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Next Cohort Begins: May 22-24, 2023

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Develop your Career Services leadership competency and community on an extended adventure that provides refreshing expertise and insights into the more complex and challenging issues associated with leading teams and initiatives in the university environment.

2023 COHORT Begins May 22-24





Mastermind groups are common across many industries, and leverage the power of facilitated questions, micro-training, and small group dialogue to gain an advanced leadership skillset and mindset that helps navigate complex issues.  This is Career Services MASTERMIND!


  • Amazing Mountain Retreat plus six online events included

  • MASTERMIND is not a conference, it's a 9-month leadership development experience. 

  • Only 36 Participants may register for MASTERMIND per year;  Mastermind is for those who are the leaders of the career center. Any non-top level leaders: Associate Directors, Assistant Director, Coaches and others may attend our ASPIRE Program, geared for those who would like to someday be in the Top Level leader seat. 

  • Participants are placed into a community group (C-Group) with 10 or less colleagues for the duration of the journey.

  • Participants will interact with multiple leading experts inside and outside the field as they dialogue together through the complexities of advanced leadership. 

  • Experience to beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park 

Advanced Leadership Curriculum Themes

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  1. Leading a Growth-Oriented Career Center

  2. Innovation Culture in a Slow-paced Bureaucracy

  3. Sophisticated Revenue Growth for a Career Office

  4. Maximizing Team Effectiveness

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  1. Leading Staff Emotions and Tasks during times of Change

  2. Staff Conflict, Hiring, and Firing

  3. Stewarding The Stress of Leadership

  4. Persevering with Grace through Campus Politics

  5. Managerial Courage

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  1. The Art of Persuasive Story Telling

  2. The Authentically Inclusive Leader

  3. Rallying Upper Administrators and Faculty around a Vision

Experience the inspiration of Estes Park, Colorado, The Lodges at the YMCA of The Rockies, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

2023 Overview

The Signature Leadership Development Experience

YMCA of The Rockies, Estes Park, CO

Mastermind begins at 2:30 pm on Day 1 and ends at 11:30 am on Day 3. It takes 1 hour 45 min to get to Estes Park from DEN airport in a rental car. It is one of the most beautiful drives in the USA.

Online Training & Community with your C-Group over the 9-month period

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Image by Peter Pryharski

2023 Costs


Member Rate: $3,300 

Non-Member Rate: $3,550 

  • Cost-effective compared to other all-inclusive leadership trainings in career services and higher education! 

  • Able to pay via check and invoice if needed

  • Ability to pay across two budget years if needed. 


  • YMCA of The Rockies Lodges for 2 nights 

  • On-site Event Related Transportation

  • Meals at all in-person events

  • Mastermind Workbook

  • Online Connection Forums


  • We recommend renting a car and carpooling with colleagues. 

  • Round Trip Shuttle from DIA to Estes Park (Plan ahead, book ahead). If arriving to DIA after 10:00am on Day 1, then you should carpool with colleagues or rent a car. 


  • Can I get to Estes the night prior or stay an extra night? Yes! The cost is on you, but you can extend your stay. Ask about current lodging and meal rates and book directly with the YMCA Estes Park by calling 888-613-9622. General lodging information can be found at Important information about staying in the same room throughout your stay is shared in the confirmation email.

  • Can I bring a partner or kids to stay with me? Yes! The YMCA of the Rockies was recently named the #1 Family Resort in the Country by USA Today. There are many things for partners and kids to do onsite and in the area. While they won't see you much during Mastermind and are responsible for purchasing their own meals, they are welcome to come. Additional information about bringing guests is shared in the confirmation email.

Want to chat about Mastermind before registering?

To set-up a call, email Sharon Attaway