Take the LEAP

Take the LEAP is a week long, open-enrollment program designed for recent graduates and young professionals from Japan to explore their leadership. The integrated curriculum balances classroom learning and individual reflection with site visits to Seattle-based business/organizations pursuing social good. Program participants also take part in individual sessions help to make the experience uniquely relevant their lives.

Location: Seattle

Duration: 1 week

Program Summary



Participants learn about leadership and social innovation through integrated seminars taught by experienced leaders in the field. The seminars are very participatory and enable them to deepen their understanding about how to initiate and lead social innovation in their businesses and communities and, more importantly, where their passion lies for being a part of this work.

Take the Leap Journaling

Reflective Practice and Journaling

Participants learn a methodology for better understanding who they are and how they move through the world. iLEAP’s approach to reflection is one where participants can more deeply explore their patterns of action, feeling, and thought.

Reflection and Meaning Making

Group Inquiry and Meaning Making

Through group inquiry, participants learn processes for how to find deeper understanding as a collective. All of iLEAP programs employ discussion-based learning which allows participants to both learn from the process and learn from each other.

Site visit at Manlow's
site visits

Site Visits

Participants attend a number of Site Visits to local organizations and businesses who are engaged in various forms of social good–including around Fair Trade, organic foods, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, women’s issues, homelessness, and more. These visits offer participants a unique opportunity to witness business practice from the “inside” and speak directly with those leading this work. Some past Site Visits include: Farestart, Seattle Mariners, Theo Chocolate, Starbucks, Microsoft, Tully’s Coffee, Woodland Park Zoo, and PCC.

Upcoming Programs:
(1 week, open)

  • April 29–May 4