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Support LEAP in 2014!

Everything that LEAP is able to accomplish is only possible with the generous support of people like you who believe in our mission of growing leaders.

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Recent LEAP newsletters:

Sad News - Passing of LEAP Board Member, Margaret Ashida

LEAP April Newsletter: 2014 Gala Honorees, Organization Sponsors and Challenge Grant update!

AAPI Multi-Org Support Letter to UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise

LEAP January Newsletter: Program and Sponsorship Opportunities

"I get by with a little help from my friends." -- Thank you from LEAP!

2013 LEAP Year in Review

Boardroom Diversity at a Standstill in Fortune 500 Companies

Thank you to everyone who helped us exceed our Challenge Grant goal of $150,000!

Before the end of 2013, the LEAP Board of Directors was challenged to raise $150,000 before 1/31/14. This amount would be matched by $100,000. Our amazing Board members not only met the challenge, but went above and beyond and raised $200,000 for LEAP. Impressed by the LEAP Board's hard work, their efforts were matched for the full $200,000.

LEAP Challenge Grant Contributors

Gratitude and Thanks to LEAP Annual Contributors

LEAP is proud to thank a special group of organizations who have joined with LEAP in partnership to show their commitment to diversity in the workplace, encourage LEAP's mission to grow leaders - specifically engaged, talented, and diverse leaders, and supports the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

For over 30 years, LEAP has changed the lives of over 115,000 people across geographies, generations, and genders; supported the strengthening of diverse Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities and influenced over 2,500 organizations across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. We are immensely proud of the impact we have made in "growing leaders" and we're pleased that we will be able to continue doing so with the help of the LEAP Annual Contributors.

Announcing the LEAP 2014 Honorees!

This year, LEAP will be hosting the 2014 Annual Leadership Awards Gala on July 24, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles at the Omni Hotel.

Individual Honorees

June Berk
Community Advocate
Fireside Chat Webinar: May 20, 2014, 1pm PST

Irene Chang Britt
President, Pepperidge Farm
Sr. VP Global Baking & Snacking, Campbell Soup Company
Online Fireside Chat Webinar: June 4, 2014, 10am PST

Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Online Fireside Chat Webinar: July 1, 2014, 1pm PST

Community Award

Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region
Online Fireside Chat with Amanda Susskind Webinar: April 11, 2014, 9am PST

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

Loretta P. Adrian, Ph.D.
President, Coastline Community College
Online Fireside Chat Webinar: May 7, 2014, 10am PST

This year, LEAP is hosting Honoree Online Fireside Chats to help our friends and supporters get to know them prior to the event. The next Honoree Online Fireside Chat will be with the David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Awardee, Dr. Loretta Adrian, and will take place on May 7, 2014, 10am PST.During this chat, LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa, will talk to Dr. Adrian about her career in higher education, her involvement with the API community, and how she is able to maintain a work life balance. Join us for this intimate chat and you will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Adrian questions directly! There are limited seats, so register today at: http://bit.ly/S790nR

Sponsorship and Event Details

Meet LEAP's New Program Manager, Michelle Magalong

Michelle received her BA in Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego and MA in Urban Planning at UCLA. Michelle serves as chair of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP), a national volunteer-based network focused on historic and cultural preservation significant to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Michelle serves on the Scholars Panel for the Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Theme Study at National Historic Landmarks Program (Department of the Interior). She has extensive community-based and academic work in community development and historic preservation in APIA communities, including in Los Angeles's Historic Filipinotown and Little Tokyo, and Stockton's Little Manila.

NEW Leadership Research Series Report

2012 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards

Description: 2011_LEAP_FORTUNE500_Cover.jpgLEAP’s 2012 API Representation on Fortune 500 Boards marks the eighth report in the series and the fourth edition of research focusing on the private sector. It reveals that while corporate America continues to benefit from the growing strength of the API consumer sector, it still offers too few opportunities for APIs to participate in corporate leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in company boardrooms.

Since 2010, when LEAP published its first research on API representation on corporate boards, only 16 additional companies in the Fortune 500 now have APIs on their board, which means that 77.2% of these companies lack API representation in their boardrooms.  While board seats held by APIs have increased 24 percent in the last three years, we must put these numbers in perspective. It is startling that the fastest growing community in the nation, with the highest college graduation rates, still holds just 2.6 percent of board seats in the entire Fortune 500. The good news is that the comparative data over the past 3 years shows a very slow but positive trend towards adding more directors, gaining more seats, and just as important, more Fortune 500 companies are electing new directors of API descent. In 2012, 129 APIs held 144 board seats in 114 Fortune 500 companies, compared to 96 API directors, 115 board seats at 98 companies in 2010.

Read the key findings of the report, or download a PDF copy of the full report.


Press Release
Executive Summary
Key Findings
Full Report (36 pages) Download: PDF


Grace Toy
Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

eLearning with LEAP
Self-Paced. On-Demand. Web-Based Leadership Development Program

LEAP is answering the needs of corporate clients for cost and time effective leadership education for Asian and Asian American professionals through its newly developed plug and play eLearning Series.

Designed by LEAP with cutting edge and fully integrated technologies, the proprietary 60-minute modules, are interactive in nature with activities, case study scenarios and knowledge checks to increase the impact of Asian and Asian American professionals enabling them to achieve strategic objectives and drive organizational results.

With nearly 30 years of experience in successfully developing people and growing leaders through professional development programs, LEAP’s self-paced, on-demand, web-based leadership development program for Asian and Asian American professionals create the perfect complement to ongoing, in-person training programs.

Download Fact Sheet

Live Life to the Fullest: Join AARP through LEAP


In addition to becoming a 2012 LEAP Annual Contributor, AARP is partnering with LEAP and making an additional donation for every LEAP supporter who purchases an AARP membership.

When you purchase AARP membership through LEAP you'll enjoy access to a wealth of benefits designed to help everyone age 50+ live life to the fullest. AARP members can access a world of information and benefits including the nation's largest circulation magazine, trusted information, everyday discounts, travel deals, tools for finance and healthy living, volunteer opportunities and more.

For each membership purchased, AARP supports LEAP through a payment of $5 for each year of membership you elect to take (or $50 for a lifetime membership).

There are 1/3/5 year and Lifetime membership terms available, all at a special rate. Already an AARP member? This offer will extend your membership.

Under age 50? Use this offer to give the gift of AARP membership to a loved one at the same discounted rates. To gift a membership, please enter your loved one's information (name, address, and birth date) on the registration page (website listed below).


Registration now open for the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education (LDPHE).

July 9-12, 2014 / Pomona, CA

An intensive 4-day experience, the Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE) enhances the professional development of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) and prepares college/university administrators, faculty, and staff to move into leadership positions and to take on positions of greater visibility and influence on their campuses.

To register, see video testimonials, or for more information visit: http://www.leap.org/develop_ldphe.html

Other LEAP Supported Events

DiversityInc Top 50 The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Event (April 22, 2014, New York, NY)
On April 22, more than 700 diversity-management leaders and executives will convene in New York City for DiversityInc’s annual dinner announcing The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Participation in the survey is at its highest with more than 5,000 companies invited.

The dinner will feature keynote speaker Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the expert in educational inequalities, particularly in the areas of science and math. A true inspiration both on stage and in his work, Freeman is a speaker you do not want to miss. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to network and build new business relationships with the top companies in the diversity-management space throughout the event.

Prior to the event, there will be a Best Practices Conference. Linda Akutagawa, LEAP President and CEO, will be speaking on the panel: How to Develop Relationships With Non-Profits.

To sign up for Diversity Inc's e-newsletter visit:http://www.diversityinc.com/diversityinc-free-newsletter-subscription/

For more information about the event, visit:https://diversityinctop50.secure.force.com/mn/MN4__PublicEventRegistration?id=a583000000007FrAAI

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Intern at LEAP

LEAP is always looking for volunteers and interns to help with our various projects and programs.  We are currently looking for an intern to help with our Leadership Research Reports and our marketing and communications implementation and strategy.  Contact Nancy Yap at nyap@leap.org if you are interested or have any questions.

Additional Ways to Support LEAP

Make Goodsearch.com your search engine.
LEAP is one of the many organizations that you can designate on goodsearch.com, a website that donates money to nonprofit organizations while you search the internet. Partnered with Yahoo Search, Goodsearch donates $.01 for every search conducted through their website to the organization of your choice. They also provide coupons to popular online shopping sites and will donate a percentage of your online purchase to the organization as well. Currently, you can also download the Goodsearch toolbar which will automatically alert you if a website has an available coupon.  www.goodsearch.com

Follow, Friend, or Link to LEAP.
LEAP is now a part of Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In. Join our network and stay up to date on the events and activities that LEAP is a part of. Also, spread the word about LEAP and our mission to your networks.

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Linked In: LEAP has two groups. Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) as well as a group that is for our alumni, LEAP Alumni Group.

Contribute to LEAP today!

Donate to LEAP online or give to LEAP through the Asian Pacific Community Fund,
a network of community organizations focused on enhancing the lives of Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) throughout Los Angeles County. For more information click here

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