This is the first interview in the series, with Diana Poveromo, Workflow Manager at Fahrenheit 212.
What do you do at Fahrenheit 212?
As Workflow Manager, I make sure that projects run smoothly, they are staffed with the right talent, and everyone’s workloads are optimal. I help keep things on-time and on-budget and keep things in line. Having been with Fahrenheit for 8 years, I have become part of it and know everything that is going on.
When do you feel most creative?
I love planning social events. In general, I like thinking of myself as a creative person, but I am truly inspired by the team and being involved in the team. I love team-building projects.
Do you have any rituals for the innovation process?
I need to have pencils and papers! I still believe in writing – any kind of brainstorming and planning has to start by writing things down.
Where do you call home?
Home for me is my Mom’s house, but I also find myself feeling at home in my apartment when I have pure alone time and can completely disconnect. It doesn’t happen often – I guess I am not home a lot!
What do you never leave home without?
When did you first get into the field of innovation?
2004 – when I joined Fahrenheit 212.
What innovation are you most proud of?
Seeing the growth of Fahrenheit and being part of it. After being here for so long and seeing how it has evolved from the beginning is truly gratifying. Looking back, it has transformed so much in the last decade. To me, I’m most proud of the self-innovation of Fahrenheit.
What is your go-to reading source?
I read a lot about food and what is going on around New York, like Brooklyn Based for where I live and PureWow which is all about little innovations, beauty, restaurants, and whatever is out that is… pure wow!
What is your favorite innovation in the last decade?
Airbnb. I rent my apartment, and I really like the personal aspect of it. You get to know people and what they are thinking; they have a picture of who the person is that lives here – even if you meet them for two minutes for the key exchange. I love to know what the guests think of me, too. It’s a wonderful innovation that enables me to help people and give them a sense for my New York.
What is the best advice you’ve received at Fahrenheit 212?
A few people have told me: “Do not ever be embarrassed or ashamed of an idea that you had. Especially here!”
Do you have any side projects, hobbies, or a previous life you would like to share?
I worked in the entertainment industry for many years — both music and sports — and that world definitely prepares you for anything you take on next. I went to school for graphic design, and I still do some design for friends’ businesses. I have also taken on a genealogical ancestry project! I do a lot of research for it, but I still need to get more answers. It’s fun and illuminating, but you have to commit to it for years. Although, I really try to spend most of my free time on the quest to master the acoustic guitar.