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Check with your employer - due to the continuing education credit, and unique professional development benefit, they may cover the cost of this program!
Based on participants’ skill sets and preferences, Professor Hunsaker, the Alumni Consulting Lab team, and our Ecuadorian partners will match participating Alumni Consultants with Ecuadorian companies seeking business support. Before meeting with Alumni Consultants, clients will define the business challenge they’d like to work on. Challenges may be related to marketing & sales, organizational structure, operations, or other strategic initiatives. Consultants will be immersed in client organizations—focused on discovery, analysis and feedback around their clients’ defined business challenges—as well as the local business and cultural climate.
Thunderbird Faculty will provide expert content on consulting best practices, the South American business environment and on-call support to Alumni Consultants. Alumni will work with their client organizations - while also learning about the other projects - and therefore have a deep cultural and economic experience that would not be possible without local insight.
Enjoy immersive, impact-driven travel while building needed capacity in local entrepreneurs – as only Tbird can.
In Quito we will work with growing and ambitious companies that represent a range of industries and challenges. Below is a brief description of the projects conducted during the Bogotá, Alumni Consulting Lab in August, 2017. These profiles provide a good example of the companies we want to work with, and of the Alumni experience.
To learn more about the experience, read an article by one of the participants in our last Colombia Lab.
An IT solutions company that recently launched a service to provide educational content to classrooms around the world that don't have reliable access to the Internet. Thunderbird alumni consultants re-imagined the entire business model and strategy and delivered a “version 2.0” which addressed themes including an updated product offering, target market, pricing strategy, and digital marketing plan.
A manufacturer of high quality cheeses that are sold throughout Colombia. The Thunderbird team analyzed the company’s operations and provided recommendations to better leverage company resources (i.e., personnel, machinery) to decrease costs, increase margins, and improve product quality while serving more customers.
An e-learning platform offering a variety of educational products and services to healthcare providers. Thunderbirds studied the company’s business model and assessed the success and financial contribution of each of the company’s products/services. They helped the organization priortize which products/services to invest in, both from a financial and human capacity standpoint.
A producer of architecturally impressive building facades that is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Thunderbird alumni consultants examined the organization’s internal processes and made recommendations on what would need to be done (i.e., change organizational structure, create new positions) in order to scale effectively and efficiently.
Note: *Actual working days will be based on individual client needs.
To learn more about the Lab experience, read an article written by one of the participants in the first Alumni Consulting Lab in Colombia.