Thunderbird to host inaugural Global Business Dialogue

June 2, 2011

Elite group of global executives to convene for knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking

On Nov. 10-11, the world’s leading school of global management will host a high-profile international event to explore what it means to be a leader in the 21st Century.  The inaugural Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue will draw hundreds of top global business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world for two days of cutting-edge dialogue, collaboration, and networking on Thunderbird School of Global Management’s historic Arizona campus.

“Leadership matters. And, in a flat world where technology and globalization have leveled the playing field, you don’t need to be a CEO to be a leader.” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D.  “Global leadership is not about position or status; it’s about effecting real change.”

Discussion will include an exchange of ideas related to navigating business across cultures; financial solutions for global growth and prosperity; entering and growing in emerging markets; technology and its impact in an interconnected world; and the role of business in creating social and economic prosperity worldwide.

Driven by a unique mission to “educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide,” Thunderbird is committed to expanding ideas that address the world’s primary economic, business and social challenges.

“The school was founded in 1946 on the premise that global business can be a powerful source of economic prosperity and human development around the world, and this global dialogue will provide an excellent platform for a high-level discussion and exploration of global business trends as they relate to this theme,” Cabrera said.

This high-profile Thunderbird event will give participants access to a highly influential portion of the global business community, including members of Thunderbird’s worldwide network of alumni, business partners and corporate clients.  Thunderbird is the world’s top-ranked school of international business with more than 60 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world.

Among the keynote speakers already lined up to share ideas and experiences is class of ’79 alumnus Robert W. Dudley, CEO of BP Group, and Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO and chairman of the board for Intel Corporation. Please visit for an up-to-the-minute agenda and list of global speakers.

Participants of the Global Dialogue will bring back real-world, timely and relevant best practices that will help them succeed in driving economic growth for their organizations and the communities in which they operate.

Following the Dialogue, participants are invited to attend the school’s Nov. 11 Grand Opening of the renovated Thunderbird Control Tower, which marks the school’s roots as a WWII air base that trained an international group of pilots from China, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S.

To register for the Thunderbird Global Business Dialogue, visit please Registrations received before Aug. 15 are $395 alumni, $595 non-alumni. After Aug. 15, registration fees are $595 and $795, respectively. Corporate and Media Sponsorships are available on a variety of levels. Please visit the sponsorship Web site for more details.