BETHANY, WV – Ashley Spillane, a social impact strategist who works at the intersection of politics and pop culture, will deliver the Larry E. Grimes Lecture at Bethany College on Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 a.m.

Her lecture is entitled, “The Next Generation: Harnessing the power of the largest potential voting bloc in America” and will be a discussion about the millennial and post-millennial generation’s potential in the upcoming 2018 election.

Ashley Spillane is a social impact strategist whose expertise bridges the political, technology and entertainment industries. She has over a decade of experience developing and implementing organizational and campaign strategies that drive measurable impact.

As the head of organizations like Rock the Vote, The Atlas Project, and Democratic GAIN, she forged large-scale cause marketing partnerships with companies including iHeartRadio, Microsoft, Verizon, USAToday, Twitter, and Tinder. As a frequent writer, commentator, and speaker, Ashley has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg, NPR, and Al Jazeera. She has been tapped for her thought leadership by a wide-range of publications including the Washington Post, Elite Daily, Rolling Stone, Time, Glamour, Elle, and US Weekly. Spillane was named a “Change Agent” by Marie Claire in 2014, a “Rising Star” by Campaigns + Elections in 2012, and was the 2017-18 Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Ms. Spillane’s remarks will take place in the Academic Parlour in Old Main on the Bethany Campus. Her lecture is part of Bethany’s annual Homecoming festivities.

About the Larry Grimes Lecture Series

The Larry E. Grimes Lecture Series, which was established by the Bethany College Alumni Council Board of Directors, honors Dr. Larry Grimes, a 1964 Bethany graduate, professor, and renowned Hemingway Scholar who spent 39 years teaching students to learn from and love literature. The goal of the Series is to engage Bethany students and the community at a personal level, by featuring leaders, writers and thinkers, many of whom will be published authors who challenge the audience to consider new perspectives about their education and the world.

About Bethany College

Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.