LEAP provides emerging leaders of color with the necessary skills and professional development to advance to management or executive leadership positions and to retain those positions.

LEAP is designed to be an interactive distance learning and comprehensive training and practicum experience with a focus on building executive leadership skills. During past LEAP cohorts, we have covered the following topics:

  • Organizational development
  • Program development, sustainability, and evaluation
  • Strategic planning
  • Communications
  • Personnel management
  • Human Resources
  • Cultural capacity building
  • Board development and working with boards
  • Organizational budgets and finances

As a cohort member, LEAP Fellows will develop and enhance leadership and management skills to enable them to take upon and succeed in executive leadership roles in their organizations and in the movement to end gender-based violence.


While women and people of color leaders have been instrumental to the development of the movement to end gender-based violence, professionals of color are frequently met with barriers to professional growth and achievement in executive leadership positions. Executives of color have few people they can look to for informal or formal mentoring, yet those who have experienced mentorship have seen it as an invaluable way to support woc in leadership and executive positions.

This underrepresentation of leaders of color in the communities we serve, impedes our ability to provide culturally specific services and education, and ultimately, the ability to grow thriving, violence free communities. When people of color are provided access to leadership development, mentorship, and a community to learn with and from, the holistic needs of communities of color become central to our movement.