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In the past 16 days, Shontavia has had three speaking engagements in three different U.S. states, traveled to Scandinavia, interviewed a billionaire, and asked Wikipedia’s founder about the website’s efforts to include more diverse voices and entries (only ~18% of Wikipedia bios are about women, and +70% of contributors are white males). Tonya is readying for a three-city/three-time-zone tour to speak about blockchain at the Voice of Blockchain in Chicago, IBM in California, and explore diversity and inclusion initiatives in education in Washington, DC. She’s using the 5 Second Rule, coined by Mel Robbins, to stay hyper-focused on intentionality and action. 


Shontavia is LIT about the recent announcement that Whitney Houston’s hologram is going on tour and wondering what Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and executor of her estate, is thinking. Both co-hosts explore what copyright law and the law of publicity rights have to say about this, and Shontavia compares this news to Tupac Shakur’s hologram performance a few years ago.  Tonya explores Wells Fargo’s recent announcement that it will launch a stablecoin cryptocurrency in 2020 that is faster and cheaper than SWIFT, the current global messaging system used by more than 11,000 banks and financial institutions. Tonya also does a deep dive on the concept of upskilling, in which companies teach employees additional skills to improve the company’s effectiveness, efficiency and bottom line. She encourages listeners to be lifelong learners to prepare for “new collar jobs,” which, according to Wikipedia, requires people to develop “technical and soft skills needed to work in the contemporary technology industry through nontraditional education paths.” 


Tonya suggests that our employed listeners check out their employer’s training and upskilling programs, like Accenture’s Job Buddy, which helps retrain workers who’ve lost jobs to automation.For employers, Tonya asks them to invest in the people adding value to their company through upskilling programs. For job seekers, Tonya advises listeners to inquire about training and upskilling before accepting any job.  Shontavia suggests that listeners also consider how they are branding themselves at work and in the world. She asks listeners to do two things: (1) be self reflective and ask how they are showing up in the world; and (2) ask 5-10 trusted family and friends two questions: “what are my best qualities?” and “what am I good at?” The overlap in these answers will give listeners the starting point for identifying and honing their personal brands, which can help them identify the right upskilling opportunities. 


USPTO Regional Director and Clemson Associate V.P. to Speak Friday:  

Clemson to host inaugural Global Leaders Forum at Brooks Center:

You can’t patent an idea, and other lessons from the First Annual Patent Bootcamp at the University of Arkansas School of Law:  

It’s Not Right, It’s Not Okay, but Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Dates Were Announced Anyway:  

Tupac Hologram Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre Perform Coachella Live 2012:

Take Shontavia’s Create a Vision Mini Course:  

Mel Robbins’ Five Second Rule: 

Mel Robbins Ted Talk: How to stop screwing yourself over | TED Talk:  

Wells Fargo Co-Signs Cryptocurrencies With New Digital Cash Product: 

Wells Fargo’s Stablecoin ‘Faster, Cheaper’ Than SWIFT, Says Exec:  

How the SWIFT System Works:  

Accenture’s AI program ‘Job Buddy’ helps retrain workers who’ve lost jobs to automation, and it could be a game-changing model for other companies to follow:  

Tonya’s tweet that refers to Lolita Taub’s Twitter thread about companies committed to upskilling their workforce to be tech-ready and profitable:  

A strategist’s guide to upskilling: 

The Importance of Upskilling Your Employees:  

4 Key Practices For Upskilling Workers In The Age Of Digital Transformation:   

Shoutouts to: @LolitaTaub:

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Shontavia Johnson serves as a highly acclaimed writer, speaker, academic, and attorney thriving at the intersection of law, innovation, and pop culture. She is dedicated to sharing big ideas, using the world as a classroom, and helping women build dynamic brands and successful businesses. Learn more at and

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