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.

Honorees included:


Margaret Ashida (posthumously)
STEMx Executive Director
*Accepting on Margaret's behalf was her family, Janet, Don, and Alan Johnson. 

Eddie Flores, Jr.
President and CEO
L & L Hawaiian Barbecue

William Deu Lee
VP, Pension & Foundation Investments
Chief Investment Officer
Kaiser Permanente

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

Ami Gandhi
Executive Director
South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI)

Neha Gill
Executive Director
Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home)

Community Award
Go For Broke National Education Center
Los Angeles, California

The honoree speeches were inspiring and LEAP raised over $24,000 during the Bid For Empowerment, an auction to raise money for LEAP's community programs.  In addition, the Coca-Cola Foundation announced its support of $50,000 for LEAP's Emerging Leaders Program for nonprofit staff. 
The event ended with Southwest Airlines representative, Kim Delevett, selecting the winner of two roundtrip airlines tickets, selecting LEAP Emerging Leaders Program alumni, Navdeep Singh from Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) as the winner.  As a final thank you to our audience, Southwest offered $75 travel vouchers, a wonderful gift for all those who supported LEAP for the evening.

LEAP would also like to thank the following for their support:

2015 Gala Sponsors

VIP Reception Sponsor
Toyota Financial Services

Special Activities Sponsor

Executive Sponsor
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Kailiwai Family

LEAP Annual Contributors
Marsh & McLennan Companies
United Parcel Service (UPS)
General Motors Corporation
Hewlett-Packard Company
Southwest Airlines
spoon + fork

Corporate Sponsor
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
The Coca-Cola Company
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP

LEAP Friend
Aratani Foundation
Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE)
Bradley Cooper and Hui O Hana Pono
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Chung Family
Go For Broke National Education Center
Kumamoto Associates
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
Pauline Barclay
Southern California Edison
SWL Associates
Thelma Kailiwai 
The Veng Group

It was an amazing evening and we look forward to the 2016 Gala next July 21st! 

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