News & Notes

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.

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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Financial Inclusion Programs Empower Women

by Sonia Patterson ’98
President & CEO
Five Talents

The Five Talents team is in the planning stages for another visit to our partners in Juba, South Sudan for the opening of community banks that will give participants a safe place to store money saved as a result of their participation in Five Talents funded savings groups.

I’m filled with anticipation and reminded of the amazing things I saw and heard from participants in our last visit.

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T-birds shine in Magna Powertrain Case Competition

Magna Powertrain, in cooperation with Thunderbird’s student Global Supply Chain Club and Project Management Club, hosted its 2nd Annual Case Competition in early April and it was a roaring success! The top three student teams proved the value of their Thunderbird education by presenting well thought out, strategic recommendations to the visiting judges. 

The first-place team won $1,000 ($250 each) for their achievements. Second- and third-place contenders each received a Magna Powertrain padfolio. 

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