The LEAP Leadership Workshop provides intensive facilitation to guide the development of personal skills, and action plans to put those skills to use. 

The week-long residential Leadership Workshop focuses on developing strategies to address Fellows’ top challenges for the responsible development of biotechnology. Fellows receive intensive mentoring as they participate in facilitated leadership development activities, and work together to develop Strategic Action Plans that address self-proposed individual and community issues. 


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The goals of the Leadership Workshop are to: 

  • produce shareable action plans for cross-organizational initiatives to advance biotechnology in the public benefit; 
  • build a community of leaders responsive to public and social needs; 
  • facilitate active reflection on societal values and outcomes; 
  • build a skill base in ethical and moral reasoning, mapping social needs and perspectives, communication and engagement, big-picture future visioning, and strategic planning. 
My expectations were high but very unspecific. Which is to say I didn’t have expectations as
to what would happen, but I expected it to be awesome. It was in fact better than awesome.
— 2015 LEAP Fellow

Hosted at Asilomar, the 2015 Leadership Workshop took inspiration from the Asilomar Conference held in the same location in 1975, which resulted in the creation of a set of voluntary guidelines to ensure the safe development of recombinant DNA technology. The week concluded with a community showcase at Stanford University in which Fellows shared their collaborative projects with a panel of sponsors and other invited guests.