Career Path: Devin Cole, Head of Partnerships at Workbar
What do the career path and day-in-the-life look like for the Head of Partnerships at Workbar?
We connected with Devin Cole to find out!
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Where did you grow up? What did your parents do for work?
I grew up in Boston. My dad was in real estate development and my mom has a ballroom dance education business.
Where did you go to college? What did you study and what were some of your initial jobs out of school?
I went to Harvard and studied history. I also took urban design courses there because cities are an interest. After college, I went to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where I started as the Program Assistant for Economic Initiatives. My job was to support six initiatives focused on industry sectors or economic priorities.
While doing that job, I supported an initiative called ONEin3 Boston, which was the city’s initiative to attract and retain 20-34-year-olds. I ended up managing that program for four years.
What has attributed to your success thus far and has helped propel you to the position you have now?
My network, deep-seated guilt that I might not be working hard enough, and comfort with ambiguity.
Can you share the high-level responsibilities of your current position as Head of Partnerships at Workbar?
My role at Workbar is to think creatively about how to use the Workbar spaces as a platform to match members with programming and services that they find valuable. By doing this well, we can add value for members while creating opportunities for services and products to find an audience.
Any tips for someone considering a career in your field?
Spend a lot of time learning about the people around you and trying to help them. You will never go wrong with a helpful mindset. Also, spend time with the smartest, most interesting people you can find and then look for ways to connect them to the things they care about.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
Coffee at home in the morning, decaf tea after that
What time do you get into the office?
Between 8 and 9 AM.
What are three things that motivate you in your role?
Seeing the impact of my work on the Workbar experience
Spending time with Workbar members
Meeting exciting partners and working with them
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
My wife and I have an 8-week-old, so this is all in flux BUT...
6:00: Wake up
6:00 to 7:00: Hang out with my daughter, drink coffee, eat breakfast and maybe read
7:45-8:15: Get ready to go to the office
8:15-9:00: Commute by bike if possible or bus/train if not. Last-ditch is to drive.
9:00-9:15: Make sure there are no new pressing issues and set a plan for the day
9:15-12:00: Try to knock out one real work project or part of a project while I’m fresh
12:00-5:00: Meetings and responding to people
5:00-8:00 (Preferred): Go home and see the baby
5:00-8:00 (Not bad either): Host an event at Workbar or go to an event
What time do you head out of the office?
Between 5 and 8 PM.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
Shut it down!
Any productivity hacks?
Inbox Zero - especially “don’t look at any email twice, take action the first read.”
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
There are zero apps I can’t live without.
What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
Growing Workbar from one to eight locations and counting.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
Yoon Lee, formerly from Boston World Partnerships
C.A. Webb, from the Kendall Square Association
Trish Fontanilla, Community expert
Images courtesy of Devin Cole and Workbar