TIAA Weekly Newsletter 08-17-2018

Published Friday, August 17, 2018

Fall 2018 Scholars Announced

TIAA Cocktails in Asia

Global Trade Trends in the Trump Era (September TIAA webinar)

Meet YOUR Fall 2018 TIAA Scholars 

Yesterday, August 15, inaugurated a new era for the Thunderbird School of Global Management: a new campus, a new relationship with ASU, a new class, a new pub...and a new cohort of TIAA Scholars. 


The Thunderbird Independent Alumni Association created the TIAA Scholars Award Program to reward outstanding Thunderbird students after graduation in a material way that helps them take their first post-graduate career steps. While candidates must apply before starting their program, this is not a scholarship paid up-front to defray school expenses.  TIAA Scholars are eligible to receive a US$10,000 award from TIAA upon verification of successful graduation from the full-time MGM program. Well before graduation, TIAA Scholars receive additional benefits through connection with active TIAA members.


This program celebrates the culture of connection between TIAA alumni and incoming MGM students. It recognizes new Thunderbirds whose credentials are exemplary and highly reflective of the global mindset that defines our Thunderbird alumni. Meet the Fall 2018 Scholars below.

  • Oska Ang’ila (Kenya):

    Oska aspires to engage in trade matters at a policy-making level. He would participate in the designing of sound policies that enhance international corporation. Owing to his experience of living and working in Africa, he has a keen interest to see the continent rise to take advantage of trade opportunities both locally and abroad.

  • Lina Safronova (Russia):

    "I have been preparing throughout my life and career to be a Thunderbird." Lina wants to influence the global environment and inspire individuals to act with honesty and integrity, deliver economic development, create jobs and raise the standard of living. She is determined to continue to make an impact in our world and is passionate about joining the cohort on their journey "to be the change we wish to see."

  • Quin Roberts (United States):

    At a 2014 Thunderbird reunion in Dubrovnik, Croatia with his sister, Thunderbird Riley Roberts ‘12, Quin was introduced to a community of unique voices devoted to sustainable world progress. Over the next four years, he developed a worldview centered on increasing global interconnectedness and free trade. Quin aspires to work in developing economies, with a particular interest in South East Asia and Japan. He is currently learning Japanese.

  • Damaris Bravo (United States):

    Damaris has found her life’s passion for international development and helping vulnerable populations escape poverty.  Realizing the important role local businesses and business leaders play in the development of communities across the globe, Damaris plans to hone her cross-cultural communication skills at Thunderbird in support of her personal mission to help improve the well-being and quality of life of individuals and communities all over the world. 

     Learn more about these newest Scholars. 

If you are on campus, please take a moment to welcome and congratulate them!

 TIAA visiting Hong Kong and Singapore on the Road to Penang 

RSVP for TIAA Cocktail Events in Asia on 26 & 28 August

TIAA's Alicia Engel '16 and Thunderbird Office of Alumni Engagement’s Paetra Yates will stop in Hong Kong and Singapore en route to Penang, Malaysia. They are traveling to conduct preliminary planning ahead of TIAA's Fall 2018 conference, “Sustainability in Business: The Next Asian Revolution”, 4-6 October  2018 in Penang, Malaysia. TIAA is proud to partner with Thunderbird School of Global Management and Arizona State University to bring our alumni this terrific professional development opportunity. For Penang conference registration and information, visit

Before they land in Penang, Alicia and Paetra invite you to join Asia Tbirds and ASU alumni at two special pre-conference receptions: Hong Kong on 26 August, and Singapore on 28 August. 


Will you be in or near the area later this month?

RSVP for Hong Kong event here

Registration for Singapore event coming soon.


Take advantage of TIAA's Free Monthly Professional Development Webinars 

Maneuvering Through Rough Waters – Global Trade Trends in the Trump Era 

Wednesday, September 12 @ 9:00 am AZ Local time

The Trump Administration has set a course through rough waters, unleashing the disruptions to trade policy and trade flows the President had long been threatening. But where will it all land, and how soon? Will we return to familiar terrain, or a new and evolving landscape? Former U.S. trade official Bruce Hirsh of Tailwind Global Strategies LLC and TradeVistas will examine the latest trade developments and the new world that may result.


Join TIAA on Wednesday, September 12

9:00 am AZ / Noon EDT / 5:00 pm London / 12:00 am midnight HK on Thursday, 13 Sept

Register today.

AUGUST WEBINAR REPLAY NOW AVAILABLE: Alan E. Rosenfield "Investing in Today’s Global Chaos – It Ain’t Getting Easier!" From the TIAA home page, open the Menu, select Videos, then search for 2018 Webinars.

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