Applications for the 2015-2016 Emerging Leaders Program Now Open

A three-part, six-month program, the Emerging Leaders Program is designed to build nonprofit organizational capacity by developing Asian and Pacific Islander (API) staff for future and current leadership and management roles in nonprofit organizations as well as increasing the retention of APIs who are committed to working in the nonprofit sector. 

The Emerging Leaders Program curriculum will help mid-senior nonprofit staff and managers guide their organizations to new heights of growth, sustainability, accountability, and effectiveness. ELP is a cohort-based program centered around LEAP's 21st Century Leadership Framework. ELP provides participants with:

  • Safe, supportive and tailored learning environment which focuses on API professional and leadership development from a culturally relevant and culturally sensitive perspective
  • Six sessions of one-on-one executive coaching
  • Peer network of other API nonprofit staff and managers willing to share successes challenges and best practices
  • Opportunity to examine real world nonprofit issues in a spirit of confidentiality and engagement with colleagues who face similar challenges.
  • Social networking opportunities with experienced nonprofit management staff and grantmakers

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is intended to develop competencies that are critical for building strong nonprofit organizations and to provide a generation of talented and committed nonprofit staff with peer learning and support in order to be successful in their positions. API mid- to senior-level staff and managers will focus on the most urgent needs for their roles to be more efficient, effective, and energized staff and managers: staff relations, managing resources, mission-driven focus, work/life balance and working up, down and across.


A cohort of mid- to senior-level staff from nonprofits across the nation will enroll in an intensive program with the following components:

PART I: In-Person Convening

December 7-11, 2015 | Pomona, CA

The In-Person Convening will consist of a 5-day gathering to build participants’ basic leadership skills, engage in experiential learning, leadership simulations and interactive problem-solving, as well as provide action-planning, and networking with seasoned community leaders.

PART II: Executive Coaching

One-on-one coaching over 6 months

One-on-one executive coaching will be made available to each participant to help with their leadership and professional development goals regarding their self-identified adaptive organizational challenge. Coaches will be matched with participants based on interest and need.

PART III: Final Cohort Gathering

March 15-17, 2016 | New York, NY

The Final Cohort Gathering will be a 3-day reconvening that will give participants the chance not only to reflect upon their growth and development, but also to assess their progress, reconnect with their colleagues, and receive more skill-building, small-group, and action planning sessions. To encourage and support a network of next generation API nonprofit leaders, the last in-person seminar will be a celebration of accomplishments and an opportunity to deepen the new relationships among the cohort.

*Participants must commit to attending all 3 sessions in order to be accepted into the program. 



Mid- to senior level nonprofit staff and managers looking to enhance or further develop their leadership skills. Participants do not have to work in an Asian or Pacific Islander organization.


TUITION - Sliding scale based on organization size and budget:
Fee A: $499,999 or less -  $500
Fee B: $500,000 – $999,999 - $600
Fee C: $1,000,000 – $2,999,999 -  $750
Fee D: $3,000,000+ -  $1,000

Tuition will include materials, meals, round-trip airfare from home city to Pomona (Part 1) and New York (Part 3), shared lodging for Parts 1 & 3, and executive coaching sessions.


Interested applicants must apply online and submit the following items to complete for consideration:

  • Online Application (Download a preview of all application questions here​. This downloadable preview is for review purposes only and is not intended for submission.)
  • Completed Endorsement Form from your Executive Director (AVAILABLE: Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Download the form here.)
  • Application Essays
  • Resume


 Emerging Leaders Program is sponsored by:










Southwest is the official airline of the Emerging Leaders Program. 


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