LEAP's 35th Anniversary Celebration



LEAP is proud to celebrate 35 years of ”Growing Leaders” and the leadership of individuals that exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Proceeds from the event will be used to develop LEAP’s innovative leadership programs, cutting-edge public policy research, and nationwide community building. 

This year’s 35th Anniversary Celebration will be like no other gala that LEAP has had in the past. LEAP’s 35th Anniversary Celebration will be an eventful evening that will be both interactive and experiential. With an abundance of food and friends, LEAP will celebrate those who have shaped the organization, those who have been impacted by the organization, and those who continue to grow as Asian and Pacific Islander leaders and Dream Big. 


Date and Time

Thursday, July 20, 2017

VIP and General Reception 5:00pm
Program 7:00pm-10:00pm



Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90012






Individual Leadership Award

Fatima Bustos-Choy, PhD
Founder, Gaia Flow Consulting
CEO and Owner, Body & Brain Holistic Wellness Center

Kenneth Kasamatsu
Advisor to the CEO, E-Central Credit Union
Office of the President, The Pacific Bridge Companies
Founder, Pacific Commerce Bank

Geri Mannion
Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund,
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Paul Ong, PhD
Director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
University of California, Los Angeles


David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award
This award is presented annually to a LEAP program alumnus who exemplifies, through his/her professional or community involvement, the values that David R. Barclay was committed to: equal opportunity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, integrity and servant leadership. David R. Barclay was an active supporter of LEAP for over 20 years, serving as a LEAP Board member, trainer, consultant, advisor and volunteer.

Scott Chan
Program Director
Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement

Patricia A. Neilson, EdD
Director, Asian American Student Success
University of Massachusetts Boston


To purchase tickets for this event, visit: www.leap.org/celebration_tickets.

Contact Event Registration Coordinator, Mayta Lor, at mlor@leap.org / 213-485-1422 x 4105 with any registration questions.

Gala Sponsorship Levels

Title Sponsor - $125,000

Media Sponsor - $75,000

VIP Reception Sponsor - $50,000

General Reception Sponsor - $25,000

Performance Stage Sponsor - $25,000

President Sponsor - $15,000

Executive Sponsor - $10,000

Corporate Sponsor - $7,000

LEAP Friend Sponsor - $3,500

LEAP 35th Anniversary Sponsorship Packet


Contact the Director of Development, Nancy Yap, at nyap@leap.org   /  213.485.1422 x4119 for additional sponsorship information.