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School revamps alliance website

A revamped website will keep Thunderbird stakeholders informed as the school rolls out plans for $30 million in campus improvements in Arizona, and the establishment of permanent outposts in Brazil, Chile, France and Spain. The informational pages expand on a website launched March 27, 2013, to provide updates on Thunderbird’s planned alliance with Laureate Education, Inc. Content includes alliance facts, videos and other resources, governance timelines and documents, details about future plans, and contact information. The site also includes statements of support from past presidents, trustees, prominent alumni, and a majority of Thunderbird faculty. Stakeholders also may subscribe for regular email updates. Read more...


Enrollment climbs in fall 2013
Initial results for Thunderbird’s incoming fulltime class show improvements in applications, enrollment and selectivity across all programs in fall 2013. Overall, the diverse group of new students come from 50 countries. Read more...
  Stay flexible, alum tells graduates
Thanks to a canceled flight, graduation speaker Raj Singh ’84 barely reached campus in time for his keynote address. Singh used his travel detours as a metaphor for Thunderbird’s newest alumni.
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Sights and Sounds

Foundations flash mob
Thunderbird Foundations leaders surprise incoming students with their dance moves Aug. 23, 2013, in the Events Center. Orientation activities continue through Friday. Video | Foundations slideshow
Global Mindset handbook
Measuring your global mindset is only the first step to self-improvement. A new handbook from the Najafi Global Mindset Institute helps managers develop their competencies in nine areas. View video

Tips and Trends
Beyond the bottom line
Making the bottom line your top priority may not be the best way to improve profitability, according to research co-authored by Thunderbird Professor Nathan Washburn, Ph.D. Read more...
  Mimicking emerging markets
Thunderbird Marketing Professor Richard Ettenson, Ph.D., has advice for companies struggling to grow in mature markets: Look at places where volatility is business as usual - emerging markets. Read more...


T-birds share family business lessons

Mark Smucker ’96 grew up in Orrville, Ohio, where his great-great grandfather founded The J. M. Smucker Company by first selling apple butter from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Notwithstanding his family ties, the fifth-generation Smucker needed hard work and dedication to rise to his current assignment as president of U.S. Retail Coffee. “I was exposed to every aspect of the business from the ground up,” he says. Smucker and other T-birds involved in family business share insights on how to grow an enterprise from one generation to the next. “I can’t think of anything better or more noble than to have somebody else take the baton from you and run with it for another generation,” says Thunderbird Family Business Professor Ernesto Poza. “When you see it, it’s a thing of beauty.” Read more...


Class Notes

Thunderbird mourns loss of two great alumni

The Thunderbird community is mourning the separate deaths of two great alumni who embodied the school’s ideals. Fred Koppl ’52, a Holocaust refugee featured in the spring 2013 issue of Thunderbird Magazine, died June 12, 2013, in Germany. Saad Abdul-Latif ’81, a PepsiCo senior executive featured in the fall 2010 issue of Thunderbird Magazine, died Aug. 19, 2013, while on vacation with his family in Italy. Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., paid tribute to Abdul-Latif during his summer commencement address on Aug. 23, 2013. Read more about Koppl... | Read more about Abdul-Latif...



Photos from Phoenix

T-birds gathered Aug. 6, 2013, for a First Tuesday event at Aunt Chilada’s, a historic landmark settled in the shadow of the Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix Alumni Chapter Leader Mike Cottrell ’07 welcomed the guests, including Senior Director of Alumni Relations Terri Nissen, Alumni Chapter Coordinator April Morales ’14, and Dennis Baltzley, Ph.D., who heads Thunderbird Executive Education.  Baltzley answered questions about the planned formation of a joint venture that will deliver services for Thunderbird Executive Education. See photos


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Same GlobalConnect, new login

GlobalConnect, the job posting website for Thunderbird students and alumni, now uses the same login required for My Thunderbird (MTB). Contact Gbemi Disu ’06 at gbemi.disu@ to learn more.

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