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Women & Leadership Symposium 2024

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - April 6 @ 2:00 pm

The Women and Leadership Symposium is an opportunity for the women of Bethany College to celebrate and inspire one another. It is an opportunity for YOU to be celebrated and inspire others. Please consider attending this year’s symposium April 5-6, 2024. The theme is Teamwork.

The program includes speakers, networking, interaction with students and fellow alumnae, and awarding the Scarlett Foster Scholarship to a deserving senior. It is a great time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 5
6:15 p.m. Networking Icebreaker
6:45 p.m Dinner and Keynote Speaker
8 p.m. Networking Reception

Saturday, April 6
9:30 a.m. Brunch Buffet
10 a.m. Panel Discussion: Teamwork
11:15 a.m. Scarlett Foster Women & Leadership Award Announcement
11:30 a.m. Closing Speaker

This year, we are pleased to offer some different housing options for attendees. We have secured three shared cabins at Oglebay that alumni for $150/person (Friday and Saturday night). Each room has two double beds. For a virtual tour, click here. You may reserve and pay for your spot when you register. If you’ve already registered, but would like to add a room, please email Shelly Moore.

Additionally, if you prefer a private room at Oglebay’s hotel, you may also book rooms for $159/night with a special discount code (provided below). 

  • Bethany College / Oglebay special pricing
  • Booking ID: 49547
  • Number to call: 877-436-1797

We also have 7 residence hall style rooms located in the Alumni Office room for $45/night. To check availability for those rooms, please reach out to Haddae Allen

Keynote Speakers
Jennifer Grondahl ’97

Jennifer Grondahl was named the club’s Senior Vice President of Community Development & Communications in October of 2019. In this role, Grondahl focuses on building and maintaining relationships with partners, community leaders, civic organizations, fans, and the media to enhance the club’s community outreach efforts. She oversees the organization’s community and philanthropic initiatives, as well as the Orioles Charitable Foundation.

Grondahl joined the Orioles organization in February of 2018 as the Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships for Sarasota Operations. Prior to joining the Orioles, she served as Founder/President of Maestro Marketing & Events, where she provided strategic communication services for numerous corporations, nonprofits, and individuals. She was also the President of the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. from 2013-16, and the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society from 2002-04.

Grondahl is a member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a mentor for a non-profit entrepreneur with Philanthropy Tank in Baltimore. She previously served on the Tourism, Entertainment, and Culture Committee of the Greater Baltimore Committee. She was a founding member of Sisterhood for Good, the largest women’s giving circle of the Manatee Community Foundation. She has also acted in leadership capacities for many charitable organizations in the Sarasota region, including Junior League of Manatee County, Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, and PACE Center for Girls.

Grondahl graduated from Bethany College (WV) with a bachelor’s degree in political science and received her certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016. She currently resides in Baltimore, Md., and Bradenton, Fla. with her husband, Paul.


Princess Serrano ’14

Princess Serrano was born and raised in Brooklyn New York.

At a young age, Princess discovered her love for math and urban culture and sought career paths that combines her analytical prowess with her leadership capabilities.

Before studying at Bethany College, Princess held various internships including one with a top advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, where she was the youngest marketing intern on her team. Princess attributes her success to the family, teachers and peers who taught her first hand that “team work truly makes the dreamwork”. Those experiences led her to Bethany College where she obtained a Communications Degree in 2014.

During her time at Bethany, Princess was extremely active. Some of her leadership roles included VP of Marketing in the Student Activity Council, VP of PR on the Panhellenic Council, and Resident Assistant to Campbell Village 2.

One astute quality of Serrano’s, is her ability to create new lanes and reinvent the wheel on what success looks like. Princess Serrano has charted a unique career path with over 10 years of experience in Finance and Media. She currently works as a Payroll Specialist of the Finance Team at Proskauer Rose, a Amlaw 500 law firm where she helps manage over 1 billion dollars in revenue. She currently also works at Sirius XM in Sport Programming which she’s maintained for 9 years.

Sticking to her core values of “teamwork makes the dream work”, Serrano also established a Brand Consulting Firm, in 2022 to assist start up companies with branding initiatives.

When selected for the Women & Leadership Symposium she expressed that to speak to the Women of Bethany is a “dream come true” as she was once in their shoes and knows first hand what confidence and teamwork can do to a career.

Rev. Erin James-Brown

Reverend Erin James-Brown serves as pastor of Bethany Memorial Church and the College Chaplain at Bethany College. Prior to her move to Bethany, she lived in Chicago, Illinois where she served new and innovative churches and was actively engaged in outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. Editor of Finding Peace in an Anxious World, a 2020 Spiritual Growth Study from the staff of the Urban Village Church, she brings her passionate advocacy for social justice, community engagement, and peacebuilding to the community.


Sophie Morey ’23

Meet Sophie Morey, a dynamic and accomplished leader in the making, set to inspire and empower at our upcoming Women & Leadership Symposium.

Sophie graduated from Bethany College in 2023, earning a degree in Political Science and achieving distinction on her comprehensive exams. Currently, she’s immersed in the MBA 4+1 program at Bethany College, showcasing her commitment to continuous learning and growth.
As a graduate assistant for the communications office, Sophie plays a vital role in shaping the college’s digital presence. Her responsibilities include assisting with social media channels and contributing to impactful marketing campaigns.

Her list of accolades is nothing short of impressive, including the John G Chernenko Award, the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Political Science, and the inaugural Scarlett Foster scholarship. This scholarship, which Sophie was the first to receive, holds a special place in her journey and is a symbol of her commitment to academic excellence and community impact.

As a 2022-23 Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), Sophie completed a study on the underrepresentation of women in diplomacy, presenting her findings at the annual spring conference.

A true advocate for civic engagement, Sophie founded and presided over the Political Science Club at Bethany. Under her guidance, the club organized events for Presidents Day and welcomed influential speakers to campus, fostering a culture of dialogue and critical thinking.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Sophie has actively contributed to the community. As a Family Mentor intern for the International Rescue Committee, she played a crucial role in helping newly resettled refugees integrate into American life. In her Political Affairs internship with The Borgen Project, she met with congressional leaders, passionately advocating for the fight against global poverty.

Sophie is a seasoned athlete, having been a key member of the women’s basketball team here at Bethany for five years. In the 2022-23 season, she not only captained the team but also received the CSC Academic All-District honor and was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year, representing the pinnacle of student-athlete excellence.

Join us at the Women and Leadership event to hear Sophie share her invaluable insights, experiences, and vision for the future. Her remarkable journey, marked by leadership, resilience, and service, sets the stage for an evening of inspiration.

Alicia Jordan ’99

When Alicia coached high school basketball, she would always give the team a motivational quote for the season. One of her favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali… “I hated every minute of training. But I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life like a champion.”

Alicia is a champion! Not just for herself, but for others. She like to be motivated to do something different every day. She enjoys being creative and she has a passion for excellence and success. She’s created a brand for companies where no brand existed in less than 2 years.

Her name is Alicia Jordan. She’s focused. Passionate. Determined. And results driven. Alicia worked in various arenas of the marketing industry for over 17 years. She is currently the marketing director for Belmont Savings Bank, and every day offers a different challenge for me. She’s a graduate of Bethany College with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Communication and Business. She is a past president of the Sunrise Rotary Club in St. Clairsville. She is president elect for the Wheeling Symphony Board of Directors. And she’s Vice President of the Board for the St. Clairsville Recreation center.

Alicia enjoys running and working out. Both provide an environment for her creativity to flow in a way that is different from her day-to-day. Her most creative ideas come during my runs. She enjoys working with people from all different backgrounds and seeing/helping them achieve their goals.


Karen Zengel ’99

Karen Zengel graduated from Bethany College in 1999 with a BA in Economics. After graduating from Bethany, she moved to the Greater Cincinnati area to begin her career in market research, forecasting new product introductions and consulting with major manufacturers on their new product ideas. After 18 years in the market research industry, Karen made a leap of faith and entered the non-profit sector as Executive Director for St. Vincent de Paul in Northern Kentucky in 2017. Filled with the desire to share the love of Christ and a message of hope with those in need, Karen was excited to take on this opportunity to leverage her skillset in a new environment. Thanks to a generous community and network of over 600 dedicated volunteers. St. Vincent de Paul NKY directly served over 37,000 people last year, providing financial assistance and basic needs to those who were struggling to make ends meet. Teamwork is central to the work of St. Vincent de Paul. In addition, 17,000 individuals on average each month made a purchase of a low-cost item or participated in the ministry’s “voucher” program where they received basic necessities at no cost to them in a St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky thrift store. Karen is a committed member of St. Mary Parish and serves on the Safety Net Alliance of Northern Kentucky Executive Committee. Karen feels blessed to be part of a loving, compassionate community.

Karen lives in Alexandria, Kentucky with her husband, Don (Class of ’99) and three children (Emilie, Abraham, and Nora). She loves to spend time with her family and get in a good run as often as possible. She is excited to return to Bethany College, to catch up with dear friends and to make meaningful new connections with people who share the love of her sweet alma mater.


April 5 @ 5:00 pm
April 6 @ 2:00 pm
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