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Leaders Asia-Pacific is a non-residential leadership development program that seeks to ground emerging leaders in a values-based leadership framework to advance inclusive and lasting change in their communities, in the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world.

About the Leaders Asia-Pacific Program

From Indonesia to Hawaiʻi, President Obama’s ties to the Asia-Pacific have informed his values and his faith in the emerging generation of changemakers across the region.

Leaders Asia-Pacific launched in 2019 to equip these leaders with a values-based leadership framework to advance inclusive and lasting change in their communities.

Leaders Asia-Pacific is a six-month, hybrid leadership development program. For 8-12 hours a month, the program brings together a small cohort of 35 emerging leaders from across sectors and issue areas to step outside of what they lead, to examine how they lead. 

Over the course of the six-month program, Leaders engage in 21 core sessions that run weekly on Saturdays for about 2-3 hours each. In these workshops, Leaders gain key tools to advance their leadership and impact, such as storytelling, understanding power dynamics, and communicating across differences. Leaders also are paired with a leadership coach, who supports their learning and personal growth throughout the program. They also meet with prominent regional leaders to talk about values-based leadership. Past guest speakers included Minister Audrey Tang of Taiwan, President Surangel Whipps Jr. of Palau, Former Vice President Leni Robredo of the Philippines, atomic-bomb survivor Koko Kondo of Japan, and other activists and business leaders. 

Obama Leaders can expect to come out of the program with a stronger understanding of values-based leadership; of how to lead change and lead together; and how to leverage themselves as leaders to realize inclusive and lasting change.

How to Apply

The Leaders Program is not currently accepting applications.

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