Asia Pacific Americans Corporate Survey Partner: Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

Since its founding in 1982, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a global, non-profit organization that has been intent on “growing leaders” within Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. When LEAP opened its doors 31 years ago, it had a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for API 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. Envisioned as a vehicle to develop leaders, LEAP, works to achieve full participation and equality for APIs through leadership, empowerment, and policy. LEAP recognizes that the need for API leadership has two separate but inextricably linked components: quantity and quality. Not only is there a need for greater numbers of API leaders, but these leaders also must be more effective if API communities are to thrive and become full participating members of our global society. Through the creation of culturally relevant workshops and programs, more than 125,000 people from colleges and universities, community and student organizations, federal and state government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies across North America and Asia have participated in over 2,500 leadership development programs, organizational development workshops, career management and diversity trainings.

Understanding that solid leadership development must be paired with solid research and analysis, LEAP has been publishing policy analyses on issues affecting the API community for the last 17 years as well as research on corporate, foundation and non-profit governance in order to understand the mechanism that creates successful models of API leadership representation.