Leadership Development Program for Higher Education

The Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE) is an intensive 4-day experience designed to enhance the professional development of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) working in higher education and to prepare college and university administrators, faculty, and staff to move into leadership positions of greater visibility and influence on their campuses.

Created in 1997 and conducted by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) in partnership with Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), the LDPHE is the only program in the United States that focuses on leadership training from an API perspective while offering personal coaching and the invaluable insights of successful API leaders in higher education.

The program focuses on in-depth interactions among participants and program faculty. Features of the program include hands-on workshops, mentoring, and interactive dialogues with API educational leaders who help guide participants in developing their personalized leadership career plans. In addition to leadership skills training, the program builds networks among participants, leading college and university presidents, faculty and senior administrators.

Past participants include tenured professors, administrators, and support staff from diverse disciplines such as science and engineering, student services, and fiscal management. Among the program’s “alumni honor roll” are vice presidents, deans, associate deans, faculty department chairs, and program directors. To date, LDPHE has graduated nearly 500 program participants, many of whom have been promoted to advanced leadership roles in higher education.



Watch more video testimonials of LDPHE alumni 


"I would say that LDPHE is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you should never miss. It's not a conference -- it's an investment in yourself. The enriching program brings to light your strengths, cultural values and experiences as something to be proud of at your workplace. It's about establishing meaning in your daily routine, prioritizing well-being personally and professionally and knowing that you have a supportive community behind you." 

Regina Ip
Web Content and Social Media Manager, Community and Academic Relations
Santa Monica College
2015 LDPHE Alumnus


"I would say to go with an open heart and open mind because you will come out transformed. You think you're alone in your struggles, but you are not. You will meet people who will be there for you and encourage you because they want you to succeed. It is true what they say, you get what you give from this program. If you don't know what to do in your career path or if you feel stuck, this program will help open your mind to new possibilities and ideas that you never dreamed of."

Annie Li 
Counselor, Financial Aid
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
2015 LDPHE Alumnus


“Being able to click with a group of people who share some of your inner voices and thoughts is such a great comfort. Also, being able to witness so many leaders of my kind, I felt cognitively and emotionally empowered.”

Ying-Chiao Tsao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Communicative Disorders Program
California State University, Fullerton
2011 LDPHE Alumnus




Program Date and Location
July 11, 2018 - July 14, 2018  /  Pomona, CA,

$1,500 – covers tuition, materials, all meals, and a $100 non-refundable deposit

$48 (single occupancy) + tax – Lodging cost per night
All participants are encouraged to stay at the conference location to the extended duration of the program into evening hours.
Lodging includes single occupancy room at $48 per night.


Applications for 2018 now available at:


For more information, contact:
Connie Oh, Program Coordinator
(213) 485-1422 x4118