Welcome to the Hot Mommas Project Learning Series where we showcase a Hot Mommas Project case selected by a student team member or guest. The series is targeted toward educators and leadership groups seeking authentic role models in addition to business/career lessons. A complementary podcast accompanies each blog post. Episodes feature interviews with Hot Mommas Project founder Kathy Korman Frey and student contributors.
Student contributor: Ximena Iacono, a GW student and Hot Mommas Project intern.
Featured case: Kelly Kolker’s “Finding your Passion and Creating Your Role“
Kelly Kolker was a finalist in the 2008-2009 Hot Mommas Project Case Competition! She was also the Young Judges’ Popular Case Selection.
Case themes include: finding your passion, deviating from “the plan,” student athletics, international work, publishing, writing.
Case excerpt and summary by Ximena Iacono:
“However, after my senior soccer season ended at the University of Richmond, I felt a huge hole inside. I had been an athlete pretty much since the day I could walk, and now my athletic career had come to an end…my life without having some relationship to sports seemed completely unfathomable. This is when I knew, my life wasn’t going to go exactly as I had intended. My priority now was not just working in an environment where I could speak foreign languages, it was combining my 2 passions, SPORTS and FOREIGN LANGUAGES.”
Kelly Kolker’s story shows how ambition can be one of the upmost drivers of success. She did not know what she wanted to do, but knew what she was passionate about. She took a risk at doing exactly this. It may be starting out and growing slowly but it is surely becoming more and more of a reality for her. She states that all of the energy she has put into her career and perhaps life’s project is getting recognized, and coming full circle for her. She is a demonstration that with a lot of ambition and passion, and a little bit of risk, you can make your own career project.
To use Hot Mommas Project cases in a learning, training, or bookclub environment:
- Read this blog post and the case “Finding your Passion and Creating Your Role“
- Listen to the podcast online or on iTunes.
You can find other cases in this series by clicking “Role Models in the Classroom” under the Categories heading in the right column of this blog.