Celebrate the Grand Opening & 75th Anniversary: A Schedule of Events

As we begin this exciting week of celebration, take a look at the full schedule of events below so you don’t miss a moment!

Monday, April 4

Executive Education Master Class: The Digital Revolution: Blockchain, Crypto, Currencies & FinTech with Professor Travis Cloyd

10 to 11:30 a.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way we live, work and communicate. As it reshapes life with a variety of new technologies, global leaders need to be prepared for the impact those disruptive technologies have on government and organizations. Innovative technologies like blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, and FinTech permeate our daily home and work lives, and offer incredible opportunities for growth and productivity, as well as competition and applications with questionable ethical implications. Navigating this challenging new world takes certain skills, insights, great partnerships, and new models of business and governance, as well as amendments to existing regulatory systems.

Executive Education Master Class: Developing Your Professional Global Leadership Style with Professor Suzanne Peterson

1 to 2:30 p.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

When your work goes global, you need a well-rounded skillset to lead the way in new and challenging environments as the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds. Working in the global marketplace brings exciting new opportunities and challenges. New experiences in new places are both stimulating and a bit disorienting. The leadership and entrepreneurship skills within this course will empower you with an understanding of what to focus on so that you can lead your organization in achieving its goals.

Executive Education Master Class: Global Digital Mindset, Diversity, Inclusion, and Resilience with Professor Mansour Javidan

3 to 4:30 p.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

Global Digital Mindset is the set of individual qualities, communication skills, and actionable knowledge that empowers those in leadership roles to influence multicultural individuals, groups, and organizations in an increasingly digital world. It’s part personality, part business savvy, part know-how, and is essential for success in our increasingly interconnected and competitive world.

One Global Dialogue

5 to 6 p.m. Haas Digital Global Forum

Join us for interactive dialogues on various real-world topics from different regions. We have invited leaders from the public, private and government sectors from all over the globe. Regional Night festivities will begin immediately following. There is no cost to join the event. However, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for social distancing purposes.

Regional Night Celebrating Latin America

6 to 8 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza

Join us for an evening of music, art, food, and fun featuring Latin America. Regional food and beverages will be available for purchase. There is no cost to join the event, however, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for catering and social distancing purposes.

Class and Affinity Groups Meet-ups

8 to 10 p.m. Throughout downtown Phoenix

Class and affinity groups are encouraged to use this time to organize meet-ups during the event. To see the list of planned meet-ups or advertise your own meet-up go to the Self Organized Meet-up Tab in T-bird Connect or click here 

Tuesday, April 5

Executive Education Master Class: Come Out Stronger with Professor Christine Pearson

8 to 9:30 a.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

Professor Christine Pearson will teach powerful techniques for quickly and accurately assimilating information in fast-paced, dynamic environments using her latest book, Come Out Stronger: Embrace Crisis to Stack the Odds, Keep People on Your Side, and Buy Time. Not only will you have a hands-on experience applying these techniques in real-time using Dr. Pearson’s book, but you’ll also have the opportunity to mine ideas and approaches to crisis leadership that are relevant to you, and your organization.

Executive Education Master Class: Global Sustainability with Professor Ann Florini

10 to 11:30 a.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

In an age of diminishing resources, the tools of strategic planning have become crucial for every public sector and nonprofit manager. How can a public sector agency (or non-governmental organization) achieve its goals and advance its mission? How can it motivate its people given the absence of the sorts of incentives often found in the private sector? How can these organizations respond to a rapidly changing political, economic, and social environment? These are among the questions that are addressed in this master class.

Executive Education Master Class: The Power of Agile with Professor Euvin Naidoo

1 to 2:30 p.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

This master class provides an overview of how effective agile practices can have a tremendous impact on your leadership practice, teams, enterprise, and community results. Drawing from dynamic cases spanning public and private sectors, learn the keys that help certain leaders deliver results even in the most complex settings – and improve team working conditions in the process.

Executive Education Master Class: Space Leadership with Professors Greg Autry and Zaheer Ali

3 to 4:30 p.m. Classrooms 331 & 333

Designed and taught by industry-leading experts, this master class is tailored for individuals interested in commercial spaceflight, defense and civil aerospace, AI and big data, and next-generation manufacturing. The cutting-edge curriculum prioritizes industry immersion and focuses on modern practices, principles, and case studies for corporate, startup, nonprofit and governmental organizations operating in space.

One Global Dialogue

5 to 6 p.m. Haas Digital Global Forum

Join us for interactive dialogues on various real-world topics from different regions. We have invited leaders from the public, private and government sectors from all over the globe. Regional Night festivities will begin immediately following. There is no cost to join the event. However, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for social distancing purposes.

Regional Night Celebrating Africa

6 to 8 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza

Join us for an evening of music, art, food, and fun featuring Africa. Regional food and beverages will be available for purchase. There is no cost to join the event, however, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for catering and social distancing purposes.

Class and Affinity Groups Meet-ups

8 to 10 p.m. Throughout downtown Phoenix

Class and affinity groups are encouraged to use this time to organize meet-ups during the event. To see the list of planned meet-ups or advertise your own meet-up go to the Self Organized Meet-up Tab in T-bird Connect or click here 

Wednesday, April 6

Thunderbird Global Alumni Network (TGAN) Advisory Council Meeting

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Spring TGAN meeting will take place during our Grand Opening & Global Reunion Celebration. TGAN members are invited to join us in-person or online. A link for those who plan to attend virtually will be sent out at a later date.

Executive Education Master Class – Global Energy: Where We are and Where We Might be Going with Professors Inkpen, Moffett & Ramaswamy

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Classroom 333

The war in Ukraine has exposed the vulnerabilities and risks in national energy strategies within the global energy landscape. This session explores the current global energy challenges of Europe’s dependency on Russia, national energy security and independence, and what the future looks like for renewable energy.

One Global Dialogue

5 to 6 p.m. Haas Digital Global Forum

Join us for interactive dialogues on various real-world topics from different regions. We have invited leaders from the public, private and government sectors from all over the globe. Regional Night festivities will begin immediately following. There is no cost to join the event. However, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for social distancing purposes.

Regional Night Celebrating Europe

6 to 8 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza

Join us for an evening of music, art, food, and fun featuring Europe. Regional food and beverages will be available for purchase. There is no cost to join the event, however, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for catering and social distancing purposes.

Class and Affinity Groups Meet-ups

8 to 10 p.m. Throughout downtown Phoenix

Class and affinity groups are encouraged to use this time to organize meet-ups during the event. To see the list of planned meet-ups or advertise your own meet-up go to the Self Organized Meet-up Tab in T-bird Connect or click here 

Thursday, April 7

Thunderbird Global Alumni Network (TGAN) Advisory Council Meeting

8 to 10 a.m.

Day 2 of the Spring TGAN meeting will take place during our Grand Opening & Global Reunion Celebration. TGAN members are invited to join us in-person or online. A link for those who plan to attend virtually will be sent out at a later date.

One Global Tee Off: T-bird 75 Golf Classic

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Raven Golf Club, 3636 Baseline Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042

Support Thunderbird Scholarships while having fun with T-birds at one of Phoenix’s premier golf courses. The Thunderbird Golf Classic will begin with a lunch at 11 a.m., then shotgun start at noon on Thursday, April 7 at Raven Golf Club. Options to purchase single tickets ($650) or a Foursome ($2,600) are available. For information on sponsorship go to the Golf Sponsorship tab in the Grand Opening & Global Reunion Group or click here.

One Global Dialogue

5 to 6 p.m. Haas Digital Global Forum

Join us for interactive dialogues on various real-world topics from different regions. We have invited leaders from the public, private and government sectors from all over the globe. Regional Night festivities will begin immediately following. There is no cost to join the event. However, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for social distancing purposes.

Regional Night Celebrating Asia

6 to 9 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza

Join us for an evening of music, art, food, and fun featuring Asia. Regional food and beverages will be available for purchase. There is no cost to join the event, however, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for catering and social distancing purposes.

Das Tor Alumni-Student Pub Night

9 to 11 p.m. Westin Hotel, 333 N Central Ave, Phoenix 

Join Das Tor for an unforgettable evening of networking right after Asia Regional Night. Das Tor was founded in 1969, and we are excited to celebrate our rich history by bringing together Das Tor alumni and current staff. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Das Tor and Thunderbird! Please RSVP here

Friday, April 8: Founders’ Day

Chapter Leader Meeting

10 to 11 a.m. Africa Heritage Lounge, 2nd Floor

All chapter leaders (past, present, and future) are invited to join us for a casual networking and information session with the Alumni team.

Ribbon Cutting & Thunderbird Flag Ceremony

Gates Open 5:30 p.m. Program Begins 6:30 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza

The official opening of our New Global Headquarters in downtown Phoenix will commence with special guest speakers from the international and local Thunderbird community. Following the ceremony, building tours and our Global Night Celebration will take place. Meet community partners, students, faculty, staff and alumni who are a part of this incredible new building.

Global Night Celebration

7:30 to 10 p.m. Thunderbird Plaza & Global Headquarters

Join us for an evening of music, art, food, and fun from around the world celebrating our global legacy and our exciting future. There is no cost to join the event, however, we ask that you register in advance so we can have accurate attendance numbers for catering and social distancing purposes.

Saturday, April 9

Leadership Forum

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Haas Digital Global Forum

Experience the new Thunderbird Global Headquarters from a lifelong learner’s perspective. Join us in the Haas Digital Global Forum for our key note address, hear on the ground updates from the leadership team of the School’s Regional Centers of Excellence, see the technology in action as you learn from faculty in our state-of-the-art classrooms while networking with alumni, students, and faculty.

One Global Gala: Campaign for Thunderbird’s Next 75 Years

6:30 to 11 p.m. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85003

Join us for a festive evening taking place at the fun and lively Van Buren in downtown Phoenix. This event will be an extraordinary celebration, raising funds for student scholarships, launching Thunderbird’s campaign to make One Global Future possible, and equipping students with the tools necessary to identify solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • Individual ticket purchase includes dinner, hosted bar, invitation to the program, music, and dancing to follow. Individual tickets can be purchased for $250.
  • Balcony Ticket purchase includes reserved balcony seating and invitation to special reception in addition to dinner, hosted bar, invitation to the program, music, and dancing to follow. Premier tickets can be purchased for $300

Sunday, April 10

Farewell Brunch

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thunderbird GHQ, 1st Floor

As we conclude our Grand Opening and 75th Anniversary Global Reunion, we invite everyone to a farewell brunch. While the festivities are ending, we are just beginning a new era in Thunderbird history. We hope you will join us for a light breakfast and coffee.

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