Bethany to Hold Women and Leadership Weekend 

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold multiple events March 20 and 21 for its inaugural Women and Leadership weekend. These invitation-only events, held in conjunction with Women’s History month, feature nationally recognized speakers and prominent Bethany alumnae, and give female students the opportunity to network and further their leadership aspirations.

This educational weekend has been made possible by the leadership and generosity of Bethany College Trustee and alumna Scarlett Foster ’79, retired corporate officer and Vice President of Investor Relations at Monsanto Company.  After 27 years with the company, she retired in 2009 and has since focused on mentoring women in business and serving as a strategic advisor to firms in the agricultural industry.

The Women’s Leaders Recognition Dinner, which will kick off the weekend, will recognize female students who have become leaders on campus.  The dinner is being co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.

Neile Miller, the principal of Strategic Associates LLC, an advisory and consulting practice focused on helping clients lead and manage through periods of strategic change, will serve as keynote speaker. Miller is also the CEO of Ultra High Materials, LLC, an early-stage company specializing in innovative concrete products, and has previously served as the acting Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and acting Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Foster will moderate the Women and Leadership panel on Saturday. Four Bethany alumnae will serve as panel members for a discussion and Q&A session. Panel members include:

Marie DeParis ’83 – Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for SNY – the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and the University of Connecticut football and basketball programs. DeParis is responsible for the network’s brand marketing, including on-air promotion, advertising, events and sales promotion and affiliate relations. DeParis has previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Sales for the New York Daily News.

Billie Flaherty ’79 – Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Chemtura Corporation. Previously, she was Chemtura’s associate general counsel for litigation, environmental, health, safety and security, and regulatory affairs. Flaherty came to Chemtura in October 2005, having served as vice president of environmental, health and safety for Pitney Bowes Inc. and, prior to that, for GenTek Inc. At Pitney Bowes, she was responsible for creating, attaining and maintaining a world-class environmental, health and safety program. She oversaw GenTek’s regulatory affairs, environmental services and occupational health and safety, including industrial hygiene, workers compensation and property protection.

Kylin McCardle ’03 – Vice President of U.S. Government Relations and Public Policy for Barclays. As an interface between Barclays and policymakers, McCardle is responsible for helping to develop and implement the company’s government relations strategy on a variety of public policy issues. McCardle was previously professional staff on the House Committee on Financial Services, where she served under Chairman Jeb Hensarling. She focused on issues such as financial institution safety and soundness, regulatory relief, consumer financial protection and money laundering.

Kathy Tucker ’85 – Division President for NV Homes, an NVR Brand. NVR is one of the nation’s leading home builders. Tucker joined NVR in 1985 as a sales and marketing representative for Ryan Homes and has had various management roles in the company, including General Manager of Operations, in which she was responsible for sales, production and service for the Charlotte North division of Ryan Homes.

A networking reception with alumnae will follow. The weekend will conclude with a dinner with alumnae and Bethany College faculty serving as hosts and mentors. Sara Laschever, author, researcher and speaker on women’s issues, will serve as keynote speaker. Laschever – often cited as an expert on the wage gap, work-life balance issues, and the many factors influencing women’s long-term career success – has been published in The New York Times, Glamour, Vogue and many other publications.  She is co-author of the books "Women Don't Ask" and "Ask for It," which both address the issue of negotiations and the gender divide.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.