Women Multicultural Alliances with Thunderbird Women in Business

Diana Salas Diaz

Diana Salas Diaz

Guest Writer, President of Thunderbird Women in Business

This is part of Das Tor’s ongoing series, “Club Spotlight,” in which the leadership of different Thunderbird clubs describe their mission, goals, and why students should consider joining their group.

For centuries women have been viewed as the weaker, more vulnerable gender. They have been rendered inferior, not necessarily with their consent, but with considerable help from social constructs and scientific research. Being the Thunderbird Women in Business (TWB) President for 2021 allows me to use my multicultural experience and skills to help the women in our school have the resources and allies they need to thrive as Thunderbird future world leaders.

Thunderbird Women in Business is a student-led organization that promotes conscious leadership, fosters meaningful relationships, and cultivates philanthropic efforts across the globe. The club was founded in January 2019 after witnessing the disparity between men and women in the classroom and in leadership positions in the workplace.  The TWB club mission is to connect, empower, and serve the next generation of women leaders and work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” 

We will do so by engaging the Thunderbird community in the continued pursuit of gender equality in the workplace and beyond. We aim to maximize the social, academic, and professional development and community outreach aspects of the MGM program.

Thunderbird is the number one school in international business because of its multicultural environment. Therefore, my vision for the TWB Club will be to foster a diverse community where all female students feel represented.  Our 2021 leadership team currently represents four different countries of the MGM program.  I believe in the power of women multicultural alliances worldwide. We will be organizing social cross-cultural events online and in person in order to connect potential, current and former students and establish strategic long-lasting relationships in the future. Nowadays, female leaders across generations are working together to find new solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

Over the course of my career, I have developed a passion for sustainable economic development worldwide. As a result, I believe that the new catalyst for change in the world will be having more women in leadership positions. Therefore, one of my goals in the TWB club is fostering personal and professional development among all members. We will be inviting motivational speakers and mentors from the Thunderbird Community and beyond. I am convinced that having more women in leadership positions is more important than ever because diversity in leadership is good for business.

In addition to my responsibilities as TWB President and my studies at Thunderbird, I do yoga, and I dance as part of my daily exercise routine. Since I have recently arrived in Arizona after traveling from my home country of Peru, I plan to go hiking once a week as an exercise to break mental barriers and get ready to overcome new challenges. My message to students as the president of Thunderbird Women in Business is this: Persist and never give up. Convince yourself to convince others. Dare and be bold. You can achieve whatever you want!!!

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