What is LEAPP Ahead?

LEAPP Ahead is an entertaining and educational series of skill-building programs developed by Jim McGraw, a former top executive at Marion Laboratories and Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The programs are FREE and reveal effective principles of business leadership that Jim utilized throughout his career. He shares them now as his way of saying thank you for a great career.

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Jim and the LEAPP Ahead program were recently featured on the Pittsburg State University website.
Jim recently spoke to Arts and Entertainment Marketing students at Pittsburg State University, sharing his tips on leadership, empathy and the power of persuasion. In 2016 he provided a grant to the school’s business department which was used to purchase books and other materials for the class. Click the link below to read an article about the class, and Jim’s participation.

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“Jim’s presentation was perfect for students. It was such a nice mix of essential skills blended with a bird’s eye view into an incredibly successful company. To top that off, it was presented by an individual who was clearly interested in each and every student in the room.”

Barbara Millard
Associate Professor, Business Entrepreneurship—Johnson County Community College

Recent Presentations

Jim McGraw opened the 2017 Kansas City Royal’s season by speaking to Kauffman Foundation associates. He shared his thoughts on leadership, empathy and the power of persuasion that he and Mr. K practiced at Marion Labs and the foundation.

Victor W. Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, welcomes Jim to a recent associates meeting. Jim shared his thoughts on his career with Mr. K, leadership, empathy and the power of persuasion

This little chap holds the distinction of being Jim’s youngest student. He accompanied his mom when Jim recently spoke to the Clay County Economic Development Council.

Startland News editor, Bobby Burch, recently talked with Jim McGraw about the new wave of entrepreneurism in Kansas City. Jim shared his thoughts on leadership, empathy and the power of persuasion and how these skills are as relevant today as they were during his career.