“HOT MOMMAS” GIVE BACK ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE and BEYOND: Moms, students, stars of business and entertainment help women and girls

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Moms, students, stars of business and entertainment help women and girls

 Summary: The award-winning women’s leadership venture, The Hot Mommas Project, announces its 2010 panel of judges and Martin Luther King Day of Service activity. The project helps women age 18 and older serve as role models and supporters for other women and girls. Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2010.

Washington, DC – In conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day of Service, “Hot Mommas” around the world are being nominated to share their story on HotMommasProject.org through January 31. The award-winning educational venture enables women 18 and older to convert their personal and professional lessons into teachable moments archived in an online library. Stars of the business and entertainment communities have signed on as judges for the second annual Hot Mommas Project Case Competition. Women participating in the competition will have the opportunity to see their story published in a leading Prentice Hall textbook.

The “Hot Mommas Project” raises the self-efficacy of women and girls through exposure to role models and mentors. ”We all know the stories of the women close to us. Our project simply captures those stories, makes those stories teachable, and distributes them to a wide audience,” said Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas Project and Entrepreneur in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business. “Our judging panel is extremely accomplished and are using their influence to help women and girls.”

At www.HotMommasProject.org, women are coached through a process of turning their story into a “case study” which is a teaching tool used by educators. Tutorials and coaching teleconferences are available to writers. The cases will be rated by the judging panel on quality of: professional / business and personal issues and learning points set forth in the case, as well as discussion questions, teaching notes, appendices, and links. Anita Blair, former Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Hot Mommas Project 2010 judge notes, “What could be more satisfying than helping young women pursue full, successful lives, thanks to the Hot Mommas special blend of teachable stories combining experience, scholarship and friendship?”

The Hot Mommas Project 2010 case study competition runs through January 31, 2010. Winners will be published in a leading Prentice Hall textbook. In addition to the top three winners, a special financial literacy category is sponsored by The Charles Schwab Foundation for the woman who best-addresses financial topics in the personal or professional section of her case study.

The Hot Mommas Project is an independent venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business. It is included in the mission of the GWSB Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The 2010 competition is supported by The Charles Schwab Foundation and Rand Construction Founder Linda Rabbit. To learn more about the project, support the project, or nominate a dynamic female role model over 18 for the 2010 competition, visit www.HotMommasProject.org. Winners will be honored April 28, 2010 at George Washington University’s Women in Philanthropy Forum.

  ***The Hot Mommas Project 2010 Case Competition Judging Panel***


Hot Mommas Project Judge Amy Millman
President and co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit organization that matches female entrepreneurs with $4 billion of capital.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Anita Blair
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs from January 2008-January 2009. Former lawyer and president of the Indepdendent Women’s Forum.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Bob Burg
Highly sought-after speaker at corporate, financial services and direct sales conventions. Bestselling author and one of nation’s leading networking experts.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Brenda Rhodes – Founder of Hall Kinion, a $300 million publicly traded company, and chairman and CEO of InTouch Technology Corporation. First runner-up, 2009 Hot Mommas Project Case Study Competition.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
President of the Charles Schwab Foundation, whose mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy, and volunteerism.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Christine Chen
President of Strategic Alliances USA, organizer of National Asian American & Pacific Islander Presidential Town Hall, former national exec. director of the Organization of Chinese Americans & Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Ellen Mishkind Thrasher
Ellen M. Thrasher is the Director for the Office of Entrepreneurship Education, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She serves as an advocate for entrepreneurial development through a variety of management and technical assistance programs and services designed for small business success.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Guy Kawasaki
Managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine, bestselling author of nine books.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Janet Taylor
Clinical instructor of psychiatry, certified life coach, and consumer health strategist who consults with several major corporations and contributes to Family Circle and the Today Show. Founder and CEO of Mind Projects, Inc.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Ken Waissman
Tony Award winning Producer of Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy and the upcoming Josephine, a new Broadway musical inspired by the legendary star of the Folies Bergère, Josephine Baker.
Hot Mommas Project Judge LaSara Firefox
Entrepreneur, author, and mental health community activist. Second runner-up, 2009 Hot Mommas Project Case Study Competition.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Madelyn Jennings
Principal, Cabot Advisory Group. Board Member, National Women’s History Museum. Former Senior Vice President-Personnel, Gannett Co., Board Member, George Washington University School of Business.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Marsha Firestone
Founder and president of the Women Presidents’ Organization for women whose businesses annually gross over $2 million.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Mary Ann Zoellner
Emmy award–winning producer at the Today show and co-author of Today’s Moms: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Melina Gerosa Bellows
Executive vice president of Children’s Publishing at National Geographic. Internationally published best-selling author of five books.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Nick Schacht
President and CEO of Learning Tree International, the world’s leading independent provider of IT and management training.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Patricia Parker
President and CEO of Native American Management Services. Chair of the Business and Economic Development Committee of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Harvard Business School professor and former editor of Harvard Business Review. Named one of the “50 most powerful women in the world” by London Times. Author of 18 books including NY Times bestseller Confidence and her latest book Supercorp.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Sam Horn
Award-winning communication/creativity consultant to best-selling authors. Has a 20 year track record working with international clientele including Fortune 500 Forum, Hewlett-Packard, NASA, and Capital One.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Saranne Rothberg
Founder of ComedyCures, an award-winning nonprofit that brings comedy programs to people living with illness. Winner of the 2009 Hot Mommas Project Case Study Competition.
Hot Mommas Project Judge Simon Greenman
Co-founder of MapQuest and local search expert. Managing Director at European Directories.


Additional links:

Judging Panel and Country Managers

Why Mentors Matter for Women and Girls

Hot Mommas Project Main Page

1888PressRelease Announcement

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