I recently had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the Hot Mommas Project, an award-winning women’s leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The project is led by Founder/Chief Hot Momma Kathy Korman Frey, Entrepreneur in Residence at George Washington who teaches the award-winning Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership class.
Put simply, Kathy and the Hot Mommas Project are amazing. Last year, the project became the world’s largest women’s case study library, providing free online access to stories of female role models and mentors. Results include measurable increases in self-confidence among women age 18 and older. How fantastic is that?
The Hot Mommas Project calls itself a “digital democracy,” featuring cases from all over the world. Stories come from women of all ages and walks of life: from princesses to teenage moms, and from survivors to CEOs of large companies. They are real stories from women who share them in order to help each other and the next generation to succeed, however they define the word success.
As a first-time judge, I didn’t know what to expect. But after reading the first story, I was hooked. The author, and each one that followed, had me rooting for her as the heroine of her story. Better than any novel, I was truly awed and inspired by the authors’ courage, resilience, tenacity and fortitude. Whether you need a little inspiration or an entire attitude adjustment, you will not be the same after reading the stories of this year’s winners.
So thank you, Kathy and the team at Hot Mommas, for including me on your esteemed panel of judges. It is an honor to serve on your project. I know there can only be a certain number of finalists, but the reality is, each author is a winner in my book. As are all of you. Thanks for all you do to mentor and motivate women around the world!