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Celebrating Leadership

Rachel Karalus, CEO K’aute Pasifika, CELF Alumni Leader of the year 2020 was a humble recipient of this Award and continues to live out her purpose every day. The Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF), as part of Leadership Week (22-26 November 2021) is seeking nominations of CELF Alumni for this year’s Award. The Alumni Leader of the Year 2021 will recognise a CELF alumni for their outstanding leadership in the Waikato. ...

October 12, 2021

Graeme Geurts

Today's CELF board member in the spotlight is Graeme Geurts, Head of Waikato Region for BNZ. Here is a few Q&A's that we did with Graeme....

June 23, 2021

Stronger Together

It’s not often that key business and community leaders’ step outside the intensity of their busy occupations to embark on a journey of professional development, self-reflection and conversation... but on the 7th of April, a group of carefully chosen Waikato leaders committed to doing exactly that. READ MORE...

June 3, 2021

CELF Board Profile - Dee McManus-Emery

Today's CELF board member in the spotlight is Deanne McManus-Emery, Regional Manager at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. Here is a few Q&A's that we did with Dee....

June 1, 2021

CELF Board Profile - Andrew Boyd

Next up in the CELF Board Profile series is General Manager of St John New Zealand, CELF Alumni and Trustee, Andrew Boyd. We asked Andrew a series of questions, and these were his answers....

March 16, 2021

CELF Board Profile - John Adams

In today's feature of CELF's Board Profile series is Director of Hamilton KPMG and CELF Trustee, John Adams. We asked John a series of questions, and these were his answers....

March 16, 2021

CELF Board Profile - David Irving

We recently started a series of blogs profiling CELF board members to give you insight into the people behind the Foundation. Next up is CELF's Co-founder David Irving. We asked David a series of questions, and these were his answers....

February 23, 2021

CELF Board Profile - Simone Molenaar

In today's feature of CELF's Board Profile series  to give you insight into the people behind the Foundation, is CEO of Aspire Simone Molenaar. We asked Simone a series of questions, and these were her answers....

February 23, 2021

CELF Board Profile - Susan Trodden

Over the next few weeks we will be profiling CELF board members to give you insight into the people behind the Foundation. First up is Co-chair Susan Trodden! We asked Susan a series of questions, and these were her answers....

February 11, 2021

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus

On Friday 20 November at CELF Class of 2020 graduation Raewyn Jones,  CEO of WEL Energy Trust, announced the inaugural CELF Alumni Leader of the Year 2020 as Leaupepe Rachel Karalus - CEO K’aute Pasifika. Rachel, could not be with us to accept the award personally, however we managed to get her response prior to her departure for Queenstown to run a half marathon.Raewyn said "In my role as Chief Executive of WEL Energy Trust I am in the very privileged position of observing leadershi...

November 23, 2020

Class of 2020

On Friday 20 November, The Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2020.  The programme commenced in August 2019, due for completion in April 2020, however COVID changed all that. The final portion of the programme, included an exit residency and waka journey became part of CELF's Leadership week, finishing with graduation of the Class of 2020 and the announcement of the inaugrual Alumni Leader of the Year Award. Pictured above: Front row:&n...

November 23, 2020

Leadership Award

For the very first time,  CELF  will recognise a CELF alumni for outstanding community leadership.  Leadership may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, for example through impact, or as an agent for change and in both formal and informal roles, including appointed, elected, or volunteer positions within, their own organisation and others.  Contributions are expected to be at a level with broad reach across the community and exemplifying the mission and values of CELF.Nominat...

September 24, 2020

Covid - Shaping Leadership

Peter Sun of the University of Waikato - Management School,  shared his take outs from a session about leading through this Covid crisis with Marty Linksy. Marty, a faculty member of Harvard Kennedy School (see https://www.hks.harvard.edu/ab. Here, Peter  has broken the learning down into four key components People leadership  |  Task leadership  | Strategic leadership    |   Self-leadership: People Leadership Leaders need to be present in people’s ...

September 22, 2020

A Leader's Perspective

BY:  Heather Claycomb - HMC...

August 27, 2020

Leading Innovation

Innovation is a hot-topic among business leaders today.  Over the past 5 years Jeremy Suisted, of Creativate has identified five key steps for leaders to take in leading innovation within their business....

August 24, 2020

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 situation has provided a unique opportunity for us to: Pause and reflect on our five years of operation, our performance and programme,  relative to our founding principles, impact and outcomesReview our programme, content, design and delivery  Reset the commencement and timing of the CELF Elevate...

May 26, 2020

Leadership and Self-awareness

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

February 5, 2020

What makes a genuine leader?

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January 22, 2020

3 R's of Leadership

What your 3 R's of Leadership?...

January 22, 2020

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 Waikato Region. Each story  reveals more of our incredible region.Recently,  The Waikato Story feature one of our own CELFie's, Teresa Bidlake  - Hospice Waikato...  Hospice Waikato runs 8 charity shops. With the business turning over $3.4m last year, strong leadership is crucial ...

November 20, 2019

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 and Enterprise Leadership Foundation, with the resignation of John Cook at CELF’s AGM in September. John had chaired CELF since its inception, apart from a short sabbatical in 2018 at which time Raewyn took the helm.  John will continue to be an avid supporter of the programme, wholeheartedly committed...

October 29, 2019

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 across cohortsContinue the learning journey And take time out for you.  Have a little fun along the way. Our next workshop is on the 8th of November - Orchestrating Outcomes Bookings Required...

October 17, 2019

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.  It is a time to   review, reflect and connect. Thank you to our partners who make this programme a reality and who believe in growing our leaders for a stronger Waikato....

August 30, 2019

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. Julian Williams, 2016 CELF Alumnus MC'd the evening with passion and aplomb.  John Cook, Chair of CELF and Neil Quigley, The University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor acknowledged the partnership between CELF and the University to deliver the  Elevate Programme and the significance and...

April 17, 2019

COMMUNITY CITIZEN

 - 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 series looks at the importance of knowing your community and warns of working and living in silos....

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