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I'm Shantia Coley

Shantia Coley, Esquire is a dynamic speaker, facilitator, problem solver and nationally recognized attorney for a Fortune 500 Corporation. As a first generation college graduate, she is passionate about helping others find their way out of mental shackles and self-imposed doubts/pressures. As a result, Shantia founded the WALE Institute–a series of workshops and teachings on Wellness, Advocacy, Leadership and Equity.
If your group needs a nudge in order to step out of comfort zones or to solidify their strengths in order to reach their greatest heights, Shantia is hands down the resource for you!


First Generation
College Graduate

Proud Elon University and North Carolina Central University School of Law graduate!

500 Attorney

Corporate litigator for a leading financial institution!

National Bar Association
Top 40 Under 40

Recognized in a cohort of 40 attorneys selected across the nation!

National Black Lawyers Association Top 100

Recognized as a top North Carolina attorney!

Corporate Counsel Women of Color Women of Inspiration

Honored as a Woman of Inspiration amongst her legal peers and two-time panelist!

Association of Corporate Counsel – Speaker

National conference inclusion speaker!

Highlight Videos

I AM! Taking Charge of Your Workplace Self-Speak Corporate Counsel Women of Color
The Unconscious Bias with Shantia Coley
You Are Enough! Promise Youth Development
Compete Against Yourself Charlotte Panthers Track Club
International Women’s Day Highlights
Conquering Imposter Syndrome Fearless Women’s Summit


[Her] remarks to the students were on the mark. It is never about perfection, only the road striving for excellence takes us.
Shantia is a dynamic powerful speaker who engages her audience with every word.  She engaged theaudience and spoke motivationally as she encouraged them to follow their dreams.  By the end of her keynote the entire audience felt as if they could tackle any obstacle which resulted in a standing ovation!  She truly is an awesome individual!
I am a first generation college student and find it hard to navigate through the college thing. I was inspired by Shantia to always persevere even when times get tough!
Shantia’s implicit bias training really made an impact on my dad.We were on a family Zoom call and a relative made a statement that showed some bias. My dad then proceeded to tell her about implicit bias before I could even open my mouth. The dialogue that came next was amazing! Shantia truly makes a difference with her work.

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Shantia's Blog

The Journey Begins

There’s Power In The Tongue! The tongue is probably one of the most dynamic organs we boast. It can speak …

How I Booked My FIRST Speaking Engagement!

The formula was everything but magical. In fact, the formula involved getting out of my own head. Once I decided …

Three Tips For Conquering Imposter Syndrome

“I have written eleven books but each time I think…’uh oh, they are going to find me out now.’” –Maya …

Free Imposter Syndrome Tip Sheet!

Imposterism is a tricky mental barrier that takes intentionality to manage. Check out Shantia’s tips for success!