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Thunderbird Joins United Nations World Campaign for Diversity

May 20, 2013
Offers Free, Downloadable Activity on Multicultural Understanding 

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Najafi Global Mindset Institute (NGMI) has joined the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations campaign, “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion,” offering a free, downloadable activity on multicultural understanding. The institute is also donating five e-copies of its newly-released book, “Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders,” to the campaign’s contest winners.

The main objective of the campaign is to build awareness and public support for diversity and inclusion. It also marks World Day for Cultural Diversity on May 21st, as declared by the UN General Assembly. On that day, people from all around the world do one thing to express their commitment to diversity and inclusion, sharing their experience with family, friends and colleagues.

NGMI is helping to provide a way for people to fulfill their commitments by offering a free, downloadable activity titled, “Beyond First Impressions,” that aims to further multicultural understanding. During the activity, you are invited to deeply self-reflect on the multitude of ways you identify yourself, which parts are most meaningful to you, and how you best feel included in organizations. The questions culminate in a visual exercise that allows you to see how the many facets of your own diversity reflect who you are and what you most value.

“Self-reflection is a critical starting point for better understanding the complexity of diversity and inclusion,” said NGMI Director of Global Learning and Market Development Jennie Walker, Ph.D. “ It opens our eyes to seek meaning beyond first impressions and is the spark that can open our hearts to greater compassion for others.”

Dozens of events in celebration of diversity and inclusion will take place around the world as well as a slogan contest and a video contest. Five e-copies of NGMI’s new book, “Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders,” will be awarded to the person or organization that wins the campaign prize.

Thunderbird’s Najafi Global Mindset Institute is founded on the idea that anyone can develop a global mindset – one that embraces diversity and believes in inclusion. The institute is dedicated to developing managers for global roles and helping organizations succeed in pursuit of their global strategies by focusing on global leadership and global talent development.

Using rigorous scientific research, including interviews with hundreds of global executives and surveys of over 14,000 individuals in many countries, NGMI is able to define, measure, and develop global mindset using its scientific instrument called the Global Mindset Inventory (GMI).

For a free download of “Beyond First Impressions,” visit: http://globalmindset.thunderbird.edu/
To find out more about NGMI’s new book, “Developing your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders,” visit: http://www.developingglobalmindset.com/

Media can contact Virginia Mungovan at virginia.mungovan@thunderbird.edu or (602) 978-7081 for more information on Thunderbird School of Global Management.

About Thunderbird School of Global Management
Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business, with nearly 70 years of experience in equipping global leaders with the business skills and global mindset necessary to create sustainable prosperity worldwide. For more about Thunderbird, visit http://www.thunderbird.edu.

About Najafi Global Mindset Institute
As one of Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Centers for Excellence, Najafi Global Mindset Institute is dedicated to developing managers for global roles, helping organizations succeed in pursuit of their global strategies by focusing on global leadership and global talent development.

Using rigorous scientific research, including interviews with hundreds of global executives and surveys of over 14,000 individuals in many countries, Najafi Global Mindset Institute is able to define, measure, and develop global mindset using our scientific instrument called the Global Mindset Inventory (GMI).