About

Mary-Stelletello-SmilingMary Stelletello brings more than 20 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her coaching and consulting work.  As the founder of Vista Global Coaching & Consulting, Mary offers consulting services in organizational capacity building, strategy development, leadership development, governance, and  facilitation & training.

Mary is a certified professional coach with the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed by the International Coach Federation and uses these skills with nonprofit executives, board leaders and management staff to strengthen their abilities and skills to guide organizations to excellence.

Mary is known for her depth of experience “walking in the shoes” of CEOs and board leaders and working in networks. She brings a dedication to social impact, a can-do attitude and commitment to partnering with clients to deliver high quality, on-time, extraordinary results. Mary facilitates with an inclusive and engaging style.  All with an element of fun!

Mary designs and facilitates learning communities for executive directors and emerging leaders and capacity building workshops in the areas of strategic planning, governance and program impact.  Mary customizes trainings that are culturally responsive and interactive.

Clients include: The Sierra Club, ACLU, League of Women Voters of CA, AARP, NAACP, The Hawaii Community Foundation, Moishe House, Girls on the Run Dane County, Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and International Youth Foundation.

Before founding Vista Global, Mary was a Senior Associate with La Piana Consulting, a national management consulting firm.  Prior to consulting, Mary held executive director positions with several youth-serving nonprofits, ranging in annual budget size from $150,000 to $13 million.  These organizations offered services for runaway, and homeless youth; legal services for abused and neglected children; and services fostering youth development.  In Mary’s last position as an executive director, she served as Executive Director of AYUSA Global Youth Exchange, an international nonprofit providing high school exchange opportunities for youth from 60 countries.

In the philanthropic sector, Mary served as Director of Grant Management and subsequently as Director of Education and Leadership Programs for the International Youth Foundation. In this position, she traveled to more than 25 different countries on six continents.

Active in community service, Mary serves as Past-Chair of the International Board of Directors for Amigos de las Americas, an international youth leadership organization. Mary was named BoardSource “Board Member of the Month” for her service with AMIGOS.

Other accomplishments include an International Fellowship in Community Development sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and participation in the Salzburg Seminar in Austria on the topic of Engaging Youth in Community Development. In addition, Mary is a contributor to The Leadership Challenge Activities Book, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The activity entitled; “Listening Deeply as a Leader”, is one of 107 activities that address the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

Mary holds a MA in Latin American Studies and an MBA in International Management from the University of New Mexico. She received a BA in Political Economics with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Portuguese.

Mary’s Thoughts on Finding Bliss…

Mary and Mia

As  a young person I was a product of positive youth development. I grew up in a single parent household outside of Chicago with an expectation to succeed. There were adults outside my family that played a critical role in my success. Making sure that kids know that adults think they are great with tremendous potential and providing the tools to navigate the challenges of life are values that I live by.

As a college student I served as a volunteer with Amigos de las Americas, an organization that provides opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills and lead projects in Latin America. Twenty-five years later, I am Chairperson of the Board of AMIGOS.

My work has led me on paths from the rural areas of Hawaii to the cities of Macedonia and South Africa. I have worked with community-based organizations, multi-national corporations and United States Congressional members. These experiences have shaped the lens that I have on the world and the work that I do.

Throughout my career, I always approached management as a team sport, leveraging the talents of everyone on the team to move the organization to greatness.

The change we want to see in the world starts with how we engage adults with our young people today. Not only do young people need the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their greatness, adults need to build their confidence in young people to lead. My approach to coaching incorporates both aspects of this audacious social change agenda.

In my spare time, I love traveling to Latin America and Hawaii, playing volleyball and biking with my partner Andy and exploring the hiking trails with my furgirl, Mia.