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2021 Speakers


Linda Akutagawa (She/Her/Hers)
President & CEO 
LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)

Linda Akutagawa is President and CEO of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics). A passionate social entrepreneur for over 25 years, she is a nationally recognized speaker on Asian and Pacific Islander leadership, DEI, and board governance. Through LEAP, Linda has dedicated herself to continuing the cycle of leadership development and inspiring Asian and Pacific Islanders to step up to leadership roles across sectors, industries, and communities.

She is a Commissioner on California’s 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission, as well as an appointed member of the California Department of Insurance Diversity Task Force and Chair of the Alliance for Board Diversity. She is also a Board Member of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (a co-founding organization of StopAAPIHate.)

Linda received her B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University at Los Angeles.