WHO IS SUMMER OWENS?

LIFE HAPPENS. SOMETIMES IT ISN’T FAIR.

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

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