Hot Mommas Project Announces Winners of 2012-2013 Global Case Study Competition: World’s Largest Womens Case Study Library Features Digital Role Models, Mentors

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The nationally award-winning women’s leadership and mentorship venture, The Hot Mommas® Project, announces its 2012-2013 case study competition winners. The top global winners will be published in a Prentice Hall textbook. All winners, finalists, and authors will be honored in the Fall at the George Washington University School of Business


Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV May 7, 2013– The Hot Mommas® Project announces the winners of its 2012-13 case study competition in which dynamic women from around the world shared their stories to serve as virtual mentors and role models. “You don’t need to be a momma to be a ‘Hot Momma.’ Our venture celebrates diverse, dynamic women around the globe,” said Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas® Project and Entrepreneur in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

The Hot Mommas® Project 2012-13 Top Three Global Winners are: Michelle Lochan – a Canadian case author – who begins her story on a bridge, and ends it with a triumphant professional award. Eman Al-Awadhi  – a Kuwaiti case author – defies cultural norms, raises eyebrows, and excels. Kathy Wilson – a US case author – is a women’s basketball coach with a fragile sense of self that grows stronger until she is the ultimate coach.

Cases include personal challenges such as work-life balance and “aha moments” in addition to traditional business lessons. Beyond the top three winner awards, top honors are given for major categories and regions around the globe. The categories include: Mentoring, STEM, Arts, Survivor, a Financial Literacy award sponsored by the Schwab Foundation and a new MDPT Category “Building a Million Dollar Business Part Time” category which best represents the business model women could use to build a sizeable business on a part-time schedule. Regional winners include Africa, Canada, Northern Europe, East-Central Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and United States.

The Hot Mommas® Project makes the stories of everyday women teachable because exposure to role models – even in the form of case studies – increases the self confidence of girls and women. Women and girls tend to do something called “self-limitation” as a result of lower confidence. The Hot Mommas® Project measurably increases confidence up to 200%.

Cases were judged by a panel of globally-recognized leaders in business, government, media, academia and nonprofit sectors including Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief of MORE Magazine, Maryam Banikarim, Chief Marketing Officer of Gannett, Diane Tomb, President and CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ellen Thrasher, Head of the Small Business Association’s Office of Entrepreneurship, Princess Fay Al Jahan Ara, President of the RACH Charity Foundation, and Katherine Johnson, former Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing for the Oprah Winfrey Network.


About the Hot Mommas Project:

The Hot Mommas® Project is the world’s largest women’s case study library, providing free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors. The Hot Mommas® Project was conceptualized in 2002 and founded in 2005 to fill a gap in the education system: Scalable access to role models, particularly female ones. It is the recipient of a national Coleman Foundation Case Award, and was founded by a experienced executive and Harvard Business School case author who is the instructor of the nationally award-winning Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership class at the George Washington University School of Business. The Hot Mommas Project is included in the mission of the school’s Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The project partners with women’s organizations, universities, corporations, and institutions to teach its confidence-building, mentor programming, and leadership curriculum.

The Financial Literacy category is sponsored by the Charles Schwab Foundation. To sponsor a judging category, learn more about the project, or nominate a dynamic female role model 18 or older for the 2014-15 competition, email support ( @ ) HotMommasProject dot org or visit for our case site, or our main site at


Complete Winners List


Hot Mommas Project GLOBAL TOP THREE 2012-2013

1st Place

Michelle Lochan

1st Runner Up

Eman Al-Awadhi

2nd Runner Up

Kathy Wilson

Major Category Awards 2012-2013

STEM Award

Francisca V. Alonso

Schwab Financial Literacy Award

Whitney Johnson

Mentorship Award

Caroline Adams Miller

Arts Award

Mary Sarah

Personal Health & Wellness Award

Nasheen Liu 

Survivor Award

Stephanie Gardner

Breaking Barriers Award

Anjum Nayyar

Rosalyn McPherson

History Maker Award

Jean Gaddy Wilson

New Category: MDPT

Building a Million Dollar Business Part Time

Lynne Silver

Hot Mommas Project Regional Awards 2012-2013

Africa Award

Lola Akinmade Åkerström – Nigeria

Canada Award

Michelle Smith

East-Central Europe Award

Hana Medin – Croatia

Middle East Award

Sahar El Hawary – Egypt

Southeast Asia Award

Madhu Chitkara – India

Northern Europe Award

Kristina Svajone Bobs – Lithuania

United States Award

Kara Vanderpool Ward 

Hot Mommas Project 2012-2013 FINALISTS

April M

Courtney Symons

Cynthia Anne Cosco

Ebony Utley

Faiza Al Zayani

Heather Stouffer

Helen Wolwyn

Hillary Shenk Berman

Inti Maria

Jazzmon Wright

Jowita Dorota Bydlowska 

Julia Rosien

Kawkab Moshen

Kristina Brezenski

Linda Dembo

Lori Saitz

Maha Barakat Allamki 

Makia Smith Thomas

Mona Anita K. Olsen

Polly Elkins Rosenstein

Rachel Eberhard

Rita Myerson

Roxana Jones

Sonya Lynn Cooper

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