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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 Nest’s scaling impact, Nest is launching the Nest Expert Network—a trusted and skilled group of professionals who make a commitment to support Guild businesses over a period of one year through targeted fellowships and mentorships. We are currently accepting recommendations for the Nest Expert Network. Click here to recommend yourself or a colleague.

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.