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About The Author

Hassan Akmal is an American career and life mastery consultant, author, professor, thought leader, philanthropist, and former professional tennis player, model, and athlete ambassador to the United States. He is best known for his Amazon best-selling book—How to be a Career Mastermind™: Discover 7 “YOU Matter” Lenses for a Life of Purpose, Impact, and Meaningful Work and humanitarian work dedicated to Forced Migration and Health.

Akmal began playing tennis at the age of 11 and was self-taught. He was a top-ranked junior tennis player, Rookie of the Year, and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of his high school. He was ranked #1 in Singles and Doubles in Central California from the ages of 12-18. He went undefeated in the Boys’ 14 and Under and also won the Best Sportsmanship Award. He won the prestigious Boys’ 18 and Under Sierra Sport and Racquet Club Championships in Singles and Doubles with parter Robert Kendrick, who later rose to number 69 in the world. He was the Boys’ 18 and Under Junior Team Tennis State Champion. Akmal was ranked in the top-10 in Northern California and was one of the most talented junior tennis players in the world. He was an incredibly gifted serve-and-volley player. The main strengths of his game were his huge serve (over 130 mph), impeccable volleys, powerful forehand, and beautiful one-handed backhand.

After over a decade as a senior leader in career services, he became the inaugural executive director of industry relations and career strategies at Columbia University in 2017 and founded the Career Design Lab. In 2018, he served on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) “Future of We” — Advisory Think Tank Committee and is a senior advisor to Graduway, a top 10 in Tech prominent start-up. In April 2019, he delivered the keynote address on the “Future of Career Services” at the Global Leaders Summit hosted by Graduway at UCLA. He also serves on several other prominent boards internationally.

In 2020, he became the inaugural executive director of career services at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently leading an ambitious university-wide reimagination of Career Services and serves on the University of California Executive Career Services Consortium.

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This logo symbolizes the journey of Career Mastermind™ and is inspired by the falcon—a bird with one of the highest levels of intelligence, speed, and accuracy. At its core, the falcon represents visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship. This powerful bird awakens visionary power, and leads you to your life purpose. The falcon carries with it a message of transition and change—in the form of the alphabet ‘A’, moving upward like an arrow. It reflects the uplifting of career and life mastery to the pinnacle (zenith)—with the proper guidance by the Master’s strong wings of experience.

“Be the Inspiration.” — Hassan Akmal

[Welcome Speech, Columbia University, 2018]

Speaking Engagements

Hassan Akmal is available for speaking engagements including fireside chats, panels and keynotes. To inquire, please get in touch by email: or click the following button.

Upcoming Appearances

Redefining Career Canters for 2020

Date: November 13, 2019

ACSN Webinar | Integrating Career Services and Alumni Relations

Thursday, October 10, 2019,
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

The Future of Career Services

Date: October 28, 2018

Moderator of Fireside Chat
Topic: The Future of Career Services
Global Leaders Summit co-hosted by Graduway and Columbia University

Topic: Careers in the 21st Century
Host: Highre

Connect with the leading speakers from the higher ed & career ed space!

June 26, 2019
9:00-9:45 AM PDT:
The New Pathway for Career Services

Topic: Rethinking Career Outcomes

May 7, 2019 at 11am (est)

Career Week 2019, Career Disruption and Impact Conference
(Welcome, Presenter, Panelist)

February 4-8, 2019,
Columbia University

Better Together: Integrating Career Services and Alumni Relations
(Guest Speaker)

February 13, 2019

Global Leaders Summit
and Book Signing
(Panelist, Keynote Address)

April 2-3, 2019,
University of California, Los Angeles

NACE Conference and Expo
Presentation Topic: Career Week,
Building a Vibrant and Visible Career Success Culture on Campus

June 3-6, 2019

12TwentyLIVE Conference
(Presenter: Closing Session)

Presentation Topic:
Forward Momentum: Culturally, Progressively, and Organically Manifesting the Future of Positive Career Outcomes

December 10-12, 2018,
Los Angeles, CA

UK Parliament, Palace of Westminster

The People of Afghanistan:
A Look to the Future

November 14, 2018

Global Leaders Summit
(Panelist and Delegate)

November 13-14, 2018,
Oxford University

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Face2Face
(Panel Moderator and Presenter)

November 2, 2018,
Columbia University

"YOU Matter" Design Your Career Crown
(Purpose Series, Part I)

October 24, 2018,
Casa Italiana

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Career Bucket ListTM

Book Launch to-be-Announced!

Foreword by Jullien Gordon

Jullien is on a on a mission to free 300 people than Harriet Tubman. He has fully freed several people through his coaching, speaking, masterminds, books, and execution events. For him, freedom is our birthright and a state of mind that anyone can obtain with enough focus. He defines freedom as the ability to be who you were created to be and do what you were created to do.

That’s why he created, an online university that teaches business and life skills to professionals to help them increase their degrees of freedom in life and at work. The Freedom School is committed to liberation arts, not just liberal arts education. He believes that the entrepreneurial mindset is the most valuable skill given today’s Entrepre-New-Reality. In this Entrepre-New-Reality, we are all already entrepreneurs. An employee is simply an entrepreneur with one big client—their employer.

Jullien Gordon is a 6-time author, 5-time TED speaker, and has been featured on MSNBC and Fox and in Forbes and INC Magazine. He earned his MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University, and received his BA from UCLA in 3 years. Jullien is originally from Oakland, California and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Pam, and his daughter, Jada. Find out more at