Marina Beverelli

Marina Beverelli

One of the first bosses that I had really inspired me. She’s been in PR for over 15 years, and she’s still so passionate and dedicated. She's a lot of fun and teaches her interns so much; she always shares what she's doing too. She still remembers what it’s like to be an assistant which I think is very important.

 

As a boss, have you ever found it challenging to separate a friend/work divide?

Yes and it's hard. It's hard.

I mean it's a family, absolutely. You see these people over 8 hours a day, more than your boyfriend. So obviously you have to get along and the more you get along, the better you work.

But because of that it's tricky, the boundaries are thin. I always feel bad when I have to tell my assistant or whomever,  "Okay, this is wrong. I told you before not to do this, but you're still doing it,” etc. But it’s my responsibility to make sure they learn a lot and understand why they are processing this way.

 
 
 
 NATALIE ROSEN

NATALIE ROSEN

What does it mean to be a good boss?

Being able to give constructive criticism for one. I always try to be super encouraging with the interns because you want to keep everyone's spirits up even if there's a lot of things going wrong. Also to teach by example is super important. I never want to tell them to do it one way and then do it another way.

So yeah I would say being calm and constructive, but also letting people do things their own way as well. Everyone’s mind works differently, and everyone has different ideas which can help the office grow. If you can think of a more efficient way to do the task, please do it that way.

 
 
 
 ANNA CHAE

ANNA CHAE

Someone who's nurturing and concise. They’re able to push boundaries, but they also take a genuine interest in their team. In addition to that, someone who is a good teammate is really valuable. It's important to have a good working relationship with your boss because it's that trust that really matters.

 
 
 
 ALEXANDRA AVALONE

ALEXANDRA AVALONE

It's so funny because I don't consider myself a boss, I have a plaque on my desk that says, 'Girl Boss' from one of the Refinery events that Thierry got me as a joke.

 

That’s cute.

Yeah, it's really sweet. But I just consider us a team. That includes my interns and everyone else in the office; we're a team. I think as far as being a boss goes; it just means I have more responsibility, and I have to oversee a few additional things. But I treat everyone as equals; we're a team together.

My intern comes to meetings with me, too. I try to sit down with her to explain things so that she can learn. She’s also on emails with me, overseeing projects so she can see and understand the whole process. That’s important because I want everyone to enjoy being a part of the team and working with me. I’ve also been very fortunate to have the most incredible interns over the last 3 years.

 
 
 
 RON HARTLEBEN

RON HARTLEBEN

What does it mean to be a good boss? 

It's kind of a joke we have in the office that the interns always love me and I don't know why but I think it's nice. I think it's because I'm always on set with them instead of in the office. On set, it's just them and me and I get to know their interests and what they want to do with their lives because I was an intern not long ago, so I understand where they're coming from. I don't know. I think it's because I care. I care about all my interns and I want them to do well and succeed and I can always tell when somebody really wants it, so I let them have it. I think it's about communication and not letting anyone feel like there's this huge weight on their shoulders. I'm very, very easygoing and lighthearted. I've never yelled at an intern and I'm very nurturing in a way, kind of like a big brother.