Hayden is a certified Academic Life Coach with training from Academic Life Coaching, an accredited institute of the International Coach Federation. He is currently a lead trainer for Essential Life Coaching and is a consultant for the Incubator School in Los Angeles. He has also been a speaker at many events including TEDxTalks, the I Imagine organization, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Santa Monica High School, STAR Prep Academy, and many others.
Hayden grew up in Sacramento, CA and graduated with honors from UC San Diego with degrees in Psychology and Theatre with a minor in European Studies. He spent his third year of college studying at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris, France.
During his time at UC San Diego, he worked as an Orientation Leader and mentor for incoming freshman and as a peer counselor for students interested in studying abroad. During his remarkable year in Paris, he gained fluency in French and still affirms that it was one of the best years of his life! He highly recommends that all students consider studying abroad as he is a true believer that “the world is the best classroom.”
During Hayden’s final year at UC San Diego, he was selected to participate in the China Synergy Program for Outstanding Youth. He had the honor to embark on a month-long tour throughout China to act as a Student Ambassador for the United States. He was one of 200 university students worldwide that the program selected to meet and dine with the Vice Premier of China and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong to discuss how young adults of Chinese descent can make a positive impact on the world.
Upon graduation, Hayden moved to Los Angeles to pursue work in the Entertainment Industry. He has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and casting director. It was during this time that he also worked as an SAT and college essay tutor. Through this work, he discovered his passion for guiding young adults during this exciting, yet stressful time in their lives. He realized that at the heart of most student’s academic struggles involved motivation and confidence. This led him to become an Academic Life Coach.
He learned that the first step for young people to succeed was for them to become more self-aware of their own strengths and weaknesses in order to get out of their own way. He discovered that he had a gift for being able to relate with teenagers, but more importantly that teenagers were instantly able to relate to him. Hayden prides himself on the fact that he can find humor in even the most dire of situations; it is this signature sense of humor that leads his students to be able to accomplish even the most daunting tasks and to learn to become the best versions of themselves.
Seeing the amazing life lessons and transformations that their kids were going through, many parents urged Hayden to work with adults as well. This led Hayden to also coach adults to teach them how to bust through their own limiting beliefs in order to live a life full of purpose, passion, and fulfillment.
Fun Facts About Hayden
- He loves to eat all types of Asian noodle dishes.
- He is a certified SCUBA diver.
- He was once considered for a series regular role on Saved By the Bell: The New Class.
- In addition to French, he also speaks Cantonese.