November 2, 2011

2011 Case Competition Judges

Dana MarloweHot Mommas Project Judge
Dana Marlowe is the Hot Mommas Project 2010 2nd place winner. She is the president of Accessibility Partners, an accessibility consulting and professional services company dedicated to helping organizations implement accessibility solutions for people with disabilities.


EdHot Mommas Project Judgeward Barrientos
Edward Barrientos is the CEO of Brazen Careerist, Inc., an angel investor, and board member at the George Washington University School of Business.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeElisa All
Elisa All is a new-media innovator and founder of iParenting Media, a leading multimedia publishing company serving women and parents that was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2007. She is currently founder and CEO of All Her Media LLC.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeEsther Silver-Parker
Esther Silver-Parker serves as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Prior to that, Ms. Silver-Parker served as Vice President of Diversity Relations of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. since December 1, 2003 and Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Citizenship at AT&T.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeHRH Princess Fay Jahan Ara
Her Royal Highness Princess Fay Jahan Ara is a noted philanthropist. A Persian-born US national, she studied Business and Art at UCLA, USA and at the Heidelberg University, Germany. She is President of the RACH Charity Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization improving the quality of life of underprivileged children and families.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeGloria Lau
Gloria Lau is the Interim CEO of the YWCA USA. She has 30 years of experience in the nonprofit, finance and business sectors and is charged with leading the 150-year organization into the future. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Harvard Business School, Lau was CEO of Charles Schwab Tokio Marine, and one of the first women to serve as the head of a financial services business in Japan.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeIlona Becker
Ilona Becker is the Hot Mommas Project 2010 winner. She has more than 14 years of experience as a licensed real estate agent in Illinois and Michigan, she is the owner of, and she currently teaches at Rock Valley Community College in Rockford Illinois.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeJennifer Folsom
Jennifer Folsom is the Hot Mommas Project 2010 winner. Jennifer runs the Washington, DC area office of Momentum Resources, making connections, building relationships, and putting some of the smartest most interesting women to work with innovative clients.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeJen Sterling
Jen Sterling is the Hot Mommas Project 2010 2nd place winner. She is the president and founder of Red Thinking, and works with CEOs and entrepreneurs in professional service firms, nonprofits, and other industries who are seeking a new shade of marketing.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeJulie Fajgenbaum
Julie Fajgenbaum is the Vice President of Brand and Marketing for American Express OPEN. Julie advances OPEN’s mission of Helping Businesses Do More Business through programs like Small Business Saturday and campaigns like Start Booming.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeLinda Hallman
Linda D. Hallman is the Executive Director and CEO of American Association of University Women (AAUW), a 130-year-old organization dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeMarsha Ralls
Marsha Ralls is the Founder, Fresident, and CEO of The Ralls Collection, Inc, a private art dealership, providing art consulting and curatorial services to individual and corporate collectors. She serves on the board of Washington, DC Arts & Humanities Commission.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeMonique Greenwood
Monique Greenwood owns and operates world-renown Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns, a collection of five, upscale bed and breakfasts in Washington, DC; Brooklyn, NY; Cape May, NJ; and the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania. The former Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine is also author of the best-selling book Having What Matters: The Black Woman’s Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want. Her best work is her daughter Glynn Pogue, a Young Leader Judge this year.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeRieva Lesonsky
Rieva Lesonsky, founder and CEO of GrowBiz Media, is a widely recognized small-business expert and author of the bestselling book Start Your Own Business. Before starting GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. She serves in editorial and writing capacities for a variety of online publications ranging from American Express OPEN Forum to AOL Small Business.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeRona Maynard
Rona Maynard is an author, speaker, mental health advocate and award-winning journalist who has devoted much of her career to the untold stories that shape women’s lives and ignite their dreams. Her decade at the helm of Chatelaine, Canada’s leading magazine for women, made her a mentor and friend to women across the country.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeSara Bordo
Sara is the founder of Women Rising, consultancy that helps women learn that other women’s success helps all women. She is also the president and co-founder of NowLive. Sara is a former Vice President of Digital Marketing at MGM Studios where she led all online Advertising, Creative, Publicity and Social Networking.


2011 Young Leader Judges

The Hot Mommas® Project wants you to keep an eye on the following young leaders.

Hot Mommas Project JudgeAnna Phillips
Anna was featured in The Washington Times discussing Girls Kick It!, the program she started for Ugandan women as an undergraduate volunteer for Global Youth Partnership for Africa. She spent last year in Uganda on a Fulbright scholarship researching the use of gender quotas in Ugandan government. Phillips is now back at GW as a Presidential Administrative Fellow and is working toward a master’s degree at the Elliott School of International Affairs.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeBetsy Smith
Betsy Smith is a founding member of United Women in Business, a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional and personal development of young women in the business world. The organization fosters success for its members by providing educational programs, mentorship, networking connections, and leadership and growth opportunities geared toward young professionals. Betsy also works for the George Washington University School of Business Office of Undergraduate Programs and specializes is recruiting and training undergraduate students for leadership positions.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeGabrielle Green
Gabrielle Green is the founding owner of Bodhi Teas, which she started in the summer of 2007 when she was only 15 years old. She is a scholar in the Globalization, Economics, and Business cohort of the Women’s Leadership Program.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeGlynn Pogue
Glynn Pogue is the 19-year-old daughter of fellow judge Monique Greenwood. A sophomore at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Glynn has already amassed an impressive resume of 10 internships in her chosen field of public relations, including a writing stint at DC Magazine and PR assignments at Ogilvy & Mather, BPMW and 99 Solutions Consulting. At age eight, Glynn opened a successful coffee house in Brooklyn, NY, and as a high school student, she spent a summer in five European countries as a young ambassador with People to People. Next school semester, Glynn will study abroad in Milan, Italy, and intends to become a power publicist in the fashion industry.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeSandie Taylor
Sandie Taylor is an MBA student at The Wake Forest University Schools of Business. She co-chairs the Women’s Leadership Program, is the vice president of the Wake Graduate Women in Business club, and is the communications chair for Project Nicaragua, a student organization that allows students to lead business seminars and provide consultancy to local entrepreneurs in Managua, Nicaragua.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeTricia Reville
Tricia Reville is a senior in the George Washington University School of Business studying international business and entrepreneurship. She studied abroad in India from June to August 2010 where she worked with biofuel systems at the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute. After returning from India, Tricia began researching on-site waste to energy biofuel system use in the United States. She wrote a business plan for Greenfinity, her business, and won two business plan competitions as well as raising $5,000 of initial capital. Tricia also works for Jim Chung at GW’s Office of Entrepreneuership. She is hoping to work on Greenfinity part-time after graduation while working in the clean tech industry.


Hot Mommas Project JudgeVirgilia Singh
Virgilia is the co-founder of GenJuice. She graduated from college at the age of 19, and went on to work for the UN and State Department where she brainstormed, led and implemented a microfinancing initiative for the Women’s Empowerment Action Team. Before co-founding GenJuice, Virgilia joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant and worked with projects ranging from cloud computing and telecom to disaster relief for the Department of Defense. Virgilia is also on the board of advisors for youth centric organizations such as YouTern and YPNation.