Meet the GLOW girls: Ogi Toneva

“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”



Name: Ognyana Toneva

Years: 29

Occupation: Project Manager

Current Location: New York City

Hometown: Varna

GLOW year: 2002 and 2003   


Tell us about yourself – what are you doing, where are you?

I’ve been living in the United States for almost 10 years now. I currently work as a Project Manager in a boutique consulting firm in New York City that focuses on market research and international business development.


What do you love about your job (studies)?

I love that I work in an international team and I also get to work with many different people from various countries and industries.


Walk us through your (work) day.

Well, I do work in an office, 9am – 5pm, but my office is in the Chrysler Building so that is not so bad 😉 I take the subway across the East River every morning and during lunch break I often go for a walk to Bryant Park or the United Nations Building.


What “rules” do you live by?

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” If everyone was following this rule, the world would be an even better place 🙂


What is the greatest thing about education?

It unleashes human potential.


Who has inspired you in your life and why?

My dad has always been a great inspiration for me because of his strong character and moral principles. I am grateful for the way he and mom have brought me up, and the values they have taught me.  I also admire my father’s independence, which is a quality I value highly.


What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about working with other people to solve problems and help other people. I am an extroverted social butterfly that loves to be involved in social projects. The biggest cause I care about recently is waste reduction and minimizing humanity’s global footprint.

I am also passionate about dancing and everything sweet there is 🙂


Which experiences in life helped you become the person you are?

Everything I have experienced in my life so far has shaped the person that I am, and GLOW has definitely been one of the most influential events. The connection and bonding with my peers that I experienced at GLOW (for two consecutive years) has been unparalleled and will always have a very special place in my heart. GLOW academy helped me better realize my values and goals – as well as my potential.


When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?

I am a very positive and realistic person, so when things get though I keep telling myself that they will get better and the realist in me reminds me that they cannot stay bad forever anyway 😉 Sharing my thoughts and feeling with friends and family is also always helpful, because it reminds me that I am not alone.


What has GLOW given you?

Lifetime friends and a network of alumni that I know I can turn to anytime, anywhere.


Tell us something interesting that very few people know about you!

Not many people know that I went hitch hiking across Bulgaria when I was 19 with a friend from college who is now my husband 🙂


What is your advice for the young people?

The greatest wealth are the people you know. Surround yourself with great people and everything will be possible.


Share with us your favourite most inspirational piece!

This talk discusses the difference between our left and right brain hemisphere and how we can choose which one to use.