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Mentoring Future Leaders

Mentors help you navigate different situations, achieve your goals and succeed as an emerging social impact leader.

Mentoring is a key component of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Throughout your two years, you will have personalized support to help you develop skills and expertise that help you accelerate your professional growth. 

Host Supervisor

Each week you’ll meet one-on-one with your supervisor at your host organization to talk about the work you’re doing and receive feedback on your progress. Your supervisor will provide coaching and guidance to support both your work and your overall professional development. Your supervisor will also give you insights into how your host organization works and the impact of your Fellowship.

Executive Director

Priscilla Cohen, Executive Director of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation, serves as a mentor and resource for all Fellows, drawing on her extensive experience with social impact organizations and knowledge of the nonprofit world. She will support you in your Fellowship experience from day one and is ready to answer your questions and provide help when you need it.

Alumni Mentor

An alumni Fellow mentor will work with you during the first year of your Fellowship and offer support, guidance, and the unique viewpoint of someone who has completed the Fellowship. The alumni Fellow is an excellent source of advice on how to get the most from your Fellowship experience. During the second year of the Fellowship, you will have access to the full network of alumni Fellows who can offer you practical information related to special project work you may be leading as well as related to post-Fellowship plans including career choices and graduate school. 

Trustee Support

You’ll also have the support of an FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Trustee who can offer another perspective, act as a sounding board or just be a friend and advocate. Trustees have a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are committed to supporting your professional growth during your Fellowship.

FAO Fellow working with studentsi a museum setting
"The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to take on a leadership role in the world of museum education where I could ‘learn by doing’ with the support and mentorship of experienced professionals."
Joanna Steinberg
FAO Schwarz Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York | 2008
"One of the key benefits of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and my favorite responsibility as a trustee, is the mentoring that we offer Fellows. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of future social impact leaders, and I am consistently impressed by their growth during and after their Fellowships."
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Alex Millard
Board Chair, FAO Schwarz Family Foundation

Mentoring Experiences

Former fellow Annie co-facilitating a group discussion with teens at the Food Trust

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