AmCham Young Professionals™

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AmCham Young

Tonja Avsenik
Young Programs Manager & Project Manager

8 generations, 880 young potentials, 7 AmCham Top Potentials of the Year




AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM is a way of thinking. It’s a platform for the personal and career development of young potentials. This network brings new opportunities and optimism with its energy. It is a source of inspiration to AmCham Slovenia and represents a commitment to change for the better.

The interactive workshops, lectures, and meetings held with business leaders provide the knowledge required for personal and career growth. The extensive business network and strong relationships established as a result are important for our young potentials’ future work and career development.

How to join the AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM

Leadership potential, high strong ethical principles, a passion for work, persistence, and a desire to develop personally and improve your competences – are just some of the qualities we look for in candidates for the AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM program. People with leadership potential, aged 25–35, are recommended by their supervisors, which gives them additional motivation and encouragement.

Top 7 – AmCham Top Potentials of the Year!

AmCham Top Potentials of the Year are proud ambassadors of their generations. 

Deana Jezeršek, Co-founder and Head of Studies and Development,LanguageSitter, AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2017

We are all stars. Let us act like the Sleepy Twinkle Star (Zvezdica zaspanka) did, which fell on the Earth as punishment. Let us not hide our golden hair but rather show it to the world and take advantage of our potential. Let us find someone with a stone instead of a heart, warm it up and help them regain their true heart.

Nina Langerholc Čebokli, Head of Ministers Office, Ministry of Public Administration, AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2016

I can honestly say that being a member of 6th generation of AmCham Young Professionals ProgramTM was like holding an energy bomb. Every time the meeting hold place I had even more motivation for enriching my knowledge and perseverance to improve the system. Perfect atmosphere of cooperation, sharing different views and hosting the best leaders and managers in combination with fun and open communication represents an unique recipe for unforgettable experience. I will continue to play an active role and I recommend to everybody to engage with the program if there is a chance.

Tomaž Švajger, Vice President and Global Sales Executive, Doctrina d.o.o., AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2015

AmCham Young Professionals ™ program gives individuals different and wider perspective and it is thus professionally as well as privately extremely enriching. The biggest added value of the program in my experience is all the networking and positive energies that pushes us towards collective and socially responsible behavior among the participators of the program and the environment we live in.

Gaj Stavber, PhD, Assigned Project Manager Development Center Germany, Sandoz, Top Potential of the Year 2014

It is all about the people & it is a lot about the values-this is something that really inspired me during the year. Values in combination with positive and determined actions have become my major principle. The AmCham Young Professionals ProgramTM is for sure an amazing journey along the way of networking, socializing, learning soft skills & leadership elements and is giving you the opportunity to push yourself out of a confort zone in order to grow in different directions. It is a right choice.

Blaž Jakič, Regional Manager, Triglav INT, d.d., AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2013

The AmCham Young Professionals ProgramTM is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and establish business connections with talented and ambitious individuals. At the same time it enables participants to gain knowledge and experience pertinent to the modern business environment in an interesting and interactive way at workshops and lectures.

Nana Šumrada Slavnič, doctor iuris, Country Tax Manager Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, IBM SLOVENIA d.o.o., AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2012

AmCham Young Professionals ProgramTM is a platform for gathering young Slovenes with distinguished business and personal cultures. The new dimension of the Program lies, I believe, in creation of a network combining business intelligentia with an international flavor.

Tomaž Lanišek, MBA, General Manager, OEM Europe & CIS, Knauf Insulation, AmCham Top Potential of the Year 2011

 Since the lectures were held in a pleasant and mostly informal atmosphere, we were able to hold open discussions with top business leaders and international speakers. In this way the program opened new views about our career goals, of how leaders should act, and it made us think about how we already act in our current work positions.

AmCham Heroes, enabling the progress and growth of the AmCham Young Potentials for 8 generations


AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM program – intellectual property of AmCham Slovenia

In 2012, the program reached the level of individuality, creativity, and recognition required to become legally eligible for copyright protection as the intellectual property of AmCham Slovenia and the team responsible for its development under the leadership of mag. Ajša Vodnik, Executive Director of AmCham Slovenia. The same also goes for the AmCham Young ProfessionalsTM brand itself.