Shontavia Johnson serves as a highly acclaimed writer, speaker, and commentator thriving at the intersection of law, innovation, and pop culture.

Twice named one of the top young lawyers in America, Shontavia’s unique background in intellectual property law, technology, education, and business makes her the perfect strategist for working professionals who are also creatives, side-hustlers, and entrepreneurs.

As host of The Shontavia Show, a conversational web series and podcast, Shontavia tackles the most common questions about starting, operating, and growing a business and personal brand.

Shontavia has also built the Brand+Business Academy, which teaches working professionals how to start their business and build their brand so that they can create new income streams and do more of the things they love.

Shontavia is a teacher and advisor at heart. She has spent more than a decade in faculty and academic leadership roles. Shontavia was the first African-American woman to receive full tenure at Drake University Law School, and she is currently the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Clemson University.

Prior to entering higher education, Shontavia practiced intellectual property law at one of the largest law firms in the United States. She is licensed to practice in South Carolina, Iowa (inactive), and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Shontavia has also been recognized as an Inspiring Women in STEM by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, granted the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, and named one of 42 Under 40 Alumni by the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Her work has been extensively featured in the media, including in Fortune, CNN, TIME, and the Washington Post. Her article on America’s black inventors was re-printed and archived in audio form by the Smithsonian Magazine in 2017. Shontavia’s academic publications have appeared in journals including the Berkeley Technology Law Review, the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review, and the Arkansas Law Review. In 2014, Shontavia’s article, Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework for Common Law Trademarks, was awarded the International Trademark Association Ladas Memorial Award, a competition that identifies the best article in the world on a trademark law topic.

As a speaker, Shontavia has given the closing talk at TEDxAtlanta, spoken at SXSW multiple times, and taught law and innovation principles in Europe, Asia, and across North America. She has appeared in TIME, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and on NPR, and in 2018 she was named one of 200 black women in tech to follow on Twitter.


  • Leverage: How Women Can Build Personal Brands and Businesses Around Their Expertise
  • Meme Culture: How Memes are Changing the World…and Controlling Us
  • Why Content Creators Need to Understand Intellectual Property Law
  • A Seat at the Table: Why Intellectual Property Law must Diversify

Topics for Students and Educators

Other signature presentations include:

  • How Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Blockchain Technology
  • Using Intellectual Property Law to Pursue Social Justice
  • The Science of Why Things Go Viral
  • The History of Black Inventors in the United States
  • Finding Personal and Professional Success
  • The Changing Faces of Entrepreneurship

Travels from: South Carolina

Domestic In-Person (USA): $12,500*
International In-Person: 
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