Summer Owens

Summer Owens

An assault on her 15th birthday almost killed her dreams of going to college. It did change her entire life. Featured on CNN HLN, the 700 Club, and other media outlets, Summer Owens is an award-winning author, speaker, success coach, and founder of the S.O. What! Foundation. A first-generation college student with a powerful message of resilience and recipient of the Greg Smith Strength Award from the National Speakers Association, Summer inspires students to use their challenges to become confident and resilient leaders of organizations and their own lives.

An assault on her 15th birthday almost killed her dreams of going to college. It did change her entire life. Featured on CNN HLN, the 700 Club, and other media outlets, Summer Owens is an award-winning author, speaker, success coach, and founder of the S.O. What! Foundation. A first-generation college student with a powerful message of resilience and recipient of the Greg Smith Strength Award from the National Speakers Association, Summer inspires students to use their challenges to become confident and resilient leaders of organizations and their own lives.

Balancing academics, work, campus leadership, and motherhood, Summer graduated magna cum laude and was named Ms. University of Memphis. She has received the three highest honors at her alma mater, was the young president of their National Alumni Association, and is an adjunct professor of a Life Skills and Change Management course where her memoir of the textbook.

Starting her corporate career setting up the first NBA (National Basketball Association) franchise in her city and ending with managing major ad campaigns for a shipping a giant, Summer uses her experiences in sports and entertainment and the corporate world as well as her college leadership experience and nearly 25-year journey as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to demonstrate lessons on leadership, life, success, and significance. Summer is the author of seven books and workbooks focused on resilience, confidence, and leadership. Her smile and energy lift every room and participants leave with a new S.O. What! mindset to overcome and achieve anything.

PROGRAMS

The Resiliency Resolution: How to Hang On When You Want to Let Go

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Let’s face it, life is hard for many people.

Especially right now.

Students face challenges of all types, from personal to academic, private or pandemic, and everything in between.  Some challenges are inherited and some are created, but dealing with the stress and anxiety and overcoming the obstacles may seem impossible. Too often this causes many students to give up or not fulfill their potential.

Summer Owens has a system to overcome even the greatest obstacles.

This program helps students examine their situations and recognize the power they have over their challenges and choices. Through her personal story and practical strategies audience members can apply immediately, Summer demonstrates the power of a mindset that can turn giving up into standing out with world-class resilience.

Ideal Audiences

  • First Year Experience/First Gen Programs
  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • Leadership Development

Audience members will…

  • Understand the relationship between resilience and grit to handle adversity and leverage their challenges

  • Identify the conscious/subconscious obstacles to their success

  • Feel empowered to overcome these obstacles through strategy and mindset

  • Learn how to create a S.O. What! Mindset to achieve more in spite of their challenges

  • Explore how to create a personal resilience strategy to deal with past, current, and future trauma and stress

Audience members will…

  • Consider how  to leverage their positions for personal, academic, and life-long impact

  • Increase their confidence in their leadership and ability to impact their chapters and communities.

  • Disarm the doubters including themselves

  • Develop practical ways to demonstrate servant leadership, confidence, and authority

Ideal Audiences

  • Leadership Development
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Student Government

The Unlikely Leader: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Doubt for Impactful Leadership

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Do you find yourself in a leadership position, yet feel like maybe you’re an imposter? Leading, but not sure where you’re going or what you’re doing?

It’s hard to lead when others doubt you or when you doubt yourself.  Many before you have valiantly stepped up to the plate, dealt with the doubters, and made an impact. You can do it, too.

You might be new to leadership or nervous that everyone will realize you don’t have all the answers. You might feel unprepared or not fit the role of an ideal student leader.

From this moving presentation, you will learn how to turn judgement and self-doubt into positive catalysts for impactful leadership. You will examine your abilities and your motivation for leadership. You will identify how your unique challenges and experiences will make you stand out as a leader on campus and for life. 

This inspiring program provides a blueprint you and fellow student leaders can use to become more confident leaders who build confidence in others and make a meaningful impact.

For Leading Ladies: How to Guide with Grit, Grace, and Guts

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Women face unique challenges, especially in leadership.

From self-doubt to feeling unheard or disrespected to feeling the need to do it all or please everyone, leadership can feel lonely or overwhelming.

As a female leader and former student leader, Summer Owens encourages, educates, and empowers female students with easy to implement strategies to effectively lead and stay inspired even when life and leading gets hard.

This program designed for sororities and women’s programs helps female students better understand themselves, their abilities, their desires, and their opportunities and advantages to overcome their challenges and become better, more resilient leaders.

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • New Member Orientation
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Healthy Masculinity

Audience members will…

  • Learn how to be more resilient leaders on campus and in life.

  • Leave with a greater understanding of how they can handle adversity.

  • Understand how they can leverage their challenges for their benefit.

  • Identify the obstacles to their success and feel empowered to overcome them

Audience members will…

  • Assess their past behavior to determine the actions to start, stop, and continue in order to succeed in college

  • Be motivated to get involved in and leverage student leadership and engagement for personal, academic, and career success

  • Understand how to leverage resources to help them achieve their goals

  • Develop practical ways to maximize their potential and the opportunities of their college experience for completion and lifelong connection and impact

Ideal Audiences

  • New Student Orientation
  • First Year Experience/First Gen Programs

The New Student Blueprint for Success: Design Your College Journey for a Strong Finish No Matter How You Start

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual

Maybe you’ve defied the odds and made it to college.

Maybe you’re the first in your family to do it.

Some say, it’s not how you start but how you finish.

What’s rarely said, though, is how you start can determine IF you finish. Starting something new for some is fun and exciting. For others it may be frightening and intimidating. But for all it is new and unknown. Some of the biggest barriers to success students face involve bringing old habits into a new environment, not understanding how established ideas might inhibit success, or simply not knowing what steps to take to stand out and make the most of their college experience.

In this program, Summer helps students focus on beginning their college career with the end in mind. She shares the key actions students should take when they start college or a new school year to exceed even their own expectations for college completion and success in careers and in life.