Visiting Innovators Program

Connecting nationally recognized leaders and local experts to our community.



Leland Melvin
October 10, 2019

Mr. Melvin followed his dreams to become both an NFL wide receiver and a NASA astronaut. Along the way, he learned lessons in perseverance, which he will share with our community during presentations on the morning of Oct. 10.


Learn More


Molly Bloom
February 19, 2020

Ms. Bloom hosts Brains On!, the award-winning science podcast for kids and curious adults. We’ll explore how curiosity will fuel the next generation of innovative thinkers. Workshops on podcasts will precede Ms. Bloom’s visit, and on Feb. 19, there will be community programs.



April 22, 2020

The future of our earth and our communities is in the hands of our children. LEGOs inspire the builders of tomorrow with discovery, investigation, and teamwork. Join us on Earth Day for a presentation and maker fair about building a better tomorrow.


About the program:

The Bryan Innovation Lab’s Visiting Innovators program educates and inspires our community through experiences that connect concepts of innovation and sustainability to academic and human endeavors in the arts and sciences.

The program proudly features nationally and locally recognized experts who are leading thinkers and change-makers in their fields. While on campus, these innovators help students, faculty, and the Richmond community develop a deeper understanding of world issues. The Visiting Innovators share their expertise in a variety of ways that highlight hands-on problem solving—speaking to our students, working with classes on relevant issues, making presentations that are open to the Richmond community, and conducting workshops for families. This program furthers the private school’s commitment to fostering innovation and stewardship in our students and the greater Richmond community.

Recent events:

To learn about our Fall 2019 Visiting Innovator Leland Melvin, please visit

How to apply:

At The Steward School, we believe an environment with a diversity of talents, abilities, cultures, and backgrounds provides the richest and most fully rounded educational experience. We invite all interested persons to become a part of our learning community through participation in the Visiting Innovators Program. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application. Email the application packet to The Steward School at or mail to:

Visiting Innovators Program
Bryan Innovation Lab
11600 Gayton Road
Richmond, Virginia 23238

In addition to completing the attached application, three letters of recommendation must be submitted. These letters should be from the most recent supervisors or clients and should address your suitability as a visiting scholar in this program.

The Steward School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational, admission, scholarship, or employment policies, or any other program administered by the School.

Visiting Innovators Program Expectations and Opportunities

The overall expectation of the program is that visiting scholars will share their knowledge and talents with members of the school community to create novel learning experiences about innovation, design, and sustainability in a meaningful and rewarding way.

Visiting scholars at the Bryan Lab help plan and implement programs that provide hands-on opportunities for students to turn ideas into action and inspire the community at large to affect change in a positive manner.





Copyright 2019 The Steward School

The Steward School Mission

Our mission at The Steward School is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. We invite you to learn why so many families have chosen to become part of our community.


Explore Campus      Learn from the Experts

Experience "The Steward Way"

The Steward School is committed to the kind of education that recognizes individuality and fosters potential through a differentiated approach. If you value small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad opportunities, then Steward may be the right school for you.


Learn More     Schedule a Visit    Apply Online

An Education as Unique as Your Child

We are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum to students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the incredible opportunities we provide for each learner.


Lower School     Middle School     Upper School

Explore the World of the Arts

Whether setting the stage, striking a chord, creating a masterpiece, or simply exploring individual talents and interests, exposure to the arts develops important life skills necessary for students to succeed in academic areas and everyday life experiences. By providing our students with multiple creative outlets, we seek to nurture talents, build confidence, and help students discover passions.


Visual Arts     Music     Theatre

One School. One Team.

Participation, skill building, and sportsmanship are the cornerstones of The Steward School’s athletic program. At all levels, our coaching program is dedicated to giving students the training and experience necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity, skill development, and, above all, teamwork.


Athletic Calendar     Sports Programs

A New Way of Learning

The Bryan Innovation Lab is a 21st-century, problem-solving environment. Through experiential learning in this cutting-edge facility, students are able to grapple with real world issues, challenging their critical thinking and resourcefulness.


Explore the Lab

Beyond the Classroom

The Steward School is a place of learning for the greater Richmond community through various campus programs. Whether you're interested in attending our annual gala, signing your child up for one of our summer camps, or learning more about LEAP, we welcome you to the Steward community.


Special Events     Summer Experience

It's for Steward Students!

Your gift helps ensure that each student recieves the best educational experieance at Steward. Learn more about the Steward50 campaign, annual giving, and other ways to support Steward.


Learn More     Give Today