Dennis Baltzley, SVP of Executive Education at Thunderbird School of Global Management for a discussion on how finance leaders can shape their leadership brands to achieve a more effective way to lead. (2 CPE Credits).

Register here:

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November 13:
"Speaker: Caspar de Bono, Managing Director of B2B, Financial Times", 1:10- 2:20 p.m., Thunderbird Glendale Campus: Yount Building, Distance Learning Classroom, more information here.

November 17:
"TSG Regional Night Europe, Middle East and Africa", 6:00 p.m., Thunderbird Glendale Campus: Thunderbird Event Center (TEC).

November 29:
"Speaker: Mr. Edward Beauvais, Founder, America West Airlines", 1:00- 2:30 p.m., Thunderbird Glendale Campus: Yount Building, Distance Learning Classroom.


Which B-School Has the Most Global Student Body? - Bloomberg Businessweek

When Investing Abroad Can Expand Your Financial Horizons - Business Insider

Making business out of a drama - Financial Times

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