Purposeful Work Unplugged

Purposeful Work Unplugged is a series of dynamic Q&A conversations with notable alumni and friends, faculty and staff about their career trajectories and the traits that support meaningful work. Check out clips of our prior events!

February 3, 12-1pm, Public Health and the CDC: Pathways & Purpose, Benjamin Mays Center

150509_alumni_council_headshots_0099Alicia Hunter Warner, MSW, JD, Bates Class of 1994 and member of the Alumni Council, will talk with Lee Abrahamsen, Chair of the Medical Studies Committee and associate professor of biology.

Due to space restraints, this Noontime Unplugged event will take place in the Benjamin Mays Center and we will serve a salad and pizza bar for attendees.


November 9, 2016, An Evening with U.S. Senator Susan Collins

senator-collins-webPeggy Rotundo, Director of Strategic and Policy Initiatives for the Harward Center, and Maine State Representative hosted Maine’s Senior United States Senator Susan Collins in the Olin Concert Hall on the evening after the national election. See coverage, clips, and full video here.


May 9, 2016 with Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale, Inc.

maria-rodale-2014Maria Rodale P’19, CEO of Rodale, Inc., and author of The Organic Manifesto, heads the world’s largest independent publisher of health, wellness and environmental content. Journalism Practitioner-in-Residence Peter Moore ’78 talked with her about her work, the industry, finding purpose and making meaning.


Doing Well by Working Green: Adam Kessler ’00 and Kate Dempsey of The Nature Conservancy

160318_PW_Unplugged_031March, 2016. Rebecca Fraser-Thill moderated an in-depth conversation between these two NESCAC grads and Nature Conservancy of Maine colleagues that revealed career navigation choices and preferences they’ve discovered over their years of work that sometimes surprised even themselves. See the full video here


Mentorship and Meaning: Peggy Koenig P’17

Rebecca Fraser-Thill discussed with Peggy finding meaning, the value of mentors and mentoring, the circuitous career path, leading as a woman in a male-dominated industry, and the importance of understanding and listening to yourself.

Peggy Koenig P'17, private equity co-CEO at ABRY Partners sits down for an interview with Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Program Design for the Purposeful Work initiative and Lecturer in Psychology, at the Mays Center Nov. 11th.

Peggy Koenig P’17, private equity co-CEO at ABRY Partners sits down for an interview with Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Program Design for the Purposeful Work initiative and Lecturer in Psychology, at the Benjamin Mays Center Nov. 11th.


150922_Christine_Cheryl_pgj_0122There’s more to your Crispito than you know…
Christine Schwartz & Cheryl Lacey, October 2015

Darby Ray spoke with Christine Schwartz, Assistant VP for Dining, Conferences and Events, and Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining.  How do you build and manage a 100-person team, do a million+ meals a year, go from a first-generation rural kid at Middlebury to award-winning operations at Bates, pull off thousands of events… you do it with mentorship, courage and laughter and teamwork.


Carol Gaffney

Carol Gaffney ’67, March 2015

Bates Treasurer Geoff Swift spoke with Carol Gaffney ’67, peak performance expert, principal of Six Dimensions sports consulting and principal of People Solutions, about her own path to peak performance, using your mental game to get the most out of all you do – on the field, on the court, in the classroom, on the job.


JP Maheu and George Gallate, January 2015

maheu_400x400gallate_150 Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenberger interviewed Maheu (l), Head of Global Brand Strategy at Twitter and Gallate (r), CEO of international digital marketing firm RKG. must-see video clips here


Jean Thompson ’82, November 2014

kb120913_390_Thompson5x7 Thompson’s classmate Steve Fuller ’82, P’13 had a fireside chat with her about navigating her position as CEO of Seattle Chocolates. See video clips of her story here.