Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

Founded in 1982, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for AAPI communities to

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics

Founded in 1982, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for AAPI communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf. LEAP offers a wide range of programs designed to develop leadership skills, promote civic engagement, and address the unique challenges faced by AAPI communities. LEAP’s experience providing over 2,700 culturally relevant workshops and programs to more than 150,000 people across the nation indicates that challenges and roadblocks continue to exist for AAPIs and their climb into leadership. Guided by the philosophy: “Keep Your Values. Develop New Skills.®”, LEAP believes that Asian and Pacific Islanders can retain their culture, identity and values while developing new and vital skills that will enable them to be effective leaders in their organizations, their communities and the broader society. LEAP's advocacy efforts have also resulted in positive policy changes that promote diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for AAPIs. LEAP is currently the only Asian and Pacific Islander organization dedicated to cultivating a robust pipeline of leaders by encouraging individuals to assume leadership positions at work and in the community, and ultimately, become role models for future leaders.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1982, LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) is a national, nonprofit organization, with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy. It started with a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for AAPI communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf. LEAP offers a wide range of programs designed to develop leadership skills, promote civic engagement, and address the unique challenges faced by AAPI communities. LEAP’s experience providing over 2,700 culturally relevant workshops and programs to more than 150,000 people across the nation indicates that challenges and roadblocks continue to exist for AAPIs and their climb into leadership. Guided by the philosophy: “Keep Your Values. Develop New Skills.®”, LEAP believes that Asian and Pacific Islanders can retain their culture, identity and values while developing new and vital skills that will enable them to be effective leaders in their organizations, their communities and the broader society. LEAP's advocacy efforts have also resulted in positive policy changes that promote diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities for AAPIs. LEAP is currently the only Asian and Pacific Islander organization dedicated to cultivating a robust pipeline of leaders by encouraging individuals to assume leadership positions at work and in the community, and ultimately, become role models for future leaders.

organizational budget

3 MILLION - 4 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

District of Columbia • Maryland • Virginia

organizational budget

3 MILLION - 4 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

District of Columbia • Maryland • Virginia

The Issue:

LEAP’s work fits into the broader efforts and adds value to other AAPI organizations working to serve our community. LEAP is currently the only Asian and Pacific Islander organization dedicated to cultivating a robust pipeline of leaders by encouraging individuals to assume leadership positions at work and in the community, and ultimately, become role models for future leaders. Our focus on leadership development adds value to the community by preparing Asian and Pacific Islanders with the skills and knowledge to lead and assist the community. Our leadership programs address the gap in leadership representation within the community. Additionally, LEAP partners with other AAPI nonprofits within the Southern California region and nationally. Our collaboration and work with other organizations increases the impact and reach for the AAPI community. Since 2004, LEAP has collaborated with Deloitte, Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council, and Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility for the Alliance for Board Diversity Report. This report details the representation of women and minorities on public company boards of directors across America’s largest companies. Collaborating with other organizations on increasing representation of minorities in America adds value of advocating for change on a broader scale.

The Solution:

The challenges affecting Asian and Pacific Islanders that LEAP seeks to address is to increase AAPI representation in the workplace leadership across all sectors, and to empower and advance AAPI individuals and communities. Oftentimes, Asians and Pacific Islanders are seen as very effective workers, but lack strong leadership skills. LEAP works to address these issues by creating leadership development programs tailored specifically with a cultural lens to prepare AAPIs for workforce advancement. LEAP’s signature programs Exceed, Pathways, Advance, Impact, and workshop offerings have impacted over 150,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders. After LEAP’s signature programs, individuals feel empowered and have the skills necessary to be effective leaders in the workplace and the community. The context of the AAPI community and the challenges it faces have changed in the last five years. The global pandemic and the rise in anti-Asian hate has led LEAP to create programming and events with mental health and well-being in mind through the program, LEAP Connect. LEAP Connect’s free monthly events, and wellness and leadership retreat have been curated as culturally competent resources for the well-being of the AAPI community. Through LEAP Connect, thousands of AAPIs, and 40 AAPI women have obtained access to address these topics through mental health dialogues, trauma related workshops, and more. The demand for this community resource surpassed all expectations and proved that removing access to barriers for much needed mental health resources for AAPIs is valuable.

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