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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.



Why Choose Dr. Evans for Your Event?

  • Unparalleled Expertise: As a tenured full professor specializing in intellectual property, blockchain, and emerging technologies, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every event.
  • Award-Winning Thought Leader: Recognized with the prestigious 2023 EDGE in Tech Athena Award, my insights are not just informative but also innovative and forward-thinking.
  • Engaging and Dynamic Presentations: My sessions are tailored to captivate your audience, blending cutting-edge information with practical, real-world applications.
  • Impactful Learning Experience: Whether it’s a keynote speech or an in-depth training session, I ensure every participant leaves with valuable knowledge and actionable strategies.
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Jan 3-5 | CES – The Most Influential Tech Event in the World, Las Vegas, NV

  • Thurs 1/5: 2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m., Investing in the Next Big Idea (Venetian ExpoHall GStartup Stage, Las Vegas)
    Hear from leaders who are transforming the face of web3, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency industries and why investing in the next generation of women and diverse entrepreneurs is a crucial part to the success of the ecosystem.
  • Friday 1/6: Noon-12:30 p.m., What Does Your Organization Trade On: Building Stronger Female Diversity into Your Leadership Pipeline (Aria Hotel, FQ Equality Lounge)
    The numbers are telling the story – there is an undeniable lack of diverse female talent within many organizations at the leadership level. This is a clear opportunity for leaders and their organizations to take meaningful action now. In this conversation, we’ll discuss how leaders and their organizations can ensure they focus on having women from all backgrounds in positions of leadership and prioritize developing a true pipeline of diverse successors.


  • Francine Parham, CEO, FrancineParham & Co., Author, Women’s Leadership and Career Advancement Expert, The Career Advancement Project
  • Tonya M. Evans, Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law and Co-Hire, Penn State Institute, Computational and Data Sciences
  • Alan Mait, President, Search, Executive Search and Head, Commercial Development, Enspira
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient

Jan 19 | The Law, NFTs, and The Blockchain: A Conversation with Tonya Evans
Special DreamWeek edition of Entrepreneurial Appetite, moderated by Symone Redwine, Esq. (host of Girl is that Legal? and star of Ready to Love season 3), and hosted by Langston Clark, PhD

Jan 27-29 | Advantage Evans FUTURE of WEALTH Summit, San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 2 | EDGE in Tech Athena Awards

Dr. Evans delivers an acceptance speech and received the Athena Award for Academic Leadership in Tech

March 9 | House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology, And Innovation
Hearing Title: Coincidence or Coordinated? The Administration’s Attack on the Digital Asset Ecosystem

Watch online here. Download Prof. Evans’ written testimony.

Witness List:

  • Mr. Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer, Coinbase
  • Prof. Tonya M. Evans, Professor, Penn State Dickinson Law
  • Mr. Mike Belshe, CEO and Co-Founder, BitGo
  • Mr. Jonathan Gould, Partner, Jones Day

April 3 | Boston University Law IP Workshop
This workshop examines topics from the frontiers of intellectual property law and provides law students with the opportunity to meet and interact with cutting-edge IP scholars. Professor Evans will present her work-in-progress, “Smart” Copyright Transfer Termination: Exploring Autonomous Termination via Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology, and Non-Fungible Tokens.

April 26-28 | Consensus, Austin, TX
Speaker and member of the Consensus Education Advisory Council

May 21 | C100 Northwestern Alumni Showcase
Preparing for the Future of Work and Wealth: What Every C-Suite Leader Needs to Know about the Promise, Pitfalls and Disruptive Impact of Crypto Assets & Blockchain Technology
6:00 p.m. ET | Via Zoom | Register Here

September 20-24 | Congressional Black Caucus (Washington, DC)

September 21-23 | 6th Annual Black Blockchain Summit (Washington, DC)

November 2 | Crypto for the Culture: Crypto Law & Regulation

November 2-4 | Cardano Summit (Dubai, UAE)

November 23-25 | Power UP! Your Portfolio (San Juan, PR)

February 1, 2022
Guest, Newsy primetime news program “The Why” with Tatevik Aprikyan. The segment will take a deep dive into creative and collectible NFTs, what makes them different from other copyrighted works and how creatives and collectors can protect their work.


February 9, 2022
Guest, The Decoder Show. Decoder (a show from The Verge) is about big ideas — and other problems. Verge editor-in-chief, Nilay Patel talks to a diverse cast of innovators and policymakers at the frontiers of business and technology to reveal how they’re navigating an ever-changing landscape, what keeps them up at night, and what it all means for our shared future. Tune in here.

March 5-9, 2022
Forbes 30/50 Summit to celebrate International Women’s Day in Abu Dhabi as a 2021 #ForbesOver50 Listee.

March 13, 2022- SXSW-Austin, TX (virtual)

March 17, 2022
Keynote, Washington Heads of Office Leadership Council meeting

March 25, 2022 – American University Washington College of Law (virtual)
Keynote, Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property

March 26-27, 2022 – Boston
Speaker, Harvard Blockchain Conference.

March 31, 2022 – Atlanta
Speaker, ABA Business Law Section Meeting.

April 1, 2022-Paris
Panelist, Paris Arbitration Week

April 26, 2022-NY
Panelist, Licensing Executives Society (LES)-NY

April 8, 2022-PBS NewsHour (click on image for replay)

May 18, 2022: Senator Cory Booker Virtual Assets Roundtable with Black and LatinX Industry Leaders
Professor Evans joins Cleve Mesidor (Blockchain Association) and Professor Chris Brummer (Georgetown Law) and other blockchain industry leaders in a roundtable discussion about crypto, defi and economic empowerment in the future of money and wealth.

June 8, 2022 | RL Bank/Cayman Keynote (virtual)

June 22, 2022 | Society of Corporate Governance (Chicago)

July 20, 2022 | HUBSPOT (Virtual Keynote)

July 21, 2022 | Black Enterprise | Future of Financial Services Summit Panel (NYC)

Oct 20-21, 2022 | Blockchain for Social Good (Golden Gate Law Keynote)

Oct 28, 2022 | FUTURELand Cleveland with US Rep. Shontel Brown (fireside sponsored by Circle)

Oct 31, 2022 | Financial Literacy Education Commission’s digital asset group, CFTC (internal training)

Nov 17, 2022 | 3rd Annual Congressional Briefing of Women of Color in Blockchain, Washington DC

Dec 2, 2022 | Crypto Is at ‘Brick Wall Stage’ and Needs ‘Right Balance’ of Regulation, Says Legal Expert

Dec 8-10, 2022 | TechBeach | Montego Bay, Jamaica, Web3
Presentation: “Future Focused Business Models: Web 3 and the Metaverse”: Blockchain, AR, decentralization: You’ve heard the buzz words, now listen in as we detail how to tie these technologies to your bottom line. Our panelists will dissect various web3-centric business models that can offer you and your company additional perks, ownership and incentives.


February 1, 2021
Guest, Cheddar TV Closing Bell: On this Black History Month special, Prof. Evans joins host Brad Smith to talk about economic empowerment and inclusion in the future of money (especially crypto) and the importance of fiscal literacy in the new digital cash economy. Watch the segment here.

February 10, 2021
Tammi Mac Late Show on FoxSoul. Panel to discuss crypto basics and economic empowerment. Watch the full episode here (or click on the image below).

March 2, 2021
Podcast, Your First Million with Backstage Capital founder and Managing Partner, Arlan Hamilton. “NFTs: Everything you were afraid to ask & more!

March 30, 2021
Sportico Collectibles 2.0 Webinar: NFTS + Law with Dave Rodman, Esq. [replay link]

Unchained Podcast with host, Laura Shin

The Late Afternoon Show Live with Tim Olaore (7:30 PM ET)

May 6, 2021 Ethereal Virtual Summit

May 7, 2021 Bloomberg TV’s What’s You Miss

DeFi Summit June 14-18, 2021
Panelist, “Are NFTs Legal? The world of NFT copyright and ownership issues. – NFT Day – DeFi Summit 2021”.

June 24, 2021 Black Future: Celebrating Black Wall Street, Juneteenth, Crypto & Economic Empowerment
Brought to you by the Chamber of Digital Commerce and our partners at Crypto for Black Economic Empowerment (CBEE)

July 14-15, 2021: 2-day (virtual) expert meeting on blockchain technologies
Led by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress.

July 19, 2021 House Democratic Policy Committee hearing: Preparing PA for a digital future
State Rep. Napoleon Nelson will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss Blockchain and Cryptocurrency and preparing Pennsylvania for a digital future.

Sept. 15: American Bar Association Blockchain and Digital Currency Institute
Presenter, What the Future Holds for NFTs panel. More information.

Oct. 12, 2021: Fireside Chat with PA Rep. Napoleon Nelson, Chair of the Emerging Technologies Caucus

October 19, 2021: The Only One in the Room Podcast with Laura Cathcart Robbins

Oct 29, 2021: Cheddar TV: “Wake Up with Cheddar
Live-on screen to discuss the DOGE v. SHIBA sensation. Wake Up with Cheddar is Cheddar’s morning business news show spotlighting the day’s investing, technology, and media headlines and everything that’s trending in the business world.

Nov 4, 2021: Finurah Wealth Conference

Nov 5, 2021: Bloomberg Financial Innovation Summit

December 9, 2021: Revolt.tv Black News with Eboni K. Williams, Esq.

February 27, 2020
Panelist, 2nd Annual Microsoft Tech Summit, “The ABCs of Data” at Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)

June 25, 2020
Speaker, Lesbians Who Tech Virtual Pride Summit. Professor Evans presents “Leveraging the Intersections of Law, Business & Tech to Prepare for the Future of Work”.  

July 27, 2020
Panelist, ETH AT 5 (#Eth5): 🦄 Peace, Love and Unicorns: The Culture of Ethereum

A discussion about how this more freewheeling and social approach to software development made Ethereum what it is today. And stay for fun memories from a panel of veteran Ethereans. Agenda: https://events.bizzabo.com/231143/agenda

September 17-18, 2020
Moderator, Blockchain Central, United Nations General Assembly session ““Driving Equity and Quality in Education” (focused on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education).

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Speaker, North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Fintech and Cybersecurity Symposium: Regulating Remotely: Cyber Challenges During a Challenging Time Panel

February 28, 2019
The Art of the Startup, sponsored by StartOut-Boston, which connects and educates LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Register now (6:00-9:30, for panel and networking opportunity).

March 2019
Speaker, South by Southwest EDU (Austin, TX): Educating Educators about Blockchain

Speaker, South by Southwest (Austin, TX): IP, Brand and Blockchain: Business on the Block

March 28, 2019
Panelist, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal Spring 2019 Symposium: Digital Art. Professor Evans will join a panel that explores and critiques how blockchain art and digital collectibles have changed art law (essay that extends her work in Cryptokitties, Cryptography and Copyright to follow).

April 5-6, 2019
Panelist, Seton Hall University Law School’s Institute for Privacy Protection Spring Conference, Privacy Power, & Ethics. Professor Evans will present “Public Records, Privacy & Security on the Blockchain: Ethical Considerations of Web 3.0”.

April 12, 2019
Moderator & Panelist, Howard University School of Law Sesquicentennial to commemorate 150 years of “Leading the Fight for Social Justice”. Panel: Howard Law Outside the Law.

April 24-25, 2019
Award RecipientEnterprise Blockchain “Ecosystem Leadership” Award (Toronto, Canada). Honoring the foremost thinkers, leaders, and builders in enterprise blockchain technology, the Enterprise Blockchain Awards (EBA) has unveiled its shortlist in four categories. Professor Evans on her category and was presented her award at the EBA Gala Dinner on April 24th in Toronto, which assembled the brightest and best of the international community to celebrate both their collective achievements and future opportunities.

May 3, 2019
Speaker, HUE Tech Summit (Phila. PA). In keeping with the HUE “No More Hidden Figures” mantra, the 2019 theme for the summit is one word: FORTITUDE.

June 14, 2019
Presenter, Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Boston Leadership Forum Roadshow. Professor Evans will present on intellectual property issues in the blockchain space.

October 8-9, 2019
Speaker, IBM Cloud & Cognitive Innovation Forum (VIP C-Suite attendees, invitation only) (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

October 27-30, 2019
Speaker, “Use of Works in the Digital Era” at the ASIPI Conference (Lima, Peru)

December 3, 2019
Presenter, Practising Law Institute (PLI): Patenting Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies 2019

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