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Our Mission

Own Your Expertise is a professional development company on a mission to help you turn your 9-to-5 experience into consulting opportunities so that you can increase your earning potential, expand your career options, and know that you have the skills to fly solo whenever you want to or need to. 

We know that thriving as a consultant is equal parts mindset and business skills, so through our training, articles and workshops we help you interrupt old patterns of playing small, unlearn the ways that have put a cap on your potential, and adopt new business skills to rise to your role as CEO of your career and life.

Preparing You for the Future of Work

According to a 2016 Forbes article, freelancers and consultants now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce and collectively earned $1 trillion in the past year. Upwork and Freelancers Union recently released its annual study, “Freelancing in America: 2017” (FIA), which estimates that at the current rate of growth freelancers will become the U.S. workforce majority within a decade. 

Given this changing work landscape, we believe that self-employment skills are survival skills that should be in every woman's toolbox. Whether you love your job, want the option to leave your job, or are forced to leave your job, having the business and marketing skills to fly solo gives you options. Our trainings help you get there.


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Our Core Values

We reject zero-sum thinking and know that when one woman rises, it's a win for everyone.  We create safe and supportive spaces for women to unlearn socialized norms while learning the foundations of business and leadership. 

We reject zero-sum thinking and know that when one woman rises, it's a win for everyone.  We create safe and supportive spaces for women to unlearn socialized norms while learning the foundations of business and leadership. 

We focus on taking you from idea to implementation and our trainings are designed to move you into action and out of overthinking mode. Perfection not needed.

We focus on taking you from idea to implementation and our trainings are designed to move you into action and out of overthinking mode. Perfection not needed.

We view business, career and leadership development from a design perspective: there are no straight lines or formulas. Our trainings are designed to make you through an iterative process of figuring out your unique consulting niche and leveraging your skills and interests.

We view business, career and leadership development from a design perspective: there are no straight lines or formulas. Our trainings are designed to make you through an iterative process of figuring out your unique consulting niche and leveraging your skills and interests.

We reject the notion that you're either the "business type" or not. We believe that business skills can be taught and learned and that anyone can cultivate business savvy.

We reject the notion that you're either the "business type" or not. We believe that business skills can be taught and learned and that anyone can cultivate business savvy.

Take your work seriously but don't take yourself too seriously. You'll get things right, you'll make mistakes, you'll miss the mark. Laugh it off and find joy in the journey.

Take your work seriously but don't take yourself too seriously. You'll get things right, you'll make mistakes, you'll miss the mark. Laugh it off and find joy in the journey.

Owning your expertise gives you the freedom to lean out of unsupportive work environments and lean into a career of your own making. Self-employment skills also allow you the freedom to be location independent and to adjust your work style a work schedule in a way that works for you personally and professionally.

Owning your expertise gives you the freedom to lean out of unsupportive work environments and lean into a career of your own making. Self-employment skills also allow you the freedom to be location independent and to adjust your work style a work schedule in a way that works for you personally and professionally.

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About Our Founder

Titilayo Tinubu Ali is on a mission to help women increase their earning potential, expand their career options, and gain the skills to fly solo whenever they want to or need to. She is founder and CEO of Own Your Expertise, a professional development company that teaches women how to turn their 9-to-5 skills into consulting opportunities.  

Alongside her career as an attorney and education researcher, she has been an independent consultant serving in a variety of legal, management and communications roles across the nonprofit, corporate, philanthropic and political sectors. Her published writing and research has shaped the development of education systems in the United States, Canada and Ireland and she is a co-author of The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States. She has managed a seven-county U.S. congressional campaign and has been the brainchild of multi-market media campaigns for nonprofits and social causes that have successfully placed news stories on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, and NPR. 

Seeking to equip women with the skills she's used to navigate her career, she developed Own Your Expertise, a hybrid business and leadership development program for early- and mid-career professionals. She routinely trains and speaks in college, university and corporate settings on how new and emerging professionals can develop personal brands and take an entrepreneurial approach to designing their careers. She is a certified NxLeveL® entrepreneurship instructor trained to coach new business owners through laying the marketing and strategy foundations for their new ventures.

Titilayo earned a law degree from UC Berkeley, a master's degree in sociology and education policy from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in English, with honors, from Spelman College. She lives in Colorado with her husband and twin sons.

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Titilayo is available for keynotes, corporate trainings, podcast interviews and workshops in person and online. Her audiences include students, early- to mid-career professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, and emerging executives. Use the form below to contact us about your upcoming event. 

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— TARA MOHR, author of Playing Big