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.

This symbol represents the Mastermind Agreement and Code defining the journey of the Career Mastermind™. It is inspired by the falcon —a bird gifted with intelligence, speed, and accuracy. It has been associated with visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship — a guide to each individual’s life purpose. The letter A evokes the falcon in its appearance of upward flight, like an arrow. It signifies aspiration and the ascent of career and personhood, guided 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 clicking the following button.



DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
TIME: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET

What did we learn from fall 2022 that can help us meet our goals in 2023? And where are we headed in spring 2023? In this Town Hall, we’ll gather a group of experts who will help us dissect results from our most recent quick poll and share their own experiences. We’ll discuss the race to return to in-person recruitment, how virtual recruitment is being refined, and what worked well for engaging students and candidates. We’ll also share insights into hiring for diversity, intern hiring, and how strategies and approaches will evolve this winter and spring. This is sure to be a lively discussion filled with practical and timely topics.

Episode 67 of the Idea Climbing Podcast, with author and host, Mark J. Carter

Date: November 17, 2022

How to Create Successful Mentoring Experiences with Hassan Akmal

Mentorship is one of my favorite topics for this show. My guest Hassan Akmal and I recently discussed how to create successful mentoring relationships. Hassan is an American career and life mastery consultant, author, professor, thought leader, philanthropist, and former professional tennis player and athlete ambassador to the United States.

The purpose of mentoring is to change your life. This means that mentoring is a holistic transformation over time. Mentors help create that transformation – some in small ways, some in significant ways.

UC San Diego Annual Professional Development Day

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022
9 a.m. – Noon

In this day and age that is rife with change, many of our colleagues are unsure about how to navigate the transitions that occur during our professional careers. Duties, personnel, and capacities all fluctuate – and it’s normal to question what your next professional move might be.

The 2022 Professional Development Day conference aims to offer something for all levels of employees who may be wondering … what’s next for me?

Moderator, Triton Table Talk: Designing the Rest of Your Life

Date: March 1, 2022

Success is individually defined and comes at different times — regardless of who you are, where you are, or what you have done for a living. We all get stuck at some point. Thanks for joining us today for a conversation on how to prioritize your career/s and future, including your career and life vision. Let’s talk about how to create true purpose and lead a well-lived life.

Host, Graduway Webinar: The Love Story Between a Global Alumni Network and a Career Services Department

Date: March 16, 2022
8:00 AM PST

We’ve got a love story for you. Not two people in love, but two departments: Alumni Relations & Career Services!

We are hosting Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management & the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to show how collaboration between your alumni network and career services can overcome the challenges of the job market of the future.

The week the global pandemic hit, Purdue University decided to blast their network with a call for volunteers to help, and they had more volunteers sign up for this initiative than any other!

Reserve your spot now for a FREE webinar to learn how the collaboration and marriage of two departments at a university can lead to added value to your organization’s community.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to get alumni more involved in giving back to the community
  • What makes an alumni network program successful
  • What did Purdue’s alumni community growth look like
  • What does it mean to provide value to your organization’s community and how to do so
  • How UCSD uses industry trends to drive their efforts


Amber Watkins
Director of Alumni Relations
Purdue University Krannert School of Management

Hosted by:

Hassan Akmal
Executive Director
University of California San Diego

Moderator, UC ALUMNI CAREER NETWORK — Career and Life Pivots: Successful Power Moves in the Pandemic

Date: March 16, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Since the pandemic began, so many lives have been impacted, causing career and life plans to permanently shift—and if you are trying to figure out what comes next, you are not alone. Many people are taking steps to examine and re-imagine their career trajectories. They are exploring new, meaningful paths that perhaps were on hold at one point, or involved doors they were afraid to open. Creating purpose that aligns with core values and the ability to pave your path toward a career and life vision matters more than ever. Leaving an unhealthy work environment, proactively upskilling and taking calculated risks—power moves, are enabling individuals to embrace a positive outlook, prioritize self-care and surround themselves with the situations that bring out the best in them.

Join us for a conversation moderated by Hassan Akmal MPH, MBA, ( ’01, UC Los Angeles) Executive Director of Career & Professional Development at UC San Diego, and hear insights from UC alumni professionals on why—NOW, just might be the right time to pivot

Redefining Career Centers 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

Also by Hassan Akmal

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 TheFreedomSchooI.com, 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 www.julliengordon.com.