Kathy Korman Frey

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Title:
Professorial Lecturer in Management
Office:
Department of Management
Address:
Duques Hall, School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
Email:
[email protected]

Kathy Korman Frey helped develop and currently teaches Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). WEL is the winner of a USASBE Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award. Frey is the founder of the edtech social venture The Hot Mommas Project, the world’s largest women’s case study library providing access to diverse, teachable, scalable role models and mentors from around the world. The venture’s Women’s Leadership Academies and group coaching workshops have directly reached women from 138 countries, increasing self-efficacy of participants 21 percent in a half-hour workshop and up to 300 percent in a 10-module session. The Hot Mommas Project is the winner of a Coleman Foundation Case Award and is included in the mission of the GWSB Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Hot Mommas Project have been featured in the media including the Washington Post Magazine, NPR, Working Mother, Forbes, BBC and TIME.

Frey served as an analyst and in management for the competitive analysis/merger and acquisition firm MMI (later acquired by Citigate) advising major multinational corporations on strategic business and acquisition decisions. She went on to serve as the chief operating officer of the National Council on the Aging Development Corporation. There, she was part of the senior management team raising $8 million in strategic venture and SBIR funding, and managing ventures for the aging and health markets (including BenefitsCheckUp.org, a benefits-matching service providing a 200-to-1 ROI). Frey later founded Vision Forward, a strategic and operational planning consulting firm working with senior executives teams. An early innovator in the flex-work place, the firm’s consultants were highly skilled part-time consultants (the original “Hot Mommas” case studies). Clients include AARP, Discovery Communications, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Federal Drug Administration.

Frey is a former two-term board member of the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area, and has served on the boards of Mixology and United Women in Business. She is a Washington Business Journal Women Who Means Business awardee, winner of the DC National Association of Women Business Owner’s Woman of Distinction award, a Virginia Women of Influence Awardee, and the recipient of a Most Influential Faculty Award at GW from the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Frey is the creator of the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation curriculum taught to 40,000 junior high and high schoolers each year, and served as special advisor to the U.S. Small Business Administration on its free women’s entrepreneurship learning platform. Frey earned her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women and business
  • Venture funded start-up
  • Market and acquisition (buy-side) research
  • Edtech
  • M.B.A., Harvard Business School
  • B.A. in English, University of Virginia
  • Korman Frey, K. & Narayandas, D. (1999). Granny’s Goodies, Inc. Harvard Business School Case 500-049, November 1999. (Revised February 2000.) Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Publishing.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Brian Scudamore: 1800GotJunk' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall
  • Frey, K.K., 'Jason Beans: RISING Medical Solutions, Inc' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Josh Frey: On Sale Promos' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Kathryn From: Bravado! Designs' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Kimberly Wilson: Tranquil Space' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Laura Lee Williams-Murphy: Laura Lee Designs' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Susan Matthews Apgood: News Generation' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Ted Leonsis: Filmanthropy' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Warren Myer: Myers Internet' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K., 'Woodie Neiss: FLAVORx' (2009). In Scarborough, N., Wilson, D., Zimmerer, T. Effective Small Business Management 9e. Upper Saddle River, NJ; Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Frey, K.K. (2019).  ‘Connie Tang: Leading Fearlessly Through Crisis, Change & Growth.’ Washington, D.C.: Direct Selling Education Foundation.