You can give up or you can do something about it.

Summer Signifies that Success starts with saying S.O. What!

When I was 15, I got pregnant by someone I didn’t even know.
I had low self-esteem, and a boy told me I was pretty. So I let him touch me, and he took it further.

I was scared, embarrassed, and devastated. Many people judged me and counted me out. But that wasn’t the end of my story. It was just the beginning. I graduated from high school with honors, was named Most Likely to Succeed, and went to college on a full scholarship.

Although it was hard and I wanted to give up.
I graduated from college with honors in four years, was named Miss University of Memphis, and started an amazing career. All as a young, single mother.

I didn’t beat the statistics. I killed them. Because I said, “S.O. What!” and “S.O. NOW What?”

If you are tired of feeling sorry for yourself or not living up to your full potential, let’s talk. If you work with a group- high school or college students, churches, community organizations- who needs an inspirational story to show them they can make it no matter what obstacles they face, let’s talk.

After leaving a lucrative career in marketing, I am SO excited to have found my calling with a career helping others eliminate excuses and overcome obstacles to achieve their goals too.

Summer Owens
Author. Speaker. Trainer. Excuse Eliminator.™

  • Founder and President, The S.O. What! Foundation
  • Founder and Executive Director, S.O. What! LLC
  • Author, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother
  • Featured on CNN HLN, The 700 Club, and The 700 Club Interactive
  • 2013 University of Memphis Outstanding Young Alumna
  • 2012 Fogelman College of Business and Economics Outstanding Young Alumna
  • Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40
  • 2001 Miss University of Memphis
  • MBA, Belhaven College, 2005- Magna cum laude
  • BBA, University of Memphis, 2001 – Magna cum laude
  • Former Marketing Executive- FedEx, ServiceMaster and the NBA Memphis Grizzlies
  • New Memphis Institute Fellow
  • McDonald’s Community Hero Award Recipient
  • Women of Excellence Heroism Award Recipient
  • Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award Recipient
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Prominent Black Women Human Rights Award Recipient
  • NAACP Young Alumni Freedom Award Recipient
  • Southwest Community College Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit Recipient
  • Voted Most Likely to Succeed and Graduated #8 with honors
  • Mother at age 15



Summer is a part of the Memphis Teen Vision collaborative