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


“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


“It was an intense, productive, and exhausting experience. We all found ourselves changed in the process.”

George W. Chang
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley
2002 LDPHE alumnus




Program Date and Location
July 12, 2017 - July 15, 2017  /  Los Angeles Area, CA


$1,500 – tuition, materials and all meals (includes $100 non-refundable deposit)

$95 (single occupancy) or $99 (double 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)


Applications for 2017 will be available in mid-February 2017.

Sign up for updates here: www.leap.org/program_interest_form.


For more information, please contact:
Steve Lin, Program Manager
(213) 485-1422 x4118