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2015 LEAP Leadership Awards Gala

This gala dinner celebrates LEAP’s 33 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.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Omni Hotel (251 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90012)


Sponsorship Levels

Title Sponsorship - $100,000

Co-Presenting Sponsor - $50,000

VIP Reception Sponsor - $35,000

Special Event Sponsor - $25,000

President Sponsor - $15,000

Executive Sponsor - $10,000

Corporate Sponsor - $5,000

LEAP Friend - $2,500

Nancy Yap
Director of Development
213.485.1422 x 4119 / nyap@leap.org


2014 LEAP Leadership Awards Gala Honorees

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

Individual Awards

June Berk has been actively involved and volunteering in Little Tokyo since before WWII. Throughout her career, she was actively engaged in the community, often giving presentations about her experience and advocating for the Little Tokyo community. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant to: Irene Hirano, (Former CEO of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the Board of Directors for JANM, the KCET Community Outreach Board, and Barry Sanders, co-chair of the Rebuild LA Board. She also was the owner/operator of Satori, a boutique in Studio City and Little Tokyo.

Since her retirement, she continues to be a voice, mentor, and friend to the LIttle Tokyo community. Her most recent commitments include serving as the official representative for the Little Tokyo Senior Nutrition Center for the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC, Inc.), volunteering and providing tours at the Japanese American National Museum, volunteering and teaching classes at the Keiro Retirement Home, and serving as a Committee Member with the Japan America Society and US-Japan Council who hosted orphaned children of the Fukushima Tsunami and Earthquake in Los Angeles during the summer of 2013.

Based in Los Angeles, her family consists of her husband, Marty, five children, and nine grandchildren. Just as she learned the value of volunteering through watching her mother, she hopes her example will inspire her grandchildren to stay involved and serve the community throughout their lives,

Irene Chang Britt was appointed President, Pepperidge Farm and Senior Vice President-Global Baking and Snacking in 2012. She originally joined Campbell as Vice President and General Manager-Sauces and Beverages in 2005. In 2008, she was named President-North America Foodservice, leading the company's traditional foodservice business as well as the retail perimeter business across the United States and Canada. In 2010, she became the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, leading Campbell's global strategy, and was responsible for Global Marketing Services and Global Consumer and Customer Insights. Previously, Irene spent eight years with Kraft Foods and 12 years at Kimberly-Clark.

Irene has served as a Director to the Board of Sunoco, Inc., serves on the Catalyst Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors of the American Baker’s Association, and on the Enactus U.S. Executive Advisory Board. She has sponsored the Campbell's Multiple Sclerosis Society City to Shore fundraising bicycle ride and the Campbell's "Driving for the Cure" golf tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She has twice served as Chairman of the N.J. Kraft Employee Fund and led two United Way campaigns as Co-Chair and Executive sponsor.

Irene has been honored with several awards for her business and community accomplishments, including being named in 2011, a “Women of Distinction” by The Philadelphia Business Journal, and a Laureate in the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame.

Glen S. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a prominent public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was based in Tokyo as a senior executive with several major multinational corporations: Vice President, AT&T Japan Ltd.; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan.

Mr. Fukushima served two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, 1998-1999, and Vice President, 1993-1997. He has served on numerous corporate boards, nonprofit boards, and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan including the Board of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, Japan Center for International Exchange, Japanese American National Museum, and Global Council of the Asia Society. Until June 2001, he served for eight years in the White House-appointed positions of Vice Chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and Vice Chairman of the U.S. panel of CULCON (Joint Committee on United States-Japan Cultural and Educational Interchange). He was Chairman of the Mori Art Museum Best Friends, a member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Tokyo Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Fukushima has been honored with several awards including the “Excellence 2000” Award from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1999 and the “Person of the Year” Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society in 2008.

Community Award

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights agencies and is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all.

Over the last century, ADL has gained prominence by authoring the hate crimes laws adopted in most states and federally, and by joining virtually every major civil rights case since Brown v. Board of Education. Since 9/11 and the creation of ADL’s Center on Extremism, ADL has become the leading non-governmental agency training law enforcement on extremism and hate groups. ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ® Institute provides training in schools to address and reverse bigotry, bullying, and cyber-hate. In our community, ADL has taken a leadership role in outreach to minority communities and on LGBT and immigrant rights.

In 2006, ADL’s Pacific Southwest Region founded the Asian Jewish Initiative as a partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. The Initiative brings together members of the business, civic, academic and interfaith communities to engage in a variety of innovative programs and activities that include political, social, religious and cultural components. The Initiative’s mission is: “to advance alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities in Los Angeles through constructive dialogue and exploration of common ground; to empower and enrich both communities; and to foster a positive environment for open and frank discussion about topics of mutual concern.”

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

Dr. Lori Adrian has been an educational leader for over twenty years and became the sixth president of Coastline Community College in 2010. She has promoted leadership development and led the college through financially challenging times in an atmosphere of inclusiveness, mutual respect, open and transparent communication. She is sharply focused on student success and the practice of a “students first” philosophy.

Prior to joining Coastline, she served as the vice president of student services at Skyline College in the Bay Area from 2005-2010. From November 1992-August 2005, Dr. Adrian worked as dean of student affairs, interim dean of student development and matriculation, and acting vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College.

Dr. Adrian is active in local and national professional organizations. She is on the Board of Directors of the OC Workforce Investment Board, Coastline Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Le-Jao Advisory Council. She is the President of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) National Asian Pacific Islander Council and serves on AACC’s Research/Technology/Emerging Trends Commission and Council of Affiliated Councils. She is also active on Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund and supports the leadership development of educators from diverse backgrounds as a mentor, speaker and leadership coach.

2013 LEAP Leadership Awards Gala

LEAP celebrated its 31st of “Growing Leaders” at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, July 25, 2013, where James Y. Ryu, O. Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Alan and Joanne Kumamoto, and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund were honored for their continued commitment, successes and contributions to the API community through leadership.

The gala began with a general reception where LEAP supporters and alumni were able to reconnect, network, and bid on Silent Auction items. The C3Trio played beautifully as the attendees awaited the start of the program. As Thelma Kailiwai, LEAP’s Board Chair, welcomed the audience, she also speake on the lack of API representation across the public, private, and non-profit sectors—a problem that LEAP continually strives to combat through the development and implementation of community forums and leadership programs.

The night continued forward with a welcome speech presented by LEAP’s President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. Linda discussed challenges and expectations; sharing her experiences being in the role with a few refreshing “A-HA” moments. She delivered a thought-provoking speech, expressing the need for the community to step up and “do something” about the serious lack of API representation in the highest levels of leadership by mentoring, sponsoring, and promoting the development of diverse leaders in all sectors. This is when she announced the development of two new programs that LEAP was developing. The first, A+: An Association of Asian Corporate Directors, is specifically for API Directors who sit on the boards of Fortune 500 companies. The second, is a nonprofit leadership program specifically for API women executive directors.

After inspiring remarks from the leadership of the organization, the honorees had their turn. Each honoree was recognized for the amazing work they do and the night closed with heartwarming remarks from long time LEAP supporters Joanne and Alan Kumamoto.

Below is more information about the honorees.

Individual Awards

Joanne and Alan Kumamoto
Principals of the Los Angeles-based Kumamoto Associates, Joanne and Alan have provided management, marketing and communications services to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations. They are recipients of the coveted National Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Award for creating a multi-ethnic outreach campaign on behalf of the National Marrow Donor Program for Asian Pacific Americans and Native Americans. In addition, their collaboration with the State Library Partnerships for Change led to the implementation of a statewide program that was adopted into the California State University Library School curriculum. Next November, they will be honored by the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles for their efforts as Citizen Diplomats.

Together and as individuals, the Kumamotos generously lend their time and expertise to numerous boards and committees. Alan helped develop the Center for Nonprofit Management, serving as its President and Executive Director and assisted with the formation of the University of Southern California Asian Pacific Alumni Association. Joanne has worked extensively with new and emerging Asian and Pacific Islander communities and is recipient of American Women for International Understanding’s 2012 Bernice Behrens Founders Award. Among their many community affiliations include the Little Tokyo Community Council, CORO Foundation, Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Los Angeles County Library Foundation, National Council for International Visitors, Fulfillment Fund, and Little Tokyo Business Association.

James Y. Ryu
James Ryu is the publisher of KoreAm and Audrey magazines. KoreAm began in April 1990 when James teamed up with his father, Jung, to launch an English-language monthly for the rapidly expanding Korean immigrant community in Los Angeles. Together, their mission for KoreAm was to have quality coverage of both cutting-edge issues affecting the struggling community and the noteworthy achievements of Korean descendants. In March 2003, James launched another magazine, Audrey, named after his daughter. This magazine is a celebrity-driven premium lifestyle magazine that focuses on the latest fashion, beauty, health, dining and home decor trends for Asian American women. With Audrey and KoreAm, James is planning to build a viable Asian American publishing house and continues to explore new projects.

KoreAm, now based in Gardena, CA, claims more than 50,000 readers and is the most widely circulated independent English-language publication focusing on Korean America. James and KoreAm have won numerous awards including: the Pioneer Award from the Korean American Coalition (KAC)-Washington and KAC-Orange County, Many journalism awards from New America Media, the PACE Setter Award from the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE), a Community Service Award from the Korean American Bar Association-Los Angeles and KAC-San Francisco, a nomination for the GLAAD Media Award and the APA Community Award from California State Assemblymember Ted Lieu.

Community Award

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization. Founded as the SIkh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, they empower Sikh Americans through advocacy, education and media relations.

SALDEF’s mission is to protect the civil rights of Sikh Americans and ensure a fostering environment in the United States for future generations.

SALDEFs vision is to create an America where:
• Sikh Americans are recognized and respected as an integral part of American society
• Sikh Americans take a leadership role in shaping public policy and strengthening civil rights for all Americans
• Sikh Americans are represented at the highest levels of government and in the media.

Their national office is located in Washington, DC.

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

O. Fahina Tavake-Pasi
O. Fahina Tavake-Pasi has been the Exectutive Director of the National Tongan American Society (NTAS) since November 2003. Her leadership took NTAS from an all-volunteer nonprofit, running an annual festival for nine years, to an organization impacting thousands of Pacific Islanders (PIs) residing in Utah. Under her leadership, an efficient staff and hundreds of volunteers successfully implement programs which include health education and programs, benefits enrollment, community wellness coaches, weekly bilingual radio show, immigration assistance, scholarships, translation and cultural promotion programs, etc. Her main interest centers around decreasing health disparities within the PI community.

Currently, Fahina co-chairs the Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VIII), serves as secretary for the international Tongan Research Association, and sits on Utah’s Governor’s MLK Commission. Fahina has partnered with Utah Department of Health and University of Utah to successfully implement several PI specific researches. In addition, she represents the PI community on a rare community-campus-partnership called the Community Faces of Utah, which impacts five different underserved ethnic groups of Utah. Among her awards, are the Governor’s Women’s Achievement of the Year Award, Leadership Award from Salt Lake Community Action Program and in December 2012, NTAS received the Organization of the Year Award from OCA-Utah.

2013 Gala Sponsors

VIP Reception Sponsor
Toyota Financial Services

President Sponsor 
The Coca-Cola Company
Diversity Inc.
Kailiwai Family
Prudential Financial 
United Parcel Service

Executive Sponsor
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Corporate Sponsor
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Comcast / NBC Universal
General Motors
Hewlett-Packard Company
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Southern California Edison
Southwest Airlines

Wells Fargo Foundation

LEAP Friend
Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE)
Bradley Cooper
Kumamoto Associates (2)
Loyola High School
Margaret Ashida (2)
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLC
Nikkei Women Legacy Association
Pauline Barclay
SWL Associates
Ten Advertising
Thelma Kailiwai
Union Bank

2012 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award winner Maggie Mui and LEAP Board President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa
Members of Community Award Winner, Hui O Hana Pono and honoree JD Hokoyama
Honorees JD Hokoyama and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang

LEAP celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Over 500 people attended this year's gala, where JD Hokoyama, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, Maggie Mui, and Hui O Hana Pono were honored. 

Prior to the gala, LEAP held two events, the LEAP Annual Contributor Special Event hosted by Prudential Financial and the VIP Reception hosted by Toyota Financial Services. The special event, Breaking Through: Advancing API Representation in Top Leadership Roles in the Fortune 500, consisted of a panel discussion with Willie Chiang (Executive Vice President of Operations, Occidental Petroleum), Ilene H. Lang (President and CEO, Catalyst), Glenn Llopis, (Founder and CEO, Center for Hispanic Leadership), and Deborah M. Soon (Senior Vice President, Strategy and Marketing, Catalyst). The VIP reception gave people an opportunity to mingle with the honorees and other leaders within the API community.

The gala program began with welcoming speeches from LEAP Board Chair, Margaret Ashida, LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa, and the LEAP 30th Anniversary Leadership Awards Gala Dinner Committee Chair, David Lin.  David Ono (ABC7) was the emcee for the evening and the Choi Trio, made up of Alex (14), Kevin (11) and Katherine (11), performed the national anthem and provided classical dinner music for our guests.

As part of the program, Bryan Jung (Leadership In Action, 2003) took over the emcee duties in order to facilitate this year's Bid for Empowerment.  The Bid for Empowerment raised money for LEAP's various community programs including the Executive Directors Leadership Program for nonprofit executive directors, the Emerging Leaders Program for nonprofit senior staff, and the Leadership In Action summer internship program.  This year, LEAP entered each donor's name into an opportunity drawing for two free roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines.  Three alumni spoke about their experiences and the impact that LEAP had on them:  Diep Vuong (Executive Director Leadership Program 2011), Nikki Modi (Emerging Leaders Program 2011) and Lance Kanamori (Leadership In Action, 2010).  The bidding began at $1,000, but the Wells Fargo Foundation quickly stood up and pledged $5,000 after hearing the testimonials.  The room was buzzing with energy and the bidding frenzy ultimately raised over $25,000 for the 2013 community programs. 

During dinner, the room came to life as people mingled, networked, and offered their congratulations to the honorees.  As the second half of the program began, everyone intently listened as each honoree was acknowledged for their accomplishment within the community  and presented with their awards.  The evening ended with Kim Delevett, from Southwest Airlines, drawing the winner of the Bid for Empowerment Opportunity Drawing.  As fate would have it, the winner was a LEAP honoree, David Cooper from Hui O Hana Pono.  In the spirit of the evening, he donated the tickets back to LEAP in hopes that we could use them for one of our community programs.

It was an amazing evening and we are looking forward the 2013 gala next July 25th!
Read Olivia Ouyang’s article about the Gala on AudreyMagazine.com


Honoree Bios
Individual Honorees

JD Hokoyama

J.D. Hokoyama retired as the President and CEO and founding Board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. in October 2011 after 30 years with LEAP. His decades long career includes serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, teaching English at Daniel Murphy High School and at Loyola High School, working as the Principal of Maryknoll Elementary School, and opening the Office of Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) at the University of Southern California as the first director. He is now a consultant specializing in leadership training, coaching and mentoring, board governance and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and the Asian & Pacific Islander community.

Nguyen Dinh Thang, PhD

Since arriving in the United States as a refugee from Vietnam in 1979, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang has dedicated his life to rescue and relief efforts during and after emergencies and crises, as well as addressing crises on the open seas and in refugee camps. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Thang established a relief operation for Vietnamese and other Asian evacuees from the Gulf Coast. Under his leadership, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a Vietnamese-American non-profit organization, became a part of Katrina Aid Today, a coalition of nine national disaster relief agencies. He also coordinated the expansion of BPSOS' relief and recover operation across the country and several Asian countries. In 1995 he launched an advocacy campaign that resulted in the resettlement of over 18,000 former boat people from Vietnam to the US. He has also participated in After the Crisis, an initiative to develop a national model for mental health care for natural and human-made disaster victims.

Dr. Thang is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an MS degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous commendations for his dedication to Vietnamese communities and rescue and relief efforts, including Community Service Award from National Congress of Vietnamese Americans in 2008 and Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award from OCA in 2010.

Community Award

Hui O Hana Pono

Founded by David EK Cooper in 2003, Hui O Hana Pono (HOHP) is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Hawaii and certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) with a mission of improving the lives of Native Hawaiians by: Helping them to help themselves through education, leadership, job opportunities, environmental stewardship, cultural preservation, arts and community service; Creating economic opportunities for Native Hawaiian-owned businesses; Developing economic leadership opportunities for Native Hawaiians; and Promoting Native Hawaiian values as universal values. In line with this mission, HOHP has placed a great emphasis on creating economic opportunities for Native Hawaiians through employment.

Today, there are five companies in the HOHP 'ohana', including The Hana Group, Hana Industries, HBC Management Services, Haka Incorporated and Hana Technologies and Systems. Since 2005, HOHP has contributed to various organizations in support of Native Hawaiians, such as Pacific American Foundation, Kaumakapili Church, Bishop Museum, Lunalilo Home, Waianae Coast Healthcare, Helping Hands, and Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Art. They have also participated and contributed to various community organizations across the mainland. With employees in Hawaii, Guam and across the nation, HOHP has employed more than 150 Native Hawaiians, 75 Pacific Islanders and continues to provide opportunities for Native Hawaiians through employment and mentorship programs within their companies. The Executive leaders of HOHP and its companies are all Native Hawaiians.

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

Maggie Mui

In 2009, Maggie Y. Mui was honored with the 2009 National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award and was also named among the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business. As the Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Diverse Segments at Wells Fargo, she is responsible for developing their market share in diverse segments in the San Francisco Region, primarily focusing on the prominent Asian community. In her previous position as Director of Specialized Solutions, she led small business, consumer credit and investment, acquisition, cross-sell, and retention initiatives for the San Francisco Bay Area region. A 22-year-veteran of Wells Fargo, Mui was most recently Regional President for the San Francisco market.

Throughout her tenure with Wells Fargo, she has established relationships with various Asian business organizations as well as key civic leaders. She will partner with Business Banking, Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, International Banking and Mortgage Banking to acquire new customers and gain market share in the growing segment of the Asian community. Mui is also an active member in the community, serving on the Board of Directors at several establishments, including the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, SFMade, Asian Business League of San Francisco and Chinese Culture Foundation. In Wells Fargo, she has developed a number of community-oriented projects such as the launch of in-language advertising campaigns and development programs for Mandarin and Cantonese speaking small business owners.


2011 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

LEAP's 2011 Leadership Awards Dinner Honorees  L to R:  JD Hokoyama (LEAP Founder), Neil Horikoshi (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund), Jacinta Titialii-Abbott, Esq.(Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund), Daphne Kwok, Vishakha Desai, Ph.D., Victoria Tung, S.K. Gupta, Margaret Ashida (LEAP Board Chair)


LEAP held its 2011 annual Leadership Awards dinner on July 21st at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The event garnered nearly 400 attendees and raised over $200,000. During the awards dinner, LEAP showcased the first ever Bid For Empowerment, a live auction dedicated to raise money for the Leadership in Action Program. This year, LEAP had the privilege of honoring the following leaders and organization for their success and contribution to the Asian and Pacific Islander Communities:
Honorees – Individuals

  • Vishakha Desai, President & CEO, Asia Society
  • S.K. Gupta, Former Vice President, Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • Daphne Kwok, Chair, Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award

  • Victoria Tung, Associate Director, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Community Award

  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Washington D.C.

The evening also announced the appointment of Linda Akutagawa to President/CEO of LEAP. Akutagawa will succeed J.D. Hokoyama who will retire in November 2011. Please stay posted for further details for Mr. Hokoyama's Retirement Roast.

2010 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

The LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. California State Controller John Chiang kicked off the night with an interesting and informative speech, in which he addressed LEAP Board Members, Corporate Annual Sponsors, and Leadership in Action (LIA) Interns. Simultaneously, the Silent Auction – which debuted an online component this year – drew in hundreds of generous guests, bidding on everything from a 4-night Escape to Cancun, Mexico, to a deluxe-sized King’s Hawaiian gift basket.

David Ono, of ABC7 Eyewitness News, actively hosted the night’s dinner. The night’s Honorees were selected for their leadership accomplishments, as individuals and as organizations, in contributing to the empowerment of the Asian Pacific Islander community. Individual Honorees included Dado Banatao, renowned philanthropist and Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital; Honorable John Chiang, California State Controller; and Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO of IW Group, Inc.
The recipient of the David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award was Sou-Wong Lee, Enterprise Change Leader and Six Sigma Expert at Raytheon. And, the Community Award was granted to Executive Director Tuyet Le, on behalf of her organization, the Asian American Institute (Chicago, Illinois).


2010 Honorees
LEAP's 2010 Leadership Awards Dinner Honorees  L to R:  JD Hokoyama (LEAP Founder), Hon. John Chiang, Sou Wong-Lee, Dado Banatao, Tuyet Le (Asian American Initiative), Bill Imada, Margaret Ashida (LEAP Board Chair)

2009 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

25th Anniversary LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

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