Who We Are
iLEAP is a education-focused social enterprise that exists to nurture a new generation of globally-minded leaders in Japan 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 Japanese 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 Japan because of our amazing graduate community in the country. 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 and build on our many leadership development programs for young people hailing from and working for the communities impacted by the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan earthquake.
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.
Most of all, we have learned that our work addresses a critical need in Japan 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 Japanese of high school and college age.
Who We Serve
iLEAP serves those who seek to grow their leadership and to learn how they can advance social good in the world. At this time, we are 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. Some of the general profiles of the people iLEAP currently serves: