Wesley W. Cox, 35
CEO, Winston Media
Cox is a marketing professional who focuses on internet marketing and brand development. He has worked as an outside business consultant through his advertising agency, Winston Media, since 2005. As a lifelong vegetarian, he is passionate about serving as a spokesperson for health, wellness and sustainable business models. Wesley also founded The White Party in 2004, which is an annual dance party gala and fundraiser benefiting Family & Children’s Services. In addition to his professional and philanthropic endeavors, Cox is also an emcee and deejay who produces music in a variety of genres.
Amber M. Fite-Morgan, 35
General Counsel, Northeastern State University
As the chief legal officer for NSU, Fite-Morgan provides advice and representation to the university and is responsible for providing advice and consultation on legal issues. Working in higher education has been rewarding for her, and Fite-Morgan believes that it is a field that she will continue working in. “I enjoy my job and am very passionate about higher education,” she says. “Given all of the federal laws, regulations, requirements and compliance, I think there is a growing need to hire attorneys or those with legal expertise in higher education. My career path may change course or go off route in the future from that of General Counsel, but ultimately, I see myself in higher education for the remainder of my career.”
Stuart P. Ashworth, 27
Staff Attorney, Cherokee Nation Businesses
A proud member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Ashworth helps ensure the success of the more-than-40 companies that are operated by the Cherokee Nation by handling complex legal and analytical questions that may arise. He also handles some of the issues relating to tribal sovereignty. “Part of my job is to advise on the risks and benefits of some of our business transactions and advise on how it may positively or negatively affect our tribal sovereignty,” he says. In addition to his passion to promote Native American human rights, quality of life and traditions, Ashworth also serves on the board of directors for Oaks Indian Mission, a Native American children’s home in Oaks, Okla.; and is an active volunteer with Oklahomans for Equality, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and with TYPros’ Diversity Crew.
Harold Lee, JR., 32
Recreation Supervisor, City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department
Lee believes that success comes when one finds their true purpose. His genuine passion and purpose is helping enrich the lives of youth, teens and families. As a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department, he gets the privilege to facilitate the daily operations of a recreation center while designing and implementing programs that meet the needs of the community. Lee says the best part of his job is building positive relationships with youth and teens and helping them to become better individuals. He also takes pride in leading his staff and watching them have success in their positions. “I would like to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of the youth, teens and families I work with each day,” he says.
Adam Leaming, 34
CEO, University Center at Ponca City
Leaming began his professional career as a middle school math teacher, and eventually transitioned into administration, serving as assistant principal and building principal for Ponca City Public Schools. As the University Center’s CEO, Leaming oversees providing higher education opportunities and services necessary for UC’s students to make a positive economic impact for northern Oklahoma. He is also tasked with building relationships with Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities and making their degree programs and services accessible to the students and businesses in northern Oklahoma through the University Center. He advises others who wish to achieve success to be a lifelong learner. “Never pass up an opportunity to meet and learn something from someone,” he says. “Everyone knows at least one thing you don’t.”