Germany’s capital city offered the perfect blend of history, culture and fun for nearly 200 T-bird alumni who attended the Thunderbird European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue held May 24-27 in Berlin.
During the four-day event, alumni learned from more than 20 world class speakers at the Global Business Dialogue. They also spent time touring Berlin by river boat, enjoying a gala dinner among friends old and new and participating in a variety of reunion activities.
“The Berlin European Reunion and Global Business Dialogue proved once again the magic of Thunderbird.” said Interim President Barbara Barrett. “Thunderbird alumni and other supporters attended in force – from more than 30 countries.”
Organizer John Cook ‘79 said that what he liked most about the Global Business Dialogue was the professionalism of the panels and moderators, the urgency of the topics covered, the impact of the social media segment and having Jim Clancy of CNN as the emcee.
“The program Beyond Uncertain Times: A Growth Strategy could not have been more timely. Speakers were top business and government leaders, including the U.S. Secretary of Commerce,” Barrett said. “Ideas and insights popped like popcorn. I left Berlin with even greater appreciation for the incomparable strength of Thunderbirds and the value of our school as a convener on global issues.”
Cook said the reunion portion offered great music, food, dancing and fun.
“Having attended 31 of the past 32 alumni reunions, I found this one to be especially rewarding from the standpoint of balance, history, education and just plain fun,” Cook said. “I was touched that Ambassador Barrett, interim president, stayed with us and got to know everyone personally,” Cook said.
Barrett attended the events and provided an update on the school, while also speaking one-on-one with attendees during the many social activities.
Dr. Ariel King ’96 said the Global Business Dialogue fostered growth and development for everyone, while many of the reunion activities provided a chance to celebrate and reconnect.
She added, “No matter how long it has been since you have been in the T-bird zone with others like you, when you come back, it will be as if you had never left.”