Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan To Host ‘Powerful Women Paving The Way’

March 23, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

April 9 Event Features Women in Finance, Entrepreneurship Panel Discussions

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will present its first “Powerful Women Paving the Way” forum April 9, featuring back-to-back panel discussions on “Women in Finance” and “Women in Entrepreneurship.”

The event will be held in the Benes Rooms inside OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The forum is free and open to the public, but email reservations are requested before April 4 by contacting the university’s Office of Career Services at

Women in Finance

The event will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with “Women in Finance,” a four-person panel discussion featuring:

Samantha J. Anderson, CFP, associate wealth manager at Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc., an independently owned, fee-only wealth management and investment advisory firm based in Columbus, Ohio. Anderson is a co-founder of the firm’s women’s initiative, BRR 4 Women. Learn more at

Drianne Benner, CFA, managing director for Appomattox Advisory, Inc., a New York-based, woman-owned, and Securities and Exchange Commission-registered adviser offering customized investment management services. Benner is responsible for business development and client service. Learn more at

Deborah Hope, MBA, president, chief financial officer, and founding partner of Charles Hope Companies, LLP, a Massachusetts-based real estate construction management and consulting company offering commercial and residential services from offices in North Andover and Lawrence. Hope has more than 30 years of experience in finance, including investment banking, equity securities research, commercial banking, and real estate financing. Learn more at

Amy B. McCracken Weldele, CFP, senior wealth manager for Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. In addition to being a certified financial planner, Weldele is a certified divorce financial analyst who has been advising clients for more than 17 years in all aspects of comprehensive wealth management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan in 1997. Learn more at

Women in Entrepreneurship

Following a short break, the forum’s second panel discussion, “Women in Entrepreneurship,” will begin at 2:45 p.m., featuring:

Elizabeth Blount, president and owner of UNIGLOBE Travel Designers, a Columbus-based travel-management organization that collaborates with agencies and suppliers worldwide to help clients with meet their travel objectives. Since joining the firm in 2006, Blount has helped it to nearly double revenue and enhance both customer service and technology. Learn more at

Rachel Friedman, founder and CEO of Columbus-based TENFOLD, a woman-owned and highly specialized brand consultancy that helps clients leverage the work environment – through strategy, environmental graphic design and interactive digital display technology – as a medium to communicate their story to employees and visitors. Learn more at

Stephanie A. Smith, Ph.D., co-founder and chief strategy officer/chief operating officer for Beagle Bioproducts, Inc., a Columbus-based biotech company that provides products and services to help those who deal with harmful algal blooms and that has used the toxic blue-green algae found in the blooms to create proprietary extracts with anti-aging properties. Learn more at

Following both presentations, attendees are invited to remain for networking and mingling.

“Powerful Women Paving the Way” is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics; Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship; Office of Alumni Relations and Parents Council; and Office of Career Services.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at