Rhonda M. Ware is the Executive Director of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls. The Research Center generates and applies research, develops curricula and conducts program evaluations and outreach to raise awareness about issues that impact the lives of women and girls. Ware has shared the Research Center’s findings with educators, community organizations, corporate groups, professional women’s organizations and media outlets.
Prior to working at Alverno, Ware practiced law for seven years, including serving as a litigation attorney at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. (WI) and as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney’s Office. In addition, for thirteen years Ware cofacilitated numerous trainings across the country and abroad for the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, a national gender violence education program that equips young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to prevent violence against women. She was also assistant director for AmeriCorps Athletes in Service to America, a national outreach program.
Ware has served as a keynote speaker at events such as the Social Development Commission’s 2012 GED/HSED graduation, and she has served on various panels, including the Women Leaders Panel for the Mount Mary College NEW Leader Program. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee. Ware previously served on the boards of the Women’s Center, Sojourner Truth House and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ware was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of Milwaukee’s Forty Under 40 in 2009, and she was a DePaul University 14 Under 40 award recipient in 2010. Her poem “Please Come See About Me,” inspired by the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, was featured on NPR’s News and Notes with Ed Gordon in 2005.
Ware has a passion for playing a role in creating a better world for women and girls, believing that it creates a better world for us all.