Francisca Alonso, CEO of AV Architects and Builders of Northern Virginia, has been awarded The Hot Mommas® 2012-2013 STEM Award in its case study competition. Alonso will receive her reward at the George Washington University School of Business this fall.
Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas® Project and Entrepreneur in Residence at the George Washington School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence said” Our venture celebrates diverse, dynamic women around the globe.”
Alonso commented on her award saying “I am thrilled that my story of immigrating to the United States from Spain, earning my degree in architecture and launching a career, family and successful business will be included in the Hot Mommas® Project case study library as an inspiration for young women interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the world over. With fewer women studying and working in STEM-related fields, we need to encourage young women to embrace their passions in these fields and overcome any perceived roadblocks to pursuing those dreams. We must foster and empower those young women not only for their own good, but to remain competitive with other leading economies. If I can do it, so can they.”
Fracisca Villarroel Alonso is the co-founder and CEO of AV Architects + Builders, custom luxury home builders in Northern Virginia. She believes that great architecture can provide a true sense of well-being, and strives to build homes that complement client’s lifestyles. Alonso shares her passion for her approach to building and architecture through a popular online radio show, daily Facebook and twitter posts and web videos.
The Hot Mommas® Project was founded in 2005 and is the world’s largest women’s case study library. It provides free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors. Through making the stories of everyday women accessible, it aims to increase the self-confidence of girls and women by a considerable percentage.The Hot Mommas® Project partners with a number of women’s organizations, corporations, institutions and universities to teach its confidence building, mentoring programming and leadership curriculum.