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Vision and Mission
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the civic awareness, public service, and economic effectiveness of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and other Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics through a network of business and community leaders.
Who We Are
Since our founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for over a thousand select AAPI college students nation-wide. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 20 cities, comprised of professional, civic, business, and community leaders. We help prepare the young generation to become leaders in the public, business, academic, community, and professional fields.
Our programs include the Civic Fellowship Program, Global Exchange Program,Leadership and Business Conference, and Leadership Activities. These programs offer a series of internships, lectures, seminars, and discussions on topics ranging from international business relations to public policy and the legislative process.
The Washington D.C. Civic Fellowship is the nation’s most prestigious AAPI civic leadership development program. Each Fellow participates in a supervised training program, including a public service internship to learn how to network and access government and public policy to help their communities. ILF also sponsors over one hundred additional college students each year for the Washington Leadership Program in conjunction with other leading AAPI organizations.
Every year, ILF hosts an exciting business and leadership conference, comprised of various events, policy discussions, and meetings with Members of Congress and other high-ranking officials. This conference also includes a Global Strategic Economic Forum, Business to Business matchmaking, and the ILF’s annual awards and scholarship gala.
ILF also promotes and recognizes exemplary contributions to the AAPI community by individuals and organizations. Past Awards Gala honorees and speakers include the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation and former Secretary of Labor; the Honorable Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation, former Secretary of Commerce, and Honorary ILF Chairman; Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House; Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China; Members of Congress Judy Chu, Grace Meng, Doris Matsui, Ted Lieu, and Amata Radewagen; Yoshimi Inaba, Executive Chairman of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Kanwal Rekhi, Founder of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) organization; international film star Jackie Chan; David Ho, prominent AIDS researcher; and Toby Dawson, Olympic medalist.
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