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Vanguard Society

Alverno College

The Vanguard Society, begun in 2012, recognizes and celebrates the powerful impact that Alverno women are making locally, nationally and globally. The Vanguard Society brings together alumnae whose records of distinguished service, leadership and achievement have brought pride and distinction to the College.

These distinguished alumnae have achieved the highest levels in career and community services and create a powerful network of resources for Alverno students, faculty and staff.

Through its Career & Leadership Initiative, Vanguard Society women engage with and provide mentorship to Alverno students in a variety of way, including one-on-one opportunities and in group settings.

Vanguard Society's Impact

Members of the Vanguard Society have achieved many wonderful – and varied – accomplishments. Here are some of the highlights of the collective impact they are making on our society:

  • 70 Advanced Degrees
  • 13 Deans and College Department Heads
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year
  • Nurse Executive of the Year
  • 3 Fulbrights
  • 14 CEOs and Senior Execs
  • WI Manufacturer of the Year
  • Women of Influence
  • 6 Honorary Doctorates
  • 1 Guggenheim Fellow
  • Humanitarian of the Year
  • 1 MacArthur Genius Award
  • 5 Prestigious Fellowships

Member Spotlight

Debra H. Amesqua
Fire Chief, City of Madison
Debra Amesqua

Debra Amesqua was the first female fire chief for the City of Madison serving from 1996 to 2012. Under her stewardship, the department expanded to meet the needs on a senior-level management training.

She's the first president of the Women Chief Fire Officers Association.

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Jovita Carranza
Deputy Admin. of US Small Business
Jovita Carranza
"The Alverno promise of discovery and commitment to excellence are the signature characters that I systematically developed in all life endeavors."

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Nadine T. Guirl
Senior VP and Chief HR Officer of HR for ProHealth Care, Inc
Nadine Guirl
"Yes. I'm an Alverno Woman. After more than 30 years since graduation, I'm still recognized for my energetic presence in public speaking; for my collaborative problem-solving abilities and positively regarded for always striving to see the whole picture. Alverno Abilities make my voice heard."

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