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MBA Students Selected for Sustainable Innovation Summit

GLENDALE, AZ, October 24, 2008 — A team of MBA students from University of Phoenix have been named finalists for the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Sustainable Innovation Summit to be held November 13-15 at Thunderbird.

Zebadiah Hutchison, Andrea Krell, Austin Kim, Sean Edmonds and Todd Skalsky were selected from a pool of 138 teams representing 47 universities in 11 countries who competed in the first round of the competition. The finalists include three teams from Thunderbird, and one team each from Arizona State University, University of Phoenix, University of Wuppertal in Germany, Queens School of Business in Canada, Northeastern University, DePaul University and Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Johns Hopkins University took the top prize in last year’s challenge.

The finalists will travel to Thunderbird to present their cases during the school’s Sustainable Innovation Summit, and the winning student team will receive a cash prize of $20,000 and the title “Global Champions of Sustainable Innovation.”

“Thunderbird’s Global Sustainable Innovation Summit builds upon the school’s efforts in global citizenship and its mission to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide,” says Angel Cabrera Ph.D., president of Thunderbird. “We incorporate the principles of professional practice and global citizenship throughout the entire curriculum, and this competition provides students and companies around the world a venue to demonstrate that innovation and sustainability can be integrated in ways that simultaneously create social, environmental and business value.”

Current sponsors and partners of the Summit include Johnson and Johnson, Arizona Public Service, ecoverdance, Ecolab Inc., and Bill Matrix.

For more information on the summit, visit www.sustainableinnovation.thunderbird.edu.

About Thunderbird

Founded in 1946, Thunderbird is the first and oldest graduate management school focused exclusively on global business. It is regarded as the world’s leading institution in the education of global managers and has operations in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe, including Russia. Ranked No. 1 in international business by the Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive 2007 Business School Survey, Thunderbird is dedicated to educating global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide. The school’s programs facilitate the development of the global mindset, which is critical to managing effectively in different social, economic and political environments. More than 38,000 students have graduated from Thunderbird, and its alumni live and work in more than 140 countries. For more about Thunderbird, please visit: www.thunderbird.edu.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul