In Part 1 and Part 2 of this special interview series we spoke with Kathy Korman Frey, founder of The Hot Mommas Project and learned about how this initiative is impacting women and girls through virtual mentoring. We also chatted with Kathy about her involvement in the Project and she shared some of the key life experiences that have helped shape her both as a person and a professional.
The focus of this third post is simple yet powerful. It is a call to action. As the Canadian Regional Manager of The Hot Mommas Project this year, my goal is to increase representation of dynamic women in Canada in the online library of case studies. Canada is both rich and diverse in expertise, experiences and culture. Our stories, as Canadian women, need to be heard and shared. There is a new generation of women aspiring to succeed both professionally and personally, but need to hear our experiences of trial and error, challenges and success to help them maneuver through it.
“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.”— Robert McKee
Do women and girls need role models? Moreover, do they need same-gender role models? Research seems to point in that direction. According to a study conducted by Dr. Penelope Lockwood at the University of Toronto, women more than men need role models who are the same gender as they are. She states:
“Outstanding women can function as inspirational examples of success, illustrating the kinds of achievements that are possible for women around them. They demonstrate that it is possible to overcome traditional gender barriers, indicating to other women that high levels of success are indeed attainable” .
So what can YOU do?
In addition to authoring my own case study in 2009, I have nominated select women that I know to serve as role models and contribute their story to this amazing initiative. My call to action to all of you is to look at the remarkable women in your circle who you think would make great role models and nominate them to author their case study. You can also self-nominate and begin writing your case study immediately. I, personally, found the writing process to be very enlightening and therapeutic.
To nominate a woman, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RedSphere Network will be showcasing all Hot Mommas Project cases authored by women in Canada. Now is the time to act and to be part of the solution!
- January 4-31, 2010 – Official case-writing period. TELL YOUR STORY. Join the fun and see our upcoming article on Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference site, judge announcements, and more! Updates listed on column of our site www.HotMommasProject.org or sign up for our blog’s email updates.
- January 31, 2010 – Last day to submit your story on www.HotMommasProject.org and make a difference in the life of a young woman.
- April 28, 2010 – Hot Mommas Project 2010 award winners announced at Women in Philanthropy Forum. Top three winners plus special Schwab Foundation financial literacy category case winner will be published in a Prentice Hall textbook.