I am available for speeches, lectures, panels, and conferences. I work at the intersection of law, culture and media. I can present on the following general topics:

  • Protecting intellectual property (including patents, trademarks and copyrights),
  • Social justice
  • Pop culture
  • Creating and protecting personal brands
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Startup companies and small businesses
  • Personal and professional success
  • Race in the media, and
  • Diversifying STEM and tech fields.

I've spoken and presented around the United States and world on these topics. I welcome the opportunity to engage with your campus, company, or organization through one of my interactive talks or workshops.

I can be reached by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

2018

  • Speaker, Southern University Law Center Lecture Series, Topic TBD, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 2018)
  • Fellow, Intellectual Property & Information Law National Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico (June 2018)

Past Events

2017

2016

  • Presenter, 2016 Federal and State Trademark Law Update, Drake University Law School General Practice Review, Des Moines, Iowa (December 2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Current Challenges in Trademark Prosecution, University of Arkansas School of Law, via Skype (November 2016)
  • Moderator, Social Justice Town Hall, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa (November 2016)
  • Presenter, The Past, Present and Future of GMO Labeling, Iowa Biotechnology Association Legal Symposium, Des Moines, Iowa (November 2016)
  • Inaugural Speaker, Creating Inclusive Environments for Faculty, Drake University Law School Equity and Inclusion Series, Des Moines, Iowa (October 2016)
  • Presenter, The Implied License in Body Art, Central Law Schools Scholarship Conference, Grand Forks, North Dakota (September 2016)
  • Speaker, Intellectual Property Overview and Careers, Iowa State University Pre-Law Club, Ames, Iowa (September 2016)
  • Speaker, Maximizing Your Life's Potential (College Life, Adult Life, Professional Life), Speak Life Conference, Orangeburg, South Carolina (September 2016)
  • Speaker, Youth Entrepreneurship: Who's the Boss?, Speak Life Conference, Orangeburg, South Carolina (September 2016)
  • Panelist, Empowerment Lunch Panel on Entrepreneurship, Speak Life Conference, Orangeburg, South Carolina (September 2016)
  • Presenter, Creating Inclusive Environments for Faculty and Staff of Color, Drake University Learning Symposium, West Des Moines, Iowa (August 2016)
  • Speaker, Youth Day Message, Ridge Hill Baptist Church, Ridge Spring, South Carolina (August 2016)
  • Panelist, College and Careers Panel, Ridge Hill Baptist Church, Ridge Spring, South Carolina (August 2016)
  • Panelist, Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Conference, Newark, New Jersey (June 2016)
  • Pitch Competition Judge, Association of Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Conference, Newark, New Jersey (June 2016)
  • Invited Speaker, Summer Youth Employment Program Panel, Des Moines, Iowa (June 2016)
  • Presenter, A Constitutional Right to Disparaging Trademarks?, National Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section webinar (June 2016)
  • Presenter, Update on American Patent Reform, Drake University Intellectual Property Law CLE, Des Moines, Iowa (March 2016)
  • Presenter, Online Education in Law Schools, Drake University Law School Faculty Presentation, Des Moines, Iowa (March 2016)
  • Speaker, Patent Law Careers Panel, Atlanta University Center Consortium, Atlanta, Georgia (February 2016)
  • Working Group Session Leader, Women & Girls in Entrepreneurship, Operation Hope Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (January 2016)

2015

  • Presenter, Tattoos, Trademark Law, and the 13th Amendment, University of New Hampshire Scholars’ Roundtable, Concord, New Hampshire (November 2015)
  • Presenter, Innovation Catalyst or Entrepreneurship Killer? The America Invents Act Four Years Later, Association of Intellectual Property Firms Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario (October 2015)
  • Speaker, Georgia State University College of Law Intellectual Property Law Society Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2015)
  • Presenter, Intellectual Property and Agriculture: Patent Exhaustion, Seeds, and the Open Source Movement, Annual Trade Regulation/Corporate Counsel Joint Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa (September 2015)
  • Presenter, Intellectual Property Course Module, DuPont-Pioneer Trade Regulation Workshop, Des Moines, Iowa (August 2015)
  • Panelist, USPTO Rejection of Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference, Bethesda, Maryland (March 2015)

2014

  • Speaker, College Workshop, Investing in My Future, Des Moines, Iowa (November 2014)
  • Speaker, Career Panel and College Workshop, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Youth Program, Des Moines, Iowa (October 2014)
  • Commentator, Lutie Lytle Writing Workshop, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin (June 2014)
  • Presenter, Tattoos, Trademark Law, and the 13th Amendment, Collaborative Faculty Speaker Series between the University of Akron School of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and Drake University Law School, Internet Workshop (April 2014)
  • Panelist, Law School and Legal Careers Panel, Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference, New York, New York (March 2014)
  • Presenter, Tattoos, Intellectual Property, and the 13th Amendment, Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa (March 2014)
  • Invited Lecturer, I Own You: Tattoos, Intellectual Property Protection, and the 13th Amendment, Intellectual Property Colloquium Series, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (March 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, Sisters for Success Program, Hoover High School, Des Moines, Iowa (February 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, Walmart Mi Futuro Mentoring Program, Des Moines, Iowa (January 2014)

2013

  • Presenter, College & Career Day, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Youth Day, Des Moines, Iowa (December 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker, Street Law Program, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, Iowa (November 2013)
  • Speaker, I See Me With a J.D., Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa (November 2013)
  • Panelist, Entertainment Law Careers Cross-Industry Panel, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa (October 2013)
  • Speaker, Planning for Your Future, College and Career, Investing in My Future, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa (October 2013)
  • Presenter, Unregistered Trademarks, the Internet, and the Problem of Geographical Limitations, International Conference on Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition Under an Internet Environment, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Yubei, Chongqing, China (September 2013)
  • Speaker and Host, Fall Reconnect, Young Emerging Scientists, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa (August 2013)
  • Presenter, Unregistered Trademarks and the Internet, Inaugural University of New Hampshire School of Law IP Bootcamp, Holderness, New Hampshire (June 2013)
  • Presenter, Intellectual Property Rights: Technology Transfer and Commercialization, United States Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration Special American Business Internship Training Program, Des Moines, Iowa (April 2013)
  • Panelist, Memetic Theory, Trademark Law & the Viral Meme Mark, Birkbeck, University of London, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Annual Meeting, London, England (March 2013)

2012

  • Speaker, College & Scholarships: How to Find Both, Investing in My Future, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa (September 2012)
  • Panelist, Career Choices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Science Center of Iowa and Young Emerging Scientists, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa (July 2012)
  • Presenter, Lutie Lytle Writing Workshop, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts (June 2012)
  • Lecturer, Copyright for The Rest of Us Course, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (May 2012)
  • Presenter, Memetic Theory and Trademark Law, Drake University Law School Faculty Speaker Series (April 2012)
  • Speaker, Biotechnology Patents and Intellectual Property Management, Drake University Intellectual Property Law Center’s 5th Anniversary Gala, Des Moines, Iowa (February 2012)
  • Panelist, Law, Policy, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines, Iowa (February 2012)
  • Speaker, Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property, Iowa State University Symposium – Patenting Life: Intellectual Property in Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Ames, Iowa (February 2012)