Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, writer, speaker, and strategic coach and advisor to high-profile individuals. She ghost writes books for celebrities, executives, and public figures, and is also the author of Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way To Happiness, which teaches people to boost happiness and success by living their lives like a Silicon Valley startup, regardless of their profession or stage in life.
She is a former professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Visual Culture MA program at New York University, as well as Parsons The New School for Design. Her research focuses on visual and virtual self-presentation, technology and human intersects, and happiness and well-being.
Akbari is a frequent public speaker and media personality and has written for and been featured by Forbes, The Atlantic, TIME, The Economist, Financial Times, TED, Bulletproof Executive, Psychology Today, Vogue, Refinery29, Google Talks, and dozens more. She is a regular contributor and guest on CNN and SiriusXM's All Out Show.
Corporate consulting clients include Cisco, AT Kearney, Samsung, DIRECTV, Converse, Avon, Coca-Cola, Clorox, Lenovo, Tata Communications, SABMiller, Toyota, CableLabs, LG, YMCA Australia, Sprint, Vitamin Water, Pepsi, Beverage Marketing Corp., Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy, KBS+, Northstar, Sense Worldwide, and many more.
Though largely a free-range global citizen, Akbari is currently a beach-dwelling Californian who plays outside and sings karaoke as much as humanly possible. She donates her time speaking to and mentoring incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations and is passionate about criminal justice reform.
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