FiSF’s world-class network of mentors helps designers drive business results and scale their businesses for success.


Featured Mentors


Nancy Barrett

Nancy Barrett is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and has over two decades of experience in financial services. 

Mentoring expertise: Budgeting, Banking / Credit


Rachel Fischbein

Rachel Fischbein is the founder of Law On The Runway, and specializes in assisting creative startups as they build the foundations of their companies, and navigate contractual relationships. Her expertise includes intellectual property protection and licensing, corporate formation and governance, securing funding rounds, and assembling a team of independent contractors and employees.

Mentoring expertise: Fashion Law, Social Media Law, Intellectual Property Protection, Privacy Law


Vishal Kalia

Vishal Kalia is the Founder/CEO of , a Complete Resource Center for e-commerce, retail & fashion Industry. He has BS in Engineering and MBA and has been working in Growth & Marketing for last 12 years. He has managed growth marketing teams for e-commerce, retail, SaaS, real estate & industrial automation industry. He also runs a YouTube channel that provides marketing & growth tutorials for fashion businesses.

Mentoring Expertise: Customer Acquisition & Growth Marketing (SEO, SEM, Facebook advertising), Email marketing, Content marketing (Blog & Video), Analytics, GoTo marketing strategy, UX/UI design


Nicole Mason

Nicole Mason is the Director of Marketing Strategy at Macy’s Inc. She is responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated marketing strategy rooted in acquisition and retention specifically for Macy's Labs and Product Domain innovation efforts. In 2012, she led cross-functional teams in developing the first-ever live shopping experience for NBC's Fashion Star, a designer competition show featuring Macy's. In 2014 she was named among Macy's Best of the Best in the Omni-Channel category for Mobile Innovation & Activations. Nicole was named among the 2016 Brand Innovators San Francisco 40 under 40 in Brand Marketing.

Mentoring Expertise: Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing Strategy, Emerging Technologies, Brand Development, New Business Development


Jeanine Silberblatt

Jeanine Silberblatt is a retail executive with experience ranging from national retail chains to designer-led e-commerce brands to retail tech startups. Jeanine began her career in retail with Yves St. Laurent Accessories before becoming a Buyer and Director of Merchandising with stints at Sears Apparel and Reformation. She is currently the Head of Retail at Bodega AI. Prior to joining the retail industry, Jeanine completed her MBA at Harvard Business School.

Mentoring Expertise: Merchandising, Retail Strategies, AI


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