Appearances, Book Signings, and Keynotes

Book Signing Dates To Be Announced




November 15, 2023

NACE Closing Session: Coffee Conversations with Hassan Akmal, Host Assessing Competency Efficiency

4 pm-5 pm EST

Transforming Passion Into Purpose

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. ET | Track: Competency Articulation

The field of Career Services continues to evolve and change rapidly in light of the future of work. Students and recent graduates need clarity and a vision but don’t know where to begin. Many students struggle with the differences between interests and passions and also don’t know how to connect them to purpose. We believe every student has a Purpose and begin with the Why. We help transform passions into skills to help students solve problems for organizations. To move the needle on career readiness, UC San Diego focuses on 12 career competencies and a co-curricular record (CCR) that is tied to every student’s story and transcript. Attend this session to learn more about how skills are the new currency.

This fall, we are intensifying our efforts by launching the Triton Career Readiness Passport (pilot), a brand-new innovative career readiness tool that helps students begin their career and life journey toward meaningful work. The digital passport engages students through a plethora of career-related preparedness activities, reflections, and events. It serves as a personal and professional development checklist. We mention “personal” first, as we begin with the person. It is intended to help students build confidence and skills that further develop their personal brand. Students build a career profile, align a portfolio of experiences, and attain Triton Stamps for attending career and life design activities that help them better understand themselves and the situations that bring out the best in them. Using the institution’s competencies as the foundation of this robust career readiness framework assessment, the passport is a dynamic framework intended to thread collective impact efforts and integrate learning across the entire campus.

Learning Objectives

Understand how reframing the challenges surrounding career readiness perception gaps may help shift the focus from a career center gravity problem to a campus-wide initiative.
Become more familiar with best practices surrounding building a digital career and professional development roadmap that integrates career and life design theoretical frameworks and a success culture.
Learn more about how career readiness competencies combined with a digital passport may serve as a catalyst towards an institutional co-curricular record (CCR) and collective impact.

Hassan Akmal, Executive Director, Career & Professional Development, UC San Diego

November 7, 2023

Career Leadership Collective and Career Launch Live Spotlights:

How to Measure Students’ Career Readiness at Scale

Speaker, Hassan Akmal, Executive Director of Career & Professional Development, UC San Diego

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Price Center Forum, UC San Diego
9 – 11 a.m.

Keynote Speaker:
Hassan Akmal, Executive Director, Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego; Author, Professor, Future of Work Expert, Career and Life Mastery Consultant, and TEDx Speaker

7 | 20/20 | 23 — Career & Life Design: A Personal and Professional Development Series

How do you define success? Do you have a career and life panoramic vision?

The VCSA Professional Development Committee is eager to partner with the UC San Diego Career Center to present a new series – Career & Life Design!

Career development is both personal and professional development. We mention “personal” first as we begin with the person. We invite you on an inward journey. Take a step outside of yourself. Are you ready for your next odyssey?

Join us on a path to clarity. Empower yourself and celebrate with others. Be the artist of your life!

20/20 vision — look clearly into your future. Where focus goes, energy flows.


DATE: May 11, 2023, 12 pm – 1:30 pm (PST)

Hassan Akmal MPH, MBA
Tasha L. Jones

Have you found yourself burned out, uninspired, or feeling misaligned with your values, mission, and purpose? The pandemic caused many to reevaluate their career and life path in order to pursue a life of intention and purpose. If you are interested in learning more about how to inspire career wellness and life design for yourself and those around you, we invite you to join us to learn more from our panel of experts as we explore together how to restore balance, reignite the passion, and reconnect to our purpose.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Employee Engagement

EVENT: April 25, 2023
DATE: Tuesday @ 5 pm – 6 pm (PST)

Hassan Akmal
Executive Director, Career & Professional Development, UC San Diego

Artificial Intelligence (AI) involves using computers and machines to accomplish tasks that traditionally require human intelligence. As it perpetually evolves, AI provides solutions and benefits in so many industries, including retail, manufacturing, banking, and many more. These advances are transforming our world in many ways. What is the role of AI in the future of employee engagement? Join us in conversation with AI professionals who will weigh in on why AI matters, technological advances that allow machines to make more human-like decisions, and how AI can be leveraged for effective organizational development.

Come to attend and hear insights about trends as well as ethical concerns as AI takes a bigger role in human relations.

Our Talent, Your Future—The New Digital Era of Work, Gigs, and Recruiting

DATE: June 5-7, 2023

Moderator: Hassan Akmal, Executive Director, Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego, Author, and TEDx Speaker

Panelist: M’Chelle Ryan, Director of the Upwork Academy

Panelist: Dr. Pedro Manrique, Cloud Program Manager, Google

Gforce 2023 Conference: Discover the transformative power of smarter technology

DATE: April 30th-May 3rd, 2023

Fireside Chat with Hassan Akmal, Executive Director, Career & Professional Development, Author, and TEDx Speaker
Session Title: The Future of Work: Strategies to Engage + Inspire Tomorrow’s Workforce


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

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

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

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

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
Guests: 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

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

NACE 2021

June 7-11, 2021

Topic: Reimagining Career Services in Light of Career Disruption and Post-Pandemic

Role: Facilitator

There is a strong case for a reinvention of career services. Many career centers aim to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all student s. Yet, so many students are missed and remain on the periphery of career services. Institutions have seen a steady increase of underrepresented students enrolling over the past 40 years (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2019). The focus (and success) of Career Services in the future will depend on its equitable access to connections and experiences for all students regardless of background or social capital. The true return on investment from reimagination efforts is equity. However, this requires a complete overhaul of infrastructure and strategy to support this mission in a new—daunting digital world. What seemed virtually impossible in the past to accomplish quickly is now close—in arm’s reach. This includes building a career ecosystem and virtual “hub” for integrative learning. Career Services Directors seek to reinvent their units to create a 24/7 career center and 21st-century model with a student-focused and responsive career culture in even the most difficult times. This includes scalable structures and measuring impact over input. The consensus is that to meet students where they are, career centers must be creative, expand services to diverse and underrepresented communities, and re-think their overall approach.

2021 Power Skills Virtual Career Conference hosted my McGill University

Friday, January 22, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Category: Keynote Address
Topic: Career and Life Mastery

Aligning Purpose: The Secrets to Supporting Students and Alumni in Building a Career and Life Vision

When: Thursday, June 24, 2021
11am-12pm PT

Where: Webinar

TEDx Talk

March 27, 2020

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 Presenter 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 (Speaker)

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 (Panelist)

Topic: 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) (Presenter)
October 24, 2018, Casa Italiana