Where do designers in the middle of their careers go to make the professional leaps they’re seeking? The Comradery is a new Chicago-based program that teaches creative professionals new skills and knowledge in areas that today’s designers need to master. Co-founded by designer-educator-entrepreneurs Erin Huizenga and Deborah Alden, The Comradery hosts small-group workshops around Chicago featuring experts from the design community. As Huizenga describes it, The Comradery is “a new kind of education platform where professionals can learn as they see a need in their own career path, from people they respect and admire, within areas of knowledge and specialty they are truly interested in and passionate about.”
Joining The Comradery as an advisor and workshop leader is VSA Associate Partner Dinesh Goburdhun. A longtime strategist in the design field, Dinesh will present a workshop titled “Being a Public Storyteller: Making and Delivering Great Presentations” on May 4 at VSA. The session is designed to build strong presentation skills for attendees in an intimate setting.
“Dinesh is one of the most fierce strategic minds I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” said Huizenga, a former VSA account manager. “He will help our learners to zero in on what’s most important to tell the story and learn how to determine what to leave out. He’s a gifted translator between strategists and designers and an excellent mentor to professionals at all levels.”
The Comradery’s first session took place April 13, and more workshops are planned throughout 2013. Sign up for Dinesh’s session, learn more about The Comradery through its launch video, and follow the organization on Twitter.