Thunderbird Webinars

Leading Innovation in uncertain times

February 28, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. (MST/Arizona time)

Changes in the workplace are always intimidating. But in a world where change is the new norm, uncertainty is the only certainty. In this webinar learn key principles to driving innovation in the midst of volatility. Learn how utilizing change leadership and user center design can advance your organization’s goals. Join us, as we discuss ways to adapt to our ever-changing world through innovative thinking and creativity. 


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Executive Education Webinar – Navigating your Emotional Intelligence for Empathy and Accountability in Leadership (Dr. Stephen Oliver)

March 14, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. (MST/Arizona time)

Learn the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence and its 4 basic hallmarks – Self-awareness, Self-management, Social Awareness, and Relationship management. Understand how your mastery of the basics of emotional intelligence can make you an exceptional leader for the future.


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Project Management for Leaders (Dr. Laura Polk)

March 21, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. (MST/Arizona time)

You’re a leader within your company, organization or team, maybe even an entrepreneur.  You think that you don’t need project management tools, but you might be wrong.  While you may not “need” project management tools to be an effective leader, you can absolutely benefit from learning project management techniques used to implement a strategy.  This webinar will focus on how to use project management tools to help you prioritize your time, track your progress on projects and follow up with essential stakeholders transforming your leadership through actionable items.


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The Semiotics of Leadership

April 25, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. (MST/Arizona time)

Every day we are bombarded by symbols – traffic signs, billboards, logos, visuals, and more. We immediately recognize certain logos and designs, but have you ever sat down and thought about the way they make you feel?  Have you ever asked yourself how using these symbols can help boost your effectiveness as a leader? This webinar will explore the use of symbols, ritual, and storytelling to help you in developing your skills as a leader – while simultaneously affecting the culture of your organization. 

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The Future of Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution

May 23, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. (MST/Arizona time)

Technology and the development of global societies are influencing the ways of future careers available. With this, we will need to prepare for jobs and skills that do not exist or are required from workers today. With the speed of these developments, it is crucial to start to look into the future to adapt to the 4th industrial revolution. Join Dr. Theodore Cross in a webinar exploring the evolution of previous industrial revolutions, what the current status quo means for the future of the workplace, and the top four things you need to know about the 4th industrial revolution. Sign up today!


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Presenter Biographies

Dr. Ted Cross

Dr. Ted Cross is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management, as well as the Director of the Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Cross brings his expertise in leadership and higher education innovation to his teaching and administrative roles. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff at EdPlus and a University Innovation Fellow in ASU's Office of University initiatives (a Special Projects Unit of the Office of the President). Before coming to ASU, Dr. Cross held faculty and leadership positions at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Cross earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, an MA from Arizona State University, an MSed from The University of Pennsylvania, a doctorate from Pepperdine University, and a Post Graduate Certificate from The Wharton School of Business.

Dr. Laura Polk is a Senior Program Manager & Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and currently teaches Organizational Leadership.  Professor Polk has 10+ years of experience working in leadership and specializes in organizational leadership, succession planning, small businesses management, manufacturing, aerospace & defense.  In the research for her dissertation, she oversaw the engineering and building of many metal parts at a manufacturing plant which now reside in NASA’s Exploration Rover on Mars (MERS), defense weapons mechanisms for the US government, and medical equipment.  Professor Polk holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University.  She can be reached at