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T-birds travel and get involved wherever global business happens. But that is only half the story. Increasingly, current and future global leaders come to Arizona to study and learn at the world’s No. 1 school of international management. News & Notes captures the highlights.

Thunderbirds flock to a good cause

By John Kellen, ‘87’ Co-President Tucson Alumni Chapter

There is a buzz around town in Phoenix and Maricopa County that’s drawing attention from the business community, governmental agencies, non-profits, entrepreneurs and of course the Thunderbird Community. Seed Spot is a “Social Entrepreneur Incubator” that was started up three years ago by ASU graduate Courtney Klein.  Her vision to create a safe environment for entrepreneurs to launch ideas that would impact their communities has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with.

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Did You Know: Thunderbird School In Glendale Was WWII Training Base

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By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, KJZZ
July 17, 2015

It is one of the most recognized business schools in the world — and it’s right here in the Valley.  But Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University had a different purpose during World War II.

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MTB–Your Reliable Alumni Portal

We have received some e-mails and phone calls recently regarding My Thunderbird, MTB.  We want to be very clear about this – MTB will remain as Thunderbird’s alumni portal with all of the alumni chapter, directory information, and alumni career resources in place.

Keeping our alumni network strong and facilitating robust interaction with and among our alumni is very important to the leadership of Thunderbird. MTB began as an alumni engagement tool, and the School is committed to continuing this service, and expanding the capabilities as we grow with ASU.

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2015 Thunderbird Class Gift: TEM Lab Fundraising Campaign

In just five years the Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory (TEM Lab) has provided onsite consulting for 50 international clients, in 24 countries, using the skills of more than 250 Thunderbird graduate students. Since 2009 this important program has continued to address both client company needs while supporting Thunderbird’s mission of creating global prosperity.

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Graduates support Dreambuilder

Two of Thunderbird’s newest graduates, Casey Sutton and Valvanera Martínez, have played important roles supporting Thunderbird for Good’s online training program for women entrepreneurs, DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator.  Casey joined the Thunderbird for Good team as a Presidential Fellow when he arrived on campus to begin classes in the fall of 2013.  Casey’s work on the new English-language version of DreamBuilder contributed to the successful launch of the program in March.  Congratulations Casey and best of luck!  Valva

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Would you like to use your business skills to help reduce poverty?

Grow Movement ( is tackling the issue of global poverty by providing pro bono consulting assistance to entrepreneurs in Africa.  By helping small business owners become more successful in their business, this UK-based charity helps to increase income, create jobs and provide greater financial security to families and communities in some of the world’s least developed nations.

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Why do we call Thunderbird a unit?

As the Senior Director of Communications for Thunderbird, I am frequently asked why our association with Arizona State University has resulted in the term “A unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise”.

First and most importantly, we have preserved the Thunderbird logo, colors and identity as its own distinct entity.  That is important and it is a departure from ASU’s communications policy with regard to all of its other 15 colleges (Fulton, Carey, Cronkite, etc.)

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TEDx Event on Campus

The shared values of community, creativity and collaboration were on display recently at Thunderbird in a Tedx event conceived of and organized by Thunderbird students, led by Mohammed Abu Zeinab and Steven Luna. 

The theme, “World in Mind” was inspired by the international nature of the student team and the global mindset focus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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