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In this issue:
Update on Thunderbird Bank of America Credit Card
Thunderbird Online Lunch & Learn
Thunderbird Archives Facebook Page
Four Myths About Doing Business in India

When Bosses Do Harm

Thunderbird to Visit more than 65 Countries

The Thunderbird campus is buzzing with students who are gearing up for the start of the fall trimester on September 4th. The new students, who represent 36 countries, will quickly become "citizens of the world" as they work alongside each other and learn the value of understanding each other's differences. As alumni, you know that better than anyone.

Our alumni office gets updates every day that show the global impact of who you are. The difference you make can be seen in the positions you hold, the companies you have started, and the ways you give back.

Thunderbird strives to continue this legacy of excellence by recruiting diverse and talented students from around the world. One way that is evidenced is through Thunderbird's upcoming recruiting effort - which includes a worldwide tour to more than 65 countries.

"The mission of Thunderbird to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide drives us to seek out the most qualified candidates from all over the world," said Steve Taylor, Assistant Vice President of Global Recruitment. "Thunderbirds come from, and work in, all corners of the world, and so we'll be sending representatives to four continents to help us find the next generation of global leaders."

The Thunderbird recruiting team is dedicated to bringing the best in the world to the Thunderbird campus, but the passion of an alumnus is the greatest recruitment tool of all. Some of you came to Thunderbird because the person next you on the airplane bragged about this amazing school they went to called Thunderbird. For others, it was because you knew there was a well-respected Thunderbird in your company and it proved to you that Thunderbird was ranked #1 for a reason.

"Prospective students are always happy to meet a member of the recruitment team, but the impact of having a global leader, a graduate of Thunderbird, attend an event and talk to prospective students cannot be underestimated," said Taylor. "Prospective students see in our alumni a future version of themselves - an aspirational self that understands the complex relationships between global business, politics, and cross-cultural communication. Alumni show prospective students how to have an impact on the world, and as such, we are always delighted and honored by the privilege to be joined by our alumni at a recruiting event."

We would love for you to invite a potential student to one of our upcoming events. You can see the full recruiting calendar here.

September News Briefs

Alumni Return for Commencement and Luncheon
Interim President Barbara Barrett personally hosted a luncheon for 43 Arizona alumni following Thunderbird's Summer Commencement ceremony on August 17, 2012.

Important Update about the Thunderbird Bank of America Credit Card
Thunderbird received notification from Bank of America that they will not be renewing the affinity program contract. Purchase royalties will no longer be paid to Thunderbird effective December 31, 2012.

Thunderbird Online Lunch & Learn in Arizona
We invite you to join Thunderbird Online for our annual Lunch and Learn event in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council.

Topic: Cross-Cultural Communication & Negotiations
Guest Speaker: Thunderbird Professor Karen Walch
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Venue Scottsdale
RSVP: by October 22nd to attend free of charge

Professional Speaker Series in Texas
Thunderbird School of Global Management would like to offer you the opportunity to attend a FREE interactive discussion, presented by Dennis Baltzley, Ph.D., Thunderbird's Senior Vice President of Executive Education.

This session is designed to develop Global Mindset and Global Leadership. Participants will experience how cosmopolitanism, proactive relationships, and learning orientation play out across the world.

There will be three opportunities to attend the discussion: October 9 in Dallas, October 10 in Austin and October 11 in Houston. An email will be sent out to Texas alumni in the next few weeks with more detailed information about the venues and registration.

T-birds outside of Texas who wish to attend can contact Becca Clarke at or 602-978-7881 for more information.

Thunderbird Archives Facebook Page
We now have a Facebook page for the Thunderbird Archives. Head to to check out the posts and "Like" the page!

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!

Planning a visit to Arizona? Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center offers special rates
Thunderbird alumni receive discounted rates on rooms and event services. Visit the Executive Inn website at or contact the Sales Department at 602-978-7432 to check availability.

Job of the Month:
GlobalConnect: #6252
Job Title: Managing Director, Baxter Ventures
Location: Deerfield, Illinois
Company: Baxter Healthcare
Expires: 9/17/12

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.

Thunderbird Making Headlines

Four Myths About Doing Business in India
- Forbes India

FT MBA Challenge
- Financial Times

Learning to do the right thing - and swear to it
- Times Higher Education

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September 2:
Formula 1 Watch Party - The Austin Chapter will be having watch parties at Cool River Café for the Formula 1 race, more information here

September 20-21:
T-bird S.E. Asia Private Equity Investment Forum in Ho Chi Minh City, more information here


September 27:
"Doing Business with China Panel Discussion", more information here.

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  Knowledge Network  

Story: Battle ready: Five steps to build recession-proof entrepreneurs

How do entrepreneurs bounce back from uncertainty and decline, and start businesses ventures in challenging times? Our research, based on 500 survey responses in the United States and abroad, reveals two major factors.


Blog: Student Projects: "Google vs. the Great Fire Wall of China"

A corporate strategy article by Thunderbird students Eric Chown, Mike Grey, Nicholas Kincaid, Steve McCaa, Charles Midthun and Srikanth Venkatasubramanian


Video: When Bosses Do Harm

Professors Kannan Ramaswamy and Bill Youngdahl talk about the "hindrance trap" that catches many leaders.

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