Founder and CEO S.O. What!
About the instructor
Meet Your S.O. What! Success Coach, SUMMER OWENS
Known for her upbeat, “no excuses” personality, Summer Owens literally wrote the book on eliminating excuses and overcoming obstacles. Summer became a mother at fifteen, but she didn’t let that stop her from achieving her dreams. She graduated from high school, college, and business school with honors and was named Miss University with her son by her side through it all. And that was just the beginning.
After a fifteen-year corporate career, Summer decided to use her life’s challenges to help others overcome theirs. She is an author, speaker, life coach, and entrepreneur.
Summer is the president and CEO of S.O. What! LLC and The S.O. What! Foundation and author of Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother and the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum which help people to make better decisions, overcome obstacles, and live their best lives.
An adjunct professor at the University of Memphis where she teaches marketing and the life skills course she was asked to create, Summer is also the Vice President for Communications of the National Alumni Association.
She has delivered hundreds of motivational speeches, trainings, and workshops for organizations across the country inspiring people to eliminate excuses and live life to their greatest potential.
Summer was named 2013 University of Memphis Distinguished Young Alumna, 2012 Fogelman College of Business and Economics Outstanding Young Alumna, and Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal. She also received the Women of Achievement Heroism award, the McDonald’s Community Hero award, Carter G. Woodson Award of Merit, Dress for Success Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award.
In this free class, I share some of the strategies I used to launch my career which has included leadership positions, raises, and promotions with the Memphis Grizzlies, ServiceMaster, and FedEx. In addition, I'll share how I positioned myself to start my own businesses and pursue entrepreneurship full time.