Thunderbird and IFRC launch Online Program for Social Sector Leaders

Publié: 2 mars 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz. , March 2, 2012 — Thunderbird School of Global Management has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to develop a new online program for leaders at all levels in the social and voluntary sector. The eight-week course, to launch May 7, 2012, combines Thunderbird’s top-ranked international management expertise with the IFRC’s practical knowledge of the social sector.

“The Red Cross Red Crescent / Thunderbird Online Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership will provide the next generation of humanitarian leaders with essential training and knowledge,” said Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the IFRC. “It is therefore IFRC’s great honour to play such a key learning role in cultivating the next generation with an important academic partner.

As the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, and with 13 million volunteers worldwide, the IFRC is on the frontline of humanitarian assistance, social work and development and the Thunderbird online/Red Cross Red Crescent certificate will enable us to share our knowledge and experience with those looking to further their work in social and voluntary work. I wish all future participants the best of luck and success.”

The new online Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership will examine how leaders can develop a framework for ethical decision-making, build a goal-orientated personal action plan, enhance their global mindset and explore international trends in the social and voluntary sector. Participants in the program should be individuals currently working in the social and voluntary sector hoping to build their leadership skills as well as those who are seeking to move into the humanitarian sector.

"Thunderbird and the IFRC have partnered to develop this certificate to serve the increasing number of voluntary leaders in the social sector," said Thunderbird Professor Mary Teagarden Ph.D., the program’s faculty lead. "To be successful, these leaders need to not only master the dynamics of working in a social and voluntary sector environment, but also learn leadership techniques to help them succeed and lead on various levels in their organization. This multi-dimensional approach to leadership is what makes this certificate program valuable."

The Thunderbird Online/IFRC Certificate in Social & Voluntary Sector Leadership is worth 1.5 continuing education units and is comprised of eight week-long modules, which include:

  • Module 1- The Role, Trends and Global Realities for Social Sector Leaders
  • Module 2- Leading with Vision
  • Module 3- Managing Difference: the “G-Local” Perspective
  • Module 4-Influencing Different People
  • Module 5- Leading at Level 5
  • Module 6- Learning to Lead through Crucibles
  • Module 7-Leading Across Boundaries
  • Module 8- Leading and Governing with Integrity

Thunderbird Online is the professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management and provides online courses and executive certificates to professionals seeking to continue learning throughout their professional career.  Established in 2010, Thunderbird Online has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and from organizations as diverse as Boeing, Intel, Nokia and the U.S. Department of State.

Founded in 1919, the IFRC is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The organization comprises of 187 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support humanitarian activities across the globe. The IFRC's work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. Thunderbird first worked with the IFRC in 2011 when members of the organization participated in the school’s Leadership Academy.

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business with more than 60 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world. Dedicated to preparing students to be global leaders and committed global citizens, Thunderbird was the first graduate business school to adopt an official Professional Oath of Honor. Thunderbird is sought out by graduate students, working professionals and companies worldwide seeking to gain the leadership skills they need to succeed in today’s global economy. For more about Thunderbird, please visit:

For more information about the online Certificate in Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership, please contact:

Jessica Sallabank, Senior Media Officer International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Tel. +41 (0)22 730 4620 Mob. +41 799481148. Email: Twitter @federation

Elyse Meyer, Marketing Manager Thunderbird Online Tel: +1.602.978.7258 E-mail: Twitter: @TbirdOnline

Course description

Social and Voluntary Sector Leadership

Application deadline: 30 September 2013 Start date: 7 October 2013 This certificate programme in...