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National Speakers Association Black National Speakers Association Greg Smith Strength Award Winner Summer Owens
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How Winning a National Speakers Strength Award Inspires Strength in Others

When I came home from school on my first day of kindergarten, my mom quizzed me about my teacher's name. I excitedly repsonded, "Mrs. Muscles!". Her name was actually Mrs. Armstrong, but that memory always makes me smile even through pain…
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5 Lessons from Appearing on CNN HLN

After publishing my first book, I was shocked when I checked my Facebook inbox and had a message from CNN's HLN. It was 11:00am, and they wanted me to do an interview at 4:00pm...via Skype. I called the contact in my inbox and excitedly agreed…
Summer concludes sharing the lessons learned from her memoir with how to be successful in life.
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Persevere to the End

Today as I celebrate my 42nd birthday, I also reflect on my 15th birthday when an incident that happened so fast changed everything about my life. And made me question if I would be successful. What I learned in my journey, 26 years after…
Summer concludes sharing the lessons learned from her memoir with her five lessons from her life.
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10 years later. 5 More Life Lessons from My Story

Ten years ago, I shared my story and life lessons in my first book, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother. I had no idea then what would happen when I told it. A new chapter in my life started back then. And…
Summer shares her lessons on why single moms need to keep their dreams alive.
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Single Moms: Keep Your Dreams Alive

Single mothers out there, keep your dreams alive because God fulfills them. By the time I went to graduate school to study for my MBA, I had already achieved a lot in my career and life. Now, I wanted a relationship for myself and a father…
Summer shares her lessons on how to stay focused on your goals when you feel like giving up.
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Remember this when you feel like giving up

Before finding out that I was pregnant, I had dreams. I wanted to go to college. I wanted to be successful. I wanted a career. Then at 15 I got pregnant by a guy I didn’t know and was soon a single, teenage mother. If you have found yourself…
Summer shares her lessons in exploring relationships as a single parent.
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Exploring Relationships As A Single Parent

At some point I was exploring relationships because I wanted my son to have a father figure in his life. I had been a teenage mother from the time I was 15-years old. I’d also been raising my son alone as a single mother for years. I wanted…
Summer shares her parenting tips for single parents from her experience in raising her son alone.
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Parenting Tips for Single Parents

Being a single parent comes with its unique challenges. And the parenting tips for single parents I picked up along the way, really helped me learn and grow in my role as a mother. My son Jaylan spent a lot of time with me at work. He had been…
Summer shares her experience with making sacrifices today so she can enjoy the benefits later.
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It’s Just Temporary

Making sacrifices today with a hope to reap the reward later can be hard. John Maxwell the leadership expert, coach and world-renowned speaker is quoted as saying, “You can pay now, and play later, or you can play now and pay later. But…