Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship

The Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship is a year-long leadership and professional development program to prepare bright and talented young women for senior-level executive positions in the retail real estate industry.

In recognition of Mary Lou Fiala’s distinguished 35-year career as a prominent industry leader, this Fellowship is designed for women who have Mary Lou’s drive, determination and skills to take the next big step in their careers.


Fiala Fellowship candidates must:

  • Be ambitious, passionate and committed to career advancement in the retail real estate industry
  • Be 25-35 years of age
  • Have at least five years of work experience in the industry or a combination of 5 years of related graduate school study and retail real estate industry work (minimum 3 years of work experience)
  • Be comfortable with public speaking
  • Be an ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) member

Period of Study

Fellowship is a year-long mentoring and professional development experience.


Fellowship benefits include:

  • Pairing with 3-4 inspiring women mentors in senior-level positions in the retail real estate industry
  • Participation in formal executive leadership education and training programs to further professional advancement, with the exact program(s) to be mutually agreed upon by the ICSC Foundation and Fellow; one suggested recommendation includes the Women in Leadership program at Columbia Business School
  • Complimentary registration and hotel accommodations at RECon and the opportunity to attend high-level networking and leadership events
  • Recognition within the industry through the delivery of presentation(s) at ICSC events about the role of women in retail real estate and the benefits of the Fellowship Program


  • Complete online application
  • Appraisal from an employer (current or previous)
  • Selection Committee interview for finalists
  • Attend RECon 2019 (May 19-22)
  • The flexibility to attend other ICSC events


Deadline for application is December 7, 2018.


Class Year

  • Recent Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Professional


  • North America

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