FSU Alumni Association

The Inspire Award for FSU Women of Distinction

The Inspire Award recognizes alumnae who have distinguished themselves as leaders within their industry and whose hard work and determination serves as an inspiration to current students and young alumni at Florida State University.



Please join us in congratulating our 2023 Inspire Award honorees!



Alison Curdt

B.A. '05, B.S. '05

College of Business, Dedman College of Hospitality, PGA Program
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Alison Curdt, at the age of 29, became the youngest woman in the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to attain Master Certification. In 2018, Curdt became the second woman in history to earn dual master professional status in the Ladies Professional Golf Association and PGA. In service to FSU, she also regularly mentors’ students in the Dedman College of Hospitality.


Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz

B.S. '97

College of Social Science & Public Policy
Coral Gables, FL

Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office and serves as the firmwide deputy section leader of the Real Estate Section, assisting in managing the firm's nationwide real estate practice. Ms. de las Cuevas-Diaz is also a member of the Florida State University’s Board of Trustees, the 13-member governing board for the University.


Jennifer Engel

A.A. '97

College of Business
Madeira Beach, FL

Jenn Engel is the Chief Commercial Sales Officer for Republic National Distributing Company. Engel is a member of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Women's Leadership Council and an involved volunteer at the Dedman College of Hospitality.


Dena Jalbert

M.B.A. '10

College of Business
Winter Park, FL

Dena Jalbert is the founder and CEO of Align Business Advisory Services which she founded to break the mold of the traditional consulting firm and provide aggressive, innovative ideas and solutions to growing middle market businesses.