Social entrepreneurs anxious to do good cannot always live on handouts, a group of international panelists agreed during a discussion moderated by Thunderbird Professor Robert Hisrich, Ph.D., on Nov. 14, 2013, at Thunderbird School of Global Management. A hybrid enterprise that blends a social mission with a viable commercial model is more likely to survive in turbulent times and achieve meaningful impact. “We can get caught up in how we’re going to change the world, and not how we’re going to build a business,” said Miguel Jardine ’09, one of four panelists at the Future of Social Entrepreneurship event hosted by Thunderbird's Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship in partnership with Laureate Education.
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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.
Thunderbird for Good, through its ongoing relationship with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program, has received two special requests for assistance from program graduates. If you would be interested in helping a woman entrepreneur overcome the next hurdles on her way to business success, read on for more information about these two women and their businesses.
Strategic News Service will offer a three-month complimentary premium subscription to Thunderbird alumni as part of a new global partnership with the school. Benefits include digital delivery of the weekly SNS Global Report, tagged as the most accurate predictive report on technology and the global economy, read by technology, finance and government leaders worldwide — including Mark Hurd, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Michael Dell.
Thunderbird Professor Joseph Cavinato, Ph.D., represented the school on Sept. 26, 2013, during the signing of a memorandum of understanding in support of academic research among Arizona colleges and universities. The agreement stems from a push by the Economic Development Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments to bring public, private and academic resources together to strengthen grant applications by Arizona scholars.
Longtime Thunderbird Professor Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., will lead the design, development and evaluation of a planned undergraduate program that Thunderbird will launch as part of its global expansion strategy. “We think we can deliver a fantastic global experience to undergraduate students,” says Teagarden, a global strategy professor who arrived at Thunderbird in 1993.
Thunderbird Professor Nivien Saleh, Ph.D. is in The Hague, Netherlands, this week as an expert panelist for a conference that aims to bring insight into minority engagement in constitution building processes. Saleh will participate in a panel discussion on how advancements in new media and communication technologies are impacting democratic processes. Information technology was the topic of Saleh’s dissertation, which was published as a book, Third World Citizens and the Information Technology Revolution. She also researches the Middle East and ways of democratizing global governance. This year, Saleh translated the 2012 Constitution of Egypt into English. This week’s conference is being organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in partnership with Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
T-birds representing multiple organizations shared the spotlight Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2013, at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) annual conference in Glen Cove, New York. “We got a shout out in the plenary session, and all the T-birds stood up,” said Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratory program director Charles Reeves ’09. “We were the only school to have that distinction.”
The ANDE event brought together more than 180 organizations concerned with the development of small and growing businesses around the world. “TEM Lab plays the role of capacity development providers in this space, and it is a wonderful way for us to meet folks with our same objectives,” Reeves said.
Susannah Ware ’12, part of a TEM Lab consulting team that completed a 2012 project in Liberia, now serves as membership manager for the Aspen network. Other T-birds at the conference included Thomas Aageson ’63, Fernando Cortes ’99 and Roman Ponos ’00. “As T-birds we naturally linked up quickly,” Reeves said.
Alumni support for Thunderbird's planned strategic alliance with Laureate Education, Inc., swelled Oct. 1-2, 2013, during the annual gathering of the Thunderbird Global Council, a volunteer advisory group comprised mostly of alumni business leaders from around the world. Several council members arrived on campus with misgivings about the school's growth plans, but most doubts faded after two days of face-to-face interaction with senior leaders from Thunderbird and Laureate.
Registration will start in December 2013 for Thunderbird’s European reunion June 12-15, 2014, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dubrovnik is the most visited tourist spot in Croatia due to its mild climate and breathtaking views on the Dalmatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Croatian alumna Andrijana Culjak ’99, who is helping to plan the event with John Cook ’79 and others, said June is ideal for visiting the historic city. “It is not yet overcrowded,” she said. “And temperatures are warm enough for swimming.”
Participants will gather on the first evening for a welcome barbecue at the Hotel Argentina Garden. The next day will include a guided city tour in the morning, a business forum in the afternoon, and a folklore dinner in the evening. The third day will start with a sailing cruise and end with a gala dinner at Vala Beach Resort. For more information, contact Culjak at email@example.com, Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Thunderbird
Alumni Relations Senior Director Terri Nissen at email@example.com.
Alumni also may visit the European reunion website, which includes registration and lodging information, at alumni.thunderbird.edu/reunion.
Thunderbird students and alumni are invited to attend a free virtual seminar led by BlueSteps, the executive career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. The webcast, called "Executive Talent on the Move: Positioning Yourself for New Executive Opportunities," is available exclusively to the association's partner schools starting at 9 a.m. Arizona time (noon Eastern) on Oct. 17, 2013. A panel of executive recruiters will provide advice on job search strategies and discuss how digital technology is impacting all sectors and regions. The panel will conclude with a Q&A open to all participants. To register, visit www.bluesteps.com/products/BSS2013.aspx. Registrants who cannot attend the live event will receive a link to a complimentary recording and summary. For more information, contact Lindsay Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.