Day-Long Sustainability Careers Seminar, 9 June

8:00-8:15am    Check-in (Continental Breakfast Provided)
8:15-8:30am    Introduction to Morning Sessions
8:30-11:30am  Sustainability Careers Workshops - Part I or Part II (see descriptions below)

11:30-1:00pm LUNCH (provided)
& Moderated Discussion: From Interning to Pro Bono Consulting: Strategies for Getting Experience

1:00-1:10pm  Introduction to Afternoon Sessions: Sustainability Careers Next Steps
1:10-1:45pm  Self Assessment (peer-to-peer)
1:45-2:00pm  Self-Assessment Feedback/Sharing (large group)
2:00-3:00pm  Cover Letter & Resume Tips & Break Out

2:45-3:00pm  BREAK

3:00-3:35pm  Group Informational Interview Session 1
3:40-4:15pm  Group Informational Interview Session 2
4:20-5:00pm  Group Informational Interview Session 3


Morning Session (8:15-8:30am)
Part I: Sustainability Careers Workshop
(Combined Early and Mid-career Levels)
Developed to provide an in-depth introduction to the sustainability sector and strategies for securing a related position, this workshop empowers participants with the information and resources required to take the next steps in their careers journeys. Topics include: learning about the sector; the how and why of conducting a self assessment; identifying opportunities; types of sustainability-related careers; transitioning to a sustainability-related position; the importance of networking, and how to do it better; informational interviews and why they can be key; and opportunities for learning, accumulating experience. Time is also allotted to answer participants' specific questions. Attendees leave with a broad wealth of information and having identified tangible and viable next steps.
Space is intentionally limited to 45 participants to allow for questions/interaction.

Lead by Peter Nicholson
Executive & Creative Director
of the Foresight Design Initiative.

Part II: Sustainability Careers Workshop* (Follow-up to the Part I Entry and Mid-career Workshops)
This session is the next step in Foresight’s Sustainable Careers Workshop series. This workshop will be a more in–depth and participatory seminar for past Part I workshop participants. Attendees will jointly review the latest edition of Foresight’s Sustainable Careers Resource Guide discussing key entries; share experiences regarding their self-assessment, educational undertakings, as well as ways in which they have gained experience in the field. Intended to provide the information and insight necessary to empower attendees to overcome barriers to their job search and/or transition, this workshop will dedicate significant time to indentifying these obstructions and exploring strategies for overcoming them.
Space is intentionally limited to 30 participants to allow for questions/interaction.
Lead by Laura Flanigan
Consultant, Five Winds International

*Prerequisite: Previous attendance at a Part I Workshop (i.e. Foresight's "regular" Careers Workshop) is required.

Afternoon Session (1:00-5:30pm)
Sustainability Careers Next Steps: Power Up!
Intended for those who have taken a Sustainable Careers Workshop (Part I or II), Foresight presents an opportunity to take those next steps necessary for identifying and securing a sustainability-related position. Working in both small- and large-group sessions, this half-day seminar will provide the opportunity to meet with local sustainability leaders from a diversity of sectors in small group settings. In addition, reviewed topics will complement those covered in the previous workshop(s). They will include resume and cover letter issues, putting your self-assessment to work, getting experience, practice interviews, and viable next steps.


  • Shelly Herman, Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks
  • Brandon Leavitt, Solar Service Inc
  • Joyce Coffee, City of Chicago Department of Environment
  • Kevin Pierce, Shaw Environmental & Shaw Sustainability Solutions
  • Richard Kosmacher, iGo Car Sharing
  • Scott Baron, Acciona Energy North America

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