What is the APLP?

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The Asia Pacific Leadership Program is Experiential, Relational, Transformative, Optimistic, and Impact-oriented.

Each year, approximately 25 Fellows are selected to participate in the APLP and join a highly diverse, active community.  Fellows have at least 5 years of professional work experience and normally 8 to 10. APLP Fellows must have at least a 3 year Bachelor's degree, and 56% of each cohort will also have completed a Masters degree.  Cohorts typically have representation from over 18 countries and from every type of academic and professional background (as examples: science, business, development, politics, government, civil society, medicine, religious orders, art, finance, academia or research).  The age of participants ranges from mid 20s to mid 40s with an average of 32 years old. There are no citizenship, age, or ethnicity restrictions.

What is the APLP Experience and its time commitment?

Leaders who can successfully navigate change require creative vision and the capacity to chart and act upon that vision. The APLP experience is designed to yield just these sorts of outcomes. Embracing and leading change takes time. The APLP is designed as a 4 month blended program in order to maximize the depth and breadth of learning. The program grows from building an introductory base in the launch week in Asia to applied place-based leadership activities in home settings to the Hawaii residential experience. Each phase of the program has a distinct purpose and connection to the whole. The APLP experience is first and foremost about change.

Together we engage critical processes of change affecting the region now and in the future. By stepping out of specific individual areas of expertise (for example by discipline or country) and developing new analytic and leadership approaches participants come to have changed perspectives. New insights on regional processes are coupled with opportunities to test and develop one's leadership capacity through experiential work with diverse co-participants. 

The outcome of this process is an ability not only to cope with, or understand change, but to lead it.

Module One (August) - Asia

The APLP is an immersion program requiring full commitment from all participants.  During module one, all participants will meet in Asia for the launch of the program and to network with Leadership Program alumni.  Each year the location will differ and, in some cases, will coincide with the larger East-West Center bi-annual alumni conferences. 

Module Two (late-August to mid-October) - Online

Participants will engage during module two virtually from their home locations.  In teams, fellows deepen understanding of each others' diverse contexts, experiment with new leadership concepts and tools within home settings, and find out more about what's going on in the Asia Pacific region.  Fellows prototype leadership strategies with their home-based teams and organizations in what we call innovation laboratories (EWC Labs). Full-time employment may continue during this period.

Module Three (mid-October to mid-December) - Hawaii + U.S. Mainland

During module three all participants will live on the East-West Center campus in Honolulu, Hawaii and engage full-time with the cohort, staff, and our network of community partners.  Due to the intense nature of the program it is not possible to take courses or to work outside the program due to the intensity of the schedule.  The cohort will spend approximately two weeks of this period in the U.S. Mainland exploring the American context and its links to the Asia Pacific.  The program will end in Honolulu, Hawaii in December.

Peer-to-peer learning and investment are at the core of our program experience. Expert mentors and practitioners co-curate experiences with cohorts to draw out the expertise within the cohort and realize the full potential of the individuals and the collective. Alumni play key roles as guides and mentors throughout the experience. We have six core program staff who prioritize our responsive and personalized approach to the program.

The APLP provides the time, tools, contacts and knowledge needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change. Fellows leave with enhanced competencies (below) and answers to our three driving questions:

  • What’s going on?
  • What action is needed?
  • Where do I/we fit?

Financial Information

Visit our page on program costs and funding options for more information.