Growing leadership for a stronger Waikato

It Starts With A Belief

At CELF, we believe in the positive impact that connected, responsible leaders have on their community.

Belief in Action

Elevate Leadership Programme

We know that supporting leadership is one of the fastest ways to help leaders effect change in their communities.

Our flagship leadership development programme is a unique 8-week experience, spread over 8-months. It brings together established leaders from across multiple organisations in an effort to increase the elevation and social impact of all participants.

Kylie Leonard, Class of 2019 & CELF Alumni Leader of the Year 2022, shares her leadership insights.

Kylie Leonard's journey through the Elevate Leadership Programme was sponsored by Tompkins Wake in 2019.
Her progress since then has been nothing short of inspirational.

Is This Programme For You?

Elevate Your Leadership

Learnings & connections

What will I achieve?

Full Interview. Why?

Leadership reflections

Why It Matters

CELF was founded by business and community leaders who recognised that healthy businesses are empowered by healthy communities - and vice versa. They saw that by working together to foster socially responsible leaders, there was an opportunity to transform our region for the better.

CELF was founded by individuals convinced that healthy communities are empowered by healthy businesses. Since our first cohort, we have only become more convinced of the importance of this.

That’s why it’s our mission to grow as many socially responsible leaders through our Waikato leadership development programme as possible.

Public Organisations

At CELF, we believe in a stronger Waikato.

And we believe this can be done through the power of bringing together leaders from across all types of organisations (For-Purpose, For-Profit & NGO's), as it is through connection and collaboration that the Waikato region will continue to grow.

When you commit your organisation to being a sponsor on the Elevate Leadership Programme, you are investing in yourself (or a valued team member), as well as a leader from the for-purpose section, as you embark on a life-changing leadership journey of growth and confidence, to better impact your organisation, and the community.

If you're interested in supporting leaders in their journey through the CELF Elevate Leadership Programme, get in touch!

Are you interested in being a sponsored leader?

Do you want to grow leadership capability?

Do you want your organisation to benefit from fresh perspectives and refined strategies?

Do you want additional training and resources so that you can better serve your community?

Are you interested in being a sponsor?

Do you want to create time and space to learn from experts and fellow leaders?

Do you want to invest in the community that your business was built from?

Do you want your investment to have significant impact?

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The Ripple Initiative

The Ripple initiative provides opportunity for CELF alumni to pay it forward by investing in the next generation of transformational leaders.

Support another leader in their journey through the  CELF Elevate Leadership Programme and enjoy watching them grow in their leadership capability.

Your donation to the Ripple Initiative will contribute towards a sponsored seat in the programme.

Our target is to fund at least two places on the Elevate Leadership Programme each year.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Theresa

CELFie Testimonial

“The communion between the Commercial and For Purpose sectors within the cohort was truly ‘collabor-active’. I learnt as much from my cohort as from the external leaders and visits to other businesses/entities across the Waikato Region and beyond. This has affirmed for me, the very real and living nature of the key message from a Samoan proverb, “O le ala I le pule o le tautua” the pathway to leadership is through service."

Rachel Karalus - CEO, K’aute Pasifika Trust

We Are Not Alone

Our supporting partners help make the work we do at CELF possible. We are honoured to have these incredible partners supporting and enabling CELF’s leadership journey.

Interested in becoming a CELF Sponsor?

Thank You To Our Partners

Supporting Partners


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