Collaborating. Not Competing. Women Celebrating Women.

I am a woman, hear me roar.

Women are strong when we want to be weak. We laugh when we want to cry. Sometimes we cry (or even laugh) when we want to run away. We are mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. Also, we are caregivers to our children, our parents, and our spouses. And we are employees, and we are bosses.

March was Women’s History Month and a prime opportunity to celebrate historical women.  They have impacted our lives as well as women who are making history. Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to honor and be honored with some truly inspiring women.

The Women of Achievement Awards honors seven women whose stories move us and are moving our city and nation forward.

In 2012, I was honored to receive the Heroism Award. And last year I was asked to co-host the program, and this year I had the honor of co-chairing the selections committee.

Women celebrating women
Each year that I am blessed to participate in the program.

I am humbled that the organization saw fit to add me to the list of women doing such great things and changing the world. This year’s class was no exception to the tradition of inspiring others through touching stories of overcoming obstacles and creating change.

If you read my book then you might remember when my guidance counselor forgot to announce my scholarship at Awards Day.

I felt like she robbed me of my moment to shine when so many people thought this teen mom wouldn’t make it, but that situation taught me a valuable lesson. Although I didn’t like it when she said it, I realized the truth of her statement later.

“I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you, but what’s important is that you got the scholarship.”

Once I embraced that, I never focused on getting recognized for doing what was important, right, or necessary. Because of that, anytime I receive recognition it means so much more to me.
Fresh Touch Publicity held its second annual #HERoine Legacy brunch honoring women with various background who have impacted the community. I am grateful to the event founder, Tee Jay, for sharing my story in the #HERoineLegacy Magazine. I enjoyed meeting the other ladies and reading their amazing stories, and I am truly honored to she chose to include mine.

In a society where women are more competitive than collaborative, it is refreshing to uplift and encourage another woman.

What are some things that you are doing to uplift and celebrate women?
How can you support and celebrate women in your life?



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.