Summer Speaks Success Over Obstacles - S. O. What! Success.

Tough Topics. Real Conversations. Inspiring Results.

I’m Summer Owens, and I’m a speaker, author, professor, and life coach. I’m also a mother with the heart and ability to activate youth and young adults to achieve S.O. What! Success— that’s success no matter what obstacles they face.

Life is hard and growing up can be too. Every day young people face challenges and choices that determine the outcomes of their entire lives. Bullying and low self-esteem. Relationship issues and teen pregnancy. School violence and lack of motivation. Youth and young adults often find themselves in situations where they face tough choices that they don’t know how to make. They often feel hopeless and confused. And too often they give up on their dreams or simply settle for less than the awesome life they are capable of having.

A Youth & Young Adult Speaker Who Understands.

I was bullied and had low self-esteem. I struggled as a rape victim and teen mom. I fought suicidal thoughts and depression. I balanced college life and leadership with motherhood. I survived as a single mother, and I juggled a challenging career with real life. I beat the odds and blew the statistics out of the water.

And now I share my heart and soul and everything I learned to achieve my own S.O. What! Success.

I get youth thinking and talking about the challenges they face and the choices they make that affect their lives the most. My programs don’t shy away from the hard stuff. The no excuses, real talk message activates youth and young adults to push themselves to be their very best. Even when the odds are stacked against them.


“It’s not often that a speaker honestly leaves a lasting impression on who you are and changes your perception on, well, everything. I was lucky enough to meet Summer Owens, and she has been making me a stronger person since. She’s incredible and truly has the gift to motivate positive change!”

Tara ScatesUniversity of Memphis

“I read Life After Birth, and I learned from Summer’s story that truly you can succeed at whatever you determine that you will do. After working with some teen moms in the past and reading this book, I decided to make it my goal to reach out to teen moms at a local high school in my area. I was able to use this book and the curriculum that accompanies it to do a ‘book study’ with the teen moms. I was able to witness them be inspired by someone whom they could relate to in so many ways and apply the positive, yet difficult choices that Summer made to their own lives. I can say that this book has made a difference in my personal life as well as for the young ladies I have worked with.” 

Meghan Larson Jackson Madison County School System Social Worker

No Judgment. No Excuses. Just Results.


“We are reading Life After Birth right now in my Creative Writing class. Honestly, it has spawned some really great conversations that deal with depression, lack of parental attention or parent neglect, self-esteem, pregnancy, sex, dating, rape, bullying– a big one! -Crystal Johnson-Evans, Northwest Preparatory Academy

Read more about Life After Birth- A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother and the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum and workbooks.




Summer speaks success to college students- DJ: via @YouTube

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