Forward under 40

Sarah Schutt, Chief Alumni Officer and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Association

I’m delighted to introduce you to the 2018 Forward under 40 Award honorees. We selected these eight alumni, all under the age of 40, because they are outstanding examples of living the Wisconsin Idea — the idea that this public university exists to serve the public good.
This year’s honorees are notable for helping to improve lives — the lives of people with disabilities, the lives of students from underrepresented backgrounds, and the lives of patients facing a terminal disease. They are bringing us award-winning news, helping to preserve endangered species in Chile, improving health outcomes for Hmong Americans, and advocating for women in technology.
It’s always hard to narrow down the honorees for this award because UW–Madison excels at producing alumni who are doing good for the global community. The only thing that makes it easier is knowing that we’ll have a chance to do it again next year. If you’d like to nominate a young Badger grad for next year’s award, visit, where you can also learn more about this year’s honorees.

On, Wisconsin!

Sarah Schutt
Chief Alumni Officer and Executive Director
Wisconsin Alumni Association

2018 Honorees