The Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) was officially established in 2014 to bring to life a mission:
"To build future leaders from all walks of life who can reimagine 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."
At the very core of the Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) is collaboration.
For us to craft the most modern, agile, and impactful leadership development programme for the Waikato, we wanted to partner with an educational institute that could deliver.
The Waikato Management School is our strategic partner in delivering the various programmes CELF offers. Together, we are crafting modern, agile, and practical educational material and activities.
Together with the University of Waikato, CELF created the CELF Elevate Leadership Programme with a sponsorship model that offers any Waikato community leader an opportunity to grow.
In every programme we offer – current and future – a sponsor (local business) secures two seats.
The first seat is for a leader within their own company
Then they choose a community leader from a not-for-profit organisation to fill the second seat.
Over the last 2 years, we have made significant impact to multiple sectors within the Waikato.
Every year, our vision grows through our Alumni as they harness their new skills and network.
The Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) leadership team has been carefully curated to combine the experience and wisdom of business leaders, subject matter experts, and researchers to constantly examine our work and the regional relevance.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO
Waikato Management School is among the top 1% of business schools worldwide that have achieved the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ status from three of the world’s leading accreditation bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. This is a global standard of excellence in business education.
While the CELF Team provide executive and strategic efforts, we simply wouldn’t be here at all without our team of supporters.