My Time at Thunderbird: “A Home Away from Home”

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer Gosh, can’t believe it’s just six days to graduation!! It seems like yesterday when I joined Thunderbird chanting “Go Gila Monsters” (my cohort group) all throughout Foundations. Joining a graduate school after ten years of professional journey has been one of the most difficult decisions I have taken in my life. […]

Self-Development Plan – Play to Your “Strengths”

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer In today’s dynamic global marketplace it is imperative to be cognizant of and comprehend one’s own strengths. I believe a person can perform better working on his/her strengths than on his/her weaknesses. However, I think we are always concerned about our weaknesses rather than focusing on our strengths. I recently […]

Job Opportunities Back Home

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer Being an international student in the US, I have experienced the uncertainty and frustration that come from a job search, mainly due to visa sponsorship. H-1B visa cap and now the lottery system (random selection) make the job search more daunting for international students. Increasingly more and more US employers […]

A Tryst with Fossil Creek

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer I must admit that Fossil Creek is one of the most beautiful places I have been to in Arizona! I traveled to Phoenix for the first time in March 2014 for a Thunder-preview weekend. When I landed at Sky Harbor, I was depressed to see arid mountains all around; I […]

Global Private Equity Industry

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer  In the last module I took a class of Global Private Equity by Professor Gary Gibbons. I must say, this was an excellent course and I began to understand the multiple dimensions of the realm of private equity (PE). I believe this is a very interesting space and a lucrative […]

Demystifying Leadership Development Programs (LDP) – PART III

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer This is the third article on the Leadership Development Programs (LDPs). At Das Tor, we do not consider ourselves the experts on LDPs, but this is an attempt to share our research and personal experiences on LDPs. The first two articles were focused on two questions: what are LDPs and […]

Demystifying Leadership Development Programs (LDP) – PART II

By Makarand Gawande, Staff Writer Demystifying leadership development programs (LDP) – PART II This is our second article on the Rotational and Leadership Development Programs (LDPs). I am certainly not an expert, but just one of you who got into an LDP. I would like to share my experiences with a hope that it might […]

Business Review Case Competition: T-birds in Seoul

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer I joined Thunderbird for the Thunderbird mystique and global mindset. The business frameworks, processes, and models I have learned, the people I have met, and the places I have visited have made my journey at Thunderbird very special. This article is delineating one such experience. First of all, a big […]

Demystifying Leadership Development Programs (LDP)

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer Through a series of three articles in upcoming weeks, we at Das Tor wish to give T-birds a snapshot of Leadership Development Programs (LDPs). In the first article we will delineate details of LDP and why they are an attractive career option. LDPs are gaining popularity among corporations across the globe […]

A Tryst with Seoul

By Makarand Gawade, Staff Writer  My work and leisure trips have taken me to some of the most beautiful places in the world, but I must admit that Seoul, Korea tops the chart for me. I had the pleasure to visit Seoul in October 2015 for the global business review case competition, held at one […]