Leah Cher Pump is the president and CEO of the LadyLike Foundation. Her vision for starting this company began in 2004 when her pastor, Dr. R.A. Williams Jr., appointed her as the director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the McCoy Memorial Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. As the Youth and Young Adult director, Leah implemented many successful programs, one of which was the “LadyLike” class. At her church, “LadyLike” was designed to teach young women through the word of God, how to be virtuous and well rounded.
Throughout the LadyLike class, young women were able to participate in bible studies that focused on the women in the bible, etiquette courses, college and career fairs, confidence and self-esteem lectures, fashion and make-up classes, job interview trainings, and retreats.
In 2007, Leah decided to launch the LadyLike Foundation as a non-profit 501c3 whose purpose is to educate, empower and inspire young women living in underprivileged inner city communities. Through cutting edge resource programs, etiquette classes, life skill workshops, mentorships, and experiences young ladies are challenged to reach their highest potential and become the successful, well-rounded “Lady” they were created to be.
Currently, the LadyLike Foundation has completed its 8th year as a non-profit organization continuing its programs open to girls ages 7 to 18. The foundation has also given away thousands of dollars in college scholarships to college bound young ladies within the community who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and are furthering their education at Prestigious Universities at its annual LadyLike Foundation “Women of Excellence Luncheon.” Past scholarship recipients have been admitted into Universities such as Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and UC Santa Barbara just to name a few.
Along with being the president of the LadyLike Foundation Leah is also an educator. She has taught elementary school for 9 years, and was a principal for 2 years. Recently she developed a “LadyLike Class” curriculum for Middle and High School girls and has been asked to teach weekly classes to students within the inner cities of Los Angeles. Leah is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and has received her Masters Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She is a native of Los Angeles, California and has been married to her husband Dana Pump, President and CEO of the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation, and Double Pump Inc., for 5 years.
Leah has a passion for young women. She dreams that all of the young women she encounters establishes a relationship with the Lord, realizes their value, reaches their full potential, and becomes socially, intellectually, and mentally prepared to compete in today’s society. She truly believes that the LadyLike Foundation will be the organization that enables women of all cultures, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds to becoming the virtuous, well-rounded “Lady” that God has created them to be.