Glendale, AZ, United States

Thunderbird School of Global Management
Glendale, AZ, United States

Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is an American business school and a part of Arizona State University. The school offers master's degrees and executive education programs in global management. Its main campus is located in Glendale, Arizona, at Thunderbird Field No. 1, a former military airfield from which it derives its name. Thunderbird was founded independently in 1946 by Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount, and was acquired by Arizona State University in 2015. The school is known for its international network of alumni, of which there are currently some 40,000. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 25, 2017

The extraordinary work of the SBA's resource partners is reflected in the yearly one million plus small business owners who receive assistance through the SBA and their resource partner network. Small businesses receiving their assistance are more likely to start a business and successfully obtain financing critical to business growth. Key factors in determining the winners of the entrepreneurial development awards were excellence and innovation in assisting small businesses, overall client satisfaction, market penetration, and outreach in providing relevant counseling and training services. Mi Casa Women's Business Center (WBC) got its start in 1992, and hosts the only WBC in Colorado.  Over the years, the center increased in relevance and prominence as a trusted source for quality training and consulting for women and minority entrepreneurs.  Leading the WBC since 2010 is Director Elena Vasconez. Under her leadership, the WBC has seen steady and continuous growth in meeting the needs of the bilingual community it serves. Vasconez leads a team of eight, helping startup and existing businesses through entrepreneurial and computer training, micro lending, financial literacy, legal support and business counseling.  Mi Casa's full-time staff counseled over 700 clients, providing more than 2,200 hours of counseling during fiscal year 2016. Mi Casa WBC was one of the first centers to pilot the DreamBuilder curriculum.  DreamBuilder is a partnership with the SBA and the Thunderbird School of Global Management that has trained over 7,000 entrepreneurs through its online learning program, designed to help women entrepreneurs develop their business plans. The intensive online business skills development curriculum guides women entrepreneurs through interactive exercises and videos, that includes stories from real-world, successful women entrepreneurs. The center also conducted over 200 trainings, with more than 3,000 participants. In addition, Mi Casa helped its clients receive more than $11.2 million in capital. The Greater Boston SCORE chapter is a vibrant, 70-member chapter that covers the City of Boston, Cambridge, and nearby suburbs. The chapter counsels small businesses in 18 locations, with a concentration in its downtown office, shared with the SBA's Massachusetts District Office. SCORE Boston has worked diligently to service all of the small businesses in its territory, and has developed top notch counselors who continually concentrate on improving its diversity to effectively communicate across generations.  Boston's dynamic business ecosystem is a hub for hundreds of educational and research institutions that support innovation and high-tech startups. Increasingly, other organizations have sought partnerships with the chapter for workshops, mentoring, and innovative support models for startups and small businesses. The chapter is led by Laura Colcord, co-chair of Boston SCORE. She joined the chapter in 2015, bringing 35 years of business experience.  Colcord has re-invigorated Boston's workshop program, tripling the number of workshops offered and increasing the number of attendees by more than 400%. Howard Fineman served as co-chair of the chapter in fiscal year 2015-2016, joining SCORE in 2009.  Fineman has a wealth of experience and is a SCORE-certified business mentor and current business owner.  Boston SCORE continues to build on its legacy of excellent chapter leadership and superior client service. Established in 1996 at the Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Hamilton Mill provides a superior resource network for its clients, and works closely with four major Chambers of Commerce in Butler County, Ohio.  Through its programs and services, the SBDC at Hamilton Mill provides exceptional entrepreneurial development assistance, training programs and high-end business consulting. The SBDC at the Mill has shown great performance improvements over the past four years. The work of center director David Riggs and its business advisor has contributed to the center attaining a statewide 98.3% customer satisfaction score.  Despite having only two employees, it maintains fully staffed offices in two locations, with both counselors meeting clients at each. The SBDC also provides flexible appointment times for area businesses, including Saturdays. Its counselors are certified as Kauffman Institute FastTrac facilitators; ensuring entrepreneurial training is of the highest quality. VetBizCentral is based in Flint, Michigan, yet the organization, otherwise known as a Veterans Business Outreach Center, has been supporting the entrepreneurial dreams of veterans in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan since 2005. One of the first Veterans Business Centers to be awarded grant funding in 2009, VetBizCentral provides free business counseling to active military, veterans, National Guard members and reservists.  Under the leadership of Executive Director Matt Sherwood, the organization conducts regional workshops on starting a business, marketing a business as "veteran owned," and holds networking events to help veteran business owners connect with federal and state procurement opportunities. Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week.  This year National Small Business Week will be recognized April 30 – May 6, with events planned in Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas and Fresno, California.  For more information on the national events, visit Events throughout the week will be live-streamed on SBA's website.  For more information on National Small Business Week events, visit About the U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. 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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ensurge, Inc. (OTC:ESGI) is proud to announce that Adam Falkoff has accepted a seat on the company’s Board of Directors. “We warmly welcome Mr. Falkoff as a Director of Ensurge”, stated Ensurge’s CEO Clint Mishleau. “We are very thankful to have the wisdom, strategic thinking and experience of Mr. Falkoff on our team as we continue our acquisition and development strategy of the rare earth mineral Tantalite in Guyana as well as our Gold mining operations. Mr. Falkoff, is a seasoned political veteran with over 20 years of experience in public policy, international relations, and business. He has advised CEO’s of the Fortune 100, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and Ambassadors. As President of Capitalkeys, currently the top Global Public policy firm in Washington D.C., Mr. Falkoff has significant ties to the Trump Administration. As an outside strategic advisor he assisted President Trump with the transition team, advised the President-elect on Cabinet appointments and is said to still have the President’s ear in addition to relationships with the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of State, Commerce, Energy, and Transportation. He was recently named in the Power 100, a guide to the most influential persons in Washington, D.C. by Washington Life Magazine along with such notables as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Barack Obama, Bill Marriott, David Rubenstein, Jeff Bezos, Jim Young Kim, and Christine Lagarde. Mr. Falkoff received a B.A. from Duke University and both an M.B.A. and M.I.M. (Master of International Management) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management on an academic scholarship. He also participated in the Postgraduate Programme of the School of Mining Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa known as the world’s preeminent institution in the field of international mining and mining studies. Ensurge Inc. is a high-growth mining production company with expanding operations in Guyana, South America. The Company’s management team is comprised of multi-generational mining professionals with decades of experience. Current operations are focused on gold, diamond, and Rare Earth mineral producing properties. For additional information on Ensurge, please visit the Company’s website at Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

WILMINGTON, NC, December 01, 2016-- Rico Austin, author of 'My Bad Tequila', has been named as a finalist in the '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' Book Awards Contest. His honors came as a result of his appearance on The Authors Show. Rico Austin was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. 'My Bad Tequila' details one man's epic journey across two continents and four countries with 50 years of adventure. But 1986 changed everything forever, when one event devastated the lives of 19 students, three chaperones and one bus driver. Was it the tequila?"I wrote this book," Austin stated, "because I had to purge myself of this fateful Spring Break trip of 1986. I felt the need to share the perils of binge drinking, engaging in irresponsible sex and what happens when college and high school students don't think twice about what happens when bad decisions are made and acted upon.""Thinking about sending your 'Kids' to paradise unsupervised? THINK AGAIN.""You'll see the true reflection of me when the tequila bottle is empty." - Rico AustinAustin has won numerous writing awards throughout his writing career:Hollywood Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011)Readers Favorite Book Awards - Silver (Fiction - Mystery - General genre 2011)Amazon eKindle - #1 Top Rated Kindle eBooks (Mexico Travel genre 2011)"Five Parrots in a Palm Tree" - Superb Island Reading award 2011#1 Book to Read, June 2011 - NY Professional Reviewer, Fran LewisReaders Favorite Book Awards - Finalist (Fiction - General genre 2011)Arizona Authors Association - 3rd Place (Fiction Book of the Year 2011 - 2012)London Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2012)Los Angeles Book Festival - Honorable Mention (Wild Card genre 2011-2012)New York Beach Book Festival - Honorable Mention (General Non-Fiction genre 2012)New Mexico - Arizona Book Awards - Finalist (Fiction - Mystery genre 2012) - Author of the Month (June 2012)Suspense Magazine - Review & Article (July 2012 issue)tBook Town - February's Book of the Month (March 2013)Austin is also the author of a number of other books:'In the Shadow of ELVIS, Perils of a Ghostwriter' - Autobiography, Memoir; This is the true story of how and when Rico met the legitimate, illegitimate son of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley. These are the trials and tribulations of ghostwriting John Dennis Smith's epic and incredible mystery of being adopted and discovering his birthright.'ARIZONA Is Where I Live' - Children's book; ARIZONA Is Where I Live is a masterful and learning display of the Sonoran Desert, the mountains, the lakes, the Grand Canyon and of the animals that make Arizona one of the most unique and interesting states in the Union.'Son of the KING, an ELVIS Paradox Unveiled' - Biography; This biography is the true story of Elvis the King of Rock n' Roll and his legitimate, illegitimate son. This book explores the relationships of those closest to Elvis Presley and the influences each of them had that kept Elvis from claiming his first born John Smith Presley.'MEXICO Got LUCKY' - Non Fiction; Lucky, the most famous dog in all of Sonora, Mexico was dog napped on March 1st, 2014. Was it a prank gone bad by teenagers? Did it involve the ruthless, Sinaloa Drug Cartel, deadliest in the world? Or was it just a lowlife dog thief?'Author, Artist & Anyone's Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 11 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media' is Rico's sixth book.'Entrepreneur, Realtor & Anyone's Personal Marketing Guide: Financial Success with 10 Proven Promotions Including Blogs & Social Media' was Rico's seventh book published.'BAJA LOCO, 4 Racing Days & Tequila Nights on the NORRA Mexican 1000' - Memoir: This is the true adventure of the Azunia Tequila / General Tire race team and author Rico Austin's journey of the 2014 Mexican BAJA 1000 which was published this last November 2016.Members of the public who want to vote for Rico Austin in the '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' Book Awards can access his entry and vote at The Authors Show site at . Rico Austin is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at . All of Austin's books are available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at Rico Austin's website at Rico Austin earned an Associate Degree in Marketing and Sales from BSU. Rico moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and continued his education receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business at Grand Canyon University, named the "Outstanding International Business Graduate of 1995." That same year he was also selected as "Mr. Future Business Executive" at the State Leadership Conference which included all universities in the State of Arizona.The summer before graduating, Rico went to Vilnius, Lithuania, and taught English (ESL). During fall semester of his senior year at GCU, Rico attended Staffordshire University in England where he also started on the American Football Team for the Staffordshire Stallions. Rico finished his Masters, an MBA in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on the Latin America Region and the Spanish language. He appeared in a cameo appearance on Baywatch where he played the role of a drug lord.Rico was selected for the May 19th, 2013 issue to represent Arizona in fellow author, Annette Synder's popular blog, Fifty Authors from Fifty States, which spotlights writing professionals across the Fifty United States. He was again chosen to represent his home state of Idaho on March 23rd, 2014, and was named for writing about Arizona on January 17th, 2016. Rico was also chosen from among several hundred writers and bloggers to help compile a booklet with 13 other prominent authors. 'How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer - 70 Tips from a Collection of Experts' was published in December 2009.

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Skyline Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:SKLN) (“Skyline” or “the Company”), producer of the FDA-approved STREAMWAY® System for automated, direct-to-drain medical fluid disposal, announces the appointments of Timothy A. Krochuk and J. Melville (“Mel”) Engle to its Board of Directors, effective as of today. These appointments increase the number of Directors to five, all of whom are independent directors. “We are delighted to welcome such talented and experienced professionals as Tim and Mel to the Skyline Medical Board of Directors.  They bring to Skyline decades of valuable functional expertise and significant sector experience,” said Dr. Carl Schwartz, Executive Chairman of Skyline Medical. “We have full confidence their financial, pharmaceutical and leadership skills, together with their public company experience will be of true value to Skyline. These two additions bring depth to our governance, and we look forward to their contributions as we work together to execute our growth strategy.” J. Melville Engle Mr. Engle has worked in the healthcare industry for the past three decades.  Since 2012 he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Engle Strategic Solutions, a consulting company focused on CEO development and coaching, senior management consulting, corporate problem-solving and strategic and operational planning. He is Chairman of the Board of Windgap Medical, Inc., a start-up medical device firm focused on unique drug delivery applications, and has held executive positions at prominent companies including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at ThermoGenesis Corp., Regional Head/Director, North America at Merck Generics, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dey, L.P. and Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales at Allergan. In addition to ThermoGenesis, he has served on the Board of Directors of several public companies, including Oxygen Biotherapeutics and Anika Therapeutics. Mr. Engle holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.  He has served as a Trustee of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, and a Board Member of the Napa Valley Community Foundation and the Napa College Foundation all in Napa, Calif., and as Vice Chair of the Thunderbird Global Council at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz. Timothy A. Krochuk Mr. Krochuk is a co-founder and Managing Director of GRT Capital Partners, LLC, an investment adviser based in Boston, and is a Portfolio Manager and Managing Partner for the GRT BioEdge Ventures Fund, a fund focused on equity investments in privately held, emerging healthcare and biopharmaceutical companies. Prior to starting GRT Capital Partners in 2001, Mr. Krochuk became the youngest diversified portfolio manager in the history of Fidelity and was responsible for the development, programming and implementation of investment models used by mutual funds with more than $20 billion in assets under management. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of CHP Clean Energy, a full-service provider of biogas powered combined heat and power systems for wastewater treatment facilities with anaerobic digesters, which he founded in 2009.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Windgap Medical and Flatirons Bank. Mr. Krochuk holds an AB in Economics from Harvard College, a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors and is an active member of the Board of the Massachusetts General Hospital President’s Council. About Skyline Medical Inc. Skyline Medical Inc. produces a fully automated, patented, FDA-cleared, waste fluid disposal system that virtually eliminates staff exposure to blood, irrigation fluid and other potentially infectious fluids found in the healthcare environment. Antiquated manual fluid handling methods — which require hand carrying and emptying filled fluid canisters — present an exposure risk and potential liability. Skyline Medical's STREAMWAY System fully automates the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluids and is designed to: 1) reduce overhead costs to hospitals and surgical centers, 2) improve compliance with OSHA and other regulatory agency safety guidelines, 3) improve efficiency in the operating room, and radiology and endoscopy departments — leading to greater profitability, and 4) provide greater environmental stewardship by helping to eliminate the approximately 50 million potentially disease-infected canisters that go into landfills annually in the United States. For additional information, please visit Forward-looking Statements: Certain of the matters discussed in this announcement contain forward-looking statements that involve material risks to and uncertainties in the Company's business that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, current negative operating cash flows and a need for additional funding to finance our operating plan; the terms of any further financing, which may be highly dilutive and may include onerous terms; unexpected costs and operating deficits, and lower than expected sales and revenues; uncertain willingness and ability of customers to adopt new technologies and other factors that may affect further market acceptance, if our product is not accepted by our potential customers, it is unlikely that we will ever become profitable, adverse economic conditions;  the potential delisting of the Company’s common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market as a result of the Company’s failures to comply with listing standards, in which case the liquidity of our common stock would likely be impaired and there would likely be a reduction in our coverage by security analysts and the news media, thereby resulting in lower prices for our common stock than might otherwise prevail; adverse results of any legal proceedings; the volatility of our operating results and financial condition; inability to attract or retain qualified senior management personnel, including sales and marketing personnel; our ability to establish and maintain the proprietary nature of our technology through the patent process, as well as our ability to possibly license from others patents and patent applications necessary to develop products; the Company's ability to implement its long range business plan for various applications of its technology, including the possibility that the development of applicable technologies by GLG Pharma, LLC will be delayed, will not occur or will not receive applicable regulatory approvals on a timely basis; the Company’s ability to consummate its joint venture with Electronic On-Ramp, Inc.; the Company's ability to enter into agreements with any necessary marketing and/or distribution partners; the impact of competition, the obtaining and maintenance of any necessary regulatory clearances applicable to applications of the Company's technology; and management of growth and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available for review at  This is not a solicitation to buy or sell securities and does not purport to be an analysis of the Company's financial position. See the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and subsequent reports and other filings at

Keefer joins the West team of fractional chief marketing executives with a wealth of B2B and B2C insights and experiences to share with small and mid-sized companies LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2017) - Consumer products and partnership marketing executive Tom Keefer has joined the West team of "Executive-as-a-Service" firm Chief Outsiders -- and is poised to deliver his insights to the mid-market companies which comprise its client base. Keefer has been the mastermind behind global advertising firsts for such entities as Newsweek and Life magazines; had a hand in building worldwide awareness for sneaker brands L.A. Gear and K-Swiss; and even was a key driver behind the arrival of soccer's FIFA World Cup to the United States in the 1990s. Now, Keefer is ready to scale his experiences for companies seeking transformational change in the pursuit of greater mindshare, consumer acceptance, and ROI. "Keefer's experience, passion and hands-on determination is exactly what mid-market companies are looking for when they call upon Chief Outsiders," said Karen Hayward, Managing Partner of Chief Outsiders' West group. "Keefer is naturally suited to executing upon the Chief Outsiders 'Growth Gears' process -- which delivers rapid and actionable insights that realign and transform marketing efforts into an efficient driver of growth." Keefer's career path took him across the globe, and to the forefront of global marketing and brand innovation in industries as varied as footwear, sporting goods, apparel, toy, retail, gaming, and software technology. After spending most of the 90s building global footwear and sporting goods brands with Easton Sports, L.A. Gear and K-Swiss, Keefer arrived at Mattel, where he eventually rose to SVP and General Manager and oversaw $1.5B of International marketing with iconic brands like Barbie and Hot Wheels. Most recently, Keefer led the BBC Worldwide Global Licensing team managing brands like Teletubbies, Top Gear and Doctor Who; and also helped launch a tech start-up called Virtual Piggy that is a sort-of PayPal surrogate for kids. In addition to his work, Keefer has been a passionate advocate for sustainable manufacturing and conscience commerce solutions. He holds his B.A. in Economics and Accounting from UCLA, and also attended the Executive Program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Chief Outsiders, LLC is a nationwide "Executives-as-a-Service" firm, with more than 50 part-time, or fractional, Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) engaged from coast-to-coast. Unlike other strategic marketing and management consulting firms, each CMO has held the position of VP Marketing or higher at one or more operating companies. Chief Outsiders have served on the executive team of over 300 client companies to drive growth strategy and execution plans for a fraction of the cost of a full time executive. Because of its market-based growth plans, quality of leadership, and experienced team, Chief Outsiders was listed by Inc Magazine as one of the 1,000 fastest growing privately held companies in the US, and was recognized in the Houston Business Journal's Fast 100. Chief Outsiders' CEO Art Saxby and Principal Pete Hayes are the co-authors of "The Growth Gears: Using a Market-Based Framework to Drive Business Success," an Amazon #1 best-seller for business owners and CEOs. For additional information about the companies who trust Chief Outsiders as their premier source for business growth acceleration, click here.

News Article | December 10, 2015

Habits can be a trap for people in leadership positions — whether they are in business, politics, or another field. As leaders, they should provide a compelling vision that inspires those around them. Instead, many of them lapse into automatic and mindless thinking. And that can affect every decision they make — and the actions of the people who report to them. “Too often, we don’t come up with imaginative solutions because we let ourselves be ruled by routine and by preconceived notions,” says Rob-Jan de Jong, a behavioral strategist and author. “We think we know ahead of time what will and won’t work, which makes us quick to dismiss ideas that sound too ‘out there.’ The people who answer to you learn the lesson that creative thinking is frowned upon, even if that’s not the lesson you wanted to teach.” Simply making a New Year’s resolution to have a more open mind in 2016 likely won’t be enough to turn things around. But de Jong says there are behaviors and practices that, through repetition and perseverance, can help leaders and anyone else develop a mindset that’s open to imaginative and better ideas. • Formulate powerful questions. Generating ideas starts with asking the right questions and the best questions are thought-provoking. They challenge underlying assumptions and invite creativity. “They also give us energy, making us aware of the fact there is something to explore that we hadn’t fully grasped before,” de Jong says. Train yourself to catch poorly designed questions, asked by you or someone else, and reformulate them. Questions that begin with “why,” “what,” and “how” are best because they require more thoughtful responses than those that begin with “who,” “when,” “where,” and “which.” Especially avoid questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no.” • Expand your sphere of influence. “We are strongly influenced, for better or worse, by the small group of people we have direct contact with,” de Jong says. “Since we tend to hang out with people who are fairly similar to ourselves, chances are we are limiting our perspectives.” He recommends making a deliberate effort to encounter people and ideas that are “profoundly different from the usual suspects you hang out with.” Visit a conference of a different profession, hang out with skaters, join an arts club, or buy a magazine randomly off the shelf. • Break your patterns. You can increase your chances of seeing things differently if you deliberately break your normal pattern of working, communicating, thinking, reacting, and responding, de Jong says. Take a different route to work. Change where you sit in meetings. If you are normally the first to volunteer, hold back. • Learn to listen. “We’ve all been taught the importance of being good listeners,” de Jong says. “The problem is most of us struggle to actually do it.” Often when people are “listening,” they really are waiting for the first opportunity to share their story, their opinion or their experience. De Jong suggests training yourself to engage in three pure listening conversations a week. They don’t need to be longer than 15 to 20 minutes, they can be formal or informal, and the other person doesn’t need to know what you’re doing. Vow that you won’t try to take over the conversation no matter how much you want to. “Just keep asking questions and don’t dismiss anything the other person says,” de Jong says. After the conversation, reflect on what you learned. Don’t dismiss any ideas or views that don’t align with yours. “Dare to challenge your own assumptions and reframe your beliefs if need be,” he says. “Some of these practices may take people outside their comfort zones, and everyone might not be ready to try all of these at once,” de Jong says.  “But if you start to put them into practice, you’ll be able to grow into a more mindful, visionary leader one step at a time.” Rob-Jan de Jong, author of Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead, is an international speaker, writer and consultant on strategy and leadership themes. He serves as an expert lecturer at various leading business schools such as the Wharton Business School, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Nyenrode Business University, and Sabanci Business University. As a behavioral strategist, he speaks, teaches and consults on executive subjects such as visionary leadership, influence, strategic decision-making, and innovation.

News Article | February 8, 2017

ATLANTA, Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Boyden, a premier global talent advisory and leadership solutions firm, today announced that Steve Nilsen, well-known for his expertise in global marketing and executive search, has joined the firm as a Partner in its Atlanta office. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at “Steve’s knowledge of international business, specifically in the consumer and healthcare industries, makes him an outstanding addition to our U.S. team,” said Trina Gordon, President and CEO of Boyden. “His global expertise further underscores our commitment, as a ‘worldwise’ firm, to provide clients with exceptional global and regional insight and the right leadership.” Most recently, Nilsen was a partner with a national executive search firm, where he specialized in the placement of C-level executives in the consumer and healthcare sectors. Prior to his career in executive search, Nilsen served in a variety of management roles for The Coca-Cola Company in Bogotá, Oslo, London and Stockholm. He has also held general management and lead marketing roles with a number of other organizations over the course of two decades, including Bloomin’ Brands and AFC Inc. (Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen). “With over 20 years of global experience in Europe, Latin America and the U.S., Steve brings an important added dimension to our capabilities in the U.S. and for our global assignments,” said Robert Travis, a Managing Partner in the United States and Canada. “We’re thrilled that he’s chosen Boyden and excited to begin working with him.” Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from UCLA and a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is fluent in Scandinavian languages, English and Spanish, and proficient in Italian, Portuguese and German. About Boyden Boyden is a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries. Our global reach enables us to serve client needs anywhere they conduct business. We connect great companies with great leaders through executive search, interim management and leadership consulting solutions. For further information, visit

Saleh N.,Thunderbird School of Global Management
Telecommunications Policy | Year: 2012

In recent years academics have used the term Dictator's Dilemma to describe the impact of the Internet on undemocratic societies. The Dilemma says that if dictatorial rulers permit increased Internet penetration, they risk overthrow; if they do not, they isolate themselves from the global information economy, causing economic decline. Since Internet penetration world-wide has deepened, the Dilemma implies that dictatorships are bound to fall one by one. But how good is the Dilemma as an analytical device? Not very, this essay argues, using the Egyptian uprising of January 2011 as a case study. By examining the state's Internet politics before 2011, the use of the Internet by Egyptian resistance activists, and the power relations that existed after the overthrow of the Dictator, this essay argues that the Dictator's Dilemma blinds scholars to what really happens on the ground. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.All rights reserved.

Auh S.,Thunderbird School of Global Management
Journal of Product Innovation Management | Year: 2014

More and more firms are leveraging design as a resource to gain the upper hand in today's competitive business market. To this end, this study draws on the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm to examine the relationship between customer and supplier involvement in the design process and new product performance. The research also extends the RBV to a contingency lens by introducing product innovation capability (incremental and radical) as a moderator to draw the boundary conditions of the impact of customer/supplier involvement in design on new product performance. Using data collected from Canadian high-tech companies, the findings provide strong support for the hypotheses in that customer involvement in design helps new product performance under high incremental innovation capability but harms new product performance under high radical innovation capability. In contrast, supplier involvement in design was beneficial to new product performance under both high incremental and radical innovation capability. The managerial implications for the role of design under different innovation capabilities are discussed. © 2013 Product Development & Management Association.

News Article | February 15, 2017

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwired - February 15, 2017) -, the leading global business intelligence source for the automotive industry, and Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of Arizona State University and an acclaimed global management school with a 70-year history, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement that formalizes a strategic partnership to bring Thunderbird Executive Education programs to over 100,000 automotive industry professionals worldwide. "With Brexit uncertainty, potential trade wars, intellectual property infringement, tax and transfer pricing issues, and daily global challenges, business professionals need to fully understand the impact these international issues have on their job and on the company's bottom line. Finding solutions and learning how to implement this knowledge is where Thunderbird global business education helps these busy professionals make sense of it all," states Ron Hesse, chairman and CEO of Hesse adds "As part of this agreement, will promote Thunderbird's leadership development and Executive Education online and in-house programs to automotive industry suppliers worldwide." Automotive industry professionals can visit the Thunderbird Executive Education programs offered by through this information and registration page: "Nothing pleases us more than the opportunity to develop a partnership with business and government clients who can benefit from Thunderbird's extensive experience in management and global leadership education," said Dr. Allen Morrison, CEO and Director General of Thunderbird School of Global Management. "Our mission is to help working professionals and those in search of higher education opportunities develop the skills they need to be more successful in their careers and in advancing the organizations for whom they work." Since its inception in 1946, Thunderbird has focused exclusively on educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management. Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, today Thunderbird is strengthened by the resources of America's largest and most innovative public university. Thunderbird offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as executive education in locations around the globe, with its main campus in Glendale, Arizona and offices in Geneva, Dubai, and Moscow. For more information go to: is the leading global business intelligence source for the automotive industry, connecting the worldwide auto supplier industry with the resources to effectively do business globally. Through the web site,, auto supplier executives can find insight, solutions and strategies focused on doing business in the world's top automotive markets. The Company recently launched a premium online education subscription service Global Business Professor, to help business professionals and business school students learn practical, up-to-date international business skills. Weekly eJournals (email newsletters) distributed to 18,000 automotive industry professionals worldwide provide tips, techniques and real-world solutions to help subscribers succeed in international automotive markets. Additionally, the Company has produced over 500 conferences, seminars and online events, with over 8,000 executives paying to attend. Learn more about at

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