August 12, 2020

UMW’s Colloquium Speaker Shares Magic Mentoring Number

Hot Mommas founder Kathy Korman Frey shared the secrets of mentoring success with more than 150 participants at the University of Mary Washington’s 21st annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 6. Kathy Korman Frey , Keynote Speaker Frey said that exposure to role models and mentors is a major factor in career success for women. Developing a personal board of advisors allows women to gain specific, relevant advice and feedback that leads to professional growth. “Five is the magic number of mentors,” said Frey. According to a recent survey, women “with five or more mentors had significant differential in their perception of success and confidence, in addition to satisfaction in the workplace.” It’s not just about mentoring though. Frey also told participants that it is important to be surrounded with people who positively influence their lives and thoughts. Frey, a former Harvard graduate student, established the Hot Mommas concept when she designed a firm comprised of highly skilled consultants who specialized in planning bootcamps with a 94 percent success rate. The project gained momentum through student interest during her time at George Washington University, and Frey decided to write her first case study. The Hot Mommas Project is the recipient of a Coleman Foundation Case Award, and Frey currently serves on the board of United Women in Business and The Closet. The colloquium also featured a panel discussion on mentoring, professional development workshops, a Metzger Award presentation and networking opportunities. Amanda Talbert, public affairs coordinator at GEICO, was awarded the 2014 Patricia Lacey Metzger Distinguished Achievement Award. Talbert has served as a board member for many area organizations, including the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and The Rappahannock Area United Way. She was also the 2013 recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for Community Outreach, awarded by the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amanda Talbert, 2014 recipient of the Metzger Award, shown second from right with previous award winners The Metzger award recognizes individuals who uphold high standards in their personal and professional lives while fulfilling a career goal of significant stature. The award is given in memory of Patricia Lacey Metzger, a University of Mary Washington professor and a founder of the Colloquium, and has been given annually since 1999. For information on future colloquium networking events, visit umw.edu/lcpw/.

The Sisterhood of Success Leads UMW’s Leadership Colloquium

Kathy Korman Frey, an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the Hot Mommas Project –the world’s largest collection of women’s case studies, will give the keynote lecture “The Sisterhood of Success” at the annual Leadership Colloquium at the University of Mary Washington. The conference, centered on the theme, “real women, real issues, real solutions,” will take place at UMW’s Stafford campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 6.   Kathy Korman Frey Frey, a former Harvard graduate student, established the Hot Mommas concept when she designed a firm comprised of highly skilled consultants who specialized in planning bootcamps with a 94 percent success rate. The project gained momentum through student interest during her time at George Washington University, and Frey decided to write her first case study. The Hot Mommas Project is the recipient of a Coleman Foundation Case Award, and Frey currently serves on the board of United Women in Business and The Closet. The colloquium also will feature a panel discussion on mentoring, a Metzger Award presentation and networking opportunities. The registration fee, $179 for registrants before October 1, $199 from October 1-31, and $219 from November 1-6, includes breakfast, a buffet luncheon, afternoon tea, and all sessions, forums and materials. For more information or to register, visit umw.edu/lcpw.

Zach Whalen Presents Paper at Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

Zach Whalen, assistant professor in the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication, presented a paper at the recent Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference, held this year in Milwaukee, Wis. The presentation, “A Counterfactual Historiography of Three Game Platforms,” challenged the received metanarrative of game console generations. By way of a close reading of three less well-known consoles — Channel F, Vectrex and Virtual Boy — the paper explores the implications of an alternate history for video game devices.

Curtiss Grymala Rocks WordPress at Penn State

Curtiss GrymalaThe 2012 Web Conference was held at Penn State University on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, with presenters including digital product leader Luke Wroblewski, the author of “Mobile First,” and Ethan Marcotte, the designer who coined the term “Responsive Web Design” while he was helping to create the Boston Globe website.

On the second day of the conference, Curtiss Grymala, university webmaster at UMW, presented five hours of material in the “On the Edge Coding” track of the conference. [Read more…]