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Fellowship Mentors

Mentoring is a key component of the FAO Schwarz Fellowship. Throughout your two years, you will have a personalized support team to help you develop skills and expertise that help you accelerate your professional growth. They’ll help you navigate different situations, achieve your goals and succeed as an emerging social impact leader.

Each week you’ll meet one-on-one with your supervisor at your host organization to talk about the work you’re doing and learn from 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.


The 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 broad and deep 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 support or help when you need it.


An Alumni Fellow mentor will work with you and provide support, guidance and the unique viewpoint of someone who has completed the Fellowship. The Alumni Fellow can offer you practical information on career choices, graduate school and networking and provide excellent advice on how to get the most from your Fellowship experience.


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. Trustees have a diverse range of professional backgrounds and are committed to supporting your professional growth during your Fellowship.

“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

Mentoring Stories

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