I’ll never forget that first retreat with the Fellowship in the fall of 2012. As we all sat down in JumpStart’s conference room in midtown Manhattan, we introduced ourselves and the mission of our host......
Professional Development Retreats
Fellows gather twice a year for one of the highlights of the Fellowship program—the retreats. The four-day retreats are held in one of our host cities—Boston, New York or Philadelphia. Because the schedule rotates, you will visit all our host cities by the end of your Fellowship.
Retreats include a full schedule with leadership training, hands-on workshops, skill development, site visits and opportunities for reflection. You’ll be challenged to think about big ideas—what power and inclusion mean, the role nonprofits play in public policy, or the widespread effects of income inequality.
You’ll gain practical skills, too—on topics such as how to deploy the power of community organizing, honing your presentation skills, identifying professional opportunities that are a good match for your skills and interest, or understanding your leadership style. And you’ll hear from other Fellows about their work at their own host organizations and gain exposure to other critical social issues.
In addition, Fellows benefit from discussions with special guests from leading social impact nonprofits and experts in organizational development, policy, and education. For example, FAO Schwarz Fellows have met with Gerald Chertavian, CEO and Founder of Year Up, a non-profit organization that provides intensive professional education to underserved young adults, and with Yael Lehmann, when she was the President & CEO of The Food Trust, which strives to make healthy food available to all.