Reflections on the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program

On March 22, 2018, LEAP’s Emerging Leaders Program for nonprofit staff concluded in New York, NY. The ELP class, facilitators, coaches, trainers, funders, and LEAP friends celebrated the end of the program with a Graduation Dinner and Ceremony at China Blue. LEAP President and CEO Linda Akutagawa kicked off the dinner with a keynote speech to the ELP class on how to move forward as community leaders after the conclusion of the program. During the dinner, ELP participants shared personal stories about the program experience with the graduation guests, and each participant was presented with a plaque for their completion of the program.

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Announcing the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program Participants

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a three-part, six-month program 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 program provides 16 participants each year with an opportunity to receive 80 hours of leadership development training and 6 hours of executive coaching.

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We Stand with the DREAMers

Los Angeles, CA - LEAP, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to uncapping talent in the Asian and Pacific Islander community, is deeply disappointed with the announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)program. The end of this program will mean that over 800,000 young and talented people (DREAMers), many who are friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors, will be pushed back into the shadows, forcing them to abandon their dreams and depriving us all of their full potential.

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Congratulations to the Leadership In Action 2017 Interns!

The 2017 Leadership In Action (LIA) program kicked off on June 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. LIA is an eight-week paid summer internship program for college student leaders. The program provides participants with practical leadership skills, professional work experience, and the opportunity to work hands-on in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California. Throughout the summer, selected interns work at a partnering Southern California community-based organization for four days out of the week (Monday through Thursday) and spend one day (Friday) at LEAP to continue receiving leadership development. Additionally, the first week of LIA begins with five days of foundational leadership training and team building activities.

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2017 LEAP 35th Anniversary Celebration Recap

If you missed our 35th Anniversary Celebration 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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Reflections on the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program

On March 30, 2017, LEAP’s Emerging Leaders Program for nonprofit staff concluded in New York City. With a special keynote conversation with Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The seventeen participants of the 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program shared personal stories about their experience and received certificates amongst friends, funders, and trainers at China Blue over dinner.

Read on to hear from Mai Youa Moua, one of the alumni from this year’s program. She is the Assistant Program Director at Genesys Works in Minnesota.

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Emerging Leaders Program 2016-2017 Part 1 Success

LEAP kicked off its sixth Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a selective 6 month, 3-part program supporting and developing mid- to senior-level Asian and Pacific Islander leaders in nonprofit organizations. Selecting 17 exceptional leaders from diverse non-profit organizations across 9 states, LEAP brought together the 2016-2017 cohort in Los Angeles this past November to expand and strengthen their individual leadership skills for Part 1: The Learning Component.

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More Than a Round-trip Flight

As the Director of Development at Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of student leaders through Leadership In Action (LIA). LIA is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work hands-on in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community based organization in Southern California. Because of Southwest Airlines’ support of the program, LEAP has been able to provide travel for the out of state participants. In addition, LEAP also invites these participants to bring a guest to their program’s graduation.

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2016 Leadership Awards Celebration 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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Congratulations to the Leadership in Action 2016 Interns!

On August 5, 2016, LEAP completed its 19th Annual Leadership In Action (LIA) summer internship program. Leadership In Action is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work hands-on in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California. Selected interns are placed at their assigned community based organization for 4 days out of the week and 1 day at LEAP for leadership development. The graduation was held at the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), downtown Los Angeles. Intern supervisors, family, and friends attended the LIA graduation.

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Visibility & Voice: Importance of Leadership in Hollywood

When I was asked to write about leadership in entertainment from the Asian Pacific Islander perspective, I took some time to think about what I wanted to say and share.  I have worked for some of the most beloved and respected brands in the industry, I have learned and been mentored by the best, and I have fulfilled a number of childhood dreams.  All of this leads me to what I want to share here.

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