Alumni Professional Development

Bates Office of Alumni Engagement is excited to provide alumni learning opportunities to enhance their professional development at any stage of their careers. Find recommendations for career coaches from within our alumni network, tune in for virtual trainings, and connect with current students and fellow alumni through several forms of career services and volunteer opportunities.

Career Coaches

Bates offers recommended Career Coaches as a resource to help alumni in the exploration of career development. Coaches provide discounted fee-based services. Rate details are available through the coaches and may vary by services sought, market, and other factors. Coaches offer services in-person or virtually. When first contacting a coach, please be sure to mention that you are a Bates College alum.


The coaches are not employees, agents, or representatives of Bates College, and should you choose to establish any relationship with a coach or to retain the services of a coach, Bates College will not be a party to such resulting relationship. Please be advised that Bates College makes no representation as to the training, credentials, or conduct of any coach, nor does Bates College make any representation about the nature of the services such coach may provide to you or the results of such services. Fees may be incurred for certain services, please familiarize yourself with these.

Anne Keenan Shields ’80, P’18

Anne Keenan Shields ’80, P’18
Lighthouse Career Coaching

Anne Shields ’90 P’18

After graduating from Bates, Anne began her career in higher education, working with students and alumni. Anne has 30+ years of experience, having run the career programs at Bowdoin, Carleton, Davidson, and Carnegie Mellon. She has consulted for peer colleges and teaches career coaching through the Institute of Life Coach Training. She earned her MS and holds BCC and ACC coaching certifications; Anne is a “Designing Your Life” trained coach. She founded Lighthouse Career Coaching as an encore career. She and her husband Ron live in western New York and have two grown sons.

About Anne’s coaching:
Straight lines in careers are rare. You get to choose, change your interests, your mind, and change directions.

As a coach, I help clients think outside of the box by showing how they might reconfigure their unique skills, experiences, and values to design a career that might not present itself as a defined path or a ladder. The result is a life and work that represents their whole self, focusing on what most matters to them, their purposeful work.

To learn more or make an appointment contact:

David Ehrenthal ‘83

David Ehrenthal ‘83
Mach10 Career & Leadership Coaching

After graduating from Bates in 1983, David began his career as an economist. After attending The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, he then spent the next 30 years in CEO and senior marketing leadership roles, in the US and Europe, working with global brands such as American Express, AXA, State Street Global Advisors, IKEA, and Sun Life Financial. He is certified by the International Coaching Federation and the Gestalt International Study Center.

About David’s coaching:

As a principal at Mach10 Career & Leadership Coaching, I support my clients’ quest for work that’s both rewarding and sustainable. In some cases, this means expanding the range of possibilities, challenging assumptions, and preparing to go to market. In other cases, it means surfacing blind spots, engaging with resistance, and adding new leadership skills for personal growth.

Today, I lead my life in Concord, MA with my wife Florence and two adult children and work with clients around the globe.

To learn more or make an appointment contact:

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Webinar Programs:

Bates has partnered with Anne Keenan Shields ’80 of Lighthouse Career Associates to offer the following virtual programming for our alumni community.

Alumni Professional Development

NEW DATE! Alumni Professional Development: Can this job be saved?

The pressure of doing more with less, the frustration of being unappreciated, and the empty space where “meaning” might have previously lived, all contribute to the question “stay or leave?”

Past Sessions & Recordings

Alumni Professional Development

Results-Driven Teamwork

In the modern workplace, team members must navigate an environment that is in constant flux. Participants will walk away with practical tips that they can employ immediately to improve their teamwork skills and help their teams become more effective.

Alumni Professional Development

Extinguishing Burnout

Caring for others can drain our own physical and emotional strength. This presentation will give an overview of the symptoms of compassion fatigue, how to recognize it in workers and how to measure its severity, and research-based techniques to address it.

Alumni Professional Development

[WATCH THE RECORDING] Alumni Professional Development: Grad School: now, later, or never?

For many Bates alums a year, or two, or a few after graduation, the question comes up. Niggling at first, then more persistent, we wonder when (or if) heading back to school is a good idea. After all, most of us assumed we would pick up another degree at some point. Is now the right time? If not now, when?

Alumni Professional Development

[WATCH RECORDING] Alumni Professional Development: Designing an Encore Career

Bates College + Lighthouse Career Associates Present a New Virtual Professional Development Program Series! Designing an Encore Career So, what are you going to do…

Alumni Professional Development

WATCH THE RECORDING: Relaunch Your Career

Bates College + Lighthouse Career Associates Present a New Virtual Professional Development Program Series! Relaunch Your Career It was hard deciding to leave your job,…

Alumni Career Services and Volunteer Opportunities

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