Developing People and Empowering Communities

In 2013, LEAP was able to provide 64 workshops and presentations to 2916 people. Of these, 25 were delivered to 954 people through community organizations such as: Camp Len Duong, International Leadership Foundation, and the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Through numerous programs, LEAP provided leadership training for mid-career corporate managers, executive directors of nonprofit organizations, higher education professionals, and college students. These programs included:

  • Path to Professional Success, a 3-day leadership development program designed to promote the professional development of API employees within corporations. (161 participants)

  • Executive Directors Leadership Program, a three part, six-month program designed to give Executive Directors the knowledge, skills, and support they need to effectively lead, manage, and move their organizations forward. – Sponsored by WalmartSouthern California EdisonSouthwest Airlines – The Official Airline of the Executive Directors Leadership Program, Ong Family Foundation, General Motors FoundationVerizon. (15 participants)

  • Leadership Development Program in Higher Education in partnership with Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, a 4-day leadership development program for API higher education administrative staff and faculty. (38 participants)

  • Leadership in Action, an 8-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work hands-on in the API community in Southern California. — Sponsored by Nissan. (7 participants) Participants worked with Community Based Organizations that served over 24,000 people in 2013.  In addition, the 2013 LIA Group Project was a photo exhibition documenting the stories of different members in the API community. Each photograph featured a direct quote about each individual’s immigration story. Over 150 people saw the exhibit. Audience members were encouraged to post their own immigration stories onto the exhibit. These photographs were show in Thai Town and Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.


LEAP also held six Career and Leadership Seminars that were sponsored by Nissan. (205 participants) The purpose of these seminars is for API professionals to share their career experiences with a college age audience and provide a broader range of career options and tips on how to find jobs in the current economy. In planning these seminars, we worked closely with students and faculty at the University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine, California State University- Long Beach, and Loyola Marymount University. We also partnered with the Chinese American Museum for the Career and Leadership Seminar attended by summer interns from ten nonprofit organizations.


Informing Society

On May 2, 2013, LEAP released another installment of its Leadership Research Series reports: 2012 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards. This report showed that APIs held 2.6% of the total number of seats on Fortune 500 Boards and that 77.2% of Fortune 500 companies still lack Asian representation on their boards. There were, however, 79 companies who have maintained API representation on their boards for the past 3 consecutive years, including LEAP Annual contributors Hewlett-Packard and Prudential Financial. Thank you to both companies for continuing to support diverse leadership at all levels. Download Report. 

On August 15, the Alliance for Board Diversity released Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards, 2012 Alliance for Board Diversity Census. According to the report, in the Fortune 100, women and minorities remain vastly underrepresented at the decision-making tables of corporate boardrooms, with white/Caucasian men comprising nearly 70 percent of the 1,214 seats. The ABD is a collaboration of four leadership organizations: Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP). The Prout Group, Inc., an executive search firm, is a founding partner of the ABD and serves as advisor and facilitator. To view this report visit:


Other News in 2013

On October 12, 2013, A+: An Association of Asian Corporate Directors hosted a dessert reception at the Gaylord National near Washington, DC before the National Convention of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). The evening began with welcoming remarks from A+ President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa, NACD Board Chair, Reatha King Clark, and NACD Board Member, the Honorable Cari M. Dominguez.

Over 90 people attended the event, with representatives from NACD and our Alliance for Board Diversity partners (Catalyst, Executive Leadership Council, and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.) Sponsored by KPMG, the event had a wide selection of wine and desserts, and a crowd that animatedly discussed diversity on Fortune 500 boards. This set the tone for the entire weekend, where A+ leadership was able to engage with individuals throughout the conference about enhancing F500 board diversity.

A+: An Association of Asian Corporate Directors (A+) is dedicated to increasing diversity on corporate boards and, in turn, increasing the number of Asian Corporate Directors serving on Fortune 500 boards. A+ encourages and facilitates networks and connections between Fortune 500 Asian Corporate Directors and the larger boardroom community. The “+” in A+ refers to partnership with other Alliance for Board Diversity members, Asian organizations, and Director associations. A+ is a program of LEAP.