Below is a list of upcoming and past speaking events (keynotes, book talks, expert panels). For speaking and media inquiries call 917-553-3315 or email.tmwc@gmail.com.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements


Book Talk,
You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, Center for Race, Law & JusticeFordham University School of Law (October 24, 2019).

Book Talk, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, Rowan University, College of Business, (November 4, 2019).

New York Public Library – Harry Belafonte 115thStreet Library, Author Talk (November 9, 2019). Melaku, T.You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism.

Book Salon, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, Center for the Study of Women and Society, The Graduate Center (Spring 2020). 

Book Talk, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, Rutgers University - Camden, School of Business, (Spring 2020).

Book Talk, You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism, Sociology Department, The Graduate Center (Spring 2020).

Past Speaking Engagements


Federal Public Defenders of San Diego
, Keynote Address (September 28, 2019). Melaku, T.The Impact of Race and Gender in Legal Practices.”

New York Public Library, Author Talk (June 5, 2019). Melaku, T., You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism.

 Austrian Trade Commission, Moving Forward Shaping the Digital Future Conference (May 30, 2019). Media, Design & Society Panel featuring Melaku, T., Kaupe, K., Maguire, F. and Todd, H.

Future Options Forum, Aquinas High School (March 13, 2019). Melaku, T. Keynote Address, “The Importance of Mentor and Sponsor Relationships in Academic and Professional Trajectories.”

 Allen & Overy LLP, Panel Discussion (February 19, 2019). The Importance of Social Justice at Law Firms, discussing why and how workspaces like corporate law firms (“Big Law”) are appropriate venues to address issues of racial inequality and injustice; what is our social responsibility; and how we move the conversation forward and take action to do the right thing, moderated by Elaine Johnston and Anthony Mansfield, featuring Melaku, T.M., Vincent Southerland, and Lisa Sonia Taylor. 

Social Science Research Council and the Brooklyn Historical Society Panel Discussion (January 16, 2019). The Role of Race and Gender in American Politics, discussing Implications of Midterm Elections, The Successes (and Setbacks) of Women and People of Color Candidates, the Evolving Nature of Participation and Representation in American Politics, moderated by Alexis Grenell, featuring Melaku, T.M., Christina Greer, and Jamila Michener. 

The Hate U Give Book Day Event at Aquinas High School, Panel discussion (November 30, 2018). The panel discussion centered on empowering students to engage in social justice discourses around issues targeting race, class and genderMelaku, T.M., Esmeralda Castellon, Michelle Covington, Emily Rodriguez, Anthony Thomas, and Marlon Walker.