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Leadership from every angle. 

Find your leadership potential with a wide variety of different skill- and awareness-building classes and presentations. Address the influence of perceptions, behaviors, and values on personal effectiveness, and gain a clearer understanding of Asian and Pacific Islander communities, cultures, and issues. 

Our full or half day workshops and one hour presentations are offered year-round on- or off-site. If you don’t see a workshop listed that addresses your organization’s needs, we would be happy to work with you to create a solution with you. Nonprofit rates are available for qualified community and student organizations interested in hosting a workshop.
 

FOR inquiries,
PLEASE CONTACT:

Nancy Yap
Director of Development
(213) 485-1422 x4119
nyap@leap.org

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Leadership Workshops

Art of Confrontation

Have you ever had to confront others for bad behavior, or missed expectations? These conversations can become emotionally charged and end up damaging a relationship, with no guarantee of actually solving the problem. In this workshop, learn how to deal with these scenarios in a way that gets results, strengthens your relationships, and establishes you as a leader.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Assertiveness Training

Do you hate to “make waves?” Are you succeeding in making yourself heard? Asian and Pacific Islanders who do top-notch work sometimes find themselves being overlooked because they do not assert themselves in the same ways as other employees. This workshop tackles possible reasons for these problems and offers practical ways to get the recognition they deserve.

Length: 45-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Bridging The Gap: Understanding Asian and Pacific Islanders

A comprehensive primer on Asian and Pacific Islanders—who are we, what is our history in the United States, what are the issues facing our communities, how are we perceived and misperceived by others, and how does our culture influence behavior. Using a multifaceted approach that examines history, demographics, diversity, community issues, stereotypes and culture, you’ll get what it means to be “Asian or Pacific Islander.”

Length: 45-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs)

Build Your Personal Brand: Marketing and Managing You

When people hear your name, what comes to mind for them? If you were a product, how would you market yourself? In an increasingly competitive workplace, you can use branding strategies to grab the attention of managers and colleagues and boost your career marketability. Through this session, you’ll explore the definition of branding; discuss strategies for personal branding; and gain insights into first impressions. You’ll develop a personal branding action plan so you can be deliberate and intentional about developing and communicating your personal brand.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Closing the Confidence Gap

Now more than ever, Asian Americans are accomplishing more professionally, economically, educationally and socially. Yet many Asian Americans continue to be overlooked or passed over for leadership roles or interesting and high profile projects. Others—despite achieving visible leadership roles—confess to feeling like a fraud, an imposter. Their fear is that they will be uncovered as such, despite high levels of education, knowledge and leadership skills. What does this mean for us—our confidence, our careers, our future? Join us for an interactive discussion on the confidence gap and an exploration of the strategies, tactics, and actions that you can adopt, hone or use personally and professionally.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

The Coach Approach

An article titled “You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach” in Harvard Business Review states that according to recent research, “the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones is coaching.” Traditional leadership styles have been to tell employees what to do and to motivate through the carrot and stick. Research in neuroscience shows that when employees have their own insights and feel a sense of autonomy, they will be more engaged in their work. This workshop covers the Conversation Essentials adapted from Conversational Intelligence™ Coaching.

Length: 1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Developing Group Facilitation Skills

Facilitation skills have become highly valued by organizations that need leaders, managers, individual contributors, consultants and trainers to help groups become more effective in their work and processes. Many organizations realize that the set of skills an effective facilitator has are the same skills leaders and others need when they work with groups. In other words, facilitation skills are becoming a core competency for leaders, managers and others who work with groups and teams. This workshop explores the theory and practice of facilitation and addresses two key questions: “What do I say and do in a particular situation?” and “What are the underlying principles that explain why I say and do this?” We also introduce participants to group theory and diagnosing behavior in groups.

Length: 2-4 hours workshop

Effective Meetings

Provide tools, techniques and information to effectively participate and lead productive meetings.

Length: 1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Effective Work and Communication Styles

We all have different preferences when it comes to communicating and working with those around us. Greater awareness of your own work-style and communication preferences will help you to not only seek a better "fit" or alignment with the work or tasks you perform but with the people around you as well. Being more aware of the preferences of others will enable you to build better work and personal relationships, influence more "win-win" outcomes, and more effectively handle a broader range of potential conflict situations.

Length: 1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is one of the fastest growing professional communication tools that is used to tap into the wisdom and creativity of the "wise mind" (where the rational and emotional minds intersect). EQ is consciously choosing thoughts, feelings, and actions to get optimal results in all of your interactions. Increasing EQ skills equips leaders, managers, and individual contributors to improve listening skills, make better decisions, communicate more effectively, and build stronger relationships. EQ training taps into individual human potential and is a natural fit for leadership and diversity training as well as building skills in effective communication and conflict resolution.

Length: 1/2 day (4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Establishing Trust

We all have a need to belong that is considered by neuroscientists and psychologists to be more powerful than the need for physical safety and security. As we learn more about the neuroscience behind our social interactions, we are learning that these interactions cause us to either move towards or move away from others. By growing our mindset, we can shift and shape our relationships to achieve more productive, innovative, and co-creative results.

Length: 1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Getting Ahead: Skills for Career Success

Discover why some people climb the ladder to corporate success while others don’t. In this workshop, you will discover ways to help build your image, develop good relations with your boss, acquire power, and gain recognition. In addition, you will learn ways to promote yourself, find a mentor, and proactively manage your career.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Feedback serves as a compass in leading others. It provides vital information on you and others’ performance and results. With feedback, you can share precisely how they’re doing or not doing and what is expected to achieve desired results. Without feedback, you and your team may go in opposite directions, creating conflict and poor performance. In this workshop, you will learn and practice an easily applied feedback model that will enable you to offer and accept feedback in an objective, proactive, and constructive way.

Length: 1/2 day (4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Leading Change

Change is a challenge for businesses, organizations and teams, and that’s because change is challenging for individuals. There are many types of change: planned, unplanned, personal, personnel, policy, political—this is a vast topic to tackle. And, there’s a spectrum of change from resistance to acceptance. Regardless of the type of change, if you don’t address the emotional context of change, such as getting buy-in from the people who are most impacted and expected to execute it, it won’t happen very smoothly or at all.

Length: 2-3 hrs workshop

Leadership Through Philanthropy

Designed to address the needs of working professionals of color who are searching for ways to give back and get involved in the community, while developing leadership skills that can be brought to the workplace. Consisting of three ethnic-specific workshop modules for the Asian, Black and Hispanic communities, Leadership Through Philanthropy focuses on leadership from a cultural perspective, community history, demographics, diversity, issues, stereotypes, economic and philanthropic data, as well as culturally-specific definitions of community and shared cultural values.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Leading Cross-Office/Virtual Teams

Global teams are groups of people of different nationalities working interdependently on a common project across cultures and time zones for extended periods of time. Global teams, although much more challenging to build and manage, are becoming the key strength of organizations. Through this session, you’ll focus on anticipating and preparing for the challenges and opportunities faced in global team experiences, such as managing virtual live meetings to foster engagement that results in actionable next steps.

Length: 1/2 day (4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Managing the Asian American Career

A successful career does not just happen, it requires thoughtful planning. Using a framework, which draws upon your values, beliefs and attitudes, to examines your current career plan, you’ll be led through a process to assess your desired career and life goals, needs, preferences and choices in the context of today’s workplace and help you develop a career/life plan that leverages your strengths and values in support of your personal & career vision.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-8 hrs) workshop

Navigating Organizational Dynamics

Success within an organization by and large depends on knowing, recognizing, and understanding the rules of conduct, behaviors, customs and practices within an organization, a department, a team or project. Through this interactive session, participants will engage in a simulation, which will focus on the importance of communication and understanding the role of individual and organizational culture in our communication effectiveness. Team members will be able to apply the learnings and skills to their own situations.

Length: 1/2 day (4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

The Power of Networking

Networking is an often used and misused word. At its worst, it conjures images of someone trying to shake hands and exchange business cards with as many people as possible. At its best, it is a meaningful introduction that develops into an authentic relationship. The purpose of this workshop is to expand our definition of networking and develop an understanding of how our Asian cultural values impact our attitudes and effectiveness toward networking. You will define goals and strategies and develop a networking action plan, and most importantly, authentically build relationships with people.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Public Speaking

Why can one person deliver a message in front of a crowd with such impact and the next person deliver the same content and simply fall flat on their face? This action-packed program is designed for each participant to identify their personal communication style and the behaviors required to ensure that style comes across in every communication. Speaking tips, tricks, and techniques will give you the tools you need for immediate application in your communication engagements following the workshop.

Length: 1/2 day (4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Risk Taking: Making Changes Happen

Though often feared, taking risks is essential to personal and professional development. You’ll define risk taking, explore why people do or do not take risks, and discuss possible cultural influences on risk-taking. Through this practical, cultural-based workshop, Asian and Pacific Islanders will learn the strategies of how and when to use a risk-taking process model to think “out of the box” and go beyond your comfort zone.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop

Team Formation

As current and emerging leaders, it is important to reflect on our “team” experiences and continually strive to apply our learnings to each new experience. During the session, participants will discuss the characteristics of “dream” teams and teams from “hell.” The increased knowledge will be used to identify and explore the five stages of group development as a basis for understanding the stages of their new and current teams. A structure for successful meetings including techniques and tools for effective communication will be presented as a means for conducting productive team meetings and leading positive and winning teamwork.

Length: 2-3 hrs workshop

21st Century Leader

What is a leader? In this workshop, you are guided through an exploration of LEAP’s leadership framework based on a new leadership paradigm—one where you can keep your values and have the skills and ability to operate effectively in a diverse environment. You will discuss and assess: What is a leader? What are the characteristics of an effective leader? And how does one become a leader?

Length: 45-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Understanding the Asian American Workforce

Get the knowledge you need to be effective in today’s multicultural workplace. In the context of the tremendous growth and complexity of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the workforce, you are provided with an in-depth knowledge about the history, demographics, and diversity of this population. You’ll also learn about the cultural values, myths and stereotypes associated with Asian and Pacific Islanders and discuss the answers to frequently asked questions about APIs in the workplace.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop

Understanding Your Cultural Values

Do you ever wonder why you are the way you are? And why you do what you do? Is it your personality or style? Or could it be cultural differences? In this session, participants will explore the relationship between perceptions, behaviors, and values through discussions initiated by these questions: How do my values influence my behavior? How do others perceive me? What are my core values that most strongly influence me? You’ll learn techniques for managing perceptions and leveraging your core cultural values.

Length: 60-120 min presentation
1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop
1 day (6-7 hrs) workshop


Presentations

 

Asian and Pacific Islander Contributions to American History and Diversity

How have Asian and Pacific Islanders contributed to the growth and diversity of the U.S.? In this presentation, learn about API contributions to American history, science, politics, and culture. Also learn how API achievements have played a role in growth of this country.

Length: 30 – 75 min presentation


Simulations

LEAP trainers are certified to deliver the following simulations through Eagle’s Flight.

 

Promises, Promises!™

Promises, Promises!™ places you in a situation that forces you to confront the pressures and obstacles of interdependent teams and demonstrates the strong relationship between quality communication and quality results. You’ll understand the relationship between different roles, people, departments, locations, teams or areas within an organization. To meet your goals, all teams must get the right resources to the right people according to their needs and deadlines. You’ll walk away understanding that everyone within an organization is a supplier and a customer.

Length: 1/2 day (3-4 hrs) workshop depending on length of debrief

Gold of the Desert Kings®

Gold of the Desert Kings® addresses the issue of effort versus productivity. You are placed in circumstances with limited time and resources and must rely on your team to achieve your goals. Without upfront planning and effective use of information, teams spend most of their time "fighting fires" instead of achieving productive outcomes. You’ll contend with deadlines, a perceived lack of resources, others’ points of view, and the pressure to just do something while trying to accomplish team objectives.

Length: 3-5 hrs workshop depending on length of debrief


 

for high school students

Tailored specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander high school students between the ages of 15-18, LEAP's High School workshops topics that help students increase their self-awareness and build leadership skills that will prepare them for their careers. These workshops enable youth to more accurately portray themselves in college and scholarship applications, interviews, resumes, and at networking opportunities. 

Participants in the workshops will be able to…

  • Explore leadership strengths and areas for development

  • Learn to expand and use multiple tools as a leader

  • Discover ways to make memorable impressions on college and scholarship applications, at interviews, and in networking opportunities.

Workshops are offered nationally and in partnership with various organizations. If you are interested in partnering with LEAP, please contact us at nyap@leap.org.

Values-Based Leadership

  • Discussing and breaking down stereotypes and assumptions about leadership
  • Exploring leadership strengths and areas for development
  • Understanding LEAP’s leadership framework

Understanding Your Cultural Values

  • Exploring and articulating personal, family, and community values
  • Discussing outside perceptions of values and possible conflicts
  • Learning to expand and use multiple tools as a leader

Keeping It Real

  • Utilizing tools to help present themselves
  • Exploring ways to make memorable impressions on essays, at interviews, and in networking situations

Know your Roots: An API Timeline

  • Learning about the history of APIs in America
  • Sharing personal histories and how they are influenced by major events

API Speaks

  • Watching a series of videos where college students give advice to their younger selves.
  • Discussing expectations and questions about attending college

Getting In 1, 2, 3 (College)

  • Creating action plan for college applications and scholarships
  • Exploring best practices for letters of recommendation and references
  • Discussing how to select the college that fits best
 

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For Inquiries,
please contact:

Nancy Yap
Director of Development
(213) 485-1422 x4119
nyap@leap.org

 

LEAP has conducted more than 2,500 workshops for corporate, community, student, and government audiences nationwide, reaching over 125,000 people. Today, LEAP is the only organization to offer a wide range of workshops for Asian and Pacific Islanders, as well as general audiences.