Izumi Yamamoto

Izumi Yamamoto
Director of Learning

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Izumi is a leadership trainer, facilitator and certified coach with nearly two decades of experience working with emerging and established leaders around the world. As one of the founding members of iLEAP, she has helped shape the transformational iLEAP experience. She has worked closely with social justice leaders and entrepreneurs from diverse cultural backgrounds, and served in many foundational roles at iLEAP since 2008.

As Director of Learning at iLEAP, Izumi leads the design of all transformational learning activities. She integrates inner and outer leadership practices, elements of personal development, social change, creativity and matters of the soul.

Born in Japan, she has lived and worked on four different continents, often in culturally complex and diverse environments. Izumi has a unique gift of connecting with the hearts of people from all walks of life. She has been a long-time meditator and has guided leaders in designing and integrating their own practices for resilience. Previously, she worked in the field of international public health in India as the director of training programs for HIV/AIDS care and support.

In addition to her roles at iLEAP, she is also a trainer at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, a renowned leadership training organization based in California. She holds the certified professional co-active coach (CPCC) designation from the Coaches Training Institute, and a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Britt and her son, Kaia.