#ELGLInspire Speakers: Travis Coenen

Posted on September 9, 2018


Travis Coenen

Travis Coenen

Village Administrator/ Former Asst. Fire Chief, Village of Wrightstown


What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?

Utilities contractor

What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution? What was/were your degree(s) in?

NWTC UWGB Associates Degrees Fire Protection technician and Civil Engineering\Survey Technician and Bachelors Degree in Integrative Leadership with a Minor in Public Administration

What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?

All education creates resources to make you successful.

Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” -Jimmy Dean

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?

WMCA, APWA, AWWA, WI State Firefighters Association

What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?

Stop at locations of interest for potential jobs, introduce yourself, and have a resume handy. Become part of many of the great organizations out there and be active in your community. Some of the strongest business and municipal partners are very active in these organizations such as local chamber of commerce or economic development organizations.

What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).

Lack of punctuality or lack of clean personal presentation

Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?

You will have great opportunity to serve the public and enhance your community, while earning a great benefit package. The public sector also has provides great potential for future growth with its historical stable job market.


Connect on September 13! Register for #ELGLInspire at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. This event is free for students!

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I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.

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