Speaking & Training


Titilayo Tinubu Ali, founder of Own Your Expertise, is available for podcast interviews, keynotes, workshops and interviews in-person and virtually. Her audiences include undergraduate and graduate students. law students, early career professionals, emerging entrepreneurs, and mid-career professionals. She also conducts lunch and learns, workshops and trainings to help corporations, nonprofits and institutions of higher learning to cultivate entrepreneurial skills in employees. 

Core speaking and workshop topics include:

  • Building your personal brand

  • Taking an entrepreneurial approach to your career

  • Overcoming the impostor complex and stepping into your leadership

  • Cultivating client and colleague relationships

  • Networking and business development for early-career professionals

Specialty speaking and workshop topics include:

  • Putting social media and blogging to work for your career

  • Business development basics for junior associates

  • Professional communication basics for new employees

  • Mentorship and sponsorship essentials for emerging leaders

Previous Engagements

  • Keynote Speaker, William Mitchell College of Law, Take Charge: How to Design a Career and Life You Love

  • Panelist, Catapult Legal Conference 2014, What Do You Want to Be Known For?

  • Panelist, Catapult Legal Conference 2013, Putting Social Media and Online Publishing to Work for Your Career

  • Panelist, How to Apply to and Thrive in Law School as a Nontraditional Student, Berkeley Law

  • Workshop Creator & Presenter, Berkeley Law, How to Land a Summer Job

  • Guest Speaker, North Atlanta High School, How to Develop Your Personal Brand for College Applications

  • Keynote Speaker, Spelman College, Adventures in Making Smart and Honest Career Choices

What audiences say…

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"We booked Titilayo to speak to our students and alumni because we wanted a young, dynamic speaker who could present a fresh perspective on career goal setting and job searching to our students and recent grads. I really liked Titilayo’s message about taking responsibility for defining success on your own terms and creating your own opportunities. Titilayo packaged and presented some important messages together in a way that really resonated with our attendees. Plus her own story is inspiring, and gives the audience a sense of how this could really work in their own lives. Before, during, and after the event, every aspect of our interaction with Titilayo was easy, enjoyable, and professional.”

–J. Alison Morris, J.D., Alumni Relations Officer at Mitchell Hamline School of Law


“Titilayo's Go-Getter's Manifesto for Law Students has all the passion, vigor, and action of Steve Jobs’ graduation speech. You are so dedicated in inspiring attorneys to not just have a job but have or create a job you love. Thank you for being a credit and catalyst to change in our community!"   

–Su Dalal, Founder of FindMyLawTutor.com


 Titilayo's story and her career tips were right on, and refreshingly optimistic. The most impactful part of the event was the opportunity for personal reflection."

- Andrew Lehner
Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

“Before hearing Titilayo speak, my outlook was simply: complete nerves and little choice. The most impactful part of Titilayo's talk was the exercise that got me thinking about my skills and strengths. Striving forward into the next chapter of my career, I feel like I have more direction and control.” 

–A.M., Law Student

“You have a passion AND the talent for seeing 1Ls succeed and get firm jobs.  Every presentation, especially that last one regarding on-campus interviews, was extremely clear and very helpful. After attending the presentations, I felt less anxious and more ready to conquer interviews.”

–L.L. (landed 1L firm job at an AmLaw 100 firm)

“ABSOLUTELY take Titilayo’s advice. She’s amazing! She is so willing to share how she makes things happen in her life.”

–A.T. (landed highly competitive law firm / in-house summer placement)

“You are a wealth of knowledge and expertise with a good head on your shoulders. You are filled with generosity and have the willingness to help. Thank you for everything.”

–S.T. (spent 1L summer clerking for a federal judge)

“Titilayo, thank you so much for this awesome, concise, encouraging career book! I just read your Manifesto and am so impressed that I’ll be recommending it far and wide to all the prelaw students and law school school applicants that I meet. It’s also very applicable to anyone looking for a job or making a career change so I’ll be sending non-lawyers to your site to get a copy too.

I hope people will read the Manifesto once, twice, three times to really absorb what you’re saying and take action on the four steps that you recommend. I love how you are both hard-hitting and very encouraging at the same time. Great job and thanks again.”

– Peg Cheng, Prelaw Admissions Expert at Prelaw Guru



Select interviews and clips of Titilayo speaking on entrepreneurship, career development, time management and more.

Uncorked Podcast Interview

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FindMyLawTutor.com Podcast Interview

Kate Northrup’s Origin® Series
Titilayo Tinubu Ali Talks Time vs. Energy Management

She has plenty to manage on her plate between her consulting work, being an attorney, working with professionals to transition into entrepreneurship, and taking care of her twin toddlers. And as a Virgo, get-it-done-now, planner-type, time management was something she was intimately familiar with.

Book Titilayo to Speak

To book Titilayo for a keynote or workshop, email support@ownyourexpertise.co or complete the contact form below.

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Titilayo Tinubu Ali

short bio

For the past 15 years, Titilayo has mentored emerging leaders and entrepreneurs alongside her career as an attorney, writer and education policy analyst.

She is the founder of Own Your Expertise®, a professional development community and support network that helps professionals gain the entrepreneurial tools they need to rise into leadership at work and transition into business ownership when they're ready.

She routinely trains and speaks in college, university and corporate settings on how professionals can develop personal brands and take ownership of designing their careers. 

Titilayo earned her B.A. from Spelman College, her master's degree from Columbia University, her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and she’s a certified entrepreneurship instructor for small business owners.

long bio

Titilayo Tinubu Ali is an attorney, writer and professional development expert. She founded Own Your Expertise® to help professionals uncover their unique expertise, build their personal brands, and make a greater contribution to their fields through speaking, consulting and publishing. 

Prior to founding Own Your Expertise®, Titilayo served as a senior researcher and policy analyst for Learning Policy Institute where she co-led the equitable resources and access team and served on the early learning team. She is one of the co-authors of The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States and her prior research has included assessment of early care and education programs in New York City, analysis of professional development interventions in Head Start classrooms, and studies of local school governance.

Prior to Learning Policy Institute, Titilayo served in a variety of legal, management, research, and communications roles in the nonprofit, for profit, philanthropic, and political sectors.  As a communications specialist and media consultant for personal and institutional brands, she placed news stories on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. She developed strategies to help nonprofits spread their messages and advised artists and actors on how to make strategic investments in education and community development. 

During law school, Titilayo was a member of the Berkeley Business Law Journal and senior symposium editor of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. Her legal writing won her a scholarship and a trip to the Grammy Awards for her paper Fan Finance: Alternatives To Securities Restrictions On Social Media-Based Fundraising.

A firm believer in supporting the professional development of emerging leaders, she founded a career development website for law students and is the author of The Go-Getter’s Manifesto: How Law Students Can Start Taking Career Matters Into Their Own Hands which has been assigned reading in law school classrooms. She routinely trains and speaks in college, university and corporate settings on how professionals can develop personal brands and take ownership of designing their careers. She is also founder of professional development brand Own Your Expertise® which helps women professionals step into leadership and make greater contributions to their fields through speaking, consulting and publishing. 

Titilayo earned a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, an M.A. in Sociology of Education and Education Policy from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English with honors from Spelman College. She is a certified NxLeveL® entrepreneurship instructor trained to coach small business owners through launching new ventures. She remains an active member of the State Bar of California, and she is a trained volunteer court-appointed citizen advocate for children in foster care.

Titilayo works with clients worldwide and lives in her hometown of Atlanta with her husband and twin sons.