Titilayo Tinubu Ali
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 women 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.
Titilayo Tinubu Ali is an attorney, writer and professional development expert. She founded Own Your Expertise® to help women 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.