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How to Use Odyssey Planning to Design Your Life

Don't beat yourself up if haven't found your life's passion. Most people do not know what they are most passionate about, regardless of their age or accomplishments. Vista Leadership Academy uses a variety of today's most innovative tools to help you find your...

Join our Webcast and Live Chat for Your Sneak Peek into the Academy

Are you feeling stuck in your work or life? Vista Leadership Academy’s innovative six-month program helps you answer the question, “What do I want to do next?” and put your ideas into action. Join Academy Founder Mary Stelletello and Class of 2016 Alum Cristina Manfre...

Cross-sector Collaboration and System Leadership

Leadership across sectors is a success factor for solving complex social problems. There has been momentum over the last ten years in the United States and globally to formalize multi-sector collaboration through various approaches including B Corps and systems...

Oaxaca, Mexico: A Journey to Restore Your Soul

Travel to Find Your Purpose Vista Leadership Academy's next retreat takes place October 21-28, 2017, when participants gather in person for an immersive cross-cultural experience in Oaxaca, Mexico. Customized peer-learning workshops are designed to transform your...

Designing the Next Chapter of Your Career

Feeling stuck? Design thinking can help you. We know a great deal about what leaders do and how they do it. But we know very little about the inner place, the source from which they operate. Successful leadership depends on the quality of attention, intention, and...

Video: Get Inspired with the Academy’s Alumni

Watch Testimonials of Transformation Vista Leadership Academy's innovative six-month program helps you answer the question, "What do I want to do next?" and put your ideas into action. During the transformational 2016 retreat, participants were asked to describe their...

Women and Leadership: Defining 21st Century Progress

Leadership Research Predicts Why "The Future is Female" In honor of Women's History Month and International Women’s Day, it's fitting to revisit The Athena Doctrine, written by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio. Their research of 64,000 people in 13 countries...

Video: “If you’re looking for inspiration…”

Take a Sneak Peek into the Academy This video highlights some of key themes in Vista Leadership Academy. Journey: At the core of the experience is the transformative journey you will take exploring your strengths in virtual classes as well as immersing yourself in the...

Reflections from the Field

I am writing from Oaxaca, Mexico, as my friends and colleagues in the United States adjust to the new Trump administration. I was also in Oaxaca on Election Day with the inaugural class of the Vista Leadership Academy during our intensive week-long retreat. The day...

The Academy’s Inaugural Class Gets Under Way

Starting your journey by looking inward The Academy launched its first cohort in July with great success. Participants began their journey by exploring their personal strengths and core values, followed by an individual coaching session. Our first virtual classroom...

Exploring the Sights of Oaxaca, Finding Your Best Self

Mary Stelletello, Founder of Vista Leadership Academy, won an Editor’s Choice nomination from the Mexico Travel Photography Facebook Group. She took the winning picture below while on a visit to an amaranth field in Oaxaca with the Academy's partner organization...

What’s Your Spirit Animal?

A focal point of Vista Leadership Academy is our weeklong retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Oaxacan culture inspires many of the themes we incorporate in the Academy, such as cultural competence and multi-sector collaboration. The activities during the week in Mexico...

Founder Mary Stelletello on Leadership in Action

What does a Leadership Action Plan look like? Vista Leadership Academy empowers participants to take action towards achieving goals. But what does a "leadership action plan" even mean? The process can start small but finish big. One example I can relay stems from the...

Partner Spotlight: Vida Nueva

Leadership in Action | In addition to volunteering with other social justice organizations, the Academy visits Vida Nueva, an all-women cooperative of artisans who use large floor looms to weave 100% wool rugs and carpets, hand-dyed with natural earth pigments.

Join the Academy Launch Party at Impact Hub in Oakland, California

Happy Hour Launch Party Join us at Impact Hub Oakland for complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers to learn more about Vista Leadership Academy on Thursday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. Local Oakland-based restaurant Tamales La Oaxaqueña will be serving famous authentic...

Partner Spotlight: Puente a la Salud Comunitaria

Ending Hunger and Improving Public Health in Rural Mexico Vista Leadership Academy would not be possible without the collaboration of inspiring partner organizations like Puente a la Salud Comunitaria. Founded in 2003 by Kate Seely and Katherine Lorenz, the...

Leverage Your Talents and Build a Culture of Collaboration

According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, we are experiencing a global crisis in worker disengagement. 87% of employees are either not engaged or actively disengaged. This dismal statistic is an urgent call for organizations to more effectively...

Cultural Competence: Today’s Leadership Requirement

What will be the most important leadership skill in the 21st Century?  Our local communities are becoming more diverse and globally connected through technology and demographic changes. By 2050, the United States will consist of a majority non-white population. The...

Your journey starts by answering “Who am I?”

This introspective question, when asked can trigger a blank face or a “what kind of question is that?” face. The question of "Who am I?" is fundamental in your leadership journey. It is usually followed up with, “What is important to you? What do you stand for? What...

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