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Once Again the Vanguard of the Vanguard T-birds around the world, be proud and confident in our beloved school - we are thriving again! But as you, our incredible alumni fully engage with us again - our potential is limitless. The Thunderbird global family is truly precious, and I am honored to lead it. As we reflect on the last 18 months I am thrilled with the tremendous turnaround and transformation we have achieved. I am even more inspired about where we are heading and I know that once you’ve read the stories in this magazine, you will be too.

WHERE WE’RE HEADING As we enter the fourth phase of our evolution – what I call Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU – we are guided by the truly historic opportunities and challenges we face as a global community. These make a vibrant Thunderbird absolutely critical in today’s world. The first set of opportunities and challenges is the rise of anti-globalism, hateful forms of populism and nationalism, and increased polarization and violence. Many people were left out of the benefits of globalization, and their frustrations are understandable. Here Thunderbird has an incredible opportunity to be a champion that trains global leaders and managers who will advance equitable prosperity worldwide – a truly inclusive Globalization 4.0. It harkens back to our founding phrase: “borders frequented by traders seldom need soldiers.” We also face the challenges and opportunities that arise from this period scientists call the Anthropocene. Human beings are now not only the primary but by far the predominant drivers of planetary change. Threatened by the climate crisis, resource depletion, and mass extinctions, the sustainability of our ecosystems and the planet itself is at stake. Here again, Thunderbird can be a champion in training global leaders and managers who will restore a sustainable planet.


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The third set of opportunities and challenges arise from this new era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the amazingly transformative combination of technological innovations enabled by the data revolution – indeed data is the oil of the 21st century. From artificial intelligence (what I prefer to call augmented or co-intelligence) to the internet of things, blockchain to gene editing, we are in an unprecedented period of rapid disruptive change transforming business, government, society – even who we are as human beings. But we’re not technological determinists. The future will be determined by how we as humans lead, manage, and organize ourselves. Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU will contribute by training global leaders and managers to maximize the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution while minimizing to every extent possible its risks (such as data privacy). Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU is about training and influencing leaders and managers with digital global mindsets: building on the best of our past and pioneering the future.

“Our mission is to empower and influence global leaders to advance sustainable and equitable prosperity worldwide. Thunderbird is home to the world’s top-ranked master’s in management at the university ranked number-1 in the US for innovation. That is Thunderbird 4.0 @ASU.” We face truly epic challenges and opportunities in our contemporary moment as we embarked less than two years ago on the greatest transformation in the School’s history since our founding. I call it Thunderbird 4.0 @ASU, in which we are not only reclaiming the very best of our past and rebuilding the foundations for long-term success, we are reinventing ourselves to be the vanguard of the vanguard in global leadership, management, and business education.

RECLAIMING, REBUILDING, AND REINVENTING As I took leadership of the school, we set out to reclaim the best of our remarkable history and legacy. We’re also rebuilding the prestige and foundations of the institution that for

decades offered among the world’s most-coveted, top-ranked global management education. And with the same spirit that Thunderbird was founded on, we’re reinventing ourselves to be the vanguard of the vanguard in global leadership, management, and business education. Let me be clear - Thunderbird will always educate and train world-class global business professionals. But the world also desperately needs a new brand of global leader and manager across sectors: private, public and non-profit. Thunderbird uniquely lies at the intersection of business, public policy, and international affairs—this is where positive change happens in this new era.

“The outcome is already clear: Thunderbird is once again the vanguard of the vanguard in global leadership and management education.” Just consider a few of our remarkable achievements – bringing languages back, regaining our #1 ranking, transforming our curriculum, increasing our internship rate from 50% to 93%, breaking ground on our iconic new global headquarters, launching nine new regional centers of excellence around the world (on our way to 20+), building partnerships with the World Economic Forum and UN among many others, launching Tbird Connect and so very much more … Over the next 60 pages, you’ll read about the exciting progress we’ve already made reclaiming, rebuilding and reinventing Thunderbird—and our exciting plans for years ahead. We have a bold yet feasible five year plan with clear targets, strategies and tactics. Perhaps most importantly, we are executing this plan with professional precision and discipline.

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Rebuilding Alumni unity – Page 20 T-bird Connect – Page 26

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THE WORLD NEEDS THUNDERBIRD, AND THUNDERBIRD NEEDS YOU Together, we are so much more than a school. All of us are part of this magical, mystical Thunderbird global family— we are unified. Join me and the thousands of alumni around the world. • Be proud and confident • Recruit, refer, mentor and employ our students • Spread the word about our world-class and truly unique Executive Education programs • Donate to support scholarship programs, our global headquarters, or regional centers of excellence • Bring the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network and our new T-bird Connect platform to life • Be proud and confident Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU is possible only through the active engagement of alumni like you who share our vision and love the school. You are our champions - our ambassadors, and I am deeply grateful for your support and friendship. Let me end with one of my favorite poems from Tagore which I have shared with many of you: I slept and dreamt that life was joy I awoke and saw that life was service I acted and behold, service was joy

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Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU It has been five years since Thunderbird joined the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise. But the full benefits of the partnership – benefits for Thunderbird and for ASU – have come into better focus relatively recently. Our move last year to downtown Phoenix; the addition of two new executive degree programs; an accelerated program; a curriculum revamp to our MGM program which introduces 16 concentrations, 12 of which include courses from other ASU colleges and schools; and of course, the groundbreaking of our new global headquarters facility have all served to deepen our ties.

JOINING FORCES Thunderbird has, as President Crow has said, “an enormous amount to offer to ASU. For more than 70 years, Thunderbird has been a hidden gem in Arizona,” Crow said. “Now it will be a crown jewel in the center of our emerging global city, connecting ASU, our state and our country to the world and providing the best in leadership and management education.” As the nation’s largest public university and the most innovative school in the U.S. for five years running, ASU likewise has an enormous amount to offer Thunderbird. “There are powerful assets, resources, partners, and capacities between ASU and Thunderbird that would have been much harder to access had we been independent,” explained Dean Khagram. As one example: of the 16 con-


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Thunderbird’s rich history of training global leaders meets ASU’s rich history of innovation – unlocking opportunities for students, faculty, alumni and the communities they serve

Congressman Stanton, City Council member Nowakowski, Mayor Gallego, Dean Khagram, President Crow, Arizona Regent Fred DuVal and Hiroshi Hamada ’91

centrations we now offer, 12 include courses from other ASU colleges and schools (read about them on page 31). Together with the four delivered by Thunderbird, these concentrations enable our MGM – the world’s #1 master’s in management – to be truly transdisciplinary, providing graduates with the ability to reach across disciplines and sectors, the only way to solve the unique challenges posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Yet another example of the ‘stronger together’ nature of the Thunderbird-ASU partnership is the new 4+1 accelerated MGM program (read about it also on page 31). The program is available for undergraduates in any ASU major – whether it’s engineering or bioscience or journalism, or any of the 347 others. “Students get an incredible combination of deep domain expertise with a global leadership and management overlay,” Khagram explained.

PREPARING LEADERS FOR THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Fast forward five years and the Thunderbird-ASU relationship has already yielded significant dividends, with more on the horizon as we continue to execute on our Thunderbird 4.0 vision. Thunderbird Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram and ASU President Michael Crow share a commitment to preparing leaders for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – a time of unprecedented change. Both Khagram and Crow recognized early on that together, ASU and Thunderbird would be better able to deliver a dynamic, transdisciplinary education that prepares students for the opportunities and challenges they will face in their global careers as this new era of rapid technological change unfolds. “It is imperative that we have

leaders who can ensure that everyone contributes and shares in the immense benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Khagram said. “Thunderbird at ASU is at the forefront of shaping these leaders, people who can leverage the new tools of this era in ways that will empower the most vulnerable workers, communities and societies. We strongly believe the future health and prosperity of our global society depends on it.”

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One of the defining features of this era has been the mass migration from rural to urban areas. Our move to downtown Phoenix – the heart of the fifth-largest and fastest-growing city in the U.S. – has and will continue to enable us to connect our diverse and global Thunderbird community to one of the most vibrantly flourishing international business communities in the country. Downtown Phoenix is an exciting hub for innovation, collaboration, and culture. More than 12,000 students currently attend classes at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus; 280 new technology companies launched in the past 10 years, complementing more than 180 restaurants and bars, multiple world-class live performance venues, including two major sports arenas. As the largest state capital in the nation, Phoenix also affords T-birds with unique opportunities for public sector collaboration. Thunderbird is now part of a larger community that values entrepreneurship, innovation,

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leadership, compassion, and collaboration just as much as we always have within the T-bird family. As excited as Thunderbird is to be in downtown Phoenix, the downtown community is equally thrilled to have us. At a press conference last year, then-Mayor and current congressional Representative Greg Stanton said, “This is an exciting and important moment for the entire region. Thunderbird’s presence downtown will continue to enhance our competitiveness as we build an economy that competes on a global scale.”

PARTNERING FOR GREATER STRENGTH Speaking at a celebration of the new Thunderbird-ASU alliance in January 2015, Ambassador Barbara Barrett called the partnership “a history-making combination.” She compared it to such historically successful pairings as Watson and Crick, who discovered the dou-

ble-helix structure of DNA; Gilbert and Sullivan, famous theatrical partners; and Lewis and Clark, who made history in 1804 when together they mapped and explored the newly acquired western portion of the United States. “Combinations, teams, collaborations have supercharged performance for eons. This combination bodes well for the future of ASU and for Thunderbird,” said Barrett, who served as interim president of Thunderbird in 2012. Indeed, Thunderbird brings a rich history of training global leaders in skills like cross-cultural management, cross-language communication, and cross-border negotiation. ASU brings a rich history of innovation in disciplines from biodesign to journalism, space science to humanities. It’s the kind of innovative, transdisciplinary education that sets students up for success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The kind unique to Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU.

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In October, we broke ground on our new global headquarters in downtown Phoenix. The stateof-the-art five-story building will open in 2021. Connection. It’s a guiding principle as we reclaim, rebuild and reinvent Thunderbird. Connection between the mission of the past – building a more peaceful world through training in global commerce and diplomacy – and the mission of the future – educating global leaders and managers who will maximize the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to advance sustainable and inclusive prosperity worldwide. Connection between Thunderbird’s new global headquarters in Phoenix and a worldwide network of regional centers of excellence being established. Between developed and emerging markets. Sectors and disciplines. Cultures and languages. Connection between our Thunderbird global family and the world. It’s the guiding principle applied in designing our new global headquarters in downtown Phoenix. “The global Thunderbird community had a profound connection to the Glendale campus,” explained Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram. “We can’t replicate that place, but we can continue the connection.” Talking about the new headquarters building, Dr. Khagram recalled a conversation he had last fall with Dr. Richard Hsu,

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With a global situation room and VR/AR technology-enhanced language lab, the innovation lab will facilitate experiential learning opportunities unlike any other.

The global forum enables people across borders, cultures, time zones and languages to gather, learn and collaborate – in person in Phoenix and virtually from each of the regional Centers of Excellence.

who trained at Thunderbird as a pilot during World War II and was a longtime advocate for the School before passing away in early 2019. “I told Dr. Hsu that we were moving to downtown Phoenix. He paused for a while then said, ‘Thunderbird is an idea, not a place. What matters to me is that the idea continues, and I believe that’s what’s happening here.’” “For 75 years, the Glendale campus was the right physical manifestation of the idea of Thunderbird,” explained Thunderbird Chief Engagement Officer Patrick McDermott. “For the next 75


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years – a new era in which Thunderbird needs to deliver on a new set of needs – the downtown Phoenix global headquarters will be the heart of a global network of places that is the new manifestation of the Thunderbird idea.”

A NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR A NEW ERA From its architecture to its interior design to its technology, Thunderbird’s global headquarters has been purposefully

The global forum balcony is the perfect place to experience Thunderbird’s new globe, reminiscent of the iconic globe at the Glendale campus, with the modern addition of live social media updates from T-birds around the world.

designed to facilitate connection. When you first go inside the building, you’ll enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution and be welcomed by a robot AI and human assistant at the circular global forum, greeted by a virtual reality assistant and live receptionist. Go a little further into the circular global forum, look up, and you’ll see the 360-degree LED screen that can display up to 24 live streams simultaneously – ideal for real-time collaboration between the global headquarters and regional Centers of Excellence. In the center, the digital globe hanging from the ceiling is our reimagined version of the iconic globe from The Continents fountain at our Glendale campus. Plugged into T-bird Connect, the globe will showcase dynamic data visualizations and connectivity to T-birds around the world. Among the future-forward aspects of the global forum, the feeling of connection is palpable. “In any of its many configurations, the rotunda gives an interactive feel,” explained Brian Farling, Lead Designer at architecture firm Jones Studio. “It really evokes the sense of one world coming together.” And that’s just the beginning, of course. From the global forum, you can access our new innovation lab, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) language center, two outdoor plazas, a global community suite, global marketplace, 21st century classrooms, and meeting spaces. As you move up and around through the second, third, fourth and fifth floors, you’ll go back through Thunderbird’s global history, you’ll find more

student-centric, technology-enabled classrooms, an alumni center, a student activity center, a recruiter’s lounge, heritage lounges, an executive education center terrace, conference rooms, private dining room – and The Pub, reimagined.

REIMAGINING THE THUNDERBIRD PLACE – TOGETHER In the spirit of connection, we chose two architects to collaborate on the building design. Jones Studio is a local firm with a deep history in downtown Phoenix, and with ASU. Moore Ruble Yudell is a Santa Monica-based architectural firm with a rich history of designing complex buildings for higher education. Jones Studio is working from the outside-in and Moore Ruble Yudell is working from the inside-out. This kind of collaboration is not typical, explained Buzz Yudell, Design Partner at Moore Ruble Yudell. “The spirited alignment and collaboration we’ve experienced with Jones Studio and the Thunderbird/ASU team is not something that happens with every project. We always plan for and work toward this kind of alignment, but it’s been a very organic development here.” As Yudell alludes, it isn’t just the two architecture firms working together. The design process began with 28 daylong sessions with stakeholders across the Thunderbird community. McDermott explained, “This is a team of incredibly talented

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State-of-the-art classrooms support teaching that is dynamic, collaborative, active – and technology-enabled.

Heritage lounges will commemorate the legacy of Thunderbird’s first 75 years while celebrating the opportunities of the next 75.

architects, engineers and visionaries all celebrating the idea of Thunderbird and reimagining the future of the School and this building as the global headquarters. Throughout, Dr. Khagram imprinted his vision of Thunderbird 4.0 @ASU in every detail.”

INNOVATION, WITH HEART From the LED globe streaming T-birds’ social media posts to the VR/AR-enabled language lab to the active learning classrooms and the overall design for collaboration, our new global headquarters fits right in on the urban campus of ASU, the university ranked #1 in the country for innovation for five years running. But it’s not innovation for the sake of innovation. “The technology in this building is unprecedented,” said Jones Studio architect Brian Farling. That’s no small compliment from a man who has helped design many of ASU’s most recent downtown buildings. “The technology allows people around the world to connect in real-time to the physical and virtual anchor that is Thunderbird’s global headquarters.” It’s innovation for the sake of connection, collaboration and communication. With heart. “We are utilizing the most advanced technologies for teaching, collaborating and colloquia, and at the same time we’re celebrating the material and artistic culture of the world,” Farling added. “It’s a beautiful balance.”

Classrooms for the 4IR need to be flexible. So ours will be easily configurable. They need to facilitate collaboration across time zones, geographies, cultures and languages. So in ours, every student will have connected technology to collaborate with faculty and other students in the class and around the world. Classrooms for the 4IR need to enable students to own their learning, so ours will be non-hierarchical, allowing students the opportunity to engage with their professors as learning partners. “We made a conscious decision not to design the classrooms traditionally,” explained architect Buzz Yudell. “Teaching and learning at Thunderbird are dynamic, collaborative and active, so we wanted the classrooms to support that.” Connection. Between the Thunderbird of the past and the Thunderbird of the future. It’s a guiding principle as we design our new global headquarters.

THE CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE Because empowering students to manage and lead in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires a different approach to teaching, it also requires a different approach to classroom design. After all, classrooms are not just places to learn. Done right, they are places that facilitate active learning and enable personal transformation.


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Perhaps more than any other single location, The Pub is emblematic of Thunderbird as an idea. We’ve reimagined the social gathering spot to provide the connections, culture, and camaraderie that we all hold so dear – now with unique views of the Phoenix skyline.

As we reclaim, rebuild and reinvent Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU, one of our most important goals is to retain the history, traditions, people, and artifacts that represent 73-plus years of training global leaders and managers.

NOT REPLICATED – REIMAGINED Retaining what we all have loved in Thunderbird is not about replicating the Glendale campus in downtown Phoenix. It’s about reimagining a new global headquarters in a new location, designed for a new time, that retains the spirit of Glendale. It’s about ensuring that even as the place changes, the idea remains the same. Speaking specifically about The Pub – perhaps the most iconic of the Glendale icons – Eddie Jones, founder of architecture firm Jones Studio, explained, “You can put in a restaurant and call it a pub, but there needed to be that nostalgia. You can’t just replicate the building. That would be fake and demeaning. You have to analyze the qualities of the original place and infuse the new location with those qualities.” The challenge was to distill the essence of Thunderbird and use it to imagine a whole new physical manifestation for the School’s next 75 years. Step into the new Pub and you’re transported back to Thunderbird’s first decades. You’ll recognize many of the art and artifacts like the Thunderbird formed out of license plates. You might not yet recognize the modern skyline of the fastest growing city in the U.S. but you’ll feel what hasn’t changed: that this is the place where students, faculty, and alumni gather to

unwind and refuel. The place where lessons are unpacked. Second languages are practiced. Global corporations are founded. Marriages are proposed. Connections are made and reinforced.

INTO THE FUTURE, CONNECTED TO THE PAST As you ascend the floors of the building, you’ll find heritage lounges that celebrate Thunderbird’s connections – past, present and future – to people, places, and cultures around the world. Designed to feel like a friend’s living room, these comfortable spaces encourage connection between students, faculty, alumni and visitors alike. Each lounge has a different continental or period focus. We took all the art and antiquities we could from the original buildings, and they will be displayed in the heritage lounges. Many of the pieces have been donated to us by alumni who collected them during their global travels. So their display is not only a celebration of Thunderbird’s history but a celebration of the global wanderlust and cultural curiosity that is so quintessentially Thunderbird. Heritage lounges will commemorate the legacy of Thunderbird’s first 75 years while celebrating the opportunities of the next 75. Outside-in and inside-out, Thunderbird’s global headquarters will be the physical manifestation of our core values, vision, and mission. For students and faculty, alumni and community members, it will be more than a place for education. It will be a home-away-from-home. A place to celebrate diversity, history, and innovation. A place for connection.

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From left, Phoenix City Council member Michael Nowakowski, Rep. Greg Stanton D-Ariz., ASU President Michael Crow, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Thunderbird Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram, Arizona Regent Fred DuVal and Thunderbird alumnus Hiroshi Hamada ’91 pose with shovels full of ceremonial dirt at the groundbreaking of the new downtown Phoenix home of Thunderbird School of Global Management on Oct. 7, 2019.

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Thunderbird Breaks New Ground On a hot, sunny day in October 2019, Thunderbird hosted an international block party to break ground on its new iconic global headquarters in downtown Phoenix. It was an evening to remember, full of music, dance, and food from different world cultures, which is fitting because the celebration was all about building for the future while honoring our past. Four generations of T-birds, partners from ASU, and friends from across the world came together in a spirit of optimism and unity to celebrate the official start of construction. The School will move into its new state-of-the-art global headquarters on the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University in 2021 — Thunderbird’s 75th anniversary. Thunderbird started after World War II as a training institute for international businesspeople, and its motto was coined by a founding faculty member: “Borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers.” Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean of Thunderbird, reiterated that sentiment during the groundbreaking ceremony. “Advancing peace and prosperity through global commerce remains the principle we abide by to this day,” said Khagram, an Asian-Indian refugee from Uganda during the reign of Idi Amin, who has worked across all sectors and has lived in every region of the world. “Around the world, the forces of nationalism and parochialism are on the rise. We always have to be thoughtful, we have to do the hard work, we have to be creative, but we will always be a committed champion for globalism.” ASU President Dr. Michael Crow told the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony that from the time he arrived at ASU in 2002, he wanted to partner with Thunderbird. “When I came from New York City I was thoroughly impressed by the Thunderbird history, the Thunderbird mystique, the Thunderbird graduates, the logic, the people I got to know,” President Crow said. “I said, ‘We have to find a way to work with these people.’ Thunderbird is a leadership academy. It’s a place that takes people interested in how to make the world a better place and brings them together with like-minded individuals,” he said. Crow said the new Thunderbird building is a “tripling down” on the pledge to ensure the continued development of the

ASU and Thunderbird celebrate the start of construction on new global headquarters global economy and the movement of people out of poverty. Thunderbird’s new global headquarters also reflects and fosters ASU’s continued partnership with the City of Phoenix, Crow said. “You’re sitting in what is an emergent hub of intellectual and creative energy right here in central Phoenix, which is unparalleled,” he said. The city pledged $13.5 million toward construction. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego agreed that Thunderbird is a perfect fit for downtown. “Phoenix recognizes that global trade is the future,” she said. “We are a large capital city in a border state, and what happens in the global market truly affects us here in the Phoenix Valley.” Khagram said Thunderbird’s passionate base of 45,000 alumni in more than 140 countries is its greatest asset. “We have sent people to all corners of the world and they have come here from all corners of the world,” he said. Hiroshi Hamada, CEO of the ARUHI Corp. in Tokyo, is a 1991 graduate of Thunderbird, and the chairman of the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network. He told the crowd that he still has good memories of the old campus in Glendale but can’t wait to make new ones in Phoenix. “However, the excitement I have about the new headquarters is big enough to blow away my sentimental memories,” he said.

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20+ by 2025: Regional Centers of Excellence Bring Thunderbird to the World The construction of our new global headquarters at the heart of the downtown Phoenix business district is probably the most visible of our current strategic initiatives. As you’ll read on page 8, the building is a profound reflection of how we are continuing our 74-year tradition of bringing the world to Thunderbird. But bringing the world to Thunderbird, by itself, is no longer sufficient. We also have to bring Thunderbird to the world. And so the complement to our new global headquarters is our initiative to have at least 20 regional Centers of Excellence around the world by the year 2025. “Thunderbird’s global headquarters and global network of regional centers are two sides of the same coin,” explained Sanjeev Khagram, Thunderbird Director General and Dean. “We need both.” “This is not just a vision for the future. It’s a strategy we’re executing with precision. In 2019 alone we expanded from three hubs to nine: Moscow, Geneva,


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Regional Centers Fueled By Alumni Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Nairobi, Jakarta, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. In 2020, we plan to open hubs in Shanghai, Mexico City, São Paulo, Mumbai, and Istanbul. We are blitz scaling,” said Dean Khagram.

BRINGING THUNDERBIRD AND ASU TO THE WORLD “The global network of regional Centers of Excellence is the way we take Thunderbird to the world,” Khagram said. “The hubs facilitate engagement by the incredible T-birds in these regions to ramp up and diversify educational offerings and make the Thunderbird experience more accessible to more people than ever before. We taught our students to create, manage, and lead global enterprises. Now we are doing it ourselves.” The reginal center concept isn’t exactly new to Thunderbird; we’ve had satellite offices in Moscow, Geneva, and Dubai. “What’s changed is how we

think about the suite of services that we can bring into these local markets,” explained Dean Khagram. “We’re drawing on a portfolio of services that go beyond Thunderbird – to also include assets from across ASU that will enable us to deliver solutions tailored to the culture and maturity of the local market.” Broadly, each regional hub will enable four types of engagement: 1) enabling Thunderbird alumni in the region to get involved; 2) recruiting and placing students from the region, including into online and/or hybrid degrees; 3) developing and disseminating localized thought leadership and applied research; 4) commercial activities such as language and professional skills training and executive education.

AGILITY IN EDUCATION Thunderbird is at the forefront of the broader ASU global engagement strategy. “Thunderbird has always been comfortable establishing a regional pres-

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ence with the agility required for global engagement. These aren’t campuses, so local staff members have more flexibility to bring cultural awareness and language capabilities to the market,” said Bronwyn Beabeau, Thunderbird’s Chief Operating Officer. “That’s not something ASU would have done alone before Thunderbird joined the ASU Enterprise.” The Thunderbird and ASU assets that regional centers of excellence can draw on include: • The global launch program for professional English language competency • Global entrepreneurship and business skills development and training for working professionals • Stackable learning solutions including digital courses, certificates, and degree programs • Executive education for preparing future-ready global leaders and managers

Each Thunderbird Center of Excellence can draw more or less on these assets, depending on the market’s needs. That agility – to be responsive to local market needs – is key. “We are practicing what we preach. Leaders for the Fourth Industrial Revolution need to be agile, including us,” Khagram explained. Thunderbird’s new satellite office strategy is about more than simply having campuses around the world. Rather than setting up campuses or classrooms or embedding with local universities, the School will leverage the latest digital technology to connect the new regional centers of excellence to each other through digital audio and video links with the new global headquarters under construction on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus (read more about the new building on page 8). “We’re very intentionally not thinking about physical campuses because of the overhead and lack of flexibility

inherent in that,” said Beabeau. “The intention is to provide us the flexibility to bring solutions into markets where we see opportunities for Thunderbird and ASU. It’s an agile model that can be shaped in different ways as markets’ needs change.”

FUELED BY ALUMNI The idea for the first regional center came from Hiroshi Hamada, who graduated in 1991 with a Master’s in Global Management. Hamada was active with the Thunderbird alumni network in Japan but wanted a stronger presence there – for T-birds past, present, and future. So at a dinner for alumni, Hamada announced that he was putting up a challenge grant of $100,000 – seed money for a Thunderbird Center of Excellence in Tokyo. He asked his fellow T-birds to follow his lead. Forty-two did,

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doubling Hamada’s initial gift. Seeing the momentum for a renewed Thunderbird presence in Japan, Hamada donated an additional $1 million to accelerate the development of the hub and sustain it for five years as it builds its own sustainable revenue system.

“Last year, we opened the hub office in Tokyo, which was the first alumni-driven hub, and now it serves as a model for the new hubs around the world, including Seoul, Jakarta, and many more to come. The reason why I started this from scratch


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is that I truly wanted to contribute to the School. Without Thunderbird, my life would have been very boring. With Thunderbird, I am traveling around the world. Even as I age, I have the energy because of Thunderbird. The excitement I feel, the expectation I have for the future of Thunderbird in Japan and around the world is so powerful. I am especially thrilled as my son will be joining the Bachelor of Global Management at Thunderbird in Fall 2020.” - Hiroshi Hamada ’91

It wasn’t long before alumni in other regions began making plans to develop their own hubs. That was the case for Dr. Lee, who led the efforts to develop a hub in Seoul, South Korea.

“With more than 800 Thunderbird alumni in Korea, I would like to do my best in assisting and promoting Thunderbird here. I not only believe in Thunderbird’s educational value, but also in Dean Khagram’s leadership in guiding Thunderbird’s brand into a globally recognized and highly

sought after school, especially in my home country.” - Dr. Se Ung Lee ’70 “Development of the new regional centers has really been driven by philanthropy from alumni,” explained Patrick McDermott, Thunderbird’s Chief Engagement Officer. “They see that they can make an impact on the School and their local communities that they live in and work in and love.” In addition to providing seed philanthropic gifts, alumni have also been recruiting students, helping find internship and employment opportunities for T-birds, and coordinating thought leadership activities. The hubs enable a more concerted effort. “The regional hubs are about student recruitment, brand enhancement, marketing, philanthropy, and executive education,” explained Khagram. “The fuel for all of these is the alumni.”

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In Jakarta, T-bird Jimmy Masrin ’87 led the development of a Thunderbird hub to strengthen the ability of the alumni there to further the School’s commitment to educating new global leaders who can solve the problems facing humanity by sustainably leveraging expertise across sectors and disciplines. Dr. Se Ung Lee ’70

“Thunderbird has been a big part of my life since my graduation in 1987. I built lifelong friendships with classmates and got the building blocks for a future leading my family business. It’s my passion for the future leaders of Indonesia that lead me to support the Jakarta center. Thunderbird changed my life and I am hopeful that the Regional Center of Excellence in Jakarta will allow future Indonesian leaders the same opportunity as I had.” - Jimmy Masrin ’87

FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS, AND BEYOND With 20-plus regional Centers of Excellence around the world and a new global headquarters in Phoenix, Thunderbird will be well-poised to not only bring the world to the place that trains global leaders and managers who advance inclusive and sustainable globalism – but also to bring that education and training to the world. For the next 75 years, and beyond.

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T-birds turned out in Tokyo for 2019’s Global Reunion

September 12-16, 2019 Tokyo, Japan

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On September 12-16, 2019, more than 500 T-birds flocked to Japan to attend one of the largest Global Reunions to date. Alumni from more than 30 countries joined a weekend of events featuring some of the best cultural sites, food, venues and speakers to be found. The Thunderbird Japan Reunion Organizing Committee, a group of incredible alumni, spouses, and friends volunteered countless hours to make the event possible. A special thanks to the members of the Reunion Committee who made the event possible. From the Gala dinner at the spectacular Happo-en which featured modern Japanese food and performances from Japanese drummers to cultural activities that included sushi making, a ramen tour and Judo classes; alumni were treated to a taste

of Japanese culture and hospitality. On Saturday, alumni and local businessmen and women attended the School’s Business Forum which focused on the theme “Global Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” The Business Forum was moderated by T-bird alumna, Ms. Yuka Tanimoto ’04, Deputy Editor of Forbes Japan. The forum began with opening remarks from Hiroshi Hamada ’91, Co-Chair of the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network (TGAN) and Chairman of the Thunderbird Japan Alumni Reunion and was followed by a panel of T-bird alumni working in the family business and entrepreneurship space, including Jimmy Masrin ’87, Kian Hoe Seah ’02, Mikoko Inamasu ’91 and Charu Modi ’97. The panel was moderated by Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Thunderbird Director General and Dean.

A special thanks to the sponsors of the Global Reunion in Japan Diamond: Aruhi Corporation, HR Institute, Mass Centropi, Mizuho Securities Platinum: Dell Technologies, GMO Research, Thunderbird School of Global Management Gold: Global Impact, Maeser Institute Japan Ltd., Mizuho Bank, RGP Silver: Black Isle Global, Blue Planet-works, Neural, Nomura, Alumni Sponsors: Genichi Tamatsuka ’98, Satoru Hiraga ’90, Yuichi Otsuka ’90, Yutaka Nakazato ’03

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2019 Tokyo Reunion Committee with Dean Khagram

“Best Diverse Inclusive Panel Ever! Where else do you get to hear from an Indian woman how she escaped prejudice and abuse to find herself at Thunderbird with kids in tow and break all societal and business barriers after that; a Japanese lady how she runs her business on specific values and limits her pay so she can determine with her employees (her “bosses”) where to spend the money for good; a Malaysian man on the business of recycling and how we can all turn plastic into currency, an Indonesian man on the 3Gs that should drive the decisions at all family-run businesses; and a Korean/Argentinian woman on how to co-opt men in promoting gender-equality in family business and the directionality of gender-based communication (among many other excellent insights). All brought together by Thunderbird Director General and Dean Dr. Sanjeev Khagram. The stories were inspirational, aspirational, and - above all - conveyed a sense of (Thunderbird) family and future opportunity at the same time. I can’t thank you enough for elevating the Thunderbird mystique to another level. Kudos! ~ Case Everaert ’90


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Dr. Edward Jung, Founder & CEO of Xinova gave the Keynote Presentation on “Understanding the Global Innovation Ecosystem in the 4th Industrial Revolution” while the afternoon portion of the business forum was dedicated to an interactive imagination session led by Bob Beard from the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. Several alumni opted to extend their stay and participated in the two-day reunion extension in Kyoto that was organized and hosted by the Thunderbird Alumni Osaka chapter. In typical T-bird fashion, the weekend was filled with a healthy mix of culture, fun, networking, and learning. Be sure to join us at one of our next reunions including the European Reunion taking place in Portugal in March 2020 and don’t miss the 75th Anniversary Celebration & Opening of the new Global Headquarters in 2021 in Phoenix.

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The Value of a Diamond When Dignity Health sought a partner for their new global health education initiative, the wish list was extensive. The partner should have world-class executive education and academic reputations. Robust digital capabilities were essential to support their interest in custom-designed certificates, but so too was the ability to mobilize leading-edge applied learning field experiences for participants in what Dignity hoped would be a flagship, hybrid, transdisciplinary, custom-corporate graduate degree for the healthcare sector. And, none of this could be geographically limited – the playing field had to be truly global. Recognizing the tall ask and prepared, if not expecting, to concede something along the way, Dignity canvassed the higher education landscape in search of an ideal collaborator. In the end, only one institution remained – Thunderbird 4.0 @ ASU. Leveraging the incredible assets of ASU and Thunderbird created an enabling environment but it took Dr. Khagram’s commitment to collabora-


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B. Tom Hunsaker, PhD Associate Dean, Innovation tion and agile innovation to translate potential into reality. Previously distinct efforts and teams that lacked natural ways to connect were fused and aligned to better serve enterprise partners. Examples of this fusion and alignment included work being done by Thunderbird Executive Education, Thunderbird for Good, non-academic Digital Solutions, and Applied Learning. Known internally as the “Innovation Corps,” the collective covers the spectrum of enterprise needs in more integrated, robust ways. This move thrust Thunderbird once again into the industry catalyst role, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in meaningful ways. The Innovation Corps is built to serve the gamut of enterprise interests as a single-sourced, connected-value partner. Regardless of entry point need, Thunderbird Innovation Corps harnesses both timeless and future-shaping themes, from corporate social responsibility or social entrepreneurship collaboration to boutique faculty-mentored consulting projects, multi-faceted custom Executive Education partnerships to contemporary open

enrollment modules in digital, hybrid, and immersion formats. Other global players have noticed. Existing enterprise partners such as Freeport-McMoRan have found increased value as they’ve seamlessly engaged previously unimagined partnership opportunities. Previous partners like Sabic have noticed the new potential and reconnected with Thunderbird. Additionally, new collaboration clients, such as Boeing, envision a wealth of possibilities to encompass the many capabilities of Thunderbird’s Innovation Corps, especially our growing global network of regional centers of excellence as well as more broadly with other units of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise. Relevant and Applied. Digitally or Immersive. To do well. For good. Seamlessly. What was previously a nice but distant thought among our competitor set is now a reality at Thunderbird. Thunderbird’s Innovation Corps exemplifies why one of the world’s first global leadership academies is also among its finest.

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Digital Community Platform By Tomas Bilbao, Executive Director, Branding and Communications

T-bird Connect will serve as a digital gathering place for the School’s global community Two things have always characterized Thunderbird: our position as the vanguard of global leadership, management, and business education; and the breadth, reach and impressiveness of our alumni network. Over the past year, the School took great steps to reclaim, rebuild and reinvent Thunderbird to be the vanguard of global leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (see page 5). A critical part of those achievements has been restoring alumni unity. As a result of our recent efforts, alumni engagement has increased by 64% year-over-year, and the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network (TGAN) has been hard at work engaging alumni around the world and


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working with the School to ensure the voices of all T-birds are heard.

BRINGING TOGETHER 45,000 ALUMNI Having approximately 45,000 alumni across 145 countries does come with some challenges, however. In the 1990s, Thunderbird helped bridge the gaps between alumni by deploying the My Thunderbird App, a cutting-edge digital platform at the time. Over the years, the platform became inflexible and eventually outdated when it was unable to integrate new technologies as they became available. As a result, our global alumni network’s ability to digitally connect with each other and with the School deteriorated over time. But just as the School has been able to recapture its rightful place as the vanguard of global leadership, management and business education with a #1 ranking from the Wall Street Journal, we have also been hard at work developing a new digital platform called T-bird Connect

with the express purpose of organizing, connecting and informing all members of the Thunderbird global family. Thunderbird launched a beta version of T-bird Connect at this year’s Global Alumni Reunion in Tokyo, Japan. This new mobile digital platform is much more than a replacement for the old My Thunderbird App. We engaged Hivebrite, a Paris-based technology company that has built robust digital alumni platforms for Harvard Business School, West Point Military Academy, University of Oxford, Imperial College, the University of Notre Dame and many others. T-bird Connect uses the latest technologies on a platform that can evolve to incorporate innovations while immediately leveraging integration with our website and other social channels. By launching T-bird Connect, a new digital platform for current students, alumni, faculty and staff, Thunderbird is making it easier for T-birds to forge new connections, reach career goals and stay in touch with the School’s global community.

T-bird Connect is open and free to all T-birds, including current students, alumni, and Thunderbird faculty and staff. It can be downloaded as a mobile app for smartphones and tablets in Apple’s App Store or Google Play. It can also be accessed in any web browser. “We’re excited to unveil the T-bird Connect platform because it leverages the power of Thunderbird’s global alumni community,” said Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean of Thunderbird. “Today, our alumni base is composed of more than 45,000 alumni and supporters, who are eager to help T-birds succeed. They are spread out all over the world helping Thunderbird advance its mission of contributing to equitable and sustainable prosperity worldwide, so this new tool can help us all connect regardless of where on this small planet we happen to be at any given moment.”

EXISTING AND FUTURE FEATURES T-bird Connect features relationship-building opportunities. For example, through the “Find a T-bird” directory, users can get listed, look up former classmates, find others employed in the same industry, and join academic college and interest groups. This tool features an interactive map that shows where your fellow T-birds are currently residing if they opted to share their locations. Users can search for other members by group, industry, location, or any custom keyword, making it easy to identify and forge new bonds. Alumni engagement of more than 45,000 graduates worldwide is essential to supporting Thunderbird’s vision of a world made more peaceful and prosperous through global commerce. T-bird Connect offers great ways to

get involved, including social and professional networking through our regional alumni chapters and groups. Volunteers play an important role in scholarship fundraising that makes it possible for many international students to attend Thunderbird and in student recruitment of our best and brightest students. Of course, the benefits for the School and graduates are mutual. Alumni can also use the platform to give visibility to their activities, including entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts. Alumni can publish ventures to leverage the global T-bird network when launching, hiring, or fundraising. Through T-bird Connect, members can access an alumni job board and directory, as well as networking, mentoring and career development opportunities. Users can also give back to the community and stay informed using the platform, which provides opportunities to serve as mentors, share job opportunities and keep up to date on the latest Thunderbird news and events. For example, members can easily map their network and contact each other directly, dramatically increasing their access to job opportunities. Members can also quickly and easily find details on upcoming events, including Global Reunion. With the click of a mouse or tap of a finger, users can join the Reunion Group or send an event invitation to another T-bird. Entrepreneurs can promote opportunities to find potential co-founders, investors, or employees, displaying and capitalizing on the dynamism of our global alumni community.

A variety of ways to become a more active member of the Thunderbird family can be found on the platform, which will evolve as functions are refined and as new features are developed from the ground up, tested, and integrated based on feedback gathered from users, especially you, our proud alumni. The platform includes a function that allows users to suggest improvements. Ideas can be submitted through the platform directly to the team capable of making upgrades behind the scenes. T-bird Connect is designed with a user-centric approach that makes it simple, familiar, intuitive, and customizable. The team of administrators is also comprised of members of the Thunderbird community, so we have a vested interest in improving our

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shared platform continuously using your feedback, which will always be welcome as we look for new ways to deliver more value. Some of the platform’s other features include the ability to let members display their projects and find help through the community, the ability to create discussion forums around specific topics, a check-in tool that lets you tell other T-birds where you are to give


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nearby members the option to join you, and a trips tool that lets local members know when you will be traveling to their corner of the world with availability to meet up. There is also a private messaging function and a tag function that lets you make sure people in your posts or comments see them. Another attractive quality is integration with existing social platforms, which means T-birds can log on with their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, making for one less password to remember. T-birds can

even take advantage of this integration to share our community’s social activity in real-time on the Live Feed.

GROUP MANAGERS AND USER PRIVACY While a handful of us at global headquarters will manage the back end of T-bird Connect, the platform is brought to life by its users. Chapter leaders will manage their own group pages and have the ability to access up-to-date alumni chapter lists to communicate news, events, and opportunities to their chapter members. Students manage their cohort groups and staff members manage department pages, creating the content for group followers. Meanwhile, users who interact with the platform’s various features, share updates, connect with friends, join conversations, post job opportunities and engage throughout the platform, provide the content that enriches T-bird Connect and makes it a valuable resource for our global community.

Best of all, the privacy and personal data of all users is protected by robust security built into the platform by Hivebrite, the company that designed and manages T-bird Connect along with many other all-in-one online platforms for private communities. Members can control what information they choose to keep private, and what information they share with others. In addition to industry-leading data security, Hivebrite’s cutting-edge technology also allows T-bird Connect members to customize their experiences by changing their settings and preferences anytime to control how they receive communications such as direct messages and in-app notifications. Hivebrite is the industry’s most advanced cloud-based engagement platform, which means T-birds can rest easy knowing they’re using the best product on the market when they connect online.

THUNDERBIRD 4.0 As we work together to reclaim, rebuild and reinvent Thunderbird, bringing together our global community will always be at the center of our efforts. T-bird Connect provides a platform to bring together tens of thousands of alumni, students, faculty and staff in one place to help them organize, stay informed and connect across the globe to advance our vision of a world with inclusive and sustainable prosperity. “We want T-bird Connect to be a place where all T-birds can engage with our vibrant worldwide community and build meaningful relationships,” said Dean Khagram. “I encourage all our students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters to spread the word and help us grow the network.”

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Equipping a new generation to be leaders for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires innovation in how we think about – and how we execute on – higher education. Part of the Thunderbird 4.0 vision is a new curriculum designed to provide the transdisciplinary, hands-on, cross-cultural education and experience that 4IR leaders require. Thunderbird has already made significant progress toward that vision, revamping the curriculum in four key areas (in addition to two completely new degree programs).

Thunderbird 4.0: Better poised to prepare future-ready leaders Thunderbird’s undergraduate program, located at ASU’s West campus in Glendale, which began in 2015 when Thunderbird became part of ASU, has revamped its curriculum during Dean Khagram’s tenure. Among other inno-


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vations, both undergraduate degree programs that Thunderbird offers, the Bachelor of Global Management (BGM) and the Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT), now require students to complete a hands-on consulting project for a global company or an international firm as part of their final capstone course. At the end of the project, student teams present their recommendations directly to corporate executives. Roy Nelson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, said, “this Capstone project requires students to draw upon everything they’ve learned from Thunderbird courses and apply that knowledge in a real-world, practical setting. Our undergraduate students graduate from our program with useful skills - and this required consulting project is definitely something that they can put on their resumes.” Students have already done consulting projects

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for companies such as Honeywell, Axxon, and a non-profit organization, Food for the Hungry. Another key aspect of the Thunderbird 4.0 curriculum revamp is the introduction of two new degrees: The Executive Master of Global Leadership and Strategy and the Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (read about them on page 44). These changes to our curriculum are designed to better prepare future leaders for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is our mission to ensure all students leave Thunderbird with the knowledge and compassion to thrive as professionals in this era of change. T-birds will understand that the future health and prosperity of our global society relies on finding ways for everyone to benefit from the massive changes unfolding now and from those that lie ahead – and T-birds will be well-equipped to find and implement

those solutions. Thunderbird is where they learn to soar towards inclusive and sustainable prosperity.



Communicating in another language is more than a technical skill

Leaders need skills and experience finding solutions across disciplines The opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are too complex to be solved by one specialized discipline. That’s why we’ve introduced 16 academic concentrations to complement our degree programs, allowing students to build core competencies in global management alongside knowledge and practical skills in other disciplines. “In today’s world, it’s no longer sufficient for leaders and managers to understand only the fundamentals of their own business. It’s essential that they know how to work across disciplines,” explained Lena Booth, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at Thunderbird. Twelve of the sixteen concentrations are delivered in collaboration with other schools at Arizona State University. Among them are Nonprofit Leadership and Management (with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions), Sustainability Solutions (with the School of Sustainability), Integrated Healthcare (with the College of Health Solutions) and Legal Studies (with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law).

Roy Nelson and Lena Booth

Historically, experience with and proficiency in languages and cultures was a hallmark of a Thunderbird degree. In fact, Thunderbird was the first graduate school to include proficiency in a second language as a core part of its curriculum. So, in a move to reclaim one of the most valuable features of Thunderbird’s past, the language requirement has been reinstated. The importance of multi-language proficiency extends far beyond the ability to communicate with others. As Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram explained, “For leaders working across cultures, languages are not just a technical skill but a way of thinking about the world – of seeing it through different perspectives. Proficiency requires access to a different part of the brain, the home of empathy and emotional intelligence. A Thunderbird education provides these key soft skills to complement the specializations our graduates develop.”

NEW APPLIED LEARNING MODEL: GLOBAL CHALLENGE LAB (GCL) Demonstrated expertise in realworld scenarios is a prerequisite for modern leadership Applied learning has always been core to Thunderbird’s programs. The Thunderbird Emerging Market Lab and the Global Consulting Lab have long provided students with a variety of options for applying classroom learning

to real-world situations in the field. Combining the best of those programs into a new innovative platform, the Global Challenge Lab (GCL), enables students to tackle enterprise-related challenges with direct faculty guidance. All full-time students will complete an immersive, client-facing project with tangible outputs. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client, in one of four areas: Global Business, Global Affairs, Global Entrepreneurship, and Global Digital Transformation. “Building on leading-edge course instruction, students put their learning to the test through high-stakes, relevant projects with active clients on location around the world,” explained Tom Hunsaker, Associate Dean of Innovation at Thunderbird. “The result is demonstrated expertise and savvy in highly dynamic settings.”

ACCELERATED 4+1 MASTER OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT Cross-cultural skills are essential for leaders and managers in every field and sector Thunderbird once again offers undergraduate degrees, and now also offers students in other undergraduate programs at ASU the unique opportunity to pair their degree with a Master of Global Management. Students will be able to broaden their global mindset, global skill set, and global marketability in just one additional year of study. “By building on their undergraduate studies with an MGM, students will fuse deep knowledge in a particular discipline with the management and leadership skills needed to drive innovative solutions in the modern era,” said Professor Booth.

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Workplace Challenges and Opportunities

Globalism’s Challenges and Opportunities

Halla Tomasdottir ’95 CEO, The B Team New York, NY

Will Keller ’13

CFO, Chemonics International Washington, DC

Vincent Kimura ’10

Founder & CEO, Smart Yields Hawaii


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Gustavo Diniz Junqueira ’97

Secretary of Agriculture & Food Supply, Government of São Paulo Brazil

Phyllis Awurabena Adu ’13 Treasury Manager, Opportunity International Ghana

Thunderbird alumni all over the world are working hard to overcome the challenges and realize the opportunities associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is a highlight of eight such alumni.

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Anna Maria Aune-Moore ’97

Reintegration & VARP Coordinator, IOM – UN Migration Norway

Kian He Seah ’02

Founder & Managing Director, Heng Hiap Industries Malaysia

Lilian Mramba ’10

Regional Director, Grassroots Business Fund Kenya

Ghazi Binzagr ’88

Founder, Owner and Chairman Wisaal Development Center Saudi Arabia

Charu Modi ’96 Founder & CEO Modi Enterprises India

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The More Things Change There are a lot of changes happening in and around Thunderbird these days. But one important thing remains the same: leaders who want to thrive need the tools to navigate global business, and that’s exactly what Thunderbird delivers. Since 1946, Thunderbird has been synonymous with leadership in international business education. This focus on global business made perfect sense in a post-World War II world. And it makes perfect sense today, as we prepare global leaders who will be tasked with shaping a new era, the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is as important now as ever before that global business leaders possess the knowledge, skills, and passion for diversity that will prepare them for global complexities. Global business defines our past. And global business will be a beacon as we head into an uncertain future.

LEADERSHIP IN A POST-WORLD WAR II WORLD Why is global business so important? A member of Thunderbird’s original faculty and one of our School’s founders and Thunderbird’s second president, Dr. William Lytle Schurz, perhaps said it best: “Borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers.” Thunderbird was founded soon after World War II ended. Its mission was to help business leaders navigate a new global economy – a new world order based on international trade and


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cooperation. Countries that had been enemies were determined to rebuild, normalizing political and business relations between them. Following World War II, business and political leaders understood that we live in a world that is multicultural, rich in beauty, and complex. Thunderbird’s founders realized that managing amid such complexity requires, in addition to business savvy, a global mindset and the ability to lead with cultural intelligence. A focus on global business, Thunderbird-style, made perfect sense for that era.

LEADERSHIP DESIGNED FOR OUR FUTURE Fast forward 74 years. A new wave of worldwide change is once again upon us, a paradigm shift that is making our focus on global business more important than ever. We are in the early stages of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Automation, machine learning, mobile and quantum computing, and artificial intelligence are no longer futuristic concepts. They are our reality. These fundamental technological changes, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, present us with previously unimaginable opportunities to solve our greatest environmental challenges and to secure the future health and prosperity of our global society. Yet, at the same time, we are facing a backlash against globalization, a backlash against the free flow of human

and financial capital, goods and services, ideas, cultures, and languages. It will take a special breed of global business leader to ride this new wave, to mitigate the challenges and realize the opportunities, to navigate the complexities of an era of rapid transformation and to maximize its benefits in ways that are equitable and lasting.

KEY TO THE FUTURE: UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL BUSINESS At Thunderbird, we help shape business leaders who understand the language of today and the protocols and tools required to excel in a rapidly changing world. “Thunderbird’s mission continues to be one of educating and influencing global leaders who can advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity,” said Dean Khagram. “We need leaders across sectors to foster a rise of new business models, leaders who are dedicated to making the world a better, more peaceful place.” Tomorrow’s leaders are not unlike the global leaders envisioned in 1946 by Thunderbird’s founders. Now, as then, we need leaders who have a firm understanding of the power of possibility. Leaders who embrace lifelong learning, flexibility, and agility. We need leaders who are unafraid and forward-focused. Our shared future depends on it. That’s why a focus on global business, Thunderbird-style, still makes perfect sense.

Thunderbird Goes to Washington Thunderbird’s new Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM) brings a much-needed Thunderbird presence to Washington, DC. What makes Washington, DC the perfect setting for Thunderbird’s new mid-career executive program? Washington is where business intersects with the policy worlds of governments, inter-governmental organizations, and NGOs. As the global agenda grows, the business sector faces demands to go far beyond regulatory compliance and serve the public interest, while still turning a profit. Governments turn to business to help solve “wicked complex problems” and to join large-scale, longterm, public-private partnerships. Civil society organizations are shifting from campaigning against business and government to working with both sectors to achieve their goals. At the same time, businesses are increasing collaboration with civil society in order to support their social license to operate. For everyone, uncertainty is the order of the day. Businesses, governments, and civil society groups now operate amidst political and financial volatility, natural resource constraints, the rapidly accumulating impacts of climate change, and growing social inequity. At the same time, constant innovations in technology are accelerating a Fourth Industrial Revolution that empowers new forms of management, collaboration, and sustainability. Traditional international relations programs in America’s capital city talk about what is happening in the world.

Thunderbird’s EMAGAM provides future-ready, interdisciplinary skills for the globally-minded who want to manage in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this state-of-the-art program, established professionals take their careers to new levels by learning to improve global management strategies and tactics through mastery of cutting-edge principles and practices. To build businesses and societies capable of flourishing in environments that are complex, unstable, and never static, the global economy requires new leaders who can manage through extreme uncertainty and work together far more closely than ever before. The truly effective leaders of the future will cross the boundaries between the public, private, and people sectors, and between nations and cultures, with careers that can move from one to another. Dean Khagram chose Dr. Ann Florini to direct Thunderbird’s programs based in DC. She is a Clinical Professor at Thunderbird and serves as faculty lead for the EMAGAM. Professor Florini’s research, teaching, and consulting address innovations in the governance of both the public and private sectors. “This program is truly innovative, cross-sectoral, and global,” said Professor Florini. “Through an unparalleled focus on interdisciplinary leadership development, analytics, and strategic decision-making, Thunderbird’s elite EMAGAM empowers you to advance your career as an agile leader in a world driven by technological advancements and innovation. This program will equip you to do more than just keep pace with the competition in a rapidly changing world. You will set the pace.” The EMAGAM’s extraordinary faculty combines rich practical experience with deep scholarly knowledge, often in the same individual. Thunderbird

Distinguished Professor of Practice Anne-Marie Slaughter, for example, taught at Harvard Law School, then served as Dean at Princeton and as head of Policy Planning in the US Department of State before taking her current position heading up the New America think-tank. Professor of Practice Roland Kupers spent 20 years in major multinational corporations such as Royal Dutch Shell, then turned to writing cutting-edge books on complexity, business, and public policy. They will be joined by other world-renowned experts, including Dr. Landry Signé of the Brookings Institution and Jeff Cunningham, former publisher of Forbes magazine. Such scholar-practitioners provide unparalleled insights into how to understand the world, and how to achieve goals despite today’s complexity and volatility. With a first cohort averaging 15 years of experience and coming from corporations, international organizations, NGOs, and Washington’s diplomatic community, the EMAGAM has already proven itself attractive to exceptional mid-career students. As they move through the one-year program’s flexible but rigorous schedule, they will be empowered with knowledge and skills to lead change, manage sophisticated systems, and cut through the silos that divide business, government, and civil society.

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Rankings and Accreditation Add Fuel to ‘Thunderbird Mystique’ Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management degree was ranked No. 1 in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2019 Business Schools Report. Thunderbird was also awarded prestigious reaccreditation from AACSB.

the world of global business and thrive in the future. However, as you know, Thunderbird’s reputation isn’t driven just by former students. Rankings and accreditation also help tell prospective students and future employers the value of a Thunderbird and ASU education.

Thunderbird’s expansive global alumni community knows first-hand that their T-bird education turns heads and opens doors. The School has a reputation of being a small United Nations located in the southwest U.S. According to that fitting analogy, Thunderbird is also a fairly large and growing global body with members all around the world. A Thunderbird degree gives you something in common with more than 45,000 active alumni in more than 70 countries worldwide. Other alumni have been where you’ve been, done much of what you have done, and seen much of what you have seen. They know how rigorous and relevant your studies have been. They know how Thunderbird has prepared you to understand and impact



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All Thunderbird and ASU graduate and undergraduate academic programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accreditation body founded in 1895. Thunderbird is also accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which was established in 1916 as a prestigious non-profit organization to accredit business schools throughout the world. In June 2019, Thunderbird earned AACSB International reaccreditation for a 5-year extension, the maximum possible. Thunderbird has been accredited by AACSB International since 1994.

“Accreditation by AACSB, our premier accreditor, is critical because it tells students whether a business school meets a rigorous standard established for quality, which is a primary factor in choosing where to study. Accreditation aids Thunderbird in determining if transfer credits should be accepted, it helps employers judge the validity of programs of study and whether a graduate is qualified,

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and it helps schools create goals for institutional improvement. For all these reasons, we’re very proud to have this prestigious recognition,” said Mary Teagarden, Thunderbird Associate Dean of Faculty and Administration. “To earn and maintain an AACSB accreditation is a remarkable achievement, recognizing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement,” said Thunderbird Director General and Dean, Sanjeev Khagram. “Business and management schools can be a force for good, contributing to a prosperous, inclusive world economy and to planetary sustainability. AACSB is a hallmark of excellence and helps spread that message to a wide range of stakeholders − students, alumni, global business, and society at large.” The fundamental purpose of AACSB accreditation is to challenge business educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement in their business programs. AACSB achieves this

purpose by defining a set of rigorous criteria and standards, coordinating peer reviews and consultation, and recognizing high-quality business schools.

LEADING THE PACK WITH A NO. 1 RANKING Academic rankings also help spread the word about what Thunderbird offers. The School’s specialized Master of Global Management degree earned the No. 1 Master in Management ranking in the Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2019 Business Schools Report. In total, 114 business schools from 24 countries were ranked in the full report. Thunderbird was the only U.S.-based school to rank in the top five for the Master in Management specialty. The Master in Management rankings were determined based on alumni survey responses from ranked universities. The schools were measured across 20 individual performance

indicators to create an overall score, which was aggregated into four key strength areas: resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment. “It is rewarding to know that our alumni and students value the closeknit accessibility and one-on-one focus that we are able to deliver to them as a distinctive graduate school,” said Professor Teagarden. “One of the greatest values of a specialized master’s degree is that it enables students to have a laser-focus on becoming true experts in their craft.”

RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE It’s probably nothing new to you. Around the world, Thunderbird’s reputation has always preceded itself. And that reputation – that ‘Thunderbird Mystique’ – is about much more than accreditation and rankings. But still, it’s nice to have the bragging rights. And now you’ve got even more.

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Thunderbird For Good Fifteen Years of Good Fifteen years ago, as a new Thunderbird alumna, I volunteered to help in a new women’s entrepreneurship training program. Little did I know that I was witnessing what would become one of Thunderbird’s most iconic and impactful programs, Thunderbird for Good. In January of 2005, Thunderbird welcomed 15 Afghan women entrepreneurs to campus for a two-week “mini-masters” training program. The Taliban had fallen and women in Afghanistan were recovering from years of oppression. Long-time Thunderbird champion, Ambassador Barbara Barrett, approached the School with an idea for an entrepreneurship training program to help these women. “Project Artemis” was the very first program in what would become our extensive social impact initiative, Thunderbird for Good. “My ability as a businesswoman grew from earth to sky. What I learned about management, marketing, and

Kellie Kreiser ’04 leadership at Thunderbird had a profound impact on my business. It would be no exaggeration to say I brought a world of experiences back to Afghanistan with me,” said Project Artemis graduate Zainularab Miri of the Ghazni Women’s Beekeepers Association. Since its inception, Thunderbird for Good has trained over 160,000 people across more than 90 countries, and almost all of these students have been women. Thunderbird has developed a reputation for creating innovative programs that change people’s lives. One of the widest-reaching programs, DreamBuilder, is a free online entrepreneurship education program. Last year, the U.S. Department of State adopted DreamBuilder as the core curriculum in their Academy of Women Entrepreneurs and launched it in more than 50 countries. So far, over 57,000 people have enrolled in DreamBuilder around the world. “I was able to buy my oven and start the business I had dreamed of my whole life. Here I am, one year after taking DreamBuilder, I am a different woman! I

have achieved my dream. It’s right here in my hand. I own my own bakery,” said Lily Lujan, owner of La Mamama bakery in Arequipa, Peru. Not only have these programs helped women gain economic success, but they have given many women the confidence to help others. In Afghanistan, the graduates of Project Artemis have gone on to create over 2,500 jobs and provide training to 15,000 other Afghans. Thunderbird for Good’s impact has not stopped with the program participants; our Thunderbird community has also benefitted. Students have participated in internships, projects, and volunteering opportunities. Prospective students decide to join our community because they want to go to a school that makes this kind of big impact in the world. Alumni have stepped up to become mentors, advisers, and even teachers in Thunderbird for Good projects. Faculty have used their program experiences to fuel research and publishing, and they have brought lessons learned into their classrooms. At fifteen years old, Thunderbird for Good is only getting started. Through new collaborations and partnerships, such as our recent selection as the Institutional Partner of the UN Global Compact Network USA and our work with the International Budget Partnership, we are helping other companies, governments, and organizations to make big impacts of their own in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Truly, Thunderbird is continuing to change the world… for good.

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The Brightest Minds in Global Leadership

Faculty Focus

2018-19 Faculty Highlights

New Faculty Mark Esposito, Clinical Professor of Global Shifts and Founding Co-Director of Thunderbird’s Globalization 4.0 and Fourth Industrial Revolution Initiative, will be teaching courses on global leadership, strategy, digital transformation, and circular economy. Mark comes to Thunderbird from Harvard University. He is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to all industries. He will continue to serve as a global expert for the World Economic Forum. Ann Florini, Clinical Professor, will be serving as the academic lead for one of Thunderbird’s new degree programs, the Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management in Washington, DC. Ann is a renowned educator, scholar and practitioner focused on innovations in the governance of both the public and private sectors. In addition to academic and think-tank work, she designed and ran the Global Governance Initiative on behalf of the World Economic Forum. Ann will continue to serve as our lead expert on governance for the Global Commission on Adaptation. Rebeca Hwang, Professor of Practice, will be teaching courses on global technology entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, family business, and Latin America. She


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is co-founder and managing director of Rivet Ventures, which invests in companies in women-led markets where female usage, decision-making and purchasing are crucial to company growth. Hwang also co-founded the startup YouNoodle, which connects startups with opportunities for growth, as well as Kalei Ventures, a venture fund focused on Latin American startups, and Cleantech Open, which has helped more than 1,000 “cleantech” startups raise more than $1 billion in external funding. Landry Signé, Professor and Founding Co-Director of Thunderbird’s Globalization 4.0 and Fourth Industrial Revolution Initiative, will be teaching courses on global governance and disruptive technologies. Landry is a world-renowned professor, leading practitioner and senior adviser to business and government leaders in the areas of global political economy and public policy, global business and emerging markets, global governance and development, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0. He is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Distinguished Professor of Practice, will be teaching a new course titled Webcraft: The Craft of Global Networks in Global Affairs. The course will cover basic principles of network theory as applied to the design, development, and management of networks involving business, NGOs and government. Anne-Marie is currently the CEO of New America, a “think ​ and action t​ ank” dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age.

With a background in chemical and civil and environmental engineering from MIT and Stanford, Hwang’s work has garnered three US patents, and she has other pending patents in her portfolio. She has been recognized as one of MIT Tech Review’s “Top 35 Global Innovators under 35” and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Other new Thunderbird professors of practice (and their areas of specialization) include: • Gunjan Bagla (global supply chain,

healthcare technology, manufacturing, and India) • Bas Boorsma (global digital transformation, smart cities, and urban innovation) • Chris Campbell (global finance, trade, and public policy) • Nicholas Davis (Fourth Industrial Revolution, innovation, agile governance, sustainable development, and human-centered technology) • Glen Edens (global digital transformation, technology, and innovation) • Amanda Ellis (global sustainability, international development, public-private partnerships, and diversity and inclusion) • Doug Guthrie (Global Leadership, China) • Monica Kerretts-Macau (governance, strategy and change management, and Africa) • Roland Kupers (global complexity, systems, scenarios planning, futures) • Martin Oduor (leadership and finance, and Africa) • Hernan Saez (global digital transformation, and Latin America) • Henrik Scheel (global entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation) • Matt Spence (national security, foreign policy, and the Middle East)

Awards and Other Recognitions Mary Sully De Luque, Professor of Management and ASU Senior Sustainability Scientist, received tenure. In addition, one of her articles, “Executives’ Stakeholder Values in the Prediction of Work Process Change” was nominated for the Best Paper Award by the Journal of Management Studies (JMS). Andrew Inkpen will serve as editor for a special issue of Journal of International Management. The issue is titled “Thirty Years Later: A Fresh Look at the Central and Eastern Europe Transformation and Its Implications for Institutions, Organizations and Organizational Actors.” Andrew Inkpen and Allen Morrison were awarded the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Silver Medal – a formal recognition of their intellectual contributions published in JIBS. Over the journal’s 50-year history, the Silver Medal has been awarded to just 105 scholars who have published at least five significant papers in JIBS. Mary Teagarden was appointed for a second term as editor of the human resource management area for Journal of International Business Studies. Mansour Javidan will serve as advisor and editor of the international management department for Management and Business Review. Richard Ettenson will serve as advisor and editor-at-large for Management and Business Review. Mark Esposito’s article, “Is the Circular Economy a New Fast-Expanding Market?” was the most-cited article in Thunderbird International Business Review (TIBR) during 2018.

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Publications Mark Esposito, with co-authors Terence C. M. Tse and Danny Goh, published a book titled The AI Republic: Building the Nexus Between Humans and Intelligent Automation. Jonas Gamso and Roy Nelson published “Does Partnering with the World Bank Shield Investors from Political Risks in Less Developed Countries?” in Journal of World Business. Jonas Gamso also published “China’s Rise and Physical Integrity Rights in Developing Countries” in Review of International Political Economy. Mansour Javidan and Aks Zaheer published “How Leaders Around the World Build Trust Across Cultures” in Harvard Business Review. Allen Morrison and Stewart Black published “The Rise and Demise of Chinese Global Firms” in Harvard Business Review. Seigyoung Auh, Bulent Menguc, Constantine Katsikeas and Yeon Sung Jung published “When Does Customer Participation Matter? The Role of Customer Empowerment in the Customer Participation–Performance Link” in Journal of Marketing Research. Visit to get additional perspective from Thunderbird’s thought leaders, on these and other topics.

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Thunderbird Alumni Lab Adventures in Santiago, Chile By Zaheer Ali ’19 It’s late, sometime around midnight. We can see the mountains that surround Santiago, silver-lined in the moonlight, framed like a postcard picture out the window of the hotel lounge. We are tired, running on adrenaline, and we need answers to tough questions. Arusha Goyal ’14, an IT consultant, and T-bird Executive Education graduate says, “Well guys, I’ve lined up a call with another classmate. This one is the Global Head of Sales for a mining company and has relationships in Mexico.” Arusha has been on her email and phone nearly continuously for the last several hours finding the right people. Her expertise in delivering outcomes to clients is the cornerstone of our group’s efforts. “How many does that make?” I ask. “Five, five if we include Bill, that’s all of them” replies Ignacio Arabaeti, his leg shaking as he tries to maintain his focus. What he means is that every Thunderbird we have reached out to has responded. Decades, oceans, and continents apart, T-birds answer when called upon by each other; the fabled Thunderbird Mystique is strong. Nacho, as we call him, is perched on a high stool beside the tall table at which we are working. The laptops are all out, charts are being made, frameworks are being developed, and, well, there is beer. Most of the time Nacho is CFO of an Abengoa company, but right now, he, like the rest of us is just trying to stay awake and get stuff done. And then there is me… fading hard, but still powering through getting our charts set up and making tables for the deliverable


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report. As a research physicist turned manager, this experience is exhilarating and eye-opening – it is amazing how much value we can deliver in just a few short days. Our client, Gaüss Controls, an IoT based Software as a Service fatigue management company, needs to grow or die and they are looking to us to help them find the right market and method to expand. It’s a hard problem, combining product management, technology, marketing, and all the issues of doing business across borders; in short, exactly the type of problem suited for and loved by Thunderbirds. Between the jet lag, T-bird dinners, and long days with our client, and it only being Wednesday, we are ready to drop, but we are loving every minute of it. Some of our fellow T-birds are working, others are out on the town, and some may be asleep. We will convene in the morning before heading out to another amazing day. This is Thunderbird Alumni Lab, oneweek, 4 clients, 10 T-birds, an amazing international destination, and Mystique on tap. We arrived in Santiago Chile over the weekend. The week began with lectures by Professor Thomas Hunsaker, the Thunderbird professor leading the Alumni Lab, who framed Catalytic Growth for the consulting teams and an overview of the Chilean economy by Professor Patricio Mellar of the Catholic University of Chile. Then we introduced ourselves to each other and the clients. As one expects from a Thunderbird event, the diversity

was amazing. Over that afternoon, and the coming days we would work not only with our client, Gaüss but also with each other to gain insight into the other businesses with whom our fellow T-birds were engaged. The challenges ranged from the preservation of culture and quality as a family-owned business triples in size to helping a social impact-driven non-profit understand their readiness to expand across borders. In five days, we pushed ourselves and the clients through engagement, discovery, assessment, solutions engineering and the beginnings of implementation. In between the work we found time to take in some of the sites, visiting local and national landmarks, sample local cuisine, and enjoyed ample quantities of red meat and red wine. On the final Saturday, each team reported out to the entire group the plans of action we developed with our clients and described the deliverables we provided. What was previously a group of mostly strangers brought together by a shared desire to learn and grow, had turned into a community of people who grew together, not only in business capability and acumen but also as global citizens. In five days, we had come together to craft business strategies, create frameworks, develop expansion plans, and integrate emerging technologies – all in a foreign country most of us had never before visited. The Thunderbird Alumni lab created a wonderful way to mix alumni with current faculty, and even some executive students. It is a wonderful way for any T-birds to engage and also explore new lands, all while working for a good cause. For my part, I will join the team every year I am available. I can barely wait until they announce where we are going next year!

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A New Brand of Leader Requires a Different Kind of Educational Program Two new executive degree programs – part of Thunderbird’s curriculum transformation – showcase the reinvention already underway One of the most significant aspects of our modern era is the pace and magnitude of change. Technological innovation and disruption in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are more ubiquitous, more rapid and more impactful than ever before. To make a difference in this complex and interwoven global economy, leaders across sectors – private, public and nonprofit – need a firm understanding of how to leverage the immense opportunities and mitigate the threats arising from innovation and disruption. These are leaders with entrepreneurial mindsets who look beyond borders – across geographies, across cultures, across sectors and industries. The world needs a new brand of leader in order to inclusively capitalize on the benefits of this new era of rapid change while minimizing its risks, and producing these new leaders requires a different kind of educational program. That’s why one of the core elements of Thunderbird’s reinvention is curriculum transformation, which includes the introduction of two new graduate


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degrees: The Executive Master of Global Leadership and Strategy (EMGLAS) and the Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM).

EXECUTIVE MASTER OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGY (EMGLAS) At the leadership tables of businesses and governments around the world The Executive Master of Global Leadership and Strategy constitutes the pinnacle of our degree pyramid. The yearlong degree program experience

takes students inside the boardrooms of businesses and governments around the world. It provides exclusive insight into the strategy and leadership nuances at play in today’s complex and dynamic global environment. Delivered by prominent faculty members in six global locations – Phoenix/Los Angeles, Geneva, Mumbai, Shanghai, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo – and online, the Executive MGLAS breaks free of a traditional, lockstep curriculum to immerse students in hands-on, culturally complex leadership situations. Real-world themes to be covered include megatrends, sustainable futures, shaping markets, capturing digital dividends, and delivering results. “There are senior managers and leaders who are moving up in their careers to take on increasingly global responsibilities, which means they need to have some on-the-ground knowledge

of different regions of the world,” said Thunderbird Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram. “They’re at places in their careers where they’re not going to take time off for executive courses, so we created a 21st-century flipped classroom with interactive learning.”

EXECUTIVE MASTER OF ARTS IN GLOBAL AFFAIRS AND MANAGEMENT (EMAGAM) At the intersection of global business, public policy and law Another 1-year program, the Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management, is a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral, solution-oriented degree focused on global innovation. The pro-

gram will be delivered at Thunderbird’s new regional hub in Washington, DC. The idea for a DC program was proposed by T-birds in the area, who had long wanted to see Thunderbird programs closer to

the nation’s capital. The EMAGAM is a “truly global degree for mid-career professionals in the public, private, or nonprofit sector who want to understand other sectors, engage other sectors, or move to another sector,” Khagram said. “A lot of folks in government want to move to the private sector or vice versa. They want a global degree that’s critical for that next career phase and they want to continue to work. It’s a wonderful opportunity that builds on ASU’s culture of working across disciplines and across schools.” Indeed, the EMAGAM is a perfect reflection of Thunderbird’s new transdisciplinary approach. Students can choose three pathways – global business, global law or global policy – taught by eminent faculty from Thunderbird and across ASU, including the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Students will take courses inside and outside their chosen pathway because effective global business leaders understand global law and global policy, and vice versa. Our inaugural EMAGAM cohort started in January 2020, and our Executive MGLAS program begins in the summer of 2020. (Do you know someone who would fit? Please refer them at thunderbird.asu. edu/degrees)

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Thunderbird Alumni

T-birds on the Move

Revathi Advaithi ’05 CEO, FLEX Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products globally announced that Revathi Advaithi, has been named Chief Executive Officer and appointed to the Board of Directors at Flex. Prior to Flex, Ms. Advaithi was president and chief operating officer for the Electrical Sector business for Eaton, a power management company with over $20 billion in sales, 102,000 employees and a market capitalization in excess of $33 billion. She also had corporate responsibility for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Ms. Advaithi managed the largest of Eaton’s businesses, consistently delivering high margins, while reducing earnings volatility. She secured more than $13 billion in sales in 2018, with an array of electrical solutions built on the strengths of full-scale engineering and support services. Ms. Advaithi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and


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Science in Pilani, India and an MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She currently serves as a non-executive director on the BAE Systems board. She also serves on both the executive committee and board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and on the board of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She is a strong advocate for STEM education for girls, women’s issues and diversity in the workplace.

Darrell Edwards ’09 Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, La-Z-Boy Inc. La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced the promotion of Darrell Edwards to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in May 2019. Edwards joined La-Z-Boy in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. In his expanded role, Edwards will lead the company’s international manufacturing

operations, including its joint venture in Thailand. Edwards will continue to report to Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, of La-Z-Boy Incorporated. Darrow said, “Darrell has been the chief architect of the La-Z-Boy supply chain strategy. Under his leadership, every facet of our supply chain was realigned. In addition to establishing our Asian-based sourcing team, he played pivotal roles in the move to cellular production at our La-Z-Boy branded manufacturing plants and the formation of our cut-and-sew facility in Mexico. These initiatives, as well as countless others, drove significant efficiencies and cost savings, in addition to further refining our mass customization and speed-to-market advantage in the industry. It is a natural progression for Darrell to oversee our international operations as we look to drive further optimization across our business.” Edwards serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee and the Michigan State University Supply Chain Management Council. In 2018, he was selected as a Rainmaker Award recipient by DC Velocity Magazine. Edwards holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a Master’s in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Soraya Hakuziyaremye ’05

Wolfgang Koester ’91

Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

Chief Evangelist, Kyriba

In October 2018, Minister Hakuziyaremye was appointed to serve as the Cabinet Minister of Trade and Industry in the Rwandan cabinet. Before her appointment as Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya was Senior Vice President in Financial Institutions/Financial Markets Risk at ING Bank in London. She also worked in various senior positions at BNP Paribas Group in Paris, Fortis Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon in Brussels. Minister Hakuziyaremye also served as Senior Advisor to Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2014. She was a board member of Ngali Holdings as well as the Brussels-Africa Hub. She brings a rich experience in global banking and advisory as well as international exposure to help local businesses become more competitive. She holds a postgraduate degree in International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management at Arizona State University in the United States and a master’s degree in Business Engineering (Ingénieur de Gestion) from the Solvay Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Wolfgang Koester became the Chief Evangelist at Kyriba, after entering an agreement with his company, FiREapps, the leader in enterprise currency management, and Kryiba, the global leader in cloud treasury and finance solutions. The deal creates the most advanced and effective solution for seamlessly managing the entire lifecycle of global foreign exchange (FX) risk. The agreement will combine two global leaders in cloud treasury and risk management, and further enhance Kyriba’s capabilities for safeguarding its clients against the entire continuum of financial and operational risk, including FX exposures, payments fraud, regulatory risk and more. The acquisition will create a highly advanced solution for managing global FX risk, including data gathering and consolidation, reporting, analytics, decision support, payments, hedge accounting and more. The combined result is a faster, more efficient way to manage FX exposures than using old school processes involving spreadsheets and manual data gathering across multiple systems. In a published case study, treasury executives from a multibillion-dollar US consumer goods company shared the results of using Kyriba and FiREapps to better manage their cash, liquidity,

payments and currency exposure across 38 ERP systems, 25 different business units and dozens of global banks. The initial result was a dramatic reduction in foreign currency net losses, from $90M (cumulative) in 2013-2015 down to $2M in 2016, and a near doubling of cash visibility to 95 percent. “The market has been asking for a single-vendor solution to manage the entire breadth of FX currency exposure,” said Wolfgang Koester, founder, and CEO of FiREapps. “By joining with Kyriba, we fill that gap with a highly differentiated solution, while also aligning with world-class capabilities for cash and risk management, payments, working capital optimization and more.”

Walid Badawi presents his credentials to Amp. Hon Monica Juma CS Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Photo: Andrew Kuria Muigai, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Intl. Trade

Walid Badawi ’92 Kenya Resident Representative, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Mr. Walid Badawi assumed the role of UNDP’s Kenya Resident Representative in June 2019 after serving as Country Director in South Africa. He has served UNDP for over 20 years, including previous work leading cross-cultural teams in Indonesia and Egypt as well as in the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States. Mr. Badawi holds a master’s degree in International Management (Finance and Marketing) from Thunderbird and a BA in Economics from Fordham University.

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Carlos Neuhaus on Leading Lima 2019 and Creating a Lasting Legacy Optimizing resources and organizing people made the Pan Am Games a success Carlos Neuhaus Tudela, ’74, is enjoying a victory lap of sorts following the success of Lima 2019. As President of the Organizing Committee of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, Neuhaus led the massive organization, which had a total budget estimated at $1.2 billion (US), 11,315 volunteers, 1,000 hours of competitions and ceremonies broadcast, and a total of 6,508 athletes. Peru was named as host of the Pan American and Parapan American Games, the fourth largest sporting event in the world, at a ceremony in Toronto in 2013. It was the first time for the country of 32 million people to host the Games. When Neuhaus took the reins as President of the Organizing Committee in 2016, very little had been done to plan the nearly 800 events in 56 sports. Neuhaus immediately began making up for lost time. Previously extravagant plans were scaled back and Lima 2019 began finding ways to save time and money by optimizing the funding and procurement related to the Games’ construction projects.

LEGACY: NEW MODEL OF PROCUREMENT, INNOVATION, TRANSPARENCY Since the Games wrapped up on Sept. 1, Neuhaus has received accolades for the smooth running of the events and for creating a management and organization model that allowed them to come in under its original budget. In fact, there is discussion at a national level about Lima 2019 leaving a legacy that will change how the public sector incorporates private project management tools in the future. Neuhaus met with the country’s new Minister of Economy and Finance to share some details about how he and his team


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The president of Panam Sports, Chilean Neven Ilic (L) and the president of the organizing committee of the Lima 2019 PanAmerican Games, Peruvian Carlos Neuhaus, onstage during the opening ceremony of the Games at the National Stadium in Lima, on July 26, 2019. - The Pan-American Games ran until August 11. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP via Getty Images)

overcame the legal, financial, and technical challenges related to the timely execution of the major infrastructure projects – stadiums, arenas, housing facilities – required for the Pan American Games. The motto for Lima 2019 was ‘Let’s All Play’ or ‘Jugamos Todos.’ Neuhaus’s personal mottos were closer to ‘Let’s All Work Together’ and ‘Never Give Up.’ The success of the Lima 2019 Games was based in large part on Neuhaus’ application of various mechanisms that allowed the rapid execution of the budget; among them, a key government-to-government (G2G) agreement with the United Kingdom. In April 2017, the UK and Peru signed an innovative G2G agreement making the UK their key partner in supporting the delivery of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games. Through this agreement Peru received UK assistance and knowledge-transfer to aid their preparations and delivery of the games. Thanks to the G2G agreement, the two countries shared best practices across a wide range of specializations, including planning, management, contracting, and execution of infrastructure works, which combined to allow Peru to work under international laws, ultimately facilitating the bidding processes for projects. As part of the agreement, a team of UK experts with experience running more than 100 major sporting events such as the 2012 Olympics was able to work closely with the Lima 2019 organizing committee, helping it deliver the infrastructure and organization of the games on-time and on-budget. Most of the funds were dedicated to the construction of permanent sports infrastructure, like the first Olympic size

swimming pool since 1962, which Peru hopes will lead to more bids for elite competitions in the future.


The honors started coming in. In part, because of this G2G agreement and new models for procurement, innovation, and transparency that came from it, Neuhaus was named the “Peruvian Entrepreneur of the Year” in November. He received the Medal of Honor for Citizen Merit and an honorary degree from the Association of Journalists of Peru. And the Mayor of Lima conferred the Order of Merit Medal in the rank of “Gran Cruz” to Carlos Neuhaus for organizing the Games. Neuhaus, who had previously been recognized by the president of Peru and Peruvian Congress, thanked the dignitaries from Lima for awarding him the medal of the city. “All the work we did was for the athletes. Each medal they won was recognition for us. That’s why we celebrated each of their victories. I’m very grateful for this honor. To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect this distinction, but it is very important to me because this medal was also awarded to my father many years ago. I’m honored to receive this medal on behalf of the city,” said the president of COPAL, Organizing Committee of the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games. “I am moved to receive this type of recognition because I feel like we made Peru proud. We ran a race filled with obstacles and we overcame everything for the athletes, who were our primary motivation,” said Neuhaus, who earned his master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird in 1974.


The “we” Neuhaus refers to is a very large team that included several other Thunderbird alumni and a network of volunteers, which in itself leaves a social legacy. Thunderbird alumni involved included Glenn Cameron ’90, Carlos Manuel Lazarte ’03, Carlos Manuel Lazarte ’03, and Christian van Oordt ’04. This army of volunteers was recognized frequently throughout the Games for its kindness, joy, proactivity, and teamwork. As part of the campaign to recruit volunteers, coordinators made about 400 visits to municipalities, universities, institutes, schools, federations, public institutions, and private companies throughout Peru. These organizations became strategic partners in recruiting thousands of volunteers. A total of 11,311 volunteers participated in the Pan American Games and 5,500 in the Parapan American Games. Volunteers came from Lima, outside of the capital, and from abroad.

The Lima 2019 volunteers became ambassadors of Peru’s culture and traditions, with an enhanced sense of citizenship and diversity. Organizers are proud of the team of volunteers from across the country. “We left a social legacy of trained volunteers who can help with any campaign,” said Angela Morales, head of the volunteer program. “The volunteers became the soul of the Games,” Neuhaus said. “It would have been difficult without them. We had over 100,000 people interested in the program. They helped us in different departments, always with smiles on their faces. It was amazing because they were always ready to help.”


Carlos Neuhaus took on a great challenge. And the man who has surfing in his blood, who turned to sport as a child to help heal himself from the effect of asthma, knew the Lima 2019 Games would be the basis of his legacy in many respects. Two years and 10 months after Neuhaus took on the magnanimous challenge of building the infrastructure and the supporting human network necessary to kick off Peru’s biggest sporting event, the 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games began. “We couldn’t let the country be ashamed before the Americas and be known as a country that fails to fulfill a commitment. That was our main motivation,” Neuhaus said. Peru was far from ashamed. Lima 2019 had 21 sports that were qualifiers for Tokyo 2020, attracting leading sports figures from the Americas. Perhaps the numbers speak for themselves. In total, 80 Pan American Games records were broken in seven sports while Brady Ellison of the United States broke the World Record in the 70-meter individual archery competition. A grand total of 3,028 medals were awarded at Lima 2019: 419 gold, 419 silver, and 523 bronze, with the United States, once again, topping the medal table with an impressive total of 293 medals. All the numbers big and small indicate that the summary of the Lima 2019 Pan American Games was extremely positive. Up next for Neuhaus? The former head of the Peruvian Surf Federation continues to ride the crest of the Lima 2019 wave. In December, he took the reins of the Association of Shopping and Entertainment Centers of Peru, where he intends to continue fine-tuning the new management and organization model he developed for the Games. As the afterglow dims, what remains is a super-charged sense of national pride for what was a spectacular Games.

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Narce Caliva ’56 — Narce has been retired since 1995. He has continued to volunteer for the American Red Cross and for the Korean War Veterans Association, where he is serving on the KWVA National Board of Directors. He and his wife were invited as guests of the Republic of Korea to attend the 70th Anniversary of the ROK Armed Forces in Seoul in October 2018. Among the many functions and events, they, along with other veterans and guests from nations that had sent troops to fight in the war, were highly honored at a luncheon at the Blue House hosted by President Moon and the First Lady. In April 2019, Narce will complete 60 years of Red Cross service and in September will be 90.


Tom Aageson ’63 — Tom is co-founder of Creative Startups, a leading accelerator for entrepreneurs in the Creative Economy and is located in 4 locations around the world. Tom recently published a book titled

Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success: How Startups in the Creative Industries are Transforming the Global Economy. He is also the co-founder of the Santa Fe International Folk-Art Market, the largest folk art market in the world. Tom was VP of Marketing and Merchandising at Mystic Seaport, where he created the Mystic Maritime Art Gallery along with other startups. Tom led artisan entrepreneurs from 20 countries into international markets as Director of Aid to Artisans. Richard Ragsdale ’67 — “After graduating from the Thunderbird, I worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC for five years. In 1973, I moved to Nashville, TN, to accept the job of VP and Treasurer of Hospital Affiliates International, Inc. In 1981, I was promoted to VP, Treasurer and CFO of INA Health Care Group, Dallas, TX, HAI’s parent company. In 1982 I co-founded Republic Health Corporation, Dallas, TX. That’s where, in 1983 and 1984, I raised over $400 million in the public capital markets, more

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than any other health services company during that time. In 1980, I co-founded GreatNorthern Health Management, Ltd., A British private hospital company, which we sold to a French conglomerate in October 1989. In 1996, I co-founded and I served as Chairman of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), a rural hospital company that we took public. I left CHS in 1998 after the Company was acquired by Forstmann Little in a $1.1 billion leveraged-buy-out (LBO). I was Chairman of HealthMont, Inc. for three years; was a Director of Vanderbilt University Technology Company from 2001 to 2003; served on the Legislative Commission of the Federation of American Hospitals from 1984 to 1995. I was a Trustee and Chairman of Benton Hall School, and I was the Trustee and Chairman of Maryville College from 1993 to 2005. I coached in the Spring Valley Athletic Association, Dallas in the mid-80s; served as Chairman of the Hospital Authority of Metro Nashville and Davidson County from 1999 to 2008; and chaired the Nashville Zoo board from 2000 to 2012. A serial entrepreneur, I have co-founded ten health services companies, serving as a Director and, for some, Chairman of the Board. For those companies, I

helped match management with business ideas, helped raise venture capital to fund the enterprises, and provided advice and counsel when needed. In addition to the Thunderbird Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship in 1990 and the Jonas Mayer Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993; I was awarded the Maryville College Medallion (Its highest honor) in 1999; the 2011 Sage Award from The Council on Aging Of Middle Tennessee; was inducted into the Benton Hall School Hall of Fame in 2010, and was recognized by 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee in 2001. I have been included in more than thirty Who’s Who publications, including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017-2018. In 2019 I was named Top Healthcare Executive of The Year and recognized for Lifetime Achievement by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), NYC. Though I am retired, I remain active in personal and community projects and pursue private adventures, such as a recent tandem skydive with my grandson (3,500 feet, 285 mph!). I have three children and two grandchildren. After my wife of 41 years passed away in 2008, I married Ping Xu Ragsdale. We live happily together in Nashville, TN.”


Gary Lumsden ’73 — Gary recently from Palm Beach, Florida to Paradise Valley, Arizona to launch a new broadcast advertising agency. “It will be fantastic to be back in Arizona once again. Both Arizona and Thunderbird have changed for the better.” Ronald MacDonald ’73 — Ronald is retired now living in Prescott Valley, AZ after living in Vietnam, Tokyo, Jakarta, England, and most recently, Ecuador. Arne Rosell ’73 — “I am now retired for many years living in Sigtuna, 40 km from Stockholm, and the oldest city in Sweden. I spend my time mostly traveling and playing golf. Actually, I went to the Thunderbird campus event last year celebrating the departure from the Glendale campus but did not meet anyone from my class. My career has mostly been international and in the medical field as I have also studied medicine. I have lived in Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium, and Austria working for different companies.” Andrew Lubin ’74 — Andrew celebrated his May (2019) semi-retirement by hiking the robust 45-mile Salkantay Trail and climbing Machu Picchu. While no longer teaching undergrad or grad school or serving as a USMC Combat Correspondent in Iraq and

Afghanistan, Andrew is the president of Defense Solutions International, a security-related company currently active in West Africa, Iraq, and Israel. He’d enjoy hearing from his T-bird classmates and friends at Lawrence Bradley ’75 — “Residing in Singapore since 1980, retired since 2016 from Kerr-McGee/ Tronox where I was Managing Director Asia/ Pacific, married w/two children William age 27 and Julia 18 - the latter of whom just graduated from Singapore American School & is heading to university at Western U in Ontario, which her brother also attended. I continue to be active with the Hash House Harriers, Anglican Church, and mentoring at the National University of Singapore.” Daniel Wagner ’75 — Daniel, CEO of Country Risk Solutions, published his sixth book in February - China Vision - addressing how China’s government approaches international relations and its impact on countries around the world. George Fong ’76 — George is a Professor of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. Deborah Smith ’75 — “I am still doing spa and wellness facility consulting for hotels, resorts and private clubs globally. For the last 20 years, I’ve been based in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen,

Colorado. Free time spent hiking, cross-country skiing, and outreach for a couple of non-profit boards. I cherish the time I spent at Thunderbird and the lifelong friends I made. Another of my classmates said it well, ‘it was a different time’…in the middle of the desert, with a distinguished cast of characters as far as students and faculty went. I participated as a Project Artemis mentor to aspiring female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Jordan a decade ago and had occasion to be at the Glendale campus once again for the Afghanistan and Jordan week-long sessions. It was special.” Robert Lawes ’76 — “Alive and well, have lived in Australia approximately 25 years. Thunderbird has gotten me around a great deal of the world over many years. Interesting side-note: I went to ASU (then Arizona State College) with the idea of going on to The American institute for Foreign Trade (now Thunderbird). I eventually got to Thunderbird and now am reconnected to ASU.” G.J. Rancourt ’78 — Originally from Canada, G.J. continues to enjoy a full, vibrant and tremendously abundant life ministering in Costa Rica where he is a permanent resident. He is the inventor, founder, and CEO of the global EZ Creeper Company, which is headquartered in Canada. He is also the owner and president of a real estate company.


Christophe Bellinger ’80 — Christophe has worked for American Hospital Supply in France and later began a 38-year career in political risk insurance (PRI) working for American International Group, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency as one of its first staff and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) – all in the field of political risk insurance, credit insurance, and guarantees. He retired from ADB in 2014 and based his home in Manila, Philippines for 10 years. He also established his own consulting firm, Credit Enhancement Products LLC, and has continued working as a consultant for other international organizations, most recently the African Development Bank based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire always in the same field. He credits the Thunderbird’s tripartite program for his career preparation. David Jones ’82 — David is retired and living happily in the central Visayas islands in the Philippines. Robert Shearer ’82 — Robert was recently elected to the board of directors of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Robert retired from BlackRock Advisors LLC in 2017 where he the managing director. Robert has over 35 years of experience in securities and leading investment

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management firms. Philip Dei Dolori ’83 — Philip is the President, Europe and Asia for Welbilt Corporations, maker of commercial appliances. He resides in Munich, Germany. Hai-Yang Chen ’84 — Hai-Yang Chen has been named the next dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University. Previously Chen was the dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University from July 2013 until returning to the faculty in July 2016. He previously held administrative positions as the founding managing director of the Global Financial Services Institute, founding director of E*TRADE Financial Learning Center and founding director of the Financial Planning Program, all within the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Kymberly Eide ’84 — Kymberly was recently appointed president of Aperture, the largest provider of credentialing services to the healthcare industry. Kymberly joins Aperture with extensive operational, sales, and product leadership expe-

rience in the healthcare, manufacturing, and services industries. Kymberly previously spent 11 years at Optum leading product strategy and growth for its provider data management line of services. Zeek Ojeh ’84 — Zeek serves on the board of directors of Arizona’s third-largest credit union, The Arizona Federal Credit Union. Previously, he served on the boards of the state-wide Manufactured Housing Board and the Arizona Finance Housing Authority as a Governor’s appointee. John Scadden ’84 — John joined ATL Technology as the Chief Financial Officer. ATL Technology creates custom medical connector systems, custom interconnect assemblies, and turnkey manufacturing solutions. Prior to ATL, John served as CFO in two Portland, Oregon based firms, Dry, Inc. and Evo, Inc., and brings 25+ years of experience with highgrowth companies to this position. Additionally, he was treasurer of FEI Company and held finance roles within Novell, Inc. Ahmed Dawood ’85 — Ahmed is the CEO of AD Automotive International.

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Class Notes Steven Croxton ’86 — Steven was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Rekor Systems Inc, a leading provider of innovative vehicle recognition systems. Steven currently serves as Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for Rice, Voelker, LLC and has more than 32 years of experience in investment and commercial banking. During his career, Steve has been involved in financing and advisory transactions totaling more than $35 billion for a variety of public and private corporations. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Peninsula Gaming Partners, LLC, and has held leadership roles with responsibilities related to investment, corporate, and international banking. Paul Bradley ’87 — Paul recently received the Transformative Leadership in Global Supply Chain Management Award at the Indian Institute of Supply Chain Management’s annual ceremony in India and was also awarded the CEO Excellence Award for Supply Chain Innovation and Best International Business Consultancy 2018 South East Asia by CEO Monthly Magazine United Kingdom. Kate Ferguson ’87 — Kate was named the new Director of Multifamily Programs for the California Housing


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Finance Agency. Kate has more than 30 years of experience in the multifamily lending world, most recently with BBVA Compass’ Affordable Housing division in Denver. In addition, she spent three years in risk management and underwriting with Mercy Housing, one of the biggest non-profit housing developers in the United States. She also has experience in California, with seven years at Bank of America and Scotia Bank in San Francisco. In those roles, she was responsible for credit analysis, construction management and portfolio management for the West Coast. Helane Nelson ’87 — Helane is currently attending William M. Bowen Law School at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will be graduating in December 2020. Kenneth Strange ’87 — Ken published a new book “It’s Your Camino: One Couple’s 500-mile Pilgrimage Across Spain.” You can find more information about the book on Elizabeth Evans ’88 — Elizabeth works in developing partnerships for F500’s in the healthcare technology arena primarily aging-related.


Kevin Glynn ’90 — Kevin recently was awarded the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year award at the SIM Chicago’s Spring Gala. Kevin is the Chief Information Officer at DSC Logistics. He is responsible for all information technology including IT operations, new system developments, and telecommunications. He leads the IT team in leveraging information technology to enable optimization across the enterprise and deliver innovative solutions to DSC’s customers. Rob Marandino ’90 — Rob currently consults in NYC providing marketing strategy and financial road maps for venture capital firms seeking go-to-market plans for direct-to-consumer health & wellness brand investment/acquisitions. He helped scale start-up and early-stage brands by increasing brand awareness, quality lead generation and conversion, multimedia creative production, and both paid and earned media management. Since graduating from Thunderbird in December 1990, Rob has held several Chief Marketing Officer and VP Marketing positions in the

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health, wellness, fitness, diet/nutrition, and medical device spaces, including: VP Marketing, Sono Bello Body Contouring Centers; VP Marketing, Marketing Architects; Chief Marketing Officer, Therative Medical Device; Chief Marketing Officer, Fig Body Shaping Centers; Chief Marketing Officer, TrimSpa, Chief Marketing Officer, GoodTimes Entertainment (Billy Blanks); VP Marketing, Weider Nutrition. Doug Tilden ’90 — Doug was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. Doug previously was with Chase Auto, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York City, where he served as executive director and head of treasury and profitability management, a position with a wide range of responsibilities including portfolio funding, capital, liquidity, profitability management and reporting, business development support, as well as annual investments in information technology. He was also CFO for Chase Auto’s direct-to-consumer lending business. Amanda Hayes ’91 — Amanda has joined the Board of Directors at Veterans Recovery Resources. Veterans Recovery Resources is a community-based non-profit organization that serves veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. Amanda has 30 years of marketing strat-

egy, communications and program management experience in the consulting services, technology start-up and non-profit industries. She spent 18 years working and contracting with Accenture in London, Toronto, and the U.S. and is currently a co-owner of MFH Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. Amanda is passionate about raising awareness of the issues facing our veteran community across the nation, all of whom have so selflessly served our country. She joins the board after volunteering her services full-time for nearly three years. David Alltop ’92 — David has retired from Wells Fargo in San Francisco after 34 years in banking and has moved to Rocklin, CA to work in the business office at William Jessup University. Christopher Boone ’92 — Christopher was recently appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of National Energy Services Reunited Corp., a national, industry-leading provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and Asia Pacific regions. Christopher has more than 25 years of industry experience including advising private equity transactions and previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Tesco Corporation and Chief Financial Officer at Lufkin Industries. Lloyd Diamond ’92 — Lloyd has been appointed to the role of

Chief Executive Officer of Pixium Vision. Lloyd brings with him 25 years of experience in the life science industry. Lloyd most recently served as the CEO of Precise Light Surgical, a commercially ready medical device company in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Bonesupport AB, a European orthobiologic company, where he drove rapid market penetration in Europe and the U.S. which led to a successful IPO on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm. Jon Kondo ’93 — Jon joined the leadership team of Appen as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Jon brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience and a strong track record of revenue growth from global big data companies and SaaS-based start-ups. As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, his responsibilities include leading Appen’s global sales and marketing teams and ensuring strong alignment to deliver continued customer value and revenue performance. Jon brings an extensive background in data, technology, and customer-focused leadership to Appen. Steve Mack ’93 — Steve joined Envida of Colorado Springs as the Director of Finance and Strategy. Prior to joining Envida Steve held executive financial roles at TRG Arts, Innov Wire Technology, Diamond Wire Material Technologies, and America Online.

Pedro Soares ’93 — Pedro has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Sherpa. Pedro joined Sherpa in October 2018 as the Chief Strategy Officer, adding to the company’s extensive expertise more than 20 years of international leadership experience, including growing businesses and developing brands at Anheuser-Busch and Turnberry. Kristen Moore ’94 — Kristen recently joined the leadership team at inVia Robotics as Chief Marketing Officer. Kristen brings more than 20 years of experience, most recently serving as chief marketing officer and head of e-commerce at LifeSeasons. At LifeSeasons, she was responsible for building the brand and e-commerce business. She previously served in various leadership roles at Demand Media, FedEx, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies. Mitchell Slape ’94 — Mitchell was recently appointed as CEO of Massmart, subsidiary of Walmart, in South Africa. Massmart owns Builders Warehouse, Makro, Game, Jumbo Cash and Carry and Dion Wired. Mitchell joined Walmart in 1995 and has worked in a variety of senior roles within Walmart most recently as the interim President and CEO for Walmart Japan. Anabel Cuadros Yeiser ’94 — Anabel is a certified Spanish court interpreter working for U.S. Immigration and the

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District Court. Robert Criste ’95 — Robert is now residing in Atlanta, Georgia and is a water industry expert - Storm-water, surface water, water-use-efficiency technologies, and SaaS platforms. Sean Deason ’95 — Sean was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer at WABCO Holdings Inc. Sean joined WABCO in June 2015 and served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Controller. Prior to joining WABCO, Sean spent four years with Evraz N.A., where he was Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to that, he spent twelve years with Lear Corporation where he served as Director, Finance, Corporate Business Planning & Analysis, Director, Finance, Asia Pacific Operations, Assistant Treasurer, as well as holding other positions of increasing responsibility from August 1999. Ted Raad ’96 — Ted was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for Pulmatrix. Ted joined Pulmatrix in 2017 as Chief Business Officer to provide strategic business guidance and lead all business development efforts, which resulted

in a partnership with Cipla Technologies for the development and commercialization of Pulmazole. Ted brings more than 20 years of experience, including executive leadership roles at Option Care and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Daniel Ring ’97 — Daniel was appointed as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning at Soligenix, Inc. Previously, Daniel served as the Vice President of Business Development at Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC and as an executive with Merck & Co for 17 years in various sales, marketing, and finance positions, rising to Executive Director of Corporate Licensing. Alberto Bottene ’98 — Alberto Bottene joined ChromaDex as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development in August 2019. Alberto is a global executive with over 30 years of domestic and international business experience in launching, building and managing new markets in the health, beauty and supplements space. He was a key driver behind the growth of Wella AG in Latin America as well as Guthy-Renker’s worldwide

expansion. Alberto brings his experience and knowledge of both domestic and international markets to ChromaDex to help propel the growth of existing and new markets. Frederick Guanich ’98 — Since graduating from Thunderbird, Frederick has worked in Argentina, followed by New York, Mexico, Uruguay and is now located in Houston and is the Treasurer for Tricon International, Ltd. Kelli Johnson ’98 — Kelli was recently recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of Human Resources in recognition of her role as Owner of KJ HR Consulting. With over 22 years of experience in Human Resources, Kelli has set herself far apart from her competition. She has extensive expertise in Business Strategy, Strategic Workforce Planning, Global Agility, Change Management, Organizational Development and Design, Systems Implementations, Talent Assessment, and Succession Planning. Her exquisite customer service has allowed her to remain at the top of her field for decades. Ademir Sarcevic ’98 — Ademir recently was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer at Standex International Corporation. Prior to joining Standex, Ademir worked at Pentair plc where he had been serving as its Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.

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Jarad Carleton ’99 — Jarad, a 19-year market industry veteran, was promoted to Global Program Leader of Frost & Sullivan’s cybersecurity market research practice. His team of analysts in the Americas, Europe, and APAC provides cybersecurity market intelligence and thought leadership to security vendors, investment banks, and CISOs in every industry who need to understand more about security solutions that can resolve modern business challenges associated with highly networked environments and digital transformation initiatives. Jarad, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been based in Austria (Salzburg state) since 2015. Julianne O’Dwyer ’99 — Julianne is a personal health coach. Over the holidays, she traveled to Nepal where she visited a monkey temple, kings’ palaces, spiritual place Gupta, rode an elephant & saw rhinos & crocodiles. To see her travels and adventure visit her website

Felipe Pastrana ’00 — Felipe was recently appointed to be the CEO of AbbVie Spain. AbbVie is a biopharmaceutical company that was founded in 2013. Previously, Felipe was the International Vice President of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EEMEA). Felipe’s career began working for companies including Monsanto, Johnson & Johnson, the Zambon Group and Wyeth, occupying different commercial positions and as Country Manager. In 2001 Felipe joined Abbott Colombia, in the division of specialized products and immunology. After changing companies in 2004, he returned in 2008 as CEO of Abbott Venezuela, later occupying other management positions in Canada and, in 2014, in Spain. Todd Heustess ’01 — Todd was recently appointed as the Vice President of Development at the Museum of Latin American Art. Todd has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, management acumen, and business and partnership develop-

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ment. Most recently, he served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Partnerships with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Tay Kim ’01 — Tay Kim was recently appointed as Chief of MSCI’s Korea Unit. Tay has 20 years of experience working in the financial industry. She was formerly a managing director and head of institutional business for Franklin Templeton Investment Trust Management, advising government institutions, pension funds, insurance companies, banks and other corporations for 13 years. Previously, Tay held senior roles at Citibank Korea and SK Securities and spent time as a research analyst at UBS Warburg Securities. Susan Stella ’02 — Susan was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Cultural Vistas. Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit that has facilitated skill-building international exchange programs since 1963. Susan is the Founder/ Owner of Stella Advisors, LLC, providing strategic consulting to the private equity and venture capital industry. Cheryl Zelenak ’02 — Cheryl was recently appointed as the Vice President of Marketing at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Cheryl joins Advanced Dermatology with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of marketing, including

brand management, strategy, public relations, consumer research, and outreach via digital, social, electronic and print media, as well as local community marketing. Most recently, she was Director of Marketing for Colonial Management Group, a leading provider of addiction treatment and recovery services. She also worked at Orlando-Laconia Harley-Davidson, Darden Restaurants, Hasbro, and Hormel. John Dunning ’03 — John has been appointed as the President of Recall Masters, Inc. He brings more than two decades of experience to Recall Masters as an entrepreneur, investor, and operational executive. His expertise ranges from founding CEO at Confident Financial Services (now DigniFi), currently the leading auto repair financing solution, to serving as a critical team member in several San Francisco-based software start-ups, to working as a venture capitalist. He also founded and served as CEO of two Boulder, Colorado-based technology start-ups and has served as an advisor to several software businesses. Most recently, John ran San Juan Vacation Ventures, LLC, the largest vacation rental management agency in the San Juan Islands, northwest of Seattle. DeVere Kutscher ’03 — DeVere joined BiasSync in September

as the Vice President of Training and Certification. DeVere brings with him his experience in small and minority business policy and advocacy, communications, media, diversity & inclusion, and nonprofit-corporate engagement. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor at Public Private Strategies, a boutique consulting firm focused on creating opportunities where the public and private sectors meet. Prior to that position, Kutscher served as Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Communications at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Cody Sutton ’03 — Cody is the Government Relations Manager at Shell. Paola Nealon ’05 — Paola recently became a shareholder of Meketa Investment Group (Meketa), a global investment consulting and advisory firm. This firm is entirely employee-owned and now has a total of 57 shareholders. Paola serves as a consultant for public and private funds, in addition to Taft-Hartley plans. She is a member of the firm’s Global Macroeconomic/ Tactical Asset Allocation Committee. David Dodge ’06 and Lauren Nguyen ’06 — This married Thundercouple met while completing their MBAs at Thunderbird, and together launched an online coding school for children

five years ago called CodaKid that serves more than 10,000 students in 80+ countries around the world. Megan Ronk ’07 — Megan was appointed to the board of directors of Mountain West Bank, a division of Glacier Bank. Megan has served as Idaho Power’s director of business innovation and development since 2018. She spent the prior seven years working at the Idaho Department of Commerce and also was appointed the first executive director of the Idaho Meth Project. Megan has been teaching microeconomics as an adjunct faculty member at The College of Western Idaho since 2010. Darrell Edwards ’09 – Darrell was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP at La-Z-Boy. Darrell joined La-Z-Boy in 2004 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, where he is responsible for all La-Z-Boy Branded manufacturing, Regional Distribution Centers, Research & Development, S&OP Planning, procurement, the La-ZBoy branded business customer experience, and after-market operations and services. In his expanded role, Edwards will lead the company’s international manufacturing operations, including its joint venture in Thailand.

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Nicholas Smith ’10 — Nicholas recently moved to Pittsburgh to lead a global process re-engineering team at BNY Mellon. Courtney Williams ’10 — Courtney is the Co-Founder and CEO of Emagine Solutions Technology LLC. Emagine developed Vistascan, a mobile ultrasound machine that you use with your phone or tablet. To learn more about Courtney’s start-up visit their website at Revathi Advaithi ’05 — Revathi was named Chief Executive Officer of Flex, the Sketch-toScale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products globally. Prior to Flex, Revathi was President and Chief Operating Officer for the Electrical Sector business for Eaton, a power management company with over $20 billion in sales, 102,000 employees and a market capitalization in excess of $33 billion. She also had corporate responsibility for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. She managed the largest of Eaton’s businesses, consistently delivering

high margins while reducing earnings volatility. Sanjeev Javia ’13 — Sanjeev was recently named President and CEO of BergaMet, a subsidiary of Grey Cloak Tech Inc. BergaMet imports, manufactures, and distributes a proprietary line of products derived from the rare citrus fruit called “Bergamot.” Sanjeev has 17 years of experience formulating nutrition products and has developed entire lines of supplement products, with a focus on health and sports performance. His specialty and research emphasis is on nutrition and exercise interventions in diabetes/ obesity, autoimmune diseases, neurological issues, and post-chemotherapy recovery. His client list includes some of the world’s top athletes, including Super Bowl MVPs, Stanley Cup Champions, World Series Hall of Famers, and Olympic Medalists. Sanjeev is the founder/ CEO of Javia Wellness Group and both a board member and partner in various health-related organizations, such as Youngevity, SpeedFlex Training Systems, Like A Pro Inc, SuperFlex

Fitness, DermSpectra Imaging, and Splash Beverage Group. Ruby White ’13 — Ruby was recently promoted from Vice President of Human Resources to Senior Vice President of Human Resources at EagleView. EagleView is the leading provider of aerial imagery and property data analytics for the government, insurance, construction, and energy sectors. Michael Oviedo ’14 — Michael was appointed as the Director of International Business at Professional Coin Grading Service. Michael operates from the Shanghai office of PCGS. Em Martin Brott, ’16 — Em was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of the 27-year-old nonprofit Drawing Studio, a cultural organization that brings art and the benefits of creating art to the entire community through affordable fee-based and free classes and workshops, events and exhibits, and by fostering awareness that the world is a better place when art and creative spirit are fostered as cultural necessities. Em is an experienced fundraiser, accomplished senior executive, and caring manager with extensive experience in the Tucson non-profit sector. Most recently she was the Chief Development Officer for Our Family Services, where her team was responsible for all

fundraising, communications, and contract management of the $5 million homeless-serving organization. She previously worked for more than a decade as a river ecologist, community organizer, and fundraiser at the Sonoran Institute. Pepe Santos ’18 — After graduation, Pepe was able to work on high-level evaluations of international development projects for USAID with major contributions for two publications: Endline Performance Evaluation of the USAID Global Health Ebola Team Ebola Virus Disease Survivor Program and The State of Water, Sanitation, and Women’s Empowerment: A Baseline exploration on Women + Water (W+W) Global Development Alliance implementation areas in Madhya Pradesh, India. Recently he began working in the UNICEF Country Programme Evaluation for Serbia (2016-2020), in which he designed and managed the proposal submission and support data analysis for final reporting. Michael Severin ’19 — Michael is deploying to Djibouti, Africa as part of the United States Navy. Larissa Simoncello ’19 — Upon graduation, Larissa accepted a position as an Anti-Financial Crime Analyst with Deutsche Bank, in Jacksonville, FL. She will oversee all existing and incoming investments coming from Latin America.

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In Memoriam Kevin Allen ’16 — Kevin Allen passed away on May 23, 2019, after a valiant 3-month fight with cancer. Kevin was a loving husband and father. He was also a dazzling performer; he’d act in plays, sing in musicals, and was an unrivaled master of ceremonies for scores of social and corporate events. He was a skilled salesman, a professional speaker, an author, an entrepreneur, a pigeon fancier, a prison minister, and a sought-after corporate officer. He was blessed with the genuine ability to entertain hundreds of people while at the same time forming countless individual bonds with those whom he interacted with. Robert Ballytyne ’70 — Bob died on December 11, 2019, at the age of 78 in San Antonio, Texas. Born and raised in Windsor, Vermont, Bob attended schools in Windsor, until transferring to Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, where he graduated in 1959. He attended Muskingum College in Ohio where he received his B.A. degree in 1964. He completed his junior year of college in Madrid, Spain, which began his lifelong affinity for the Spanish language. After a few years teaching languages at his secondary school alma mater, Kimball Union Academy (1964-1966), Bob entered


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the Master’s Degree program in languages at Middlebury College. In 1967, after achieving his master’s degrees in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury, he moved to Rhode Island, where Bob taught at St. George’s School in Newport for two years. In 1970, Bob graduated from Thunderbird. He then was posted to Beirut, Lebanon by Kelley-Springfield Tire Company, where he resided for five years. As a civil war began in Beirut, his family had a subsequent job posting in Johannesburg, South Africa. He later moved to Kuwait where he carried out sales for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company throughout the Middle East until 1980. Upon leaving his international assignments, he returned to a teaching position, first at The Gunnery (19801981) in Washington, Connecticut, followed by Kimball Union Academy (1981-1992), where he taught Spanish and coached. He then moved to Florida and Arizona, where he worked in real estate and in the hospitality industry until his retirement in 2016 when he moved to San Antonio to be near his family. Many will remember Bob for his dry wit and his persistent struggle to improve at golf. He enjoyed writing, studying history, watching football, and woodworking. He will

be remembered fondly, not only by his family and friends but by the hundreds of students whose lives he touched in classrooms throughout his career. Diane Bishop ’74 — Diane passed away November 23, 2019, following an extended illness. Diane graduated from UCLA, Thunderbird, and the Columbia University School of Library Science. After working as a translator for the National Security Agency, where she met her husband of 41 years, Howard, she spent the majority of her working years as a librarian. She specialized in children’s services and was employed by the Prince George’s County Public Library System (MD), Prince George’s County Community College, and the Placer County Library. Best known as Nevada County’s original walking Christmas Tree, Diane had diverse interests and was always eager to throw herself into new pursuits. A lover of children’s literature, she was an avid collector of pop-up books. She restored and drove a 1930 Model A Ford and enjoyed playing various musical instruments, most recently, the ukulele. Glenn Bowlus ’48 — Glenn passed away on November 1, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in 1926 in Fremont, Ohio to Rollo and Estella

Bowlus. They moved to Arizona in 1938 and Glenn fell in love with the state. He attended Phoenix Union High School where he met Roya, his future wife. He graduated in 1944 and with 30 classmates, joined the U.S. Navy. On returning home from World War II, Glenn attended ASU and Thunderbird. After working for large corporations, Glenn learned he was not a “corporate” man and returned to Phoenix. He ran the state operation for Frito Lay before deciding to start Bowlus Distributing Co. and Sahuaro Spice Co. Glenn had a passion for cars, owning 67 in his lifetime. He was active in the Horseless Carriage and Sun Country Model T car clubs. He was also active in the Phoenix West Rotary. Glenn and Roya traveled extensively and Glenn had a memorable trip retracing World War II events with his son Pat. Jose Cattani ’89 — His jovial, friendly, and mischievous yet dependable character made him lifetime friends from all corners of the world. After graduation, he became a long-term Thunderbird Ambassador in Latin America. He was also the initiator of the 25-year reunion of his graduating class in May 2019, rekindling old friendships and the magical Thunderbird spirit. Then only six months later, we got the news that he had died from carbon monoxide

poisoning in his flat in Quito. His classmates established a scholarship in his name at Thunderbird to remember his legacy. Keith Cromley ’75 — Keith passed away on February 5, 2019, of Parkinson’s Disease in Sun City West, AZ. Keith was very proud of his Thunderbird degree and all his great T-bird friends he made at Thunderbird. Roland Day ’53 — Roland passed away on July 2, 2019. He attended UC Santa Barbara. After graduating, he hitchhiked alone across Africa, spent a summer on a fishing boat in Alaska, and attended Thunderbird (which he fondly referred to as “the crazy school”). Ron’s love of debate and critical thinking made law school the next logical step in his life. Upon graduating from UC Hastings College of Law, Ron learned of a need for young lawyers in San Diego and answered the call. Soon, he landed a job in the City Attorney’s Office. Ron would join two fellow attorneys and form the law firm, Rand, Day & Ziman. Ron loved the law and as a civil litigator was known to be a consummate gentleman in the courtroom. At the age of 70, Ron went back to school to get a master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling. He was thrilled when he landed his first and last job as a “therapist” at a mental

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healthcare facility in San Diego. Ron had no greater passion than traveling, visiting nearly 100 countries in his lifetime. Other passions included skiing (he took his final run at age 84), tennis (he left the court at age 86), and bridge (he played with the same group of cronies most Wednesday nights for nearly 50 years). He was a voracious reader and constant consumer of news and history. He loved telling stories, holding forth on politics, and though he enjoyed a dry gin martini, he abhorred cocktail chatter. Joaquim M. Duarte Jr. — Longtime Thunderbird professor Joaquim Duarte Jr. passed away at age 94 on March 11, 2019, following a brief illness. Duarte attended Stanford University where he received his BA degree, summa cum laude, in History and Chinese.

Two years thereafter he earned and was awarded an MA from Stanford in Hispanic-American and Luso-Brazilian studies. During much of this time (1942-1946) he was also a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Intelligence and Communications Division of the USNR; was an instructor of the Portuguese language, assistant in Latin American studies, assistant editor and contributor to the Hispanic American Report, Stanford University, 1949-51; assistant editor of Review of Inter-American Bibliography, and conference assistant with Inter-American Economic and Social Council of the Organization of American States 1952; National Security Agency, 19521957 (Defense Dept. Fellowship 1952-1953; Braniff International Airlines 1957-1958; Latin American Division of Bank

of America 1958-1962; Lecturer in Latin American studies, Portuguese history and geography, instructor of Portuguese language, and assistant editor of Hispanic American Report, Stanford University 1962-1963. Joaquim relocated to Arizona in the mid-1960s and immediately began teaching at the American Institute for Foreign Trade, a school that later became known as The American Graduate School of International Management (“Thunderbird”) in Glendale, where he remained until his retirement. He ultimately rose to the Chairmanship of the Department of International Studies. Accomplished and beloved, Joaquim is sorely missed by his many friends and former colleagues. Susan Dunbar ’68 — Susan passed away on May 29, 2019. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, after graduating from Thunderbird she traveled to Mexico and worked in LA as a Spanish speaking social worker. After a time, Susan pursued her love for the spoken word at a service that produced tapes for the blind. She then took a position managing a bookstore, which led to owning her own bookstore. Susan also pursued acting at Golden Chain Theater in Oakhurst, as well as singing in numerous choirs. Michael Guay ’80 — Michael passed away on June 5, 2019. Michael was a resident of

Lebanon, New Hampshire at the time of passing. Michael was loving and helpful to all his family and friends. William Guyon ’65 — Bill passed away on June 11, 2019 due to complications from Atheroembolic Disease. After graduating from Thunderbird, Bill worked at Miller Electric in International Sales, and had the opportunity to travel to 67 countries. When Bill left Miller, he and his wife Ann opened Guyon’s Rib House in Little Chute, WI and operated it for several years. He then worked as a lobbyist in Madison, representing the Small Business Administration, and finished his career at Valley Packaging. There he developed a wonderful rapport with the staff and clients. For a time, he drove the team bus and coached a Special Olympics basketball team. Everyone at Valley Packaging loved Bill. He will also be remembered as a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and for his good sense of humor. Richard Hale ’61 — Richard passed away January 27, 2019 at the age of 90 in his home in Bullhead City, Arizona. Richard was proud to be a World War II Veteran. He worked as a surveyor in Alaska for the U.S. Army. After graduating from Thunderbird, he had a successful career working as Manager of the Far East region for Union Carbide Agricultural Chemicals and was

subsequently promoted to Regional Manager of the agricultural chemical divisions overseas for Rohm and Haas (currently Dow/Dupont Chemical Company). During his time in Korea, he was elected President of the Korean American Organic Chemicals Industries Joint Venture with Rohm and Haas. He was fluent in Chinese and spoke other languages including Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Japanese. He studied calligraphy with well-known master Professor Oh, under the Chinese Calligraphy Association while in Korea. In retirement, Richard started Oriental Arts Inc., a private business specializing in framing and Chinese art restoration. He also consulted for Cherne Industries and managed a Quality Inn in Lancaster, California before relocating to Arizona in 1990. During his lifetime, Richard traveled extensively all over the world. He will be remembered as an adventurer, explorer, and lover of life and of people. Stephen Hall ’69 — Stephen passed away February 2, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Florida. Evan Hand ’67 — Evan passed away on September 17, 2019, in Monument, Colorado. Michael Harper ’97 — Michael passed away on December 14, 2019, of natural causes. Michael was born in Big Spring, Texas on February 19, 1967. He graduated

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In Memoriam from Lakeland High in Whitelake, Michigan and continued on to serve in the United States Army. He served for four years and was part of the 207th Military Intelligence Brigade. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Michigan. He later received his master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird. Michael was married to Natasha on May 16, 1997; they were married for 22 years. Michael was the #1 fan for the University of Michigan Wolverines. He loved American Football and beer. Michael also loved to travel, go to the beach, and play golf. Robert Hornstein ’57 — Robert Bernard Hornstein died of complications from cancer at his home in Encinitas, California under hospice care. He was 88. After college, Robert served in the U.S. Air Force and was consigned to Syracuse University where he studied Russian. He served the balance of his military career in Tripoli, Libya. After discharge, he returned home, attended Thunderbird, and went to work for American Express in Genoa, Italy and later in New York City. An inveterate traveler, he met Eve, his wife-to-be on an ocean cruise, came home, resigned his job,


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loaded his yellow Honda and headed west where the couple soon married. Taking advantage of his fluent command of Russian, Italian, French and other languages (his native Geechee), the couple operated “Global Adventures” where they booked and traveled the world with their clients. In retirement, he stayed busy volunteering as an interpreter at San Diego’s airport where he used his linguistic talents at Travelers Aid, singing in a barbershop chorus, and helping the disadvantaged during the summer in Tijuana, Mexico where the couple vacationed. James W. Howard Jr. ’74 — James passed away on January 29, 2019, from a heart attack at the age of 71. James grew up in Kansas City, MO and majored in Latin American Studies at Washington University, from which he graduated in 1969. After graduating,

he enlisted in the Air Force and served with distinction in Korea in the early 70s. He then studied at Thunderbird before moving to the Northeast for work. James traveled extensively to Europe and across the U.S. during his career, which included founding and being the CEO of the North American branches of two Swiss companies, and working in IT consulting for an Indian company, Cognizant, all befitting his executive education. James retired in 2014 and became a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum after a rigorous 18-month training program. He also volunteered in the museum’s library in partnership with Arizona State University’s Chinese Art Department, researching particular Chinese artists and artworks from hundreds of years ago. His interest in foreign languages began during his youth and continued

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his whole life. Dr. F. Richard Hsu — Dr. Fu-Cheng Hsu, President of the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation and Trustee Emeritus to Thunderbird, passed away peacefully at home on March 30, 2019, at the age of 95. Despite his long-term and generous contributions, few Thunderbird students have heard of or known about Dr. Hsu due to his low profile. However, his impact on Thunderbird is anything but subtle. Born in Beijing, China, Hsu became a U.S. citizen while he studied and graduated Cum Laude with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an Air Force P-51 fighter pilot and in fact, trained near Thunderbird Field No. 1. Hsu was appointed the President of the China Institute in America from 1969 to 1983, during which he promoted Chinese culture and cultural exchange in the United States. In 1981, Dr. Hsu and New York real estate developer J.T. Tai established the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation, and had since made great contributions to higher education as president. For over a decade, the donations from the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation paid for scholarships, provided funding for Thunderbird’s global hubs, and supported a dual degree program between Thunderbird and the Soochow University School of Business in Taiwan. Thunderbird is

deeply grateful for Dr. Hsu’s contributions as a former trustee and philanthropic partner. Nancy Kehne ’78 — Nancy peacefully passed away at her home in Kensington, MA on March 28, 2019, after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was involved in photography, mastering foreign languages, perfecting the art of beachcombing and was extremely proud of her English and Bull Mastiffs. A Senior Accountant in commercial real estate with Legum & Norman for over 30 years, Nancy was valued and respected by her colleagues and will be greatly missed. Wise, funny, and generous, Nancy treasured the people she respected and loved them fiercely. Jack Kelly ’98 — Jack passed away in Bangkok after a tough battle with stage 4 kidney cancer. Before attending Thunderbird, Jack graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Michael Klesh ’82 — Michael passed away from cancer on March 20, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating from Thunderbird, Michael joined the Ken Blanchard Companies (author of “One Minute Manager”) as a sales consultant in Los Angeles. Mike embarked on a career in international business advocacy by joining the World Trade Center of Long Beach California, the second-largest WTC in the United States. While at

WTC he rose to become Vice President and was active in WTC’s global leadership. In 1993 Mike returned to his beloved Kenya by joining USAID’s Regional Mission in Nairobi as a private sector advisor. In 1998 Mike was on duty when the U.S. Embassy was bombed, killing 212 American and Kenyan citizens. Through his mastery of Swahili, he helped rescue hundreds of people and mourned the death of many Kenyan and American friends for years. In 2000 Mike joined Dry Construction, a real estate development and finance company based in Nairobi, and then worked with a South African construction company before rejoining USAID as a senior private sector advisor in Ethiopia in 2005. While in Addis Ababa, Mike partnered with the Corporate Council on Africa to establish the American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia and participated in the arch of economic transformation that Ethiopia continues to this day. He was especially impactful in preparing Ethiopia’s capacity to take advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. Mike remained in this position until suffering a career-ending injury while on assignment in South Africa. He then retired from federal service and moved to Tucson, Arizona. Wherever Mike went he made deep and lasting friendships. His devotion to the development of small and medium-sized

businesses in Africa was unconditional and his accomplishments evidenced by the thousands of people whose lives he improved. He was a proud life member of the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi and a tribute to him will be made there in his loving memory. Martha Lamprecht ’74 — Martha “Marty” Gilbert Lamprecht passed away on July 6, 2019. Marty met her husband Lee at Thunderbird. Marty had a career in business management and office systems at Maryland National Bank, BP Corporation, Cleveland and American General and BMI in Nashville. She loved her adopted city of Nashville for the last 32 years and enjoyed attending its many music venues. She was known for her drive and passion in all her activities and friendships. Julie Lantz ’89 — Julie passed away on June 15, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona. She was an active member of Saving Grace Lutheran Church in Queen Creek, where she served on the Board of Ministry, Financial Secretary, choir member, and many other positions. Julie was a devoted Phoenix Suns fan, very seldom missing a game. Julie played the piano, and was an avid estate sale attendee. Julie’s way was to be first in line, no matter how much sleep she lost. She loved the balloon festivals at Thunderbird and Albuquerque, NM.

John Lovelace ’60 — John passed away on December 31, 2018. John had a successful international career as a business executive and entrepreneur. He began his career with the Cummins Engine Company, which sent him to develop and oversee various operations abroad and he directed the construction of a major plant in Darlington, England, and later served as Cummins’ general manager for Europe and North Africa. After returning to the U.S., he ventured into investment banking, first as vice president of Laird, Inc. and was the co-founder and general partner of Dryden & Company. He was co-owner and board chairman of Casting Supply House, Inc. and founder and president of Ramshorn Properties LLC, a real estate investment firm, owning and managing multi-family rental properties in New Hampshire. Alex G. Martens ’74 — Alex passed away on April 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Alex graduated from North Miami High School, then enlisted in the Air Force where he was a medic. He then went on to receive his BA degree from Florida Atlantic University, then to receive his master’s degree from Thunderbird and from New York Institute of Technology in Business and Management. He was the owner and operator of Superior Sheds. Alex was

a great mentor to many. His great knowledge and expert advice encouraged many. Those who knew him loved him. Alex will be remembered for his outstanding generosity and compassion for others, but most of all his dry and witty sense of humor, and his total commitment to his employees. Harry Lee North ’68 — Harry Lee was a Phoenix native who was born to parents Harry and Maxine on January 26, 1938. He passed away on Friday December 6, 2019. Lee graduated from Arizona State University and continued his education at Thunderbird where he acquired his International Business degree. This Arizona cowboy began working for the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City where he worked for several years. In 1971, nine months after working in Peru, he realized his dream of moving to Brazil when he was transferred to Rio de Janeiro and eventually became a Senior Vice President of the bank. After Chase, he went on to work at Chemical Bank where he was the head of their Joint Venture, then Noroeste de Investimento, Crocker Bank and Banco Comind. He was extremely successful and proud of his international banking career. In 2000, he and his family moved to Roseville, California, where he worked in real estate, owned a franchised printing business and finally joined the

Hewlett Packard Company prior to retiring in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lee was extremely intelligent, persistent and hardworking, but also valued the importance of enjoying life and having fun. He led an adventurous and active lifestyle, from bull riding to hiking to scuba diving and playing tennis. Lee took great pride and joy in coaching Little League Baseball for all of his sons, while also passing on his love for cake decorating to his daughter. He loved exploring different countries with his wife, Lily, who worked in the airline industry. Together, they were able to travel the world. His humor and wit charmed everyone he met throughout the many phases of his life. He was a remarkable, one-of-akind man who lived life to the fullest. Patrick O’Sullivan ’61 — Patrick O’Sullivan passed away on July 15, 2019. Prior to coming to Thunderbird, Pat served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant on a minesweeper. After receiving his master’s degree, Pat returned to Asia, went into business, met his wife, and worked until 1979. He then returned to Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as President of Midland International Corporation. Subsequent to Midland, Pat started his own electronics company (PAL 7) with a group of longtime friends. They became part of Maxon International, a company which manufactures elec-

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In Memoriam tronics products in Asia and has offices around the world. Pat moved to Las Vegas in 1991 where he remained for the rest of his life. In Las Vegas, Pat enjoyed his retirement with his wife and took care of a steadily growing number of grandchildren. He is fondly recalled by a vast number of friends, as well as his family. His sense of humor and immense selflessness in helping others will be forever remembered. Chelsea Olson ’13 — Earlier this year, a beloved member of the Thunderbird family and distinguished alumna, Chelsea Olson, passed away suddenly due to complications from a brain tumor. Chelsea devoted much of her life and career to Thunderbird and gave so much to the School and our entire community well beyond the call of duty. Chelsea served in various capacities as a member of the Thunderbird staff and left an indelible mark. While at Thunderbird, she co-authored the Thunderbird history book, led new student orientation (which included leading a flash mob of dancers), helped form a Thunderbird bicycling club, somehow convinced the School to create a “Global Cocktail Lounge” pop-up bar that served ‘Thunder-tinis,’ and (inexplicably to those who knew of her suspect


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cooking skills) won the Thunderbird Bake-Off. In her memory, her friends, family, colleagues, and classmates have launched a scholarship in her name. To learn more about the scholarship, please visit chelseaolson. William Schollard, Jr. ’53 — After 90 years, Bill passed away peacefully on June 13, 2019, surrounded by his family. He had a successful international banking career, dealing extensively with the business and political leaders of Central and Latin America. He had seats on the Chambers of Commerce of several Latin American countries and was the President and Director of the Puerto Rico American Chamber of Commerce. William Scearce ’61 — Bill passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday July 17, 2019. Bill attended the University of Oregon where he met his wife Gail McHarry. He felt the Ducks were due a donation in recognition of having made that introduction! He was a member of Phi Delta Theta where he made life-long friends. He continued his education at Thunderbird. His thirty-year career in International Banking took him and his family from New York City to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Buenos Aires, London, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Chase Manhattan Bank was his

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first employer followed by Wells Fargo and Bank of California. He had a particular passion for Latin America with Argentina being his most beloved. As an international banker, he covered Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He met with Ministers of Finance and international figures including Bishop Tutu in South Africa. He survived a revolution in the Dominican Republic and was evacuated by air only to return later to continue performing his duties. Working in developing countries led to unique situations, which he shared in his tales of adventure Bill will be remembered as the consummate gentleman with an infectious smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was an athlete until the end. He loved basketball, skiing, and tennis. He had a challenging relationship with golf. Bill enjoyed the many friends he made at the Beach and Tennis Club, Quail Golf Club, Club San Antonio, and

the Old Capital Club. He served on the Board of the Carmel Public Library Foundation. Golf, skiing and international trips with friends were a highlight for him. Bill’s moral compass was always a driver for his decisions. His humility was a unique quality. Bill was positive, happy, quick to laugh and enjoyed people from all walks of life. John Kenneth “Ken” Seward ’57 — The Thunderbird community lost a truly international and stalwart representative of the School’s mission with the passing of Ken Seward this summer. Born in New York City, Seward attended Villanova and then served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the Navy, he arrived in Arizona at Thunderbird, graduating in 1957. He then joined the insurance broker Johnson & Higgins in New York and moved to Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1960. There he met and in 1962, married Jeanette Colangelo, a schoolteach-

er from Batavia, New York. They were married for 45 years until her death in 2007. After working in Caracas, Venezuela, he managed the J&H Companies in Colombia and Italy. After 20 years abroad, he returned to New York with responsibility for all overseas offices. He became a partner in the firm and was in charge of all international operations. He was elected president of UNISON and maintained an office in Brussels. He retired in 1993 and moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Edwards, Colorado. In 2010, he married Sandra Evans. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Jeanette, and the couple’s only child, Nicole who died in 1996. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra, who nursed him through his long illness, his sister Carol Seward, grandsons Luke and Ewen Farquhar, son-in-law Angus Farquhar, and his cousin, Frank Joseph. Thunderbird is deeply grateful for Seward’s 30

years of service on the Board of Trustees and his countless contributions, both philanthropic and in advocacy of the School’s mission. Jana Simon ’74 — Jana passed away in her home in Twinsburg, Ohio, on November 8, 2019. During her life, she had three careers: international marketing executive, mother, and Adult Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN). She thrived as a medical professional; especially as a lecturer and preceptor at the Yale School of Nursing. In addition, she volunteered extensively in Ecuador, Uganda, and India. Jana found solace in gardening as well as reading. She was a life-long learner, traits she instilled in her own children as she encouraged their education, exploration and appreciation of the world John Kenneth (Ken) Seward ’57

and its unique cultures. David Shindel ’78 — Dave Shindel, the CEO and general partner of United Planners Financial Services, died unexpectedly on October 19, 2019, during a hunting trip in Colorado at the age of 65. Shindel’s family and friends referred to him as a cowboy, a family man, and a man of faith who was actively involved in charitable events and took great pride in giving back to the community. He became executive vice president and chief information officer of United Planners in 2005, three years after joining the firm. Shindel was promoted to president in 2013 and added the CEO title in 2015. Shindel earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Asian Studies from Arizona State University and his MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

James Strandine ’73 — Jim passed away on May 30, 2019. He attended San Marino city schools where he won the CIF 100-yard backstroke championship. An avid surfer, he was filmed surfing as James Darren’s substitute in the movie “Gidgit.” Jim spent much of his U.S. Marine Corps enlistment on Okinawa, which started a lifetime of international travel. He attended Texas Christian University prior to coming to Thunderbird. Jim worked internationally in many countries including Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium as well as Texas, Alaska, South Carolina, California, and Nevada. An easy-going, honest, and gentleman, well-liked by all who met him, Jim is already greatly missed. William Talbott ’57 — William Talbott passed away on February 10, 2019, peacefully in his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. William served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War. After graduating from Thunderbird, William joined Coronet Industries, Inc. and rose to Vice President of Marketing. He closed his last real estate deal in 2017. William traveled the world, was extremely intelligent and had a very giving personality. Uno Wahren ’58 — Uno passed away on June 16, 2019. After graduating from Thunderbird, Uno worked professionally in

engineering and international sales. He enjoyed sailing his sloop out of the Houston Yacht Club for more than 30 years, and he also became a published author. Charming, intelligent and kind, he was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Andrew Washlock ’98 – Andrew passed away on June 21, 2019. Andrew was a Certified Public Accountant for years. Graduating from John Carroll University with his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve and Thunderbird with a dual master’s degree, he enjoyed kickboxing and other martial arts and he loved pulling for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Osmon “Ozzie” Way, Jr. ’61 — Ozzie passed away on December 11, 2019. After graduating as salutatorian from Claremont High School, Ozzie earned degrees from Hamline University and Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also served in the U.S. Army, based in Hanau, Germany. Ozzie proudly spent his career focused on international trade for the Green Giant Company, earning life-long friendships with diverse colleagues across the globe. Upon his retirement Ozzie was appointed by the Governor to serve on Minnesota’s Export Finance Authority. Robert Wheeler ’88 — Bob passed away on July 3, 2019. Bob traveled internationally

and worked in Florida, New York, and Arizona. After graduating from Thunderbird, Bob had a career in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico where he met and married Perla Cecilia Ayala. Stevan Yovanovich Jr. ’64 — Steve passed away at his home on June 1, 2019, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal in 1956. Steve was very proud of his military service and always told his family and friends, “Once a Marine, always a Marine” and “There is no such thing as an ex-Marine!” After retiring from the Summit County Board of Elections as an Elections Supervisor in 2003, Steve didn’t stay “retired” for long - he worked as a bagger at Acme Fresh Market in Montrose for several years. Steve loved military and world history and had an amazing ability to tell people the year a car was built simply by sight. He also enjoyed traveling and helping a friend or family member in need, no matter what time or how long the help took. Steve’s greatest joys were his rock-solid Orthodox faith and his family - his favorite sound was his grandchildren calling him “Dedo,” which is Serbian for Grandpa.

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‘Thunderbird Changed My Life’ On a recent trip to India to visit with our amazing T-bird family there, I spent a few hours meeting candidates for the MGM program. They were all impressive, but one stood out. She was passionate about her subject area and interests and she articulately described to me her work and her desire to overlay a global framework to the set of ideas she has been formulating. I was struck by her innate need to ‘know the world’ in a much deeper and more meaningful way. It was so clear from our conversation that she is a T-bird. One of our senior faculty colleagues calls it, ‘the secret sauce.’ That passion for one’s discipline and curiosity about the world combined with a constant and hard-wired sense of network and community. I think these are the ingredients that we all see in front of us when we meet someone and realize they are, or should be, a T-bird. And then we combine that with the experience; the program, the classes, the faculty, foundations, the labs, the pub, and the people. What happens is both magical and incredibly consistent. Students bring so much with them to this experience, but they give just as much, and over and over again it changes or redirects or strengthens and informs their path. Around the world, from T-birds of all ages and backgrounds, I hear one message, ‘Thunderbird Changed My Life.’ With one notable exception. Several years ago over lunch in Miami with a truly amazing Thunderbird from the class of 1966, I listened as he recounted his journey; from Cuba to the US, from business and banking to politics and community development. As he summarized his experiences and framed

Patrick McDermott, Chief Engagement Officer it all as a result of his time at Thunderbird, I nodded and shared how often T-birds express this common thought, ‘Thunderbird Changed My Life.’ To my surprise, he shook his head, reached across the table, took my arm and replied, ‘Thunderbird did not change my life… Thunderbird gave me my life… I will do anything for Thunderbird.’ I share that story often as I meet with T-birds individually and in Chapter gatherings. It never fails to give me the same ‘goosebumps’ it did when it happened. Like the alumnus himself, it inspires me, and I hope it inspires all of us to do what we can for our beloved Thunderbird. We have had yet another incredible year. As Dean Khagram would say, we are 80% through the ‘transformation.’ I walked past the future home of our new global headquarters today, which is now under construction, and saw the first floor being put in place (read more on page 8). We opened regional centers in Jakarta, Nairobi, and Seoul last year and there are more on the way (page 16). We hosted the largest Global Reunion in the history of Thunderbird with over 500 T-birds from more than 30 countries. And, we raised over $15 million (US) from 832 alumni and friends around the world. Every day, Thunderbird takes another step forward. Every week, alumni visit our new home in Downtown Phoenix to tour the new headquarters site and get excited about our future. And every semester, another incredible group of new T-birds arrive to start their journeys. They arrive not with an expectation, but with a belief, that this School is special, that it provides more than just an education, it sets one on a path, and it opens a door to the world that they are eager to walk through. I can’t wait to meet them and later on down the road to hear their versions of how Thunderbird changed their lives. I know it has certainly changed mine, and like all of you and my friend in Miami, I shall be forever grateful for that.

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Because of you, T-birds are changing lives in our communities and around the world every day. Thank you!

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A special thanks to the alumni who referred a prospective student over the past year. Nobody knows what it takes to be a T-bird better than our alumni!

Adriana Rodrigues ’90

Jonathan Griffin ’19

Mohammed Suhimi ’18

Ahmed Eid ’18

Jonna Bournias ’18

Munirah Alshilash ’17

Matthew Laubengayer ’01

Jorge Céspedes ’15

Nancy Nelson ’08

Andrzei Adam Orzol ’94

Jose Arriaga ’05

Nathan Christiansen ’19

Anna Shen ’14

Jose Pablo Ramirez ’08

Neal Lemos ’19

Aram Chavez ’08

Julia McWhirter ’08

Niky Chokshi ’12

Barry K. King ’14

Katrine Vange ’92

Olivia Mulerwa ’18

Ben Pandya ’02

Katsuo Takeda ’86

Patrice Trudel ’87

Bill Jordan ’19

Kellie Krieser ’04

Patrick Dessart ’83

Carlos Sandoval Zuria ’03

Kenneth Bateman ’95

Paul Ortolf ’15

Cesar Vargas ’00

Kiko Pavanelo ’18

Pedro Pablo Barragan ’07

Chris Lopez ’13

Kollyn Kanz ’93

Pepe Santos ’18

Christine Wilfer ’76

Laurent Mercier ’91

Rachel Tung ’17

David Eduardo Johnson ’10

Luis Fernando Rivera ’12

Ricardo Schumm ’95

David Young ’91

Madit Yel ’19

Rick Beitman ’15

Gwyn Nichols ’17

Marc Allain ’91

Steve Goffena ’92

Hiroshi Hamada ’91

Maria Houle ’87

Steve Varela ’02

Ira latham ’18

Mario Becerril ’12

Steven Begkamp ’79

Jakub Hladík ’05

Marissa Garay ’18

Thomas F. Steck ’07

Jeremy Ruiz ’16

Mike Hill ’15

Tim Johnson ’12

Joe Cusack ’84

Minaz Banvakiades ’18

Vincent Alcaras ’19

John Bevell ’12

Minesh Pore ’04

Wolfgang Koester ’91

A connected world made possible by you After graduating from Thunderbird in 1987, Paul W. Bradley began a diverse and multifaceted career across Asia that earned him recognition as an industry leader in supply chain management. He continues to be passionate about the importance of connecting the world through international trade, which is why he decided to include Thunderbird in his estate to fund scholarships for the next generation of Thunderbird students. “When I decided that I wanted an international career, Thunderbird was the only school that I could consider. It taught me so much about multiculturalism and has empowered me with the tools to move across countries and cultures as I continue to build my business career in global management. Thunderbird has played an important role in my life and was one of my best decisions. With my donation, I can support future global leaders who can build bridges across cultures and countries, embrace technological innovation and continue through their individual efforts to shape a better world.�

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