2017 LEAP 35th Anniversary Celebration Recap

If you missed our 35th Anniversary Celebration last Thursday, July 20, we have the next best thing for you: The Dream Big Recap. All the highlights from our evening together are captured right here. If you attended, this recap will take you back to the delicious food, the band, the good times, and good friends.

As LEAP strives to “Uncap Talent” in organizations and communities nationwide, we intend to stay grounded in the communities and businesses that are our foundation.  This event embodied all the different aspects of the organization, from its past to its future.  
 
Thank you to Little Tokyo for being our home.
Thank you to our honorees for paving the way.
Thank you to our friends for Dreaming Big with us.

 

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2016 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner Recap

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics celebrated 34 years of “Growing Leaders” and to honor the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations that exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.

Over 325 guests attended the event, enjoying an evening that included a silent auction, dinner, and networking opportunities.  The gala program began with welcoming speeches from LEAP Board Chair, Kenneth Chung, and LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. This year's gala fundraised an amazing amount of over $45,000 during the Bid For Empowerment, an auction to raise money for LEAP's community programs.

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2015 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner Recap + Photos

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics celebrated 33 years of “Growing Leaders” and to honor the leadership and accomplishments of individuals and organizations that exemplify LEAP’s mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Over 325 guests attended the event, enjoying an evening that included a silent auction, dinner, and networking opportunities.  The gala program began with welcoming speeches from LEAP Board Chair, Kenneth Chung, and LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. David Ono, co-anchor at ABC7, was the emcee for the evening.

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2014 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

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More than 350 guests joined Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to celebrate LEAP’s 32 years of “Growing Leaders” and to honor 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. Guests were inspired by the honorees and enjoyed an entertaining evening with an auction, dinner, and much more. The gala program began with welcoming speeches from LEAP Board Chair, Thelma Kailiwai, and LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. David Ono, co-anchor at ABC7, was the emcee for the evening.

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2013 LEAP Leadership Awards Dinner

 

 

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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.

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