Cameron University School of Business to host meeting of Lawton Business Women Club featuring CU alumni

The Cameron University School of Business will host a meeting of the Lawton Business Women Club (LBW) on Wednesday, August 27.  Featuring brief presentations by four Cameron alumni - Diane Denham, Angela Ellis, Johnna Holden and Brandi Whatley - the luncheon meeting is open to all professional business women and will be held in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahan Centennial Complex. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for networking. The cost to attend is $15, payable on-site. To RSVP, contact Yvonne Moore, LBW Treasurer, at 580-713-2275 or by August 20.

“It is a pleasure to host this meeting of the Lawton Business Women’s Club,” says Dr. John Camey, Dean, Cameron University School of Business. “This event will provide our female students with the opportunity to network with professional business women and to learn first-hand how Cameron alumni play a significant role in the economic, cultural and professional development of the Lawton-Fort Sill community.”

“We are so happy to bring the LBW to the Cameron University campus,” says Dr. Rose Lepien, President, LBW.  “It’s important to provide the next generation of working women with the necessary tools to be successful in their careers.

Denham is a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1971 and is currently completing degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Denham currently serves on the board of directors of Arts for All and is a member of Cameron University’s President’s Partners. She is a past president of the Cameron University Foundation, serving that organization as a volunteer leader for 15 years. In 2012, she received the Cameron University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. She was also recognized by the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council with the Roma Clift Montgomery Citizen of the Arts Award in 2008.

Ellis serves as Small Business Management Coordinator at Great Plains Technology Center. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cameron in 2006. Ellis is a board member of the American Red Cross and was named Young Professional of the Year in 2013 by the Oklahoma Federation of Business Women.

Holden is a recent Cameron graduate, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in December 2013. She is the sales coordinator at Fairfield Inn & Suites and Springhill Suites by Marriott.

Whatley is the Vice President and Assistant to the President/CEO at City National Bank and Trust. A current member of the board of directors of the Cameron University Alumni Association, she earned a Bachelor of Accounting in 1995.

Founded in 1926, LBW strives to elevate the standards for women in business and their professions and to achieve equity in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. The clubs offers scholarships to local high school and college students to help further their education. Scholarship funding is raised through two annual major fundraising events. LBW also holds educational programs throughout the year. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

For more event information, contact Amy Shelton in the Cameron University School of Business at 580-581-4627 or


August 18, 2014