when I was searching for some inspiration for the editorial to the Brief and in the meantime fighting with my little three years old son to finally put him to bed – the time was of course as always when writing my editorials - 5 minutes to midnight; figuratively and literally speaking, an e-mail came suddenly from...
...a great young man Žiga Vavpotič, who is among other, the initiator of Simbioz@ and numerous other projects and to whom I sometimes for his incredible energy almost wish to good-naturedly pull ears, however every time remind myself that it is right to be so, as he is young, full of energy and brings positive changes. He wrote to me that he only wished to share two things with me; firstly, that our AmCham President (Matej Potokar) is a »true model«, for he has without publicly announcing, quietly within his local home area cooperated as a volunteer in the excellent project Simbioz@. Furthermore, he continued that our AmCham Vice-President (Thierry Villard) is an extraordinary mentor and that he is happy to had opportunity to chosen him as the finalist of the Young Professionals Program. Let me quote his sentence: »He is a real mentor and whenever you wish a story about how your Mentor Program bears fruit, I would love to narrate it, with a great pleasure, indeed! «
Let me explain why this message means so much to me; it is because I only a few minutes ago wished to write you how one of the managers of an important company asked me to bring forward at least one good reason why would one still persist in working in Slovenia and I did not know how to reply, as the spiral of negative messages drew me into enlisting more answers for why not instead of bringing positive reasons. Of course the changes are necessary in the business environment however it is also true that we have the opportunity to decide and at least try to carry the changes out, as Slovenia is, as is Žiga, still young and if we stand together, it may be full of energy and may bring positive changes. One should sometimes not simply expect the others to lead but has to pledge oneself in taking part of the responsibility for the changes made. We, at the AmCham Slovenia endeavor day by day either for the events, or the committees in which more than 120 experts are functioning also because they are pledging themselves to a part of own responsibility, or the program AmCham Young Professional Program to where you can come for a wave of energy whether you lose inspiration.
The messages are never coincidental, thank you Žiga, for giving me the answer that there are two million reasons existing why one should continue with working in Slovenia.
Looking forward to keeping company with you!
Save the dates: AmCham Business Breakfast in October
Wednesday, 26 October 2011, 8.00 a.m., Austria Trend hotel Ljubljana. Confirm your participation and reserve your seat to: email@example.com.
USA Alumni Club
Please contact us or pass this information on to any other Slovenians you may know who have been educated or done research in the USA
AmCham Slovenia needs your knowledge and experience
We would like to ask all AmCham members to complete the survey about the competitiveness in Slovenia.
AmCham Business Breakfast in September
The Future of Global Trade and Industry – What Next for the World and Slovenia? See some of the most interesting parts of this event on VIDEO
Novelty - you can now follow our Business Breakfasts on VIDEO
AmCham Professional Update "Business Continuity Plan"
Activites of AmCham Committee for Environment and Spatial Planning
Thursday, 6 October, IBM Innovation Center
10th years after the "11th September, "we spoke about" Business Continuity Plan » which is an answer to many questions for a secure future of companies in Slovenia.
At the initiative of the Chair of AmCham Committee for Environment and Spatial Planning, Mag. Maja Šušteršič, we organized a Professional Update, where the speakers presented the basics of the BCP and the case study of company, which has produced global and local business continuity plan BCP. Special guest was Mr. Thomas Schildbach, Business Continuity Manager, EMEA, Goodyear Dunlop.
The purpose of Professional Update was an incentive for businesses in Slovenia on the adequacy and relevance of making such a plan.
More about the speakers:
1. Maja Šušteršič,M.Sc. Head of Section at Petrol d.d., Ljubljana
- Launched the basics of business continuity plan, why do we need and what it gained and positioning of business continuity management system with other models and systems. While examining the issue, obtain interesting information about companies that have operated in the WTC NY, which had produced such a plan.
- The presentation of the awareness of its companies in Slovenia to draw up this plan.
2. Thomas Schildbach, Business Continuity Manager, EMEA, Goodyear Dunlop
- He gave concrete examples of good practice Goodyear Corporation, which produced global and local Business Continiuty Plane - in this seminar is presented an example of the localization plan for Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires d.o.o.
3. Marko Križan, Head of Property Department, Generali Zavarovalnica d.d.
- He presented their assessment of companies that have made this plan and the specific criteria and conditions that the insurance on these companies - such as stimulation of companies that do not already have this plan with focus, insurance companies take into account when assessing the risk of BCP, and that policyholders are entitled to certain discounts in the case of the corresponding BCP's.
Special thanks to IBM Slovenija d.o.o. and Generali Zavarovalnica d.d., sponsor of the event.
Notice to all AmCham members: If you are an expert in the field of taxes, public procurement, labor, leadership, intellectual property, corporate social responsibility and environment , we encourage you to join AmCham Committees.
Next meeting will be held on Thursday, 20 October at 2.00 p.m. in the Addecco premises, Ameriška ulica 8, Kristalna palača.
Meeting of the Tax Committee was held on 18 October 2011 and Mr. Žiga Čebulj, Advisor to the Minister of Finance joined us.
Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
Next meeting will be held on Thursday, 27 October at 1.00 p.m. in the S&T Slovenija d.d. premises, Leskovškova 6, Ljubljana.
If you want to participate at the meeting, confirm to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmCham is actively participating and encouraging its members too!
AmCham Simbioz@ Classroom
Since Monday 17th October free computer workshops, organized by the Simbioz@ project, are taking place on more than 250 locations all over Slovenia. More than 2300 young volunteers will teach approximately 5600 elderly participants how to use computer, the Internet and e-mail.
The participants are extremely motivated to gain new knowledge and especially keen on surfing the Internet. They also learn how to create a Word document, create an e-mail account and send e-mail with attachments. But they are not the only ones excited about the project. “I am really enjoying this experience, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and the participants are very grateful for our help. I am glad that I can be a part of this project,” says Anuška, a volunteer.
The workshops will end on Friday afternoon.
International conference FDI Summit 2011
in Ljubljana on Friday, 14 October 2011.
The Metropolitan Opera: HD LIVE
AmCham Slovenia is a proud honorary sponsor of the live transmissions in HD of the Metropolitan Opera. Premiere was held on 15 October 2011 at SNG Maribor with Donizetti’ Anna Bolena, starring Ana Netrebko.
AmCham is Official Partner of Zavod Varna pot (Safe Journey Institute)
The funds raised will be dedicated to supporting preventive educational activities of the Safe Journey Institute for children and adolescents in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.
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