Thunderbird School of Global Management to be honored in advance of International Women’s Day 2013 for work benefiting women worldwide

March 5, 2013

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) Mar. 5, 2013 — Thunderbird School of Global Management is being recognized on March 6 at the 2013 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Celebration Dinner for the remarkable work it does to educate women worldwide.

American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) will host the 6th annual IWOC Awards dinner at the historic National Press Club in Washington, DC. Each year, AWIU choses Salute Groups to honor, and this year they have chosen Thunderbird’s initiative, Thunderbird for Good, as the only recipient of the honor. Thunderbird for Good focuses on educating businesswomen in developing countries and has helped provide business training to over 75,000 women in 25 countries since 2005.

According to AWIU, a Salute Group is a non-profit organization with international scope, ideally engaged in activities that benefit the well-being of women. Salute Groups have raised awareness and contributed to international issues and world understanding.  These organizations will have fostered and encouraged cross cultural dialogue and be compatible with AWI’s mission.

Since 2007, the United States’ Secretary of State has sponsored the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards, held annually in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The prestigious Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.

“It is an incredible honor for Thunderbird for Good to be recognized alongside so many women who are changing the world,” said Thunderbird for Good Executive Director Kellie Kreiser. “We know what a powerful force an educated woman can be to raise up her family, her community and her country.  To know that we were able to help a woman become a successful business leader is the true reward.”

Previous Salute Groups include:  J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, Grossman Burn Foundation, National Council for International Visitors, Sister Cities International, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, and Sister to Sister.

Media can contact Virginia Mungovan at or (602) 978-7081 for more information about Thunderbird School of Global Management or Thunderbird for Good.

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

American Women for International Understanding

Celebrating their 45th anniversary, AWIU is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to create an international network of women to foster understanding and goodwill among nations.  Among its activities AWIU has sponsored over 50 delegations to different countries and has provided grants to women from around the world to come to the United States for specialized training and education.  For more information about AWIU, please see