from Betty Kagoro – I’m still here!

Reflections from Betty Kagoro – I’m still here!

In 2009–nearly nine years ago!–I came to Seattle as an International Fellow. It was my first time in the United States and it opened the widest doors and windows that I could ever imagine! I established networks, learned new skills but most importantly, I began a journey of self-discovery. I discovered my passions, my strengths and my weaknesses and how to nurture them. Through the Fellowship, my leadership potential was. from Paul Samba

Greetings from Paul Samba

Dear brothers and sisters, I am a 2009 iLEAP fellow from Zambia. I have spent 20 years of my life working in rural Zambia doing development work as Director of Chipembi College of Agriculture. My work was mostly teaching agricultural skills to the youths at college, small scale farmers in villages and people living with disabilities. During my free time I used to go to teach prisoners organic farming on.

Breathe in and out – Atsuko Suzuki

Breathe in and out – Atsuko Suzuki

After spending 3 weeks in Seattle for Phase 2 of the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, I am finally back in Japan. I returned home to my normal life, centered around school, and sometimes feel the fear of forgetting to take time to breathe. I’m interested in a future lifestyle in developed countries, especially in Japan. We usually have enough clothes to wear, food to eat, and roofs.

How I changed through the program – Akane Katayama

How I changed through the program – Akane Katayama

Hello. I’m Akane from Ibaraki, Japan and am a current scholar of the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program. I have now finished Phase 2 of the program, where I participated in leadership sesions and site visits, and I would like to share my two most important experiences from these past three weeks in Seattle. Firstly, during this program, I had the opportunity to think critically and examine my. Phase 2 of TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation Leadership – Hisashi Kojima

Finish Phase 2 of TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation Leadership – Hisashi Kojima

I am very appreciative of this opportunity that allowed me to meet 17 other inspiring participants, the iLEAP staff, and many others. I understand that our Microsoft mentors are busy people, whether with work or being on vacation, yet they put aside time to have conversations and guide us through projects. During my time in Seattle, I was able to think critically about things that are important to me. For.“Who Am I?” – Ruiko Yasuyama

“Who Am I?” – Ruiko Yasuyama

Can you answer the question: “Who am I?” I came to the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program because I want to answer this question. So far in Seattle, by continually asking it, I’ve learned two things. The first, is the importance of self-care. In the first week, we did an activity called “Life as a River.” In this activity, scholars explained their life from their birth to their future, using. Realizations through the Program – Saki Nishino

Two Realizations through the Program – Saki Nishino

Hello! I am Saki Nishino from Tokyo, Japan. I’ve just finished my first week at iLEAP where I learned lots of things, and I want to share two things that are really important for me. First, I learned the importance of awareness. Through an activity, I realized that I sometimes try to persuade others to see my way instead of trying to understand them. In addition to this, when others. is the difference between transformation and change? – Shota Aikawa

What is the difference between transformation and change? – Shota Aikawa

“What is the difference between transformation and change?” Britt asked, and seeing us puzzled, continued, “Change is like turning a caterpillar into an even bigger caterpillar. But transformation is a fundamental change, kind of like turning a caterpillar into a butterfly. Our aim is to make you all transform as a leader.” It has been a week since we arrived in Seattle. Time flies, and we’ve already learned so much.

First Week Reflections – Keiho Sasamori

First Week Reflections – Keiho Sasamori

I’ve just finished the first 4 days of the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program in Seattle. I’m really glad to be here with 17 other participants, strongly supported by the kind iLEAP staff. Us participants are already in a good atmosphere to co-create our Change Projects for social changes with our own leadership skills. I found that I’ve already started changing through this program. In this program, we can have two focuses: first, getting and improving. FROM ANA CARMINA SALAZAR PAREDES


Have you ever changed your perspective on life in less than four weeks? It might be impossible for some people, and to be honest, it seemed impossible for me too. But I recently had the opportunity to participate in the four-week Global Leadership Program at iLEAP. And after my time here in Seattle, I can now assure you that it is possible. As long as you are willing to open. BIG to Dream BIG Kickoff, Tokyo

Give BIG to Dream BIG Kickoff, Tokyo

More than 65 graduates of iLEAP’s Programs recently gathered in Tokyo to kick off the first annual Global GiveBIG campaign, our new initiative for inspiring grassroots philanthropy across the world. The excitement in the room was tangible: old friends eager to reconnect and the possibility of new friends, united in the pursuit of big dreams and bold change. iLEAP Executive Director Britt Yamamoto reminded the alumni, emerging and experienced leaders. Opportunity – Doris Lemus

New Opportunity – Doris Lemus

  Thank you to NPH and iLEAP for the opportunity to participate in this program! It has been one of those things that makes me feel so happy and blessed. Returning to Seattle and seeing everyone I haven’t seen for several years is really wonderful. At the same time, I am excited to meet new people with new knowledge and participate in this program with fellows from different countries who. week reflections – Edwin Vallecillo

First week reflections – Edwin Vallecillo

  When I was asked if I wanted to participate in the iLEAP Global Leadership program for NPH, I was very excited. It sounded great…fancy, you know. Nobody is really thinking about leadership where I am; it’s often thought that you become a leader when you receive a nomination for an important position. People work hard to climb the ladder as a form of seeing themselves as leaders. Before coming,. first week at iLEAP – Ester Sulecio

My first week at iLEAP – Ester Sulecio

  “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey. It´s easy to describe a place or a thing because we can use adjectives and nothing else. But when I started the iLEAP program, I started thinking about different feelings I have never had to think about before and ones that can’t be easily explained. Before coming to. from Masaaki Hata

Reflections from Masaaki Hata

  I have been in the program for 4 weeks and have one more to go. But I think this program will not finish in just 5 weeks because I will live my life using what I learned here for my future. Last weekend, I took a walk at the park and thought about where I can find myself. Before this program, I thought I knew who I was. However,. from Kenichi Kurashima

Reflections from Kenichi Kurashima

  As you know, the SIIS program was started because of Great East Japan Earthquake. Last Friday marked 5 years since that earthquake happened and we had time to wish something for Tohoku and reflect about these 5 years. I remembered how I felt about the earthquake. When it happened, I was still a freshman in high school and did not have any friends or relatives in Tohoku so I.

iLEAP Names Michelle Shireen Muri as our First Director of External Affairs

Seattle, WA – iLEAP is proud to announce and welcome Michelle Shireen Muri as its first director of external affairs. Ms. Muri has joined the international non-profit to further the growth of its integrated leadership programs for social change leaders around the world. Ms. Muri brings 11 years of experience in non-profit development and major transitional growth to iLEAP. Most recently, she worked with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) where. from Yukiko Miyatake

Reflections from Yukiko Miyatake

  Two weeks has already passed since I arrived in this beautiful city of Seattle but, surprisingly, they have felt long. I think it is because when I look back at the last two years before coming to iLEAP, I realize that I didn’t have much time for thinking about myself deeply. I was working on several projects finding ways to support Southeast Asian countries. I challenged myself with many.

Present at 30,000 Feet

As I write this from 30,000 feet, looking down on the snowcapped Rocky Mountains, I am literally traveling forward into the future of February 13th, 2016. I’m on my way from Seattle to Nicaragua and, thus, moving forward two hours in time zones. Just by moving from west to east, two hours of my life have disappeared in a bleary-eyed “poof”. Of course in a few days, upon my return,.

#24more: It’s a LEAP Year!

2016 is a Leap Year. We add 24 hours on February 29th to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical year. Let’s see this extra 24 hours as a gift, one that iLEAP and Amani Institute want to celebrate with you. We invite you to use this extra day to look inward, explore questions around who you are, what keeps you grounded, and why you do what you do..

Reflections from Daniela Candelario

Reflections from Daniela Candelario

  When I first started the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) Global Leadership program in Seattle with iLEAP, I thought it would simply give me tools to influence others, techniques to become a better leader in NPH, and I would learn more English and American culture.  But being on the third week of the program, I realize that iLEAP gives me more than that – it is an immersion in yourself.

Reflections from Cesario Lobos Fajardo

Reflections from Cesario Lobos Fajardo

  In 2013, I had the opportunity to come to Seattle to learn about leadership development through the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Leadership Institute. During the time afterward, I was often wondering whether I am really passionate about what I am doing – do I need to keep up or quit? I am fortunate again to return to Seattle, this time in the NPH Global Leadership program with iLEAP. In the.

Using technology to aid human connections

Using technology to aid human connections

  We are often asked how our participants stay engaged and connected after their time in Seattle.  This is no doubt a very important part of our work – to maintain the relationships and network forged during the program.  You may have heard about reLEAP, where short “refresher” programs are held abroad.  But additionally, as strong believers in technology being part of our work, we’ve begun hosting virtual reunions through Zoom, an online. Days: December 2015

iLEAP Days: December 2015

A great post from Mirna Soleto, who comes to iLEAP from Nicaragua and through our partnership with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. iLEAP minute in Tokyo

An iLEAP minute in Tokyo

  Every time I go back to Japan, my appreciation for our work at iLEAP becomes deeper. In early November, as I was waiting for another packed train in Tokyo to get to one of my numerous meetings for the day, I could see the need in Japan for the space and time to pause, reflect, share, learn, and grow that iLEAP offers. During my time in Japan, I was.

The Drop: Fall 2015 Newsletter

The Drop: Fall 2015 Newsletter

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Rainy reunion in Guatemala

Rainy reunion in Guatemala

  When it rains in Guatemala, it pours. Doing my best to stay dry, I scampered under a covered pathway toward the waiting cab but the strong breeze sprinkled tiny droplets on my face and arms anyway. Just a few feet to my right, heavy raindrops pummeled the ground and began to form puddles, rippling with energy. I had a moment of sympathy with the ground — my head was. Speaking Sessions at iLEAP Pay Off!

Public Speaking Sessions at iLEAP Pay Off!

Greetings from the North East of India! I hope you all are well. I am sharing pictures of my recent talk at the Indigenous Terra Madre held in Shillong ( I was invited to give the keynote address at one of the plenaries. As you probably know from my time at iLEAP, I am a very nervous public speaker. The organiser, a very senior person retired from the FAO, would.

Social Change through Soccer in Saigon

Social Change through Soccer in Saigon

Saigon is not how I remember. Skyscrapers shape the cityscape giving it a modern cosmopolitan look. New, more expensive shopping malls abound in nearly every part of the city. Boutique restaurants cater to the fusion cuisine preferred by many global visitors. Wide, smooth roads make some of our U.S. roadways look shoddy in comparison. It is a city in many ways unrecognizable but in many ways still distinctly the same.. Global Leadership Intensives

iLEAP/NPHI Global Leadership Intensives

Julio Cesar is from El Salvador and comes to iLEAP through our partnership with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH). Since 2014, iLEAP has been engaged in a wide-ranging partnership with NPH that encompasses regional trainings in Latin America and leadership programs in Seattle, including the program that brought Julio to Seattle. The NPH Seattle Institute welcomes a class of six Pequeños/as each September for a 10-month personal formation and study program. According to.

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