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#RothLife: Kameko Ogg

Our #RothLife series features Coworkers in various roles across the country, giving a glimpse of who we are as a company, and what it looks like to be a champion of Roth’s culture.

This month we had the pleasure of sitting down with Kameko from our Training and Development team. An eternal optimist, she manages to do it all with a smile, while brightening the day of anyone she comes in contact with. Meet Kameko:

Q: What do you do at Roth?

Pretty much all things Training, On-boarding, and coworker support! I teach many of the training classes along with Leila, one-on-one strategy, recruitment, and sales training, and I help develop new methods of learning and instruction for all of our coworkers. (By the time this comes out, I think we will have launched the podcasts that Diana and I will be hosting.)

Q: What do your friends and family think you do?

Many of them think I’m still a recruiter. Those who talk to me frequently and hear me getting excited about our coworker accomplishments seem to think I teach at a school somewhere.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you?

The day won’t start for me without a strong cup of tea! The day is typically a combination of group and individual training calls, followed by various video/audio/administrative projects at the end.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?

Seeing coworkers who are just starting out or who are struggling grow and succeed. Every time our coworkers in the field have a win, our whole team celebrates with them!

Q: What do you find most challenging about your role?

Honestly, everything is a challenge because every conversation and project is different. Some are easier than others, however I personally love change and challenges and feel so happy when we find a solution.

Q: What is something your Coworkers might not know about you?

I’m terrified of heights and falling, but I love sports like rock climbing and aerial arts. I just can’t look down!

Q: Before working at Roth, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

I spent a summer working for an Indy Raceway in Northern CA when I was in high school and got to work the races with the classic cars.

Q: If you could switch roles with anyone else in the company, whose job would you want?

I love what I do, but if I were to trade roles with someone not on my team, it would be Valerie Killeen, our Social Media Manager. I have really loved developing a stronger social media and LinkedIn presence, and could not have done it without everything I learned from Valerie!

Q: If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Simply Grateful – (I have no idea. I can’t even name my own pets let alone a book!)

Q: Do you have a personal mantra or motto?

“Poison into Medicine.” (It’s a Buddhist saying that means every challenge makes you a better and stronger person. It’s all about your perspective!)

Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

1) Be fearless. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. 2) You can’t help everyone. 3) Never say no to something that can help you learn and develop yourself!

Q: What did you want to be when growing up?

There was a time in middle school where I wanted to be a lawyer. I would have been a terrible lawyer…

Q: What would people never guess you do in your role?

Audio and video editing. I’m definitely not a pro, but I’m learning!

Q: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Music, all kinds. Anything that inspires me to dance!

Q: What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job at Roth?

Don’t just memorize our culture, live it. Our culture is what makes us not only successful in this industry, but will keep you engaged even when times are tough.

Q: What is one thing you can’t resist?

Cookies. Our snack counter in the Training & Development department can get a little out of control!

Q: What is your most overused phrase?

“This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Q: What do you most admire about your Coworkers?

My team just genuinely cares about everyone. Everyone on my team is willing to move mountains to create a remarkable experience for our coworkers.

Q: What do you think your Coworkers most admire in you?

Typically, I hear that they appreciate my number one strength – Positivity. There could be a hurricane and I would be saying, “At least we aren’t in a drought anymore!”

Q: You’re happiest when?

When I know that I was able to help someone overcome an obstacle and succeed.