The Hot Mommas® Project Awards Francisca Alonso, CEO of AV Architects and Builders of Northern Virginia, the STEM Award in its 2012–2013 Case Study Competition

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Successful Northern Virginia Architect Shares Powerful International Story of Perseverance, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Passion for Her Trade - Hopes to Inspire Young Women the World Over to Follow Dreams and Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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Francisca Villarroel Alonso, CEO of AV Architects and Builders

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. If I can do it, so can they.

The Hot Mommas® Project announced that Francisca Alonso, CEO of AV Architects and Builders of Northern Virginia, has been awarded the 2012-2013 STEM Award in its case study competition.

“Our venture celebrates diverse, dynamic women around the globe,” said Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas® Project and Entrepreneur in Residence at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Alonso will be honored along with her fellow awardees in a ceremony at the George Washington University School of Business this fall.

“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,” said Alonso. “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 these young women, not only for their own good, but to remain competitive with other leading economies. If I can do it, so can they.”

About Francisca Alonso

Francisca Villarroel Alonso is the co-founder and CEO of AV Architects + Builders, custom luxury home builders in Northern Virginia. Recognizing that happiness is of most value to people, Francisca helps homeowners love their homes again. Francisca believes that great architecture can provide a true sense of well-being and she strives to provide design value for their clients by building beautiful homes that are in alignment with their lifestyle. She also shares her passion for her approach to architecture and building through a popular online radio show, web videos, and daily Facebook and Twitter posts.

About the The Hot Mommas® Project

Founded in 2005 the Hot Mommas® Project is the world’s largest women’s case study library providing free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors. It makes the stories of everyday women teachable because exposure to role models – even in the form of case studies – increases the self-confidence of girls and women. The Hot Mommas® Project measurably increases confidence up to 200%. The project partners with women’s organizations, universities, corporations, and institutions to teach its confidence building, mentoring programming, and leadership curriculum.

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