Dear AmCham members,
During my business visit to the United States of America at the end of February I attended a most interesting conference, the Secretary's Global Business Conference. It was interesting in many aspects, among other for its top speakers, for interesting participants from 120 countries amongst which one may certainly find some who with their personality and manner attract attention in a positive way – and frankly – some in a not so positive way, however it is in the latter that one begins to learn more about oneself and even more follows the idea that it is necessary to seek good in the people. It was furthermore interesting from the aspect that your country is not exactly the center of the world
although some people back home are convinced to be so, which does not mean that you are not proud of your country however when you for the thirtieth time explains the difference between Slovenia and Slovakia, also to some representatives of European countries, you finally realize that Slovenia needs, whether we want to continue with the quality of life also in the future, a precisely made and communicated perception about what is our value proposition!
Therefore, I am kindly inviting you to be actively involved in the debate at the AmCham Business Breakfast, held on March, 30.
The conference also gave me some thoughts of the fact that besides Asia, also Africa will be the next site for growth, at which I sincerely hope that the enlargements will be more pursuant to the principles of the CSR and to those of the continual development.
Back to Slovenia I am asking myself how is the CSR considered in Slovenia.
On 16 March, the AmCham CSR Committee will organize the Professional Update on the subject of Social Entrepreneurship with speakers, who concern themselves with it in theory and practice on a world level. Sincerely welcome to join us!
Anyhow, visiting the USA already from my teens onwards has always filled me with a feeling that there are no limits, the limits exist only in our heads, and are caused mostly by fears.
Therefore I am wishing you a fearless spring!
Save the dates: AmCham Business Breakfast on 30 March, 2012
''The value of Slovenia in the eyes of domestic and foreign managers''
Professional Update: The Social Responsibility - A New Economy Model or Merley Ethics?
16 March, 2012. Only few more free-of-charge seats available for AmCham members. Apply now on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Invitation: Professional Update on the topic of social entrepreneurship
There are just 10 seats left, so first come, first served rule will apply.
AmCham Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility with cooperation with Studio Moderna kindly invites you to join us at the Professional Update on the topic of social entrepreneurship,
on 16 March 2012, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
at Hotel Mons, at the Plečnik A Hall, Pot za Brdom 4, Ljubljana.
The Social Responsibility - A New Economy Model or Merley Ethics?
Meet esteemed world - wide top experts in the field of social entrepreneurship and people who perform it in practice!
Our esteemed world - wide guests speakers who will share their views on opportunities and challenges of social entrepreneurship are Dr. MAXIMILIAN MARTIN, DDr. MATJAŽ MULEJ, Dr. JOHANNES LINDNER, mag. MIHA JEŠE in JOE GRAY (from the Jamie Oliver foundation)
More info about speakers may be found on www.amcham.si http://www.amcham.si/en/events_and_networks_future_envents.aspx?iEVEN_KEY=120000012
Kindly invited to join us at the Professional Update* on the topic of social entrepreneurship,
on 16 March 2012, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
at Hotel Mons, at the Plečnik A Hall, Pot za Brdom 4, Ljubljana.
Roundtable will be moderated by Matevž Slokar, young entrepreneur and director and owner of a young and dynamic company Slo-bar, currently employing12 people.
We are inviting you to join the discussion!
AmCham Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility
RSVP by 14 March at the latest to the following e-mail: email@example.com .
There are just 10 seats left, so first come, first served rule will apply. AmCham members are to be given preference.
For the AmCham members the participation is free of charge, for non-members it amounts to 50 EUR (VAT not included).
Short about speakers:
Dr MAXIMILIAN MARTIN
Passionate about convergence between the spheres of knowledge, business and the public good, he created the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe, at the University of Geneva, and Europe’s first wealth management philanthropic advisory and knowledge exchange platform, UBS Philanthropy Services and the UBS Philanthropy Forum. He also serves as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka University (USA) and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland.
Professor Emeritus DDr MATJAŽ MULEJ,
Systems and Innovation Theory. Author of many publications in world-top journals, a visiting professor at foreign universities: 15 semesters, including Cornell U., Ithaca, NY, and others in Austria, China, Germany, Mexico, USA, about 50 further shorter visits with classes for students around the world. Consultant or speaker in/for enterprises for about 500 times in six countries. Receiver of many rewards for his work on systems approach to innovation.
Dr Lindner is introducing new methods of education either in or outside the classroom in order to inspire and institutionalize social entrepreneurship as a means to achieve effective citizenship for students. Even though methods of entrepreneurship education have existed sporadically in the past, Johannes’ specific focus on social entrepreneurship as a path to effective citizenship is unique. He believes that entrepreneurial skills are essential for educating independent young people and creating active citizens.
mag. MIHA JEŠE
Mayor of Škofja Loka. A long-time businessman, also involved in social entrepreneurship for more than 20 years.
As an apprentice, he finished Jamie Oliver’s training program at Fifteen Restaurant and believes it was the best start a young person could have had into the world. "Jamie Oliver is so inspirational with everything he has achieved and keeps coming up with new ideas that most would never have thought of, this really rubbed off on me and made me think that I could also be somebody one day. This was the first thing I had actually completed in my life and it had given me great ambition and an entrepreneurial outlook on life."
*Social entrepreneurship is the work of social entrepreneurs. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve a social change (a social venture). While a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur focuses on creating social capital. Thus, the main aim of social entrepreneurship is to further social and environmental goals.* (source WIKIPEDIA)
AmCham Professional Update: Cyber Security with Mr. Justin Taft
Demystifying Cyber Security - protecting your business and your customers. Tuesday, 27 March, 2012.
AmCham Slovenia is proud partner of IBM Forum with keynote speaker Alastair Campbell
Former spin-doctor and right hand of former prime-minister Tony Blair is coming to Slovenia on 4 April, 2012. Invitation only!
Art Directors Club - ADC in 9. ADC Young Guns
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the exhibition at Vžigalica Gallery on Tuesday, 20 March at 7 p.m..
AmCham Slovenija is a supporter of this exhibition for the third year in a role.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
It doesn’t matter if you are running for a number of years, or you are a beginner – join us and achieve the goal – healthier and balanced life.
Confirmations for spring training on: email@example.com.
Guest Star nominees
We would like to sincerely congratulate to H.E. Joseph A. Mussomeli, to Mr. Christopher Wurst and to Mr. Thierry Villard for their Guest Star nominations. We invite you to vote! www.gueststar.org/voting
Global Business Conference in Washington DC
Hillary Clinton’s Global Business Conference, February 2012
Ajša Vodnik, executive director of AmCham Slovenia was invited to attend Hillary Clinton’s Global Business Conference on last week of February in Washington DC. Overall there was an impressive gathering of US business organization Presidents or Executive Directors representing approximately 120 countries. Participants had privilege to be able to listen to and to meet some very high-level government representatives including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of State Tom Nides, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Mike Froman, and even US Vice President Joe Biden.
In her keynote luncheon address Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focused on economic statecraft and economic diplomacy: “America’s global strength and leadership are a package deal of both public excellence and private enterprise”. She and the other US government speakers stressed the need for United States Government to be the most effective champion of business and highlighted three areas of focus: promotion of US business overseas; attracting US investment back home; and creating a level-playing field for US business worldwide.
There were also several interesting policy-specific and regional breakout sessions with other State
Department, Commerce and USTR representatives, on topics including US Trade Policy, US Government Advocacy on behalf of Businesses, Intellectual Property Rights and US Energy and Climate Policy. In these interactive sessions many of European AmChams took the opportunity to communicate messages from the US business community in Europe and gave examples of success stories of how business, and in particular European AmChams, are already collaborating effectively with each other and with US embassies on issues of mutual concern. Ajša Vodnik specifically stressed that U.S. Ambassador in Slovenia H.E. Joseph A. Mussomeli and all his team are working enthusiastically to strengthen bilateral business cooperation.
On the Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon, AmCham delegates were hosted at the US Chamber Global AmCham Forum by Myron Brilliant.
Senator (D) Marc R. Pacheco networking with AmCham members
On 20 February 2012 AmCham hosted guest of honor Senator Pacheco from Massachusetts Senate. Senator shared with the audience his views on the coming elections in the US.
USAlumni “Creative Networking” event
Second USAlumni meeting was held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Next Challenges for Next Champions
50 % participation fee discount for AmCham members in cooperation with Challenge future and Manager's Association.
Slovenia finally entered the metropolitan era
Metropolitan Opera from New York – Verdi's Traviata - Live in HD technic in SNG Maribor
AmCham Slovenia is a honorary sponsor of the live HD transmissions of this season opera from New York. Final event for this season will be on Saturday 14 April 2012 at 6.00 p.m. in SNG Maribor with Verdi’s Traviata.
Some seats will be available also for AmCham members – if you want to participate and you love opera, please write us to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's Clean Slovenia in one day!
The biggest volunteer-based project in the history of Slovenia
Intellectual Property Committee meeting
was held on 8 March 2012.
Discussed topics were: AmCham Position Paper, plans and activities for 2012. We would like to encourage all AmCham members that are connected with IP at their work to join this Committee.
You can get more info at email@example.com.
Leadership and Talent Development Committee
was held on 7 March 2012.
Discussed topics were: AmCham Young Professionals, AmCham Mentor – Menti Program.
We are welcoming new members
A.T. Kearney Svetovanje d.o.o.
Hiša idej d.o.o.
Špica International d.o.o.
AmCham Young Professionals Meeting in February
Road trip to the Akrapovič d.d., February 16, 2012
We would like to thank to Mr. Igor Akrapovič that he had hosted us and shown us around his production.
Patroni & partnerji AmCham Young Professionals