Project LEAD, which stands for “Leaders Empowering Action Day,” is a one day event that brings together over 100 individuals with various skill sets to accomplish one shared goal: to use their expertise in brainstorming actionable and innovative solutions addressing business issues faced by community nonprofits. In a hackathon-styled fashion, teams will work on solutions to these real-life issues in only three hours, while making a lasting impact on their local communities.

This event is aimed for professionals across disciplines (finance, project management, operations, marketing, human capital management, etc.) to work directly with nonprofits on issues or projects where they can provide value. Our hope is this will inspire attendees to volunteer, donate or otherwise be more engaged in the community.

At Project LEAD, sponsors will have the opportunity to showcase their brand and company’s commitment to the community, as well as gain exposure and access to a network of diverse working professionals.


Community nonprofits may apply to participate as a client at Project LEAD.

Benefits of Participating in Project LEAD

  • Promotion of your organization in our event program and our publicity for the event

  • Platform to speak about your organization’s cause and initiatives

  • Exposure and access to industry professionals

  • A networking session with attendees for volunteer recruitment

  • Keynote speech sessions from community leaders on relevant nonprofit topics

Client Expectations

  • A 2-4 minute pitch from a representative about your organization to attendees

  • A scoped project/issue attendees can make progress on in just 2-3 hours

  • Representative availability at the event or beforehand to answer any questions the team working with you may have

  • An organization profile + compelling statistics/testimonials & direct-action items for inclusion in our event program

[Project LEAD nonprofit applications will be available fall 2019]


We’re looking for young professionals with experience across multiple disciplines (finance, project management, strategy and operations, marketing, human capital management, etc.).

Benefits of Participating in Project LEAD

  • Volunteer their time by helping local nonprofits address an organizational need

  • Exercise their professional expertise in creative ways outside of their normal day jobs

  • Network and build relationships with other like-minded young professionals

  • Get involved with their community and learn more about other volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Consultant Expectations

  • Listen, participate, and network with your peers and community leaders! Our goal is to promote leadership and community involvement among attendees. Not only will you make a positive impact on nonprofits in our Los Angeles community, but you'll also walk away with a larger network with other like-minded young professionals and a greater understanding of how you can continue giving back to the community.

  • There will be guest speakers and judges observing your efforts and guiding you throughout the event. You can also connect with an organization you would like to work with after the event.

  • Please bring a laptop or device to do research during the consulting/hackathon portion of the event. All teams will need to prepare a demo/presentation of their solutions to our judges and the community via Google Slides. This can be easily done on a laptop but is doable via a smartphone. If you are unable to bring a laptop or network-connected device, you will still be able to participate in helping out your team and networking.

[Project LEAD volunteer consultant applications will be available fall 2019]


9:30 Registration & Breakfast

10:00 Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker & Lightning Talks

10:30 Non-Profit Project Presentations

11:00 Hackathon Begins

12:30 Hackathon Continued & Lunch

2:15 Demos & Pitch Presentations

3:15 CASES Team Presentation

3:30 Feedback from Judges & Award Ceremony & Closing Remarks

4:00 Networking


Read about PbP-LA's first Project LEAD on October 24th, 2018 at ourpress release.  You'll also find photos and live streams of featured presentations and demo/pitches! 


CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERSAccentureGeneral AssemblyAPEX | Asian Professional ExchangeAsian American Professional Association - AAPA

NONPROFIT PARTNERSAAPI-DataAsian Americans Advancing Justice - Los AngelesAsian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (APISBP)Legal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesLittle Tokyo Service CenterSouth Asian NetworkThai Community Development CenterProject by Project Los Angeles

SPEAKERS, JUDGES, ADVISORS Dean Jenny Darroch, Drucker School of Management Mariko Lochridge, Little Tokyo Service Center Julie Ha Truong, Envision Consulting Danielle Cendejas, The Strategy Group Bruce Hoang, Deloitte Yulree Chun, Pieology HQ / Former PbP-LA President Kristen Felthousen, Keck Graduate Institute - KGI Kathleen Farris, Ride The Tide Collective Julia Toothacre, Ride The Tide Collective

WINNING HACKATHON TEAM PRIZES  -> Team of 5-6 volunteer consultants and 1 nonprofit client <- 2019 Plate by Plate Tasting Benefit General Admission Asian American Professional Association - AAPA Board Leadership Program Fee Waiver (for nonprofit client) APEX | Asian Professional Exchange Mixer Access

RAFFLE PRIZES  -> every volunteer consultant receives 1 raffle ticket <- $50 Credit towards any General Assembly Course AAPA Mentorship Program or Board Leadership Program Fee Waiver AAPA Workshop Passes AAPA Idea Talk or Learning Hub Passes

[Our next Project LEAD will be happening Fall 2019 - check back soon!]

If you have any questions, please contact PbP-LA president at for more information.