2024 Vanguard Nominations Open Through January 1

Nominations Are Due January 1, 2024!

Recognize woman leaders with at least 35 years of service in EMS! Nominations are open for the second annual American Ambulance Association Vanguard Awards! The Vanguards honor those who blazed the trail for fellow women EMS professionals.

The Vanguards are presented in collaboration with our colleagues from Women in Emergency Services (WiES), a newly-founded organization dedicated to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the emergency services industry through empowerment, networking, mentorship, and education.

2023 American Ambulance Association Vanguard Awards

Selection Process & Criteria

To submit a 2024 Vanguard nomination, please complete the form below before January 1, 2024.

Honorees will be selected based ONLY on the information provided in their nomination form. Nominees should have contributed to their organization, state ambulance association, AAA, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession in an extraordinary way beyond faithful completion of job duties. Please be sure to include detail about the nominee’s impact to date.

Please note that nominees must be women with 35+ years of service in the EMS industry. No specific job role or title is required for consideration.


Honorees will be recognized at the American Ambulance Association President’s Reception award ceremony, and will be recognized on the AAA and WiEMS websites and social media platforms. Winners will also receive complimentary registration to the AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show.

2024 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show
Gaylord Opryland
April 22–24, 2024
Nashville, TN

2024 Vanguard Awards Nominations

  • Nominator Contact Details

    Information about the person SUBMITTING the nomination.
  • Nominee Details

    Information about the person BEING NOMINATED
  • Nominee Name
  • Nominee Email
  • Nominee address
  • Nominee Job Title
  • Nominee Company Name
  • HIGH RESOLUTION Nominee Headshot of at least 500x500 px
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 88 MB.
  • Optional, but strongly encouraged
    Max. file size: 88 MB.
  • Ex: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandariordan/ Optional, but strongly encouraged, ESPECIALLY if resume is not included.
  • Please be sure to check spelling and grammar before submission as in most cases winner's bios will be posted as submitted.
  • Please provide a detailed reason for nominating this person. Please include her length of service in EMS (35+ years required.)
  • Nominee Twitter link. Ex: https://twitter.com/AmandaPRiordan
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Amanda Riordan

Amanda Riordan serves as the Vice President of Membership of the American Ambulance Association. She joined AAA as Director of Membership in May of 2015. She has 15+ years of progressive experience in non-profit operations, membership development, marketing, operations, and credentialing.

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