, Ro Kalonaros, Women & LGBTQ+ In Advertising Community Leader

Ro Kalonaros, Women & LGBTQ+ In Advertising Community Leader

, Ro Kalonaros, Women & LGBTQ+ In Advertising Community Leader

Ro Kalonaros is the manager of OMC Hive, Omnicom’s internal knowledge sharing platform. She’s also a Fishbowl community leader for Women in Advertising and LGBTQ+ in Advertising.


What’s the one thing you’d want to improve in your industry?

Our valuation of our people. We are only as good as our ideas and our ideas are only as good as our people. Talent attraction and retention are becoming a big issue in this industry for many different reasons, and we have to get to the root of those problems. Right now, we’re seeing a democratization of ideas that we’ve never seen before, and I hope it sticks.


What’s your go-to fun fact during ice breakers?

My family makes olive oil in Greece! And I was the lead singer of a surf punk band that played around the tri-state area.


What’s been one of your favorite Fishbowl convos lately?

I loved all of the beautiful anecdotes and insights shared, but I also was glad to see the toxicity of certain female leaders called out. It can be almost more disheartening to work under a woman who doesn’t empower you than for a man who is the same way because we expect a certain level of understanding and support. The word ’empathy’ came up in the majority of responses, which I believe is vital not just for leadership, but for every employee.


What’s the luckiest moment you had in your career?

I’ve had a lot of lucky moments in my career, but I believe it’s because I’ve earned my luck. I constantly try to put myself in a position to get lucky. If you don’t show up, you can’t win.


What’s your biggest pet peeve in a coworker?

There was a guy who used to clip his nails in the cubicle behind me…


What do you love about your job?

The people, for sure. I have access to 70,000 brilliant minds across the globe and I get to create with and for them.


If the story of your career was a book, what would the title be?

Conventional Pursuits Yield Conventional Returns


Describe the best boss you’d ever have

The best bosses I’ve had are wildly good at what they do but are aware of their shortcomings and open to ideas and help. They lead with empathy and are adaptive to all different ways of working and thinking, but are tough and transparent when shit hits the fan.


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