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Hot Mommas 2010 Case Study Competition


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Hot Mommas Case Study FinalistIn January Lisa Quast was invited to write and submit a case study for girls and women for the Hot Mommas Project and was chosen as a 2010 Finalist Award Winner!

The Hot Mommas Project is an independent venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business and is included in the mission of the GWSB Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The project was founded by Kathy Korman Frey, a Harvard Business School graduate and case author who believed the case study model of teaching could be expanded to include all women.

The project makes the stories of everyday women teachable, because exposure to role models - even on paper - increases the self confidence of girls and women. Today, the Hot Mommas Project is the world’s largest women’s case study library.

The cases include personal challenges such as work-life balance and ‘aha moments’ from childhood in addition to traditional business lessons. “Our case studies represent women connecting with women, across oceans, through stories and social media,” said Ms. Frey.

The case study Lisa created is on “How to Navigate Cultural and Gender Politics at Work” and earned a Top 25 Finalist Award.


Lisa C. Quast & Career Woman, Inc. 
How to Navigate Cultural and Gender Politics at Work

Introduction

“I’m never going to move up in my career!” exclaimed Leslie with a sigh.  It was late on a Friday evening and Leslie was still at work, diligently trying to process the immense stack of orders on her desk.  “Why did I ever take this job in the first place?  No one even knows I exist at this company.”

Let’s face it – life isn’t easy and some days, it sure doesn’t feel very fair.  How many of us spent time in school never doubting that our education and training were preparing us for successful careers?  And how many of us later discovered we had not been prepared to navigate the cultural and gender politics in the workplace in order to climb the career ladder? 

“How come no one in college taught me how to get noticed at work or to achieve my career goals?” lamented Leslie to herself.  “All anyone ever talked about was joining a company, going with the flow, and hoping somebody, some day recognized their abilities and potential and plucked them from the masses to help them rise to business stardom.”  Leslie leaned back in her chair and crossed her arms in defiance.  “Yeah, right.  Nice in theory, but completely wrong in practice.”

Read more at The Hot Mommas Project web site.