Summer is a former teen mom with a no-excuses, S.O. What! attitude that has helped me beat the odds and help others do the same. Her first book, Life After Birth-A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, details her journey as an insecure young girl, scared teen mother, and successful young woman who surpassed everyone’s expectations.
She became a mother when she was 15 after a forced sexual encounter. She graduated from high school #8 in her class and with highest honors and was named Most Likely to Succeed. She earned the Emerging Leaders scholarship to college, graduated magna cum laude in four years, and was named Miss University of Memphis.
As a single mother, she earned an MBA graduating magna cum laude. When she discovered her purpose and realized her power to inspire youth, young adults, and many others, she dedicated her life to helping others achieve their goals in spite of the obstacles they face.
Summer has been named in the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 and has received the Women of Achievement Heroism Award, Dress for Success Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and The Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award. She is a member of the City of Memphis Mayor’s Your Transition team and Vice president of Communications for the University of Memphis National Alumni Association. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association.
Email: [email protected]
#summerowens #sowhat #resiliencyrevolution #noexcuses #personalforgiveness
ELEVATE --- Valda Ford & Rochelle Rice
Valda Ford and Rochelle Rice team up to bring you ELEVATE: Practical Content That Inspires! With a combined 50+ years in women’s health, education and empowerment, this vibrant duo is committed to elevating the next generation of women in leadership. Each show features experts from the fields of body, mind and spirit to include psychology, finances and the freedom to be the full expression of yourself as you grow in leadership.
Valda has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Nursing Administration from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University. She has worked in 57 countries to improve lives and promote health.
Rochelle has a Master of Individualized Study from New York University and is trained as a Somatic Experience Practitioner. She is a former professional jazz dancer and has studied extensively with Christine Schenk in the CHRIS ® Technique (Cellular Harmonizing Regenerative Integration System).
Both women bring an extensive background from their respective fields of health, wellness, diversity, equity, inclusion, and Health at Every Size ®. Grounded in faith, these two have developed a rich program that highlights the techniques, skills and strategies needed for women to succeed in an ever changing and demanding world. They emphasize the need for women to connect to their bodies as a resource for successful decision making, self-confidence, integrity and authenticity.