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Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Author and Renowned Professor

in Intellectual Property and New Technologies

Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Author and Renowned Professor

in Intellectual Property and New Technologies

Dr. Tonya M. Evans

Chief Learning Optimizer™

Dr. Evans, author of Digital Money Demystified, empowers leaders of legacy corporate and academic institutions to enter, and excel in, the future of business in the new digital economy. She expertly prepares yesterday’s executives for tomorrow’s disruption in web3 and beyond.


A former tennis professional turned academic, advisor and leadership powerhouse, Dr. Tonya M. Evans stands at the confluence of law, technology, and finance. As a full tenured professor at Penn State Dickinson Law with a prestigious co-hire at the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Dr. Evans embodies the pinnacle of academic excellence. She is the proud recipient of the 2023 EDGE in Tech Athena Award for Academic Leadership and holds an esteemed place in the inaugural Forbes Over 50 List (Investment category, 2021). Combining her background in tennis, law, and new technologies, she is a beacon of expertise in intellectual property, blockchain and virtual currency law and policy, entertainment law, and trusts & estates law.

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Keynote/Speaking Strengths

she is a transformative presence, making complex subjects accessible and inspiring

Dr. Tonya M. Evans’ voice resounds in academic circles, conferences, and international stages. With a remarkable portfolio of presentations, including renowned platforms like the IBM Cloud Forum, SxSW Festival, Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), she is a transformative presence, making complex subjects accessible and inspiring. Media outlets like Yahoo Finance News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, PBS News Hour and Coindesk TV regularly feature her, testament to her widespread influence and acclaim.

Consultant Availability

Dr. Tonya M. Evans offers a deep reservoir of knowledge in the legal implications of new technologies and innovation.

Serving as a Senior Advisor to Black NFT Art and Advisor to Maxwell Frost, her consulting insights are invaluable for startups, entrepreneurs, and creatives navigating the evolving digital landscape.

Author

While Dr. Evans’ written work explores the intersection of copyright and new technologies, her larger-than-life profile extends to her roles in groundbreaking research initiatives, such as the World Economic Forum/Wharton DAO Project Series. Her most notable publication is her book Digital Money Demystified: Go From Cash to Crypto Safely, Legally and Confidently (Broad Book Press).

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Esteemed Educator

Dr. Evans graced several academic institutions with her expertise

Before her current position at Penn State Dickinson Law and Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Dr. Evans graced several academic institutions with her expertise. From serving as tenured Full Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law to Associate Dean for Inclusion and Equity and tenured Associate Professor at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, she has always been at the forefront of education. Her nomination for Professor of the Year in 2020-21 is a testament to her unparalleled commitment to academia.

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Notable Highlights

  • Tennis professional competing in tournaments like the US Open and Lipton.
  • Earned her academic credentials at Northwestern University (B.S.) and Howard University School of Law (graduated with honors and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal).
  • Served esteemed roles at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
  • Recognized with the 2023 EDGE in Tech Athena Award for Academic Leadership.
  • Featured in the inaugural Forbes Over 50 List (Investment category, 2021).
  • Key roles in the World Economic Forum/Wharton DAO Project Series and as a Senior Advisor to Black NFT Art.
  • Newly appointed member of the Digital Currency Group Board of Directors.
  • Chairperson of the Maker DAO’s Maker Ecosystem Growth Foundation (2020-2021).
  • Significant contributions to the US GAO Study on Blockchain.
  • Significant contributions to the Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office Joint Study on NFTs, based on revered leading edge law review article, Cryptokitties, Cryptography and Copyright.

Notable Presentations

  • IBM Cloud Forum
  • South by Southwest (SxSW) Festival
  • Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto
  • Consensus by Coindesk
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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