Meet our 2016 Honorees!

Interested in attending LEAP's 2016 Leadership Awards Gala this July? Want to know more about this year's honorees? Continue to read more below. To RSVP for this year's gala, please contact Grace Toy at You can also find additional information below or at


Individual Leadership Awards 

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

Phyllis Campbell is the Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JP Morgan Chase & Co. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho across businesses, representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level to clients.

Previously, Phyllis served as the President/CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the largest community foundation in Washington. During her tenure, the Foundation doubled in charitable assets, to $600 million. Prior to that, Phyllis was the President/CEO of U.S. Bank of Washington for over six years. Under her leadership, the Bank doubled in size, through customer-focused growth initiatives and acquisitions.

Phyllis has a proven track record of board service, both in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. She is the lead independent director for Alaska Air Group, a NYSE listed company. She serves on the Nordstrom board of directors and on the North American Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) of Toyota. Phyllis is on the nonprofit boards of PATH, the US-Japan Council, and the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), among others. She is a member of the NACD Audit Committee Chair National Advisory Council. She is a frequently requested speaker on governance, banking and risk-related topics and has spoken at a number of global conferences.

Her awards have included the following: the inaugural NACD Director of the Year Award from the Pacific Northwest chapter. Top Women in Finance Award from Women of Color Magazine in 2010 and Woman Who Makes A Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. She was also awarded the 36th Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington State University.

Phyllis holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program, a B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, as well as Stanford University’s Executive Management Program. Phyllis also holds honorary doctorates from Whitworth University and Gonzaga University.



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

Prior to joining Oxy in 2012, Mr. Chiang held increasingly responsible positions at ConocoPhillips, most recently as Senior Vice President, Refining, Marketing, Transportation and Commercial. Previous ConocoPhillips roles included President, Downstream Strategy & Specialties, and a number of key Refining Management roles. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, he spent 6 years with Powerine Oil Company in Los Angeles and 9 years at Chevron. He has also served on the boards of DCP Midstream and Chevron Phillips Chemical and has been very involved with the American Petroleum Institute.

Mr. Chiang holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and completed the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.



A. Gabriel Esteban
Seton Hall University

A. Gabriel Esteban was appointed 20th president of Seton Hall University in January 2011, after serving as interim president for six months and provost since 2007. He has charged the University’s more than 900 faculty and 1,800 employees and nearly 10,000 students to aspire to excellence in scholarship and service. Dr. Esteban is committed to the institution’s 158-year Catholic mission.

Dr. Esteban has worked to strengthen programs that support the Catholic mission of the University. This includes the creation of the department of Catholic Studies; the establishment of the Archbishop John J. Myers Distinguished Lecture series; and, the implementation of an initiative that focuses on hiring for mission. SAT scores have increased by almost 100 points and undergraduate enrollment has increased 15 percent.

Most recently, Dr. Esteban has been recognized as a 2015 “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Esteban was recently named one of the 100 most powerful in business in New Jersey and one of the 50 most powerful in Health Care in NJ by NJBIZ. He was knighted to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was presented with a certificate of achievement award by the Embassy of the Philippines in 2013 and he received the Servant Leader Award from St. Paul's Outreach in April 2014. He received a Ph.D. in Administration from the University of California at Irvine and a MS in Japanese business studies from Chaminade University. Dr. Esteban earned a MBA and a BS in mathematics from the University of the Philippines. He also received specialized training at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

He and his wife Josephine (MBA, MA) have a daughter, Ysabella ’12 who is studying medicine at Creighton University. 



David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award 


KC Choi
Senior Vice President of Global Systems Engineering

KC Choi has recently taken on a new role as Senior Vice President of Global Systems Engineering for the combined Dell/EMC companies. Previous to this new role, KC was Vice President, Global Solutions Architecture & Engineering and also had responsibility for Global Sales, Technical and Partner Training and Enablement at Hewlett-Packard.

KC was with HP for 25 years in a variety of technical and management roles including leading the Oracle/Compaq business unit for three years. KC has also served as VP and Chief Technology Officer for SeniorCo Inc. (, and held sales and technical positions with NCR Corporation and IBM Corporation. While at NCR, KC developed expertise in sales and engineering positions for both retail and financial systems business units.

KC graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics. He guest lectures regularly at Loyola Marymount University’s MBA program on various IT topics. KC is an alumnus of the Leadership Development Program and a former LEAP board member.



Community Award 


Asian American Arts Alliance
New York, NY

The Asian American Arts Alliance is dedicated to strengthening Asian American arts and cultural groups through resource sharing, promotion, and community building. Since 1983, the Alliance has sought to unify, promote, and represent the artistic and cultural producers of one of New York City's fastest-growing ethnic populations. The organization is a diverse alliance of artists, organizations, and arts supporters who believe that working together as a pan-ethnic, multidisciplinary community is essential to nurturing the development of artists and arts organizations and to providing meaningful and innovative ways for civic engagement in society.

The Asian American Alliance helps support individual artists and arts organizations access and share resources both online and in person. The Alliance builds community through programs that encourage peer-learning, collaboration, and professional development.

When it was founded 33 years ago, the Alliance focused on providing a safe space for Asian Americans to build community and share resources; in addition, for 15 years, the Alliance was a re-granter, administering nearly $800,000 to individuals and small groups. Today, the Alliance is positioned as a thoughtful and meaningful convener of the Asian American cultural workforce around issues of race, identity, and artmaking.

For more information about the Asian American Arts Alliance, visit



The 2016 gala dinner celebrates LEAP’s 34 years of “Growing Leaders” and the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations that exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Proceeds from the event are used to develop LEAP’s innovative leadership programs, cutting-edge public policy research, and nationwide community building. Hotel Valet Parking is available, or you may choose to self park next door at the California Plaza.

July 21, 2016
Omni Hotel 251 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90012



5pm VIP Reception

5:30pm Silent Auction

6pm General Reception

7pm - 9pm  Dinner Program








Grace Toy / 213.485.1422 x4117


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

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