Dear Friend, Happy Year of the Snake! 2013 has already been an eventful year for API leadership. From Kevin Tsujihara being named CEO of Warner Bros.

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Dear Friend,

Happy Year of the Snake! 2013 has already been an eventful year for API leadership. From Kevin Tsujihara being named CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment and becoming the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio to Energy Secretary Steven Chu being named the State of the Union "designated survivor", APIs appear to be gaining some momentum in visible positions of leadership. We are hoping that our upcoming report on the 2012 API Board Representation on Fortune 500 Boards will show an increase in API representation at the highest levels of leadership within the Fortune 500. This report will be released at the end of February / early March, so keep an eye out for it!

We also encourage you to continue to show support and love for your community. (Even after Valentines Day!) LEAP is currently running a crowd funding campaign to raise money for community workshops. Each year we provide a number of pro bono and discounted workshops for nonprofit organizations across the country. Every donation will help us provide one more workshop for high school youth and under served API communities. The video stars our 2012 LEAP Honoree, Nguyen Dinh Thang, and LEAP President and CEO, Linda Akutagawa. Visit to donate today!

In addition, we have several new sponsors and various leadership training opportunities for all ages. Please continue to read on for more details.

LEAP Staff


1. Thank you to our Sponsors! (Walmart, General Motors, and Phillips 66)

LEAP would like to thank Walmart for their support of the Executive Directors Leadership Program! The Executive Directors Leadership Program (EDLP) is a three part, six-month program designed to give Executive Directors the knowledge, skills, and support they need to effectively lead, manage and move their organizations forward.

In addition, The Walmart Foundation is currently providing free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance to eligible Americans nationwide through Since 2009, Walmart and its partners have helped 4.5 million families claim nearly $6 billion in tax refunds, tax credits and tax preparer fee savings through MyFreeTaxes. Visit to see if you are eligible for assistance.


LEAP would also like to thank General Motors for their support! With their support, we will be able to redesign our website. Our friends and supporters will be the first to know when the new site is ready!

In addition, General Motors has an exciting scholarship opportunity for high school seniors and current college undergraduates, The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. ( This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, will award up to $25,000 per year for 100 students (renewable for 4 years and $100,000) and $2,000 one-time awards for 1,000 students.

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Finally, LEAP would like to thank Phillips66 for supporting our mission and our programs. Their support will help us to continue providing high quality programs for all of our participants!


2. Register today for our corporate leadership program, Path to Professional Success!

Hosted by Kimberly-Clark Corporation

(March 5-7, 2013 / Roswell, GA)

The Path to Professional Success (PPS) is a 3-day program for companies seeking to increase the success of their Asian and Pacific Islander staff. The program provides API employees with the concepts, tools, and practices to be "high-value" members of the organization, working together in partnership with their company to achieve business and professional success. It explores the responsibilities and challenges of the workplace and helps participants develop their own paths to leadership positions.

To register, visit :

If you have questions regarding this program, feel free to contact Linda Akutagawa at

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a proud host of the Path to Professional Success program.


3. Applications for the Leadership In Action paid summer internship program due March 12, 2013.

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Leadership in Action (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 in Southern California.

Approaching its 16th year, the program takes learning beyond the classroom, and places the student interns in a range of API community based organizations in order to gain real-life experience working at nonprofits.

The intern will be paid $2,500 for the eight-week internship.

Applications are due March 12, 2013. For more information visit: or contact Nancy Yap at

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NISSAN is a proud sponsor of the Leadership In Action program.


4. Registration now open for the 2013 Leadership Development Program for Higher Education.


(July 10-13, 2013 / Pomona, CA)

An intensive 4-day experience, the Leadership Development Program in Higher Education (LDPHE) enhances the professional development of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) and prepares college/university administrators, faculty, and staff to move into leadership positions and to take on positions of greater visibility and influence on their campuses.

To register, see video testimonials, or for more information visit:

5. Other LEAP Supported Events.

A. International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Youth Leadership Training Program for high school students. Presented by LEAP (March 16, 2013 / Alhambra, CA)

This workshop is intended for the students from the age of 15-20, who are interested in becoming a 21st century leader. In this Leadership Training Program, students will participate in an interactive training session sponsored by the “LEAP”, the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics. To register or for more information visit:

B. Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD) Driving Innovation through Inclusion Symposium. LEAP is a sponsoring organization. (March 22, 2013 / Los Angeles, CA)

This symposium will bring together influential leaders from Japan and the U.S. to share their insights into business advantages gained through the execution of the "Diversity & Inclusion" strategy, and to offer the skills required to be successful 21st century innovative leaders. To register or for more information visit:

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