Linda Akutagawa

Ms. Linda Akutagawa is the Senior Vice President for Resource and Business Development at Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), the only national, nonprofit organization focused on “growing leaders” of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. She received her B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University at Los Angeles. Over her 19-year career at LEAP, Linda has dedicated herself to inspiring Asian and Pacific Islanders to aspire to leadership roles in all sectors of society and serve as role models for diverse leadership. In her leadership work, she consults with corporations such as IBM, ConocoPhillips, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wells Fargo.

Ms. Akutagawa is a recognized expert on Asian employee network groups, helping to co-found the Corporate Asian American Employee Network (CAAEN) based in California’s Greater San Francisco Bay Area. She speaks and presents nationally and internationally on topics such as leadership, Asian cultural values and influences, employee resource groups, diversity, networking and personal branding to a range of audiences. Some of her clients include: BP America, Chubb and Sons, Cisco, Deloitte Consulting, Dial Corporation, Eli Lilly, ING, Kimberly Clark, Lockheed Martin, Macy’s, Merck, Merrill Lynch, Visa.

Additionally, Linda has contributed subject matter expertise to Diversity Inc., the Society of Human Resources Management Magazine, and CNN.

Currently, Ms. Akutagawa is a participant in the National Urban Fellows America’s Leaders of Change class of 2010-2011 and was a member of Leadership America’s class of 2007. She is the Vice Chair of the Boat People SOS-Orange County Board of Directors, a member of the Board Directors of the Asian Women Leadership Network, and a Board member of Japanese American Community Services (JACS).



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