UW Platteville #ELGLInspire Speaker: Douglas M. Ihrke

Posted on October 3, 2019


#ELGLInspire is coming to UW Platteville on October 4th! Learn more about our event speakers in these brief profiles, and connect with them before and after the event!

Douglas M. Ihrke

Douglas M. Ihrke

Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

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

I worked as a dish washer in my brother’s café in my home town in MN.

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

University of MN (Bachelor of Civil Engineering) Graduate institution? Northern Michigan University (Master of Public Administration) and Northern Illinois University (Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science)

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

All of them.

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

Driftless Reader- yes, particularly to those who like to trout fish.

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

Make sure you show up.

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).

Do not show up for an interview or meeting.

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

Because it is a rewarding way of life and the pay is not bad

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