2015 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner Recap + Photos

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics celebrated 33 years of “Growing Leaders” and to honor the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations that exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Over 325 guests attended the event, enjoying an evening that included a silent auction, dinner, and networking opportunities.  The gala program began with welcoming speeches from LEAP Board Chair, Kenneth Chung, and LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. David Ono, co-anchor at ABC7, was the emcee for the evening.

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Developing Leadership Resources Across the Country

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) 2015 Leadership In Action Intern, Maikoau Vang, was placed at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. She worked with their summer youth program. She helped to create curriculum for middle school students and aided elementary school students with their theater production.  She is rising senior in the fall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Below she tells LEAP why she is interested in attending a summer leadership internship program in Los Angeles.

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From Seattle to Los Angeles - A Daughter's Appreciation for Her Mother

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) 2015 Leadership In Action Intern, Avalon Igawa, was placed at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. She is a rising junior in the fall, attending the University of Southern California. Below she shares with LEAP who she would appreciate having attend her LIA graduation.

 

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Congratulations to the Participants of the Emerging Leaders Program 2014-2015

In 2014, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) selected seventeen (17) emerging leaders from Asian and Pacific Islander serving nonprofits.  These leaders were asked to commit time to developing their leadership skills and continue to build their capacity as nonprofit leaders.  The participants ranged in age from 26 to 55, were of 9 different ethnic backgrounds, and live in 8 different cities.  Many of these leaders work in small nonprofits with little to no support for personal professional development.  With the support of America Express Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Ong Family Foundation and Southwest Airlines, LEAP was able to bring these diverse leaders together, many of them visiting New York and Los Angeles for the first time.

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Visibility & Voice: Importance of Leadership in Hollywood

When I was asked to write about leadership in entertainment from the Asian Pacific Islander perspective, I took some time to think about what I wanted to say and share.  I have worked for some of the most beloved and respected brands in the industry, I have learned and been mentored by the best, and I have fulfilled a number of childhood dreams.  All of this leads me to what I want to share here.

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Meet Our 2015 Honorees!

Interested in attending LEAP's 2015 Leadership Awards Gala this July?  Want to know more about this year's honorees? Conitnue to read more below.

In addition, Linda Akutagawa, LEAP President and CEO, will be interviewing each of our 2015 honoree in our Online Fireside Chats Webinar Series.  These webinars will cover various topics about Asian and Pacific Islander leadership and the challenges and success stories of our honorees. To register for the webinar, visit leap.webex.com

For more information about this year's gala, visit: www.leap.org/gala_2015.

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