LEDA’s 15th Anniversary Celebration


On April 16, 2019, LEDA hosted its 15th Anniversary Celebration, honoring Arun Alagappan, Founder of Advantage Testing and the AT Foundation, and Scott M. Stringer, New York City Comptroller. The evening also included remarks from Guest Speaker Lisa Opoku, Partner at Goldman Sachs. LEDA’s annual event provides an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments and meet some of our amazing Scholars in person.

Executive Director Beth Breger reflected on the significance of this milestone:

When LEDA launched 15 years ago, it was just a concept – a vision of how our nation’s leadership pipeline could be transformed. At our anniversary celebration, LEDA was a powerful reality: a community of nearly 1,300 high-achieving, under-resourced LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows throughout the country. And the most common words spoken by our Scholars throughout the night: “LEDA was there for me when…”

LEDA’s celebration raised an unprecedented, record-breaking $1,000,000. It took a village – with gifts from dedicated individuals, corporate supporters, foundations big and small, and even our Scholar alumni. Many thanks to everyone who has believed in and supported LEDA as we transform leadership – and lives – by empowering our extraordinary Scholars and Fellows. We would like to offer special thanks to the following sponsors for their extraordinary generosity:

LEDA President

Advantage Testing

LEDA Provost

Nan Rothschild Cooper and Michael Cooper Strada Education Network


Fred and Sylvia Fogel Goldman Sachs Myriad360 Paul, Weiss
Ropes & Gray Willkie Farr and Gallagher Tony and Nanar Yoseloff

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