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2013 Thunderbird Global Impact Report

Student teams in the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory completed more than 13,600 consulting hours in nine countries in fiscal year 2012-13. Thunderbird professors published 10 books and sold more than 79,000 copies of their cases. Thunderbird alumni donated more than 83 hours, on average, in their communities. Thunderbird Executive Education taught more than 1,100 programs in 23 countries. And Thunderbird for Good delivered more than 119,000 instruction hours to 23,200 nontraditional students from Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti and Peru. More facts and figures are available in the 2013 Thunderbird Global Impact Report, which measures the school's activities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. PDF | Electronic Reader

Thunderbird Faculty
Thunderbird professors praise strategic alliance
Tenured faculty members with an average of 15.5 years at Thunderbird are lining up in support of the school's planned alliance with Laureate Education. "The future of Thunderbird is, in my opinion, more assured, more defined, and greater in scope, than at any point in the 20 years I have been associated with the school," says Thunderbird Professor Michael Moffett, Ph.D. Learn more | Read the endorsements...

Sights and Sounds

Worldwide alumni webcast
Thunderbird Board of Trustees Chairman Ann Iverson and Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., discuss the school's planned strategic alliance on July 8, 2013. | Video
Closing the service gap
Thunderbird Marketing Professor Sundaresan Ram, Ph.D., discusses the service gap model during the final lecture of the Executive MBA summer series on July 30, 2013. Read more | Video

Tips and Trends
Five ways to maximize the cloud
In June 2010 a group of innovators set out to create a new type of agency to deliver strategic and creative services using all the advantages of cloud-based computing. UP, the organization that emerged, includes Lawrence Masle '94 and 10 other T-birds. Here are five lessons they have learned about thriving in the cloud. | Read more...
  13 family business pitfalls
The newest edition of Family Business by Thunderbird Professor Ernesto Poza points to 14 governance pitfalls that can derail family businesses before the baton passes to the second or third generation. Obstacles range from loss of family identity to the misguided belief that fair means equal when dividing inheritances. Read more...

Class Notes

Raised to be T-birds
As a proud Thunderbird alumnus, Clip Flenniken '76 had a major role in his daughter's decision to attend the same school for her MBA. But the influence came by example more than coercion. "He never told me I should go to Thunderbird and never pushed me into making that decision," Shelley Flenniken '15 said. "What he and my mother did was raise me to be a Thunderbird." | Read more
Student helps paratrooper friend
Jumping out of an airplane never loses its edge for Iraqi War veterans Jorge Pedraza '14 and Ian Osorio, who served together in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. "Every time I jump, I am scared," Pedraza said. "But every time I face my fear." Launching a company requires similar resolve, and Osorio has taken the leap of faith with support from his Thunderbird friend. | Read more

Chapter Connections

Phoenix alumni support Project C.U.R.E.
Phoenix alumni chapter members were still smiling after three hours of packing boxes during a service project for Project C.U.R.E. on July 13, 2013. |
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Jakarta chapter hosts Thunderbird guest
Alumni in Jakarta, Indonesia hosted Thunderbird Executive Education Managing Director Joe Carella '08, second from left in the back row, on July 23, 2013. | Enlarge image

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