D'You Know Juno - Teena Ferroni

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Name:  Teena Ferroni

Nickname: Teena. Technically, my name is a nickname for my “given” name, Christena. (Yes, with one “e.” It’s a long story for another time…)

Position @ Juno: Managing Director, NYC

If you weren’t a Recruiter, what would you be? Sommelier, or travel blogger for Conde Nast.

Do you have any secret skills? Selecting a perfectly ripe avocado for immediate consumption. I don’t have time for them to sit on the counter and ripen.  I’ve also been told I am a phenomenal listener. Complete strangers talk with me and ask me questions all the time. I sometimes wonder where the hidden Candid Camera is.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? To not have plans and be spontaneous.

If you were a TV or movie character, who would you be? Some combination of Elaine Bennis and Carrie Bradshaw.

You get to pick one person, dead or alive, to have lunch with – who would it be? Queen Elizabeth II. She’s been a female world leader for 66 years, and the longest-reigning British monarch in history. If she was able to open up and really share, I’m sure that would be an interesting conversation.

You are on death row – what is your last meal? Generally, I am a healthy, clean eater. So, it would definitely be an extra-wide, fold-over slice and a glass of Barolo. Wait, in this scenario, I want the whole pizza and the bottle…

Favorite song of all time? Dreams, and Go Your Own Way, both by Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham and Nicks basically wrote their version of their break up. On the same album.

Favorite movie of all time? Goodfellas and Annie Hall

If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?  Nice, France

Favorite family tradition? Hanging out with my cousins after dinner on Christmas Day.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?  Early in my career, it was very informal, something along the lines of “if you were invited to be there, people should remember you were there.” (Translation: Speak up, Teena.)  

What would you do with your “15 minutes” of fame? I’d want to have accomplished something to advance the conversation and experience for women in business- and in life, frankly – so that’s it’s not a conversation anymore. It’s 2018 and it blows my mind that it’s still an issue. That said, this last year in particular has been so inspiring.

Biggest pet peeve? Sidebar conversations during a meeting or presentation.

What has been your strangest moment at work? I was once an HR Manager at a hotel, so I have some great stories…

As a recruiter, I had an executive referral – a recent college grad - come into my office to interview with a coffee, a Wall Street Journal, and the nerve to sit back and put his feet up on my desk. I was amused, so I proceeded with the interview. Then, I gave him some advice. Somehow, I managed to stay employed there.

Teena Ferroni