Alumni Awards

The Thunderbird Alumni Relations Office is now accepting nominations for the following six awards to recognize and honor alumni who are making an impact within their industries around the globe and at Thunderbird. The awards are presented each year during Homecoming.

Make your nomination today!

Rising Star Award

Rising Star Award recognizes a graduate who is fewer than 10 years out of school, but is making great strides in his or her career.

Career Achievement Award

Career Achievement Award recognizes a graduate who has excelled in his or her chosen career.

Alumni Volunteer Award

Alumni Volunteer Award recognizes a graduate who has given his or her time to support Thunderbird, including Chapter or Council leadership, speaking engagements, offering advice to students or other alumni, recruiting, fundraising or organizing events.

Global Citizenship Award

Global Citizenship Award recognizes a graduate who is dedicated to the creation of sustainable economic and social value worldwide.

Alumni Chapter Leader Award

Alumni Chapter Leader Award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding efforts in increasing engagement, participating in fundraising and fostering the Thunderbird Alumni Network

Jonas Mayer Outstanding Alumnus Award

Jonas Mayer Outstanding Alumnus Award is the highest honor that Thunderbird bestows upon a T-bird. The award recognizes a graduate who demonstrates the ultimate in professional achievement, civic service and Thunderbird activity.


2011 Alumni Award Winners

The following individuals were recognized during Homecoming in November 2011 for their social and professional achievements:

Rising Star Award

Hao Diep '10
Director of Strategy
Auxesia Holdings 

Career Achievement Award

Walid Chammah '77
CHB/CEO
Morgan Stanley International 

Alumni Volunteer Award

Yucel Yelken '99 
CEO & Founder
yStats.com

Global Citizenship Award

Kathryn Lindquist '84
Chief Marketing Officer
Taylor-DeJongh Inc. 

Alumni Chapter Leader Award

Tina Huesing '96
Consultant, Trainer, Coach
Wyrmwood consulting

Jean-Christophe Deverines '00
Analyst Anti-trust, Mergers & Acquisition
Jones Day

Jonas Mayer Award

Francis Najafi '77
CEO
Pivotal Group