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Professional Fellowships & Employee Engagement

Core to Nest’s program delivery are fellowship and mentorship engagements, which help artisan entrepreneurs increase their business acumen through collaboration with industry experts.

Building Bridges

Whether working hand-in-hand with artisans onsite or leveraging technology to collaborate across borders, Nest’s network of professional fellows are bringing targeted, high-impact and scalable consulting to an ever-growing handworker population.

In Their Words

Employee Engagement

Nest’s Employee Engagement Program is a type of fellowship program offered to corporations and foundations seeking to engage employees in delivering meaningful skill based mentorship to artisan entrepreneurs. Companies may host problem-solving sessions or artisan product feedback focus groups in their own headquarters via workshops facilitated by Nest employees, or artisans may travel to a corporation’s headquarters for immersive learning experiences that function as multi-day educational summits on business practice areas. Corporations may also offer employees paid leave days to visit artisans for immersive onsite experiences mentoring artisans hand-in-hand.

Nest Employee Engagement Opportunities

Fellowship Impact

Announcing the Nest Expert Network

To accommodate our scaling impact, Nest has launched the Nest Expert Network—a trusted and skilled group of industry professionals who make a commitment to support artisan and maker businesses in the Nest Guild. Over a one-year period, members of the Nest Expert Network work directly with artisan businesses through a defined number of targeted pro-bono consultancies and mentorships. Members of the Network are recommended through our community of fellows and volunteers.

Through this community of experts, Nest can scale the delivery of programming and associated impact to the Nest Artisan and Maker Guild, which has grown 200% in the past two years alone.

Meet the Nest Expert Network

How it Works

Woven across much of Nest’s programming, fellows are industry professionals with experience in brand marketing, product design & development, sales, operations and other skills that can advance the growth of artisan businesses. Fellowship projects can range from mentorship calls to onsite engagements with members of the Nest Artisan Guild.