Who We Are
iLEAP is an education-focused social enterprise that exists to nurture a new generation of globally-minded leaders in East Asia with the inner and outer resources to pursue lives of purpose and to advance social good in the world.
In 2008, we ran our first leadership and social change training programs for participants from around the world. For over ten years we served hundreds of emerging and established leaders from Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. In 2018, in recognition of our 10th year anniversary and the success and learning over that time, made the decision to divide iLEAP and create two organizations: one, iLEAP, would remain as an education-focused social enterprise serving young adults from East Asia and, the other, a new organization called Perennial, would serve experienced social leaders working in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. From 2008–2018, the work that is now called Perennial came under the name “iLEAP Global.”
In 2018 we made the decision to deepen our work in East Asia because of our amazing graduate community in the region. Specifically, as of August 2018, there were nearly 500 iLEAP graduates in Japan, the largest of any country in the world. We felt that it was a great time for iLEAP to move forward with a strategic focus on growing our community in Japan, expand into other East Asian countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and China and build on our many leadership development programs for young people.
Through partnerships with organizations such at the US-Japan Council (USJC), TOMODACHI Initiative, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships (CGP), and Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC), companies such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Microsoft Japan, and cooperation with the Japanese government and American Embassy in Japan, iLEAP has learned a great deal about the challenges and opportunities facing Japan and more broadly, East Asia.
Most of all, we have learned that our work addresses a critical need where young people struggle with their confidence as leaders and lack clarity for how they can live their lives with greater purpose. For this reason, we are directing much of our new focus on high school and college aged participants.
Who We Serve
iLEAP serves those who seek to grow their leadership and to learn how they can advance social good in the world. Over our history, we have been largely focused on those coming from or working in a Japanese context due to our strategy of leveraging over a decade of work and hundreds of graduates in the country. However, we are now actively developing programs for those coming from across East Asia. Some of the general profiles of the people iLEAP currently serves: