Frequently Asked Questions


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General Questions

Who should join the Vista Leadership Institute?

The Vista Leadership Institute offers professional leadership development courses for socially-minded individuals. These virtual and retreat-based small group programs are designed for professionals at all phases of their career.

We envision the Institute will be a great fit for you if:

  • you are early in your career, feeling disillusioned with where you are
  • you are mid-career, burnt out, wanting to make a transition
  • you are interested in starting a new business/venture
  • you are approaching retirement with interest in an encore career

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What are some of the benefits of the Vista Leadership Institute?

Each participant will develop a Leadership Action Plan to achieve the goals developed throughout their selected program.  After completion of the program, a virtual community will provide the opportunity for the participants to continue engagement and support in implementation of individual action plans.

What is the program schedule for the Mastermind Retreat?

The Mastermind Retreat program is in session from October 2019 through July 2020.

The program begins with an individual coaching call in October 2019 to clarify values and goals. Each participant will then complete the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment and have the second individual coaching session to review the assessment results. Additional individual coaching calls are provided in November 2019 and January 2020.

Online Virtual Classroom sessions meet twice per month and with the first session starting in December 2019 and culminating in July 2020.

All participants will meet in-person for the Leadership Retreat in Costa Rica in June 6-13, 2020. The final individual coaching session immediately follows the retreat.

The final online capstone and graduation session is July 29, 2020.

Interested in applying? Read more and sign up today, registration ends September 30, 2019!


Who are the members of the Vista Leadership Institute team?

The Vista Leadership Institute was founded by Mary Stelletello .  Mary Stelletello is a leadership development catalyst whose journey began as an International Fellow with Partners of the Americas. Over the last 25 years, she has designed and facilitated leadership programs in New Mexico, Hawaii, California, North Dakota, Wisconsin and several Latin American countries.  Mary is a professional coach, PCC credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and uses these skills to support leaders in achieving their full potential.

The Institute includes other partners, instructors and collaborators who bring expertise and resources to the overall experience.


How do I enroll in the Vista Leadership Institute?

To enroll in our Core Program, please click here.

To enroll in the Mastermind Program, please click here.

The Mastermind Retreat requires an application. Click here to apply for the next Retreat!

How do I apply to Mastermind Retreat?

We ask that all participants interested in the Mastermind Retreat read our FAQs page. After reviewing the FAQs, please apply for the Retreat through this link. We will be in touch to discuss your application!

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you application has been submitted, you will receive an email acknowledging that we received your application within 24 hours. Note: If you don’t receive the confirmation email, you may need to check your spam folder.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by email with your application status. If your application is accepted, you will receive instructions with the next steps in the registration process including travel arrangements and payment.

Interested in the next Mastermind Retreat? Apply today, registration ends September 30, 2019!

Is there continuing education credit or a certificate for completing the Institute?

The Institute team is working with partners to develop continuing education credits or university-based certificate for the program.  There may be International Coach Federation (ICF) CCEU credits available for several virtual classroom sessions. For more information regarding continuing education credits, contact the Vista Leadership Institute team at

Virtual Class and Technology Questions

What is the Virtual Class?

The virtual class is an online learning platform designed to engage and prepare Institute participants with materials and interactive activities to examine personal leadership and professional development.  This is a closed community platform consisting only of Institute participants. The Virtual Classes will consist of brief presentations, small group discussions, and individual reflections on the course themes.

What are the topics of the Virtual Classes?

The central themes of the Institute are personal leadership development and professional career advancement.  Topics identified to address these themes include:

  • Personal Values and Strengths
  • Listening Skills
  • Cultural Competence
  • Design Thinking
  • System Leadership

Read more about the Institute programs.

How does the Virtual Class work?

The Institute participants will meet online in the Virtual Class using the Zoom platform. Zoom allows for collaboration, break out groups and video sharing.  Participants will receive a link to the Virtual Class meeting room and all of our sessions will take place in the same meeting room.  We will be using webcams and microphones in each session.

What if I am late or absent from a Virtual Class?

Because Vista Leadership Institute is designed as an interactive learning community, it is essential for participants to attend all virtual classes. We understand there may be an unexpected personal situation that may prohibit you from participating. Any absence should be discussed with the Vista Leadership Institute team prior to the session.

Is there homework?

For each Virtual Classroom session there will be required reading, videos to watch or brief assignments. As sessions are bi-weekly, we anticipate there will be approximately 1-2 hours of pre-session work over the course of 2 weeks prior to each Virtual Classroom session.

What are the technology requirements for the Virtual Classroom?

Hardware and Software: All Institute participants are required to have a desktop computer, laptop, or netbook in order to actively participate in each Virtual Classroom session via an internet browser.

We do not recommend the use of an iPad or mobile device app for Zoom, as mobile apps generally have different or limited functionality and we want each participant to have the same user experience.

Zoom has specific operating system and browser requirements for Windows and Mac devices. Refer to their requirements and confirm your device meets the requirements.

Participants will be provided with reading documents in PDF format. If your computer does not have software for viewing PDF files, you are required to download and install free PDF-viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Internet Connectivity: Participants are required to have a reliable internet connection, preferably a broadband internet connection with a download speed of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or greater.

You can test your internet speed with your provider or using a website like Speakeasy Speed Test.

If you live in a region without broadband internet or high speed internet connectivity, contact us about potential options.

Retreat Travel Questions

Why is the retreat in Costa Rica and what is the itinerary?

Mastermind participants who find adventure as a gateway to personal discovery, can immerse themselves in the 7-day surf and yoga retreat in Costa Rica in collaboration with fellow Certified B Corp, Bodhi Surf + Yoga.  

Why meet in-person? Disruption of your daily routine has the power to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. The Institute brings participants together to expand your course-charting and foster new ways of thinking and acting. Break free from old self-defeating patterns or hang-ups. Create the space you need to grow. Build supportive relationships with your peers in a stimulating environment.

Each day of the retreat will combine elements of inquiry, reflection, action and community-building to provide the space for participants to develop their Leadership Action Plan.  We will visit archeological sites, community-based organizations and natural surroundings for inspiration and engagement.

For more information about the Mastermind Retreat, click here.

Do I need to know Spanish?

The Institute sessions and materials will be facilitated in English.  Spanish language skills will enhance your experience but Spanish is not required for meaningful participation in the program.

Where do participants stay in Costa Rica during the retreat?

The Institute provides double occupancy (2 persons per room) accommodations at the Retreat location. We are partnering with Bodhi Surf + Yoga for the retreat. Read more about Bodhi here:

Does the Institute pay for airfare or transportation to the Costa Rica retreat?

No. The Institute does not pay for your travel expense to Costa Rica, passport fees, visas, personal expenses while in Costa Rica.  You will have to make your own travel arrangements and pay for those costs directly.

Are meals provided by the Institute during the Mastermind Retreat?

Yes. The Institute will provide meals during the retreat every day except Wednesday, which is a free day. Information about dietary restrictions will be collected during the registration confirmation process.

Cost and Payment Details

How much does the Institute cost and what is included?

Vista Leadership Institute offers several leadership development courses that combine virtual learning, skill building, coaching and the opportunity for an immersive retreat in Latin America.

Core Program: USD$997

Mastermind Program: USD$3,997

Mastermind-Retreat Program: $8,997

Click here to learn more about the Institute’s different program offerings.


What is not included in the Mastermind Retreat fee?

Travel expense to Costa Rica, passport fees, visas, one day of meals, personal expenses while in Costa Rica.

How do I make payment? Is there a payment plan?

Payments are accepted through PayPal.  You can pay by either a bank transfer or a credit card.

We are committed to providing accessibility to the program and offer payment plans to support individual circumstances.

What is the cancellation policy?

Core Program: Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to registration deadline of November 1, 2019 will receive a refund of 50% of payment.  Cancellations made within 30 days of registration deadline of November 1, 2019 are not eligible for refund.

Mastermind Program: Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to registration deadline of September 30, 2019 will receive a refund of 50% of payment.  Cancellations made within 30 days of registration deadline of September 30, 2019 are not eligible for refund.

Mastermind-Retreat Program: Cancellations made more than 60 days prior to registration deadline of September 30, 2019 will receive a refund of 50% of retreat payment. Cancellations made within 30 days of registration deadline of September 30, 2019 are not eligible for refund.

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More Questions? 

Contact the VLI team at or +1-510-868-1046.

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