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Reflections from the Field

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 Institute during our intensive week-long retreat. The day...

The Institute’s Inaugural Class Gets Under Way

The Institute’s Inaugural Class Gets Under Way

Starting your journey by looking inward The Institute 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

Exploring the Sights of Oaxaca, Finding Your Best Self

Mary Stelletello, Founder of Vista Leadership Institute, 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 Institute's partner organization...

The Spirit Animals of Oaxaca

The Spirit Animals of Oaxaca

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

Founder Mary Stelletello on Leadership in Action

Founder Mary Stelletello on Leadership in Action

What does a Leadership Action Plan look like? Vista Leadership Institute 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...

Partner Spotlight: Vida Nueva

Partner Spotlight: Vida Nueva

Leadership in Action | In addition to volunteering with other social justice organizations, the Institute 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 Institute Launch Party at Impact Hub in Oakland, California

Join the Institute 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 Institute 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

Partner Spotlight: Puente a la Salud Comunitaria

Ending Hunger and Improving Public Health in Rural Mexico Vista Leadership Institute 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

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

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?”

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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