2016 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner Recap

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics celebrated 34 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. This year's gala fundraised an amazing amount of over $45,000 during the Bid For Empowerment, an auction to raise money for LEAP's community programs.

The 2016 Honorees included:

Individual Leadership Awards

Phyllis J. Campbell
Chairman, Pacific Northwest
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Willie C. Chiang
Executive VP & COO - U.S.
Plains All American

A. Gabriel Esteban
Seton Hall University 

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

KC Choi
Senior Vice President of Global Systems Engineering

Community Leadership Award

Asian American Arts Alliance
New York, NY




From left to right: Willie C. Chiang, Phyllis J. Cambell, Kenneth Chung (LEAP Board Chair), Linda Akutagawa (LEAP President & CEO), KC Choi, Andrea Louie and Anjali Goyal (on behalf of the Asian American Arts Alliance), and A. Gabriel Esteban 


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


2016 Gala Sponsors

VIP Reception Sponsor
Toyota Financial Services

Special Activities Sponsor

Executive Sponsor
Comcast NBCUniversal
Kailiwai Family
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Seton Hall University

LEAP Annual Contributors
Carnival Corporation & plc
United Parcel Service (UPS)
General Motors Corporation
Hewlett-Packard Company
Southwest Airlines

Corporate Sponsor
The Coca-Cola Company
Comcast NBCUniversal
General Motors Corporation
Ken and Ashley Lee Foundation
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLC
Willie C. Chiang

LEAP Friend
Aratani Foundation
Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE)
Bradley Cooper and Hui O Hana Pono
California Resources Corporation
Chung Family
Deborah Buhles and Susan Jin Davis
George Wu
MACRO Consultants
Michael Yap and Susan Moon, Robert Yap and Jennifer Lin
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
Na-Ri Oh, MD
Pauline Barclay
Rizwan Kassim and Giancarlo Pacheco
Robert Half
Southern California Edison
SWL Associates

We look forward to seeing you at our 35th Anniversary gala on July 20, 2017!