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A strategic partner for learning solutions

Technologies are reshaping individual lives, transforming business processes, changing societal dynamics, and influencing government policies. The effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are both substantial and unpredictable – and they will impact our businesses, our lives and our environments.  These changes require a revitalized brand of global leader. With nearly 75 years of experience developing holistic leaders ready to tackle the world’s greatest challenges, Thunderbird is the ideal partner to help you and your organization prepare for the unprecedented challenges (and opportunities) ahead. 

With Thunderbird Executive Education's extensive experience in global business—and our faculty of real-world practitioners who thrive on developing solutions for the most complicated global scenarios—we work with you to:

  • Help you and your organization resolve complex global management issues
  • Deliver on strategic priorities
  • Develop new skills and achieve solutions
  • Instill new ideas for your unique business challenges
  • Hone your ability to implement new ideas in ways that create value for your organization
  • Establish a learning environment where diversity of culture, function and industry is prominent
  • Provide an opportunity to grow alongside executive education participants from some of the world's top global companies

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with offices in Geneva, SwitzerlandMoscow, Russia, and Dubai, UAE, Thunderbird’s Executive Education brings customized courses to executive participants all over the world.

More resources for what you need

Through our partnership with Arizona State University, America’s most innovative higher education institution with more than 2,000 faculty in 15 colleges that offer almost 400 different degrees, we offer you unique, specialized and customized executive education resources you will find only here. Thunderbird’s experience and expertise in delivering training, executive education and professional development--combined with ASU’s depth of subject matter experts--is a synergy that enables us to deliver exactly what business professionals and our corporate partners need. 

Business leaders, regardless of industry, tell us the same thing: executive education is key to sustained change in individuals, team, and organizations. Thunderbird delivers world-class education through a variety of designs and methods, using a range of superb faculty. 

  1. Design — A strong design logic is required to create value. The design logic Thunderbird employes for educational interventions turns a series of content sessions into a powerful, integrated learning experience.

  2. Methods — Each client is different and we design our executive education offerings to match that diversity, providing a varied, strategic mix of compelling delivery and teaching methods that are essential to effective learning. 

  3. Faculty — The Thunderbird Educator Network combines Thunderbird’s world-class faculty with cutting-edge thought leaders and industry experts around the globe to provide our clients more choices for content and delivery.

  4. Technology — Through preference or circumstance, many of our clients choose blended learning. Our learning technology creates efficiencies in cost and time while keeping client interaction with other professionals a core part of the experience.

Thunderbird Executive Education employs a variety of progressive teaching techniques in the classroom and through online delivery systems that move beyond traditional lecture and case method. Our teaching techniques are calibrated to fit each specific audience, the culture of our client companies, our faculty’s areas of expertise, the nature of the material, time constraints and other factors.

Traditional methods are often supplemented with individual and group exercises and activities, dialogue-based approaches, assessments, learning labs, and metaphorical and experiential learning.

Sample techniques used in our programs

Business simulations
Gamification and competition
One-on-one coaching
Keynotes and panels
Action planning and follow-up 
Action learning projects
Mobile learning
Case studies
E-learning modules
Scenario planning
Service Learning
In-market study trips
Self-assessments and peer assessments 

Advances in educational technology have allowed Thunderbird to create dynamic online learning environments to adapt to individual learning styles. Technology-leveraged learning enables shorter learning interventions, enhanced rich media and a bridging of classroom and online programs to provide you with a truly blended learning experience. With the amount of information that is at our fingertips every day, online learners need the most up-to-date, relevant and accurate content for their unique professional development needs. Thunderbird Executive Education stays ahead of global technology trends to provide you with a world-class online learning experience that offers the convenience of studying on your own schedule.

Dynamic online learning methods

  • Faculty lectures
  • Interactive multimedia activities
  • Case studies
  • Facilitated discussion forums
  • Downloadable podcasts
  • Online quizzes and assessments
  • Pre-course online curriculum to jumpstart classroom programs
  • Post-course online portals for continued collaboration

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