Celeste Kelly, The Leadership LevelUp Podcast - Episode 30

“The connection people make when they’re doing something that they’re passionate about, doesn’t matter where you’re doing it, doesn’t matter who you’re doing it with, or for, it becomes service. Servant is another word for a leader.”

In this episode of Leadership Level Up, communications executive Celeste Kelly joins Jeff and Brian to share her insights into leadership. Kelly discusses the importance of servant leadership and offers key leadership attributes through the lens of her former boss, Elwin Basquin.

According to Celeste, Elwin Basquin embodied true leadership by being hands-on, always present, and ever-willing to assist others. Celeste fondly recalls how he treated everyone with equal respect, forging meaningful connections with people and fostering a sense of synergy within the team.

The podcast delves into how Elwin’s leadership style impacted Celeste, and how Celeste’s mentorship went on to impact Brian. Throughout the episode, Celeste emphasizes the importance of serving others, understanding their needs, and encouraging them to pursue their goals.The engaging conversation concludes with the significance of humility in effective leadership.

Join Celeste, Jeff, and Brian in this thought-provoking podcast that shines a light on the essence of true leadership. Be sure to subscribe to Leadership Level Up so you don’t miss future conversations with great leaders

Meet Your Guest

Celeste Kelly

Celeste Kelly boasts 40 years of experience as a senior communications executive, with experience in corporate and broadcast communications, public relations, and end-to-end event management for global markets. Throughout her career, she produced and hosted engaging programs with celebrities and newsmakers, and pioneered groundbreaking community outreach initiatives.

As Vice President of Development and Public Relations for the Kidney Cancer Association, Celeste Kelly secured major gifts from global corporations and individuals and organized international physician symposia. She continues to offer comprehensive media, public relations, and event planning services through C! Communications, while also cherishing her role as a proud mother and grandmother.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

Meet Your Hosts

Jeff Williamson

Brian Prairie

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