TIAA Professional Development Conference 2018: Penang, Malaysia
Bukit Bendera, 11300
TIAA is proud to partner with Thunderbird School of Global Management and Arizona State University to bring our alumni this terrific professional development opportunity.
SOLD OUT! Registration Closed.
Note as of September 19: The Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang is SOLD OUT FOR THURSDAY NIGHT OCTOBER 4.
Nearby hotel options appear in the "Registration Instructions" at the bottom of this page (no conference discounts available - the list is provided as a courtesy).
Fall 2018 Conference Theme:
Sustainability in Business: The Next Asian Revolution
Asia has served as a major driver of global economic growth. The current question is how the region continues its growth to ensure that business activity coexists and even reinforces social progress and environmental protection. At the Fall 2018 TIAA professional development conference in Penang, speakers will bring Asian perspectives into the global debate around sustainability. Specifically, these experts will highlight factors impacting Asian development and explore how business and policymakers can help spur more sustainable growth.
Known as the Silicon Valley of the East for its industries, including household names such as Intel, Dell, and AMD, Penang is one of Malaysia's most vital economic powerhouses with the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita among all of Malaysia's thirteen states. In addition, Penang recorded the nation's second highest Human Development Index, after the capital Kuala Lumpur. Correspondingly, the state has a relatively well-educated population, with a youth literacy rate of 99.5% as of 2014.
A fascinating fusion of East and West, Penang embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its multicultural and multiracial populace living side-by-side in harmony. In 2008, the state capital of George Town became a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site due to its well-preserved heritage buildings. Long regarded as the street-food capital of Malaysia (or, as the locals claim, "of the world"), Penang entices visitors with its scrumptious cuisines.
Penang’s alluring charms and unique attributes together with its many-faceted cultures and communities make it a favourite of many as a Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions (MICE) destination. The easy going lifestyle on Penang is a result of the melting pot of cultures, religions and food which have intermingled and coexisted for more than 200 years. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town in particular, offers a total fusion of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and other races and traditions, evidence of which is apparent everywhere, from cuisine to festivals and architecture.
Curious? Click on the thumbnail below for a 2:00 minute video about the wonders of Penang.
The fascinating culture in the historic city centre complemented by golden beaches, tranquil seas, lush verdant hills and lowland forests. One would have to search far and wide to find an island blessed with so much cultural as well as natural heritage. It is a true tropical paradise that offers something for everyone: from foodies, history buffs and nature park enthusiasts to those just wanting to relax on a sun-drenched beach.
The October 2018 conference will be held at The UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, and at The Habitat on Penang Hill.
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About TIAA Conferences
Each year, TIAA produces two professional development conferences for TIAA members, Thunderbird alumni and friends and family of TIAA members, as well as the occasional guest. These premium experiences feature high-caliber speakers exploring current trends in global trade, as well as professional networking opportunities that are uniquely Thunderbird. Locations rotate around the globe. Past sites have included Baden Baden, Budapest, Mexico City, New York, Nanjing, Paris, Panamá and Washington D.C.
SOLD OUT! REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS CONFERENCE.
Please read these instructions carefully.
First, purchase 1 full-price ticket for yourself. This covers your own admission to all conference events: the Thursday night October 4 cocktail reception, the Friday October 5 Speaker Sessions, the Friday night October 5 Gala dinner and the Saturday October 6 Habitat events (afternoon and evening).
- TIAA Members: Log in for members-only pricing. (Your price will appear at the top of the ticket list below after you log in).
- Thunderbird Alumni (non-TIAA members) and ASU Alumni: Enjoy a special rate with “Alumni” ticket pricing.
- Not a Tbird or ASU alum? Purchase a “Public” ticket.
Next, are you bringing an adult spouse/partner/guest who will attend TIAA events with you? Add a +1 Adult ticket for the second adult. When couples register together, only one member of the couple pays full-price, even if both are TIAA members, Tbird alumni or ASU alumni. The second member of the couple pays the +1 Adult rate. +1 Adult tickets cannot be purchased alone.
Each +1 Adult registration includes:
- Admission to the any/all conference events such as the Thursday night October 4 cocktail reception, the Friday night October 5 Gala dinner and the Saturday October 6 Habitat events (afternoon and evening).
- For the Friday 5 October day session only, +1 Adult ticketholders can choose to attend the Speaker Sessions, OR one of the 3 Guest Program activities (the times for each option overlap/conflict, so only one choice is possible through the TIAA Guest Program).
- Please indicate your choice for Friday, October 5 when completing your +1 Adult registration form.
- Of course, ALL conference guests may take advantage of these options – and more – by arriving before or staying after the TIAA conference (in those situations, activity costs will not be covered by TIAA).
Below: Select 1 for each ticket type(s) you wish to purchase (i.e., "TIAA Member," "Tbird/ASU" ticket and then click "Submit." You'll be asked to answer a few more questions, and then prompted for your payment (credit card) details. Click "submit" at the very end of that new page, and you'll receive a confirmation email. After that, make your flight and hotel reservations. We have a discount program arranged with the Easter & Oriental hotel ("E&O"): www.tiaaglobal.org/PenangHotel, but please not that the E&O is SOLD OUT for the night of Thursday October 4th.
Please note, all conference transportation between venues will be arranged to and from the E&O.
For a map showing relative locations, go to www.tiaaglobal.org/PenangHotel.
- Hotel Options Near the E&O :
City Bayview - Across the street from E&O.
- Nearby Boutique hotel options:
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Find additional travel/tourism information, visit www.tiaaglobal.org/PenangTravel.