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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640


We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

Career Seminars

The workshop presented the wide range of sustainability-related fields and gave me a lot to think about in terms of how my skills can match those careers.
— G. Smith

Led by Foresight Design Initiative's Executive Director, Peter Nicholson, these seminars provide the insight and direction required to understand and develop a career in this growing sector. More than a "green jobs" information session, the workshops have been refined from the feedback of over 500 participants to empower individuals to define their career development strategy and take tangible next steps toward realizing a more meaningful and fulfilling life's work. 

The small group sessions encourage interaction and allow for attention to individual questions. The courses employ a variety of presentation modes to keep the workshops relevant, engaging, and pertinent to attendee interests. Participants receive an extensive annotated resource guide to help inform and propel their journeys.

Peter Nicholson and David Reynolds initially developed Foresight's Sustainability Careers Workshops. Sadhu Johnston, Lindsay James, and Laura Flanigan also contributed to their format and content, along with hundreds of past participants and many other colleagues in the Chicago sustainability community. 

Our next Career Seminar is currently being scheduled TBD. Please email us at for details. 

This was a great workshop in providing a hard look at what is available and what is needed (from us) to be effective in finding the positions you want. The self-assessment and networking tenets resonated very well.
— L. Christopher


Tailored advice and customized next steps can add momentum and focus to your career search. A limited number of appointments with Executive Director Peter Nicholson—customized to fit individual needs—are available in one hour increments. This personalized attention provides the opportunity to:

  • Clarify sustainability-related career objective
  • Identify and overcome transition barriers
  • Learn how to better expand and utilize networks
  • Review and revise resumes and cover letters
  • Receive suggestions for key resources
  • Determine viable next steps

As a ten-year veteran of the Chicago sustainability movement, and someone who transitioned from another field, Peter's advice on sustainability-related career development is in high demand. Peter's diverse experience, wide network, and recognized leadership enable him to provide unique and trusted insight on pursuing a sustainability-related position. He has taught Foresight's popular Careers Seminars to over 500 people, more than 75% of whom now have jobs.

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My one-on-one session with Peter was invaluable in furthering my career search in the green building sector. He helped me think through what I would need in my next role to be fulfilled and successful, as well as what actions I could take to make that role a reality. As a result of our conversation, I have taken on several interesting projects in the sector and have made important connections with individuals and organizations in the space.
— A. Martinelli