the MLI

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Developing leaders for a world without borders

At the Multicultural Leadership Institute, we cultivate the leaders of tomorrow by delivering unparalleled leadership training today.

We believe that leadership should not be an elite club.

Leadership is a human capacity.  Every person has the potential to be a leader.
And underdogs, in particular, can rise through adversity to become some of the most potent leaders. Our team is living proof of that philosophy.

We’re more than a training institute. We're an innovation powerhouse helping you cultivate leaders who can unlock the power and potential of every team member.

The MLI is a WBENC- and NSMDC-certified woman- and minority-owned business enterprise.
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Joy Chen

Joy Chen is CEO of the Multicultural Leadership Institute and a former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.

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Melissa Koay
Learning Experience Director

Melissa Koay brings over 13 years of expertise to the learning and development sector.

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Sophia Toh
Executive & Leadership Coach

Sophia Toh has coached and served as a leader at two of the best-run companies in the Fortune 200.

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