Summer is the president and CEO of The S.O. What! Foundation and S.O. What! LLC which encourage and teach people to live no excuses lives by embracing the Serenity Prayer—accepting what they can’t change but changing what they can to live their best lives. She is the author of Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, a book where she shares the very intimate details of her life to educate and encourage others. Summer graduated magna cum laude with her BBA from the University of Memphis where she was named Miss University of Memphis and MBA from Belhaven College. With nearly fifteen years of marketing experience, Summer has enjoyed a career which has included marketing management positions for the Memphis Grizzlies, ServiceMaster, and FedEx Corporation.
Summer is the 2013 University of Memphis Distinguished Young Alumna, 2012 Fogelman College of Business and Economics Outstanding Young Alumna, McDonald’s Community Hero, Women of Achievement Heroism and Tri-state Defender Woman of Excellence award winner, and Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40.
Summer is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a graduate of New Memphis Institute, and a mentor with the Memphis Adolescent Parenting Program. She has served on the board of directors for the Memphis Exchange Club, University of Memphis National Alumni board, and Pathways in Education, as well as the advisory board for The Step Ahead Foundation and Memphis Teen Vision. She is also an adjunct professor at The University of Memphis where she has taught Principles of Marketing and now teaches a Life Skills course she was asked to create. Her story has been featured locally as well as nationally on CNN Headline News, the 700 Club, and the 700 Club Interactive. She enjoys using the life lessons she learned while raising her now 21 year old son to help others achieve success no matter what obstacles they face.