Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
These students are currently underrepresented in our nation’s top colleges, universities and ultimately, leadership sectors. LEDA believes that highly competitive colleges and universities are a nexus for the development of leadership and require an infusion of diversity to improve the mix of ideas and information impacting leaders of public and private institutions across the nation. By helping socio-economically disadvantaged students gain admission to these institutions, LEDA seeks to equalize educational opportunity. LEDA recognizes that we are better off as a nation and as a people if we offer equal opportunity regardless of socio-economic status, and if we draw upon the leadership potential of all of our most talented citizens.