Stronger together: collaborating on leadership and community


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 April 7 a group of carefully chosen Waikato leaders committed to doing exactly that.

Facilitated by CELF (Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation), the 2021 cohort includes leaders from a broad range of industries and organisations, varying from construction to recycling and food production.

The Elevate Leadership Programme (which these leaders will be working through) covers eight weeks’ worth of experiences, conversations and sessions, spread out over the course of eight months.

The programme’s primary purpose is to bring together established leaders from both ‘For Purpose’ and ‘For Profit’ organisations, in an effort to increase leadership capability, social impact and elevation of all participants.

This course (like the foundation itself) is guided by the conviction that socially responsible leadership will always have a positive impact on the community around them.

As 2021 continues its tumultuous and unexpected trajectory, these key conversations, revelations and experiences will form the building blocks on which these leaders will adapt, learn and thrive.

Pictured: The 2021 Elevate Leadership Cohort: Back, Left to right: Wendy Edwards (Prolife), Jean McKenzie (Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust), Matt Cranshaw (NZ Police), Daniel van der Hulst (Schick Civil Construction), Harvey Brookes (Waikato WellBeing Project), Steve Halse (Perry Metal Protection), Chris Benfell (Foster Maintain), Dallas Butler (Xtreme Zero Waste), Larn Wilkinson (Hauraki District Council), Karen Singers (POET), Kelly Woolston (Enabling Good Lives), Joey Uden (BNZ), Jake Lambert (APL Direct), Wayne Smallwood (Golden Homes) Front Row: Samantha Lee (The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust), Deborah Nudds (The Meteor Theatre), Heidi Mardon (Toimata Foundation), Surinder Singh (Rauawaawa Kaumatua Charitable Trust) Rebecca Skilton(RAW), Richard Clarke (Power Farming)


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