Almost 12 years ago to the day, I was named the Miss University of Memphis. I stood on the field of the Liberty Bowl and was shocked when they called my name the winner.

Me, yes, teen mom…Summer Owens. And on November 9, 2013, I stood on that field again. This time I was being honored with Congressman Steve Cohen and JW and Kathy Buckman…unbelievable.

I had been enshrined as the Distinguished Young Alumna for the University of Memphis and was being honored at the homecoming football game and had already been honored at a basketball game the night before.

I smiled and waved still in shock. My son who was in the stands and only six when I was named Miss UofM was there again with me. This time he was 18, and I believe he was truly proud of his mother.



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!”.