LEAP 2018 Celebration



Each year, LEAP celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander leadership at the LEAP Leadership Awards Celebration. With over 500 attendees from across the country, this event brings together top leadership from the corporate, nonprofit, higher education, and public sectors to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander leaders and organizations. As LEAP’s only fundraiser, this event raises funds that will support LEAP’s work. Serving over 3,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders each year, LEAP challenges individuals to Uncap Talent and prepare for leadership opportunities in the spaces they work, live, and play.

This year, prior to the Celebration scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2018, LEAP will be holding two additional events. The first, the LEAP Executive Luncheon, will be an invitation only opportunity for LEAP’s major sponsors to meet the LEAP Board and the 2018 Leadership Award honorees. The second, the LEAP Leadership Bootcamp, is an opportunity for individuals to develop their leadership skills and experience a taste of the type of leadership activities that are part of LEAP’s programs.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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



2018 Honorees


Individual Award

Thelma Kailiwai

Director on Staff, IDS Engineering Strategic Development, Raytheon Integrated Defense System (Retired)


Community Award

Teach for America Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative


Margaret Ashida Award

Jayne Park

Executive Director

Impact Silver Spring


David R. Barclay Alumni Award

Kaylene Choe

Managing Director of Sales


Path to Professional Success Alumnus




LEAP Celebration

July 19, 2018


11:30am          Executive Luncheon (Invitation Only)

The Executive Luncheon will give guests the opportunity to network with the LEAP Board of Directors and the 2018 Leadership Award Honorees. Program will include an honoree “Hot Seat” where the 2018 Leadership Award Honorees will answer any question posed by the audience.



1:30pm            Registration for the Leadership Bootcamp opens


2:00pm            Executive Session (Invitation Only)

During this time, senior level executives will be included in a conversation around a specific topic. LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa, will lead the conversation. Topic is still to be determined.


                        Leadership Bootcamp (Limited Seats)

  • Possible Topics Include:
  • Media Training in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal
  • DiSC: Communication Styles
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Storytelling
  • Hop into the Hot Seat


4:30pm            Registration for the Leadership Awards Celebration Opens

                        Leadership Awards Celebration, General Reception         


6:30pm            Awards Program


7:00pm            Family Style Dinner


7:30pm            Awards Program (Continued)


8:30pm            Celebration Surprise and Delight


10pm               End



Available Celebration Sponsorship Levels

Performance Stage Sponsor • $25,000 (limit: 1)

President Sponsor • $15,000 (limit: 10)

Executive Sponsor • $10,000 (limit: 25)

Corporate Sponsor • $7,000

LEAP Friend Sponsor • $3,500

Please contact Nancy Yap at (213) 485-1422 x 4119 / nyap@leap.org.