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To build leaders from all walks of life who can re-imagine a stronger Waikato from a social, environmental, cultural and economic perspective. These leaders take charge of their lives while influencing others positively, resulting in a significant contribution to Waikato communities, society, and New Zealand as a whole.


Driven By Three Key Principles

Harnessing Partnerships

Ensuring our region has healthy connections and increased social capital means we create greater positive impact.

Nurturing Diversity & Inclusion

Working with diverse people, backgrounds, and experiences creates an environment of learning, understanding and inclusion.

Increasing Regional Prosperity

Increasing leadership capability across business and community creates a stronger economy and improved social health.




CELF - New Dates

Coronavirus has without a doubt thrown us one heck of a curveball, and each of us be impacted uniquely. Uncertainty is the currency and change is the platform. A Silver Lining The Coronavirus situaRead more

Leadership and Self-awareness

A phone call responding to my request for stories from our CELF Elevate Programme Alumni started like this.Read more

What makes a genuine leader?

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3 R's of Leadership

What your 3 R's of Leadership?Read more

Leading the Way

The Waikato Story  shares the incredible stories of the Waikato, highlighting, new business, innovation, educators, siginficant economic contributors and community organisations within the WaikatoRead more

A New Chair & New Faces

A new chair and new faces at the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) board table. Raewyn Jones, CEO WEL Energy Trust, recently took up the role as chair of the Community andRead more

Orchestrating Outcomes

The reasons for CELF Alumni workshops, as visible in the video clip above from the great session with Aiden Holiday & Brenton Bai: Connect with your cohortConnect with other Alumni acrossRead more

Meet this year's Cohort

This week we welcomed this year's cohort to the CELF Elevate Leadership Programme.   The residential programme sets up the journey and  cemenst relationships for the 9months ahead and beyond. Read more

Class of 2019 Graduates

The Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) celebrated the graduation of the Elevate Leadership Class of 2019 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts On Friday 12 April. JulianRead more


 - Co-Founder & CELF Trustee David Irving, has formulated a series, reflecting on his leadership and experiences.  Look for the golden nuggets - there are  plenty.   The first in the seriesRead more

Save the Date

The world is facing challenges like never before. Globalization, workforce challenge, climate change and depleting natural resources, technology convergence, and need for community citizenship,Read more

A New Standard of Leadership

Bill George wrote in the Harvard Business School article about four titans of leadership,  who defined a new era in business during the past decade.  All of  these leaders have recently finishedRead more