The Bates Center for Purposeful Work offers several spotlights over the course of the academic year that focuses attention on alumni and organizations in specific industries. As student interests and industry opportunities change over time, the goal is to highlight different industries every year so that students get exposure to a wide range of sectors that they can explore in greater depth throughout their time at Bates.

Spotlights provide students with the chance to:

  • Gain industry knowledge from individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives, from recent graduates to seasoned professionals
  • Learn about specific organizations and potential internship/job opportunities
  • Develop a critical understanding of how to capitalize on the strengths of a Bates education to help them find their way to purposeful work

Each year, the team at Purposeful Work determines which industries to focus on based on trends in student interests, trends in industry opportunities, industries yet to be highlighted, and alumni engagement and support.

Some recent Spotlights include:

Alumni Spotlight on Careers in Government, Policy & Public Service

Purposeful Work will be hosting an alumni panel for our Government, Policy, and Public Service week. Please join us to learn more about alumni who have pursued careers in these industries. We will learn about their career trajectories and how Bates helped them achieve their goals as well as the purpose they find in their respective roles.

Watch the recording here:

Careers in Human Resources in 2022/2023

We’ll be engaging our guests in a discussion about their pathways from college to their current roles in different areas of human resources — talent acquisition, learning & development, executive search, and organizational change. They’ll have the chance to share how their undergraduate experiences prepared them for life beyond college as well as their current roles and responsibilities.

Connect with our guests to learn about their areas of expertise and how they found themselves at their current organizations. Make sure to research our guests and their various organizations in advance so you can ask informed questions about their professional experiences. Guests include:

  • Scott Miller, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, The Academy, Bank of America, Enterprise Strategic Initiatives Education & Change Management Executive 
  • Marquise Clark (’19), Associate, Financial Services & Technology Officers Practices, Heidrick & Struggles

Careers in Tech in 2022/2023

Product Management

Joined by David Akinyemi ‘21, Associate Product Manager at Atlassian, who will discuss his exploration and entry into technology, his journey to Atlassian, finding purpose in product management, and all the lessons he learned along the way. He’ll provide more insight into what exactly product management entails, the relevant skills to pursue this kind of work, and how you can get started while still at Bates. 

Software Engineering

Joined by Rakey Drammeh ’14, Partnership Engineer at Pinterest, Peter Kreig ’15, Lead Software Engineer at Logickull and Michael Somkuti ’19, Software Developer at Comcast who will share their experiences and advice for students interested in exploring engineering and software development. A variety of Bates experiences set them on the path to where they are today, so they’ll connect those dots for us and discuss how they continue to craft work that aligns with their interests and sense of purpose.

User Experience (UX)

Joined by Raven Moore ‘03, Design and Research Operations Manager at CDK Global; Eric Vilanova ‘17, a freelance product designer; and Colleen McCretton ‘93, Director of UX Design at Fidelity Center for Applied Technology. All three of these UX professionals will share what drew them to UX work, how they established themselves in the field, and where they think the field is going. They’ll share guidance and resources for what you can do to determine whether UX is where you’ll find meaning and purpose.

Careers in Higher Education in 2021/2022

Featured alumni in admissions and financial aid, advancement, athletics, and student success. Alumni discussed their pathways from Bates to their various areas of higher education and shared how their Bates degrees prepared them for navigating through different institutions and roles. [Bates community members: Check out the recording HERE.]

Women in Entrepreneurship in 2021/2022

Highlighted an impressive panel of Bates alumnae founders and innovators! Trustee Emma Sprague ’10, co-founder of Upswing Strategies, facilitated a conversation about women in entrepreneurship and innovation with the following Bates alumnae panelists: Jennifer Stevens Spatz ’88, Founder of Global Family Travels Mbali Ndlovu ’09, Founder of Lukafit Joselle Deocampo-Gautam ’00, Chief of Staff @ LinkedIn Talent Solutions (former New Product Innovation Portfolio Lead, previously Co-founder, Global FS Innovation Center @ PwC) Kristy Browder Edwards ’94, co-founder & chief product officer, Zen Data Privacy; and president and chief product officer for a stealth start-up! [Bates community members: Check out the recording HERE.]

Opportunities in Social Justice in 2021/2022

Highlighted alumni with diverse backgrounds and experiences that fall under the umbrella of social justice. From economic justice to racial justice, from community work to policy work, alumni shared their unique pathways through the academy to domestic and global stages. [Bates community members: Check out the recording HERE.]

Opportunities in Journalism in 2020/2021

Highlighted alumni with backgrounds and experiences in various areas of journalism. Alumni shared their pathways to their current roles at: the Miami Herald Media, the New York Times, and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Opportunities in Policy in 2020/2021

Highlighted alumni engaged in policy research, communications, consulting, and strategy, with representation from: Brookings Institution, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), DCI Group, and Internet Association.

Opportunities in STEM + Business in 2020/2021

Focused on alumni operating in roles and organizations at the intersection of STEM and business. From healthcare to pharmaceuticals, from marketing to operations, alumni shared their academic and professional pathways from Bates to: Boston Scientific, CVS, LevelEx, and Pfizer.

Opportunities in Environmental Careers in 2019/2020

Exposed students to alumni with a broad range of experiences in environmental careers, including: climate impact research, corporate sustainability, environmental law, municipal planning, and urban planning. The program also included alumni at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Opportunities in Mental Health Careers in 2019/2020

Invited students to connect with alumni and friends operating in the mental health space. Students had the opportunity to hear about the similarities and differences in the work being done by those with a PhD, a PsyD, an MD, a DNP, and a MA/MS in counseling.

Opportunities in Entrepreneurship in 2019/2020

Provided students with the opportunity to hear Bates alumni discuss their experiences with entrepreneurship, ranging from building their own businesses, to supporting their communities, to innovating within large organizations. Led by Bates Trustee and longtime entrepreneur Chris Barbin ‘93, the program also served as a kick-off for Bobcat Ventures, Bates’s entrepreneurial program and pitch competition.

Opportunities in Consulting in 2019/2020

Offered students the chance to hear from alumni engaged in different kinds of consulting work, with representation from: Analysis Group (AG), Artisan Healthcare Consulting, Beacon Group, Business Intelligence Advisors (BIA), and Ernst & Young (EY).