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It all started with a cup of coffee...

In 2014, it was a letter to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz explaining the negative economic impact of closing a neighborhood Starbucks that would put in motion a chain of events that would lay the foundational thinking for LeadersUp. Today, our charge is to show an antiracist economy does not just serve a specific audience of people — namely, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). An antiracist economy ultimately opens up greater economic profitability for all.

LeadersUp is an organization bridging the divide to create an inclusive, antiracist economy.



An Idea was Born

An idea to bring transformative change to underserved communities across America. To bridge the divide between the untapped potential of diverse young talent and the businesses of America.


First Future@Work Summit

LeadersUp developed a space for local organizations, young adult talent, and corporate partners to connect.


Commitment to an Antiracist Economy

We are at a prime opportunity. As the leading talent development accelerator for young adults of color, we know our task is greater than getting diverse young talent into jobs.


Since inception, we've impacted:

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Creating Social Innovation Through Collaboration

We’ve partnered up with the USC Price Center to address unemployment among young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

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"LeadersUp's commitment to my success helps me feel confident about finding a job that fits my career path."

Yozaima Escobar