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Ismail Azam

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A little more than 5 years ago, due in large part to difficulties my family was enduring, I found myself with a mid-semester GPA of 0.8. At the age of 15, I made the bold decision to drop out of High School and enroll in an independent study program and community college simultaneously – my life would never be the same.

The greatest lesson I’ve learned so far is that hard work and resilience in the face of adversity can become our greatest strength.

Soon after enrolling in community college, I became the youngest student government President of my college, while maintaining a 3.8 GPA and a part-time job at Microsoft. Just two years later, I transferred to UC Berkeley where I'm currently studying engineering, business, and sociology. I also teach a few courses on Networking, Design Thinking and Business Innovation, and my newest class on Product Management. This past year, I became President of Product Space and won 1st place at the UC Berkeley Collider Cup out of 200+ startups. Shortly after, I led a team to win 1st place at the Stanford Design Challenge where we won $11,000 in funding, and then went on to win first place at the UC Berkeley Collider Cup a second year in a row, where we were awarded with a final round meeting to pitch for $50,000. Most recently, I was nominated for the UC Berkeley Leadership Award and selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar.

When not on campus, I run a side-startup, while working as a product manager at New Relic, and enjoy giving keynote speeches focused on success, purpose, and networking. Later this year, I plan to publish my first book, "4 Quarters Over 100 Pennies" after publishing my thesis at UC Berkeley on the art of strategic networking.

I believe the power of connecting with others to work toward a common goal is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our communities.

I am committed to helping others leverage their networks to follow their passion, land their dream job, and create a life of fulfillment. In particular, I hope to support and inspire individuals from low-income backgrounds and limited resources, and dream of making a positive impact on the world.

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UC Berkeley Instructor Teaching Networking$1.00I've been teaching the nitty gritty of networking for t...