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LEAP Advance

Leadership Development Program for Higher Education

LEAP Advance: Leadership Development Program for Higher Education is an intensive four-day experience that enhances the professional development of Asian and Pacific Islanders and prepares college/university administrators, faculty and staff to move into positions of greater visibility and influence. The program is held in partnership with Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE).

2019 Program Dates & Location

July 10-13, 2019

Kellogg West Conference Center - Cal Poly Pomona

Pomona, CA

2020 Program Dates & Location 

To be announced


Tuition covers materials, all meals, and a $100 non-refundable deposit.


$95 + tax per night in a single occupancy room
All participants are encouraged to stay at the conference location as the program does extend into the evening hours.


Please apply online and submit the following:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae.

  2. Personal statement regarding your desire to participate and what you hope to gain from the program (maximum of 2 pages).

  3. Letter of recommendation from the President, Chancellor, or Senior Administrator at your institution.


Ideal Participants

College/university administrators, faculty and staff of Asian or Pacific Islander descent.


“Being engaged with LEAP will expose you to opportunities that you may have never have thought of yourself.”

Henry Gee
Vice President, Student Services,
Rio Hondo College
LEAP ‘97


The only leadership training program from an API perspective in the U.S. that includes invaluable insights of successful API higher education leaders.


Program Highlights

  • In-depth interactions among participants and program faculty.

  • Hands-on workshops, mentoring and interactive dialogues.

  • Personalized leadership career plans.

  • Networking with participants, leading college and university presidents, faculty and senior administrators.

Who Participates?

Past participants include tenured professors, administrators and support staff from diverse disciplines such as science and engineering, student services and fiscal management. Among the program’s “alumni honor roll” are presidents, vice presidents, deans, faculty department chairs and program directors. To date, LEAP has graduated over 650 participants in this program, many of whom have been promoted to advanced leadership roles in higher education. 

For more information

Grace Toy
Sr. VP of Administration and CFO
213) 485-1422 x4117


testimonials by LEAP ADVANCE alumni

I would say that [the program] is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you should never miss. It’s not a conference—it’s an investment in yourself. The enriching program brings to light your strengths, cultural values and experiences as something to be proud of at your workplace. It’s about establishing meaning in your daily routine, prioritizing well-being personally and professionally and knowing that you have a supportive community behind you.

Regina Ip - 
LEAP ’15
Web Content and Social Media Manager, Community and Academic Relations
Santa Monica College


“I would say to go with an open heart and open mind because you will come out transformed. You think you're alone in your struggles, but you are not. You will meet people who will be there for you and encourage you because they want you to succeed. It is true what they say, you get what you give from this program. If you don't know what to do in your career path or if you feel stuck, this program will help open your mind to new possibilities and ideas that you never dreamed of.”

Annie Li
 - LEAP ’15
Counselor, Financial Aid
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


“Being able to click with a group of people who share some of your inner voices and thoughts is such a great comfort. Also, being able to witness so many leaders of my kind, I felt cognitively and emotionally empowered.”

Ying-Chiao Tsao, Ph.D. - LEAP ’11
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor,
Communicative Disorders Program
California State University, Fullerton


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