Ljubljana

Interview: Ajša Vodnik, Director of AmCham Slovenia

more than a year ago

Ms Vodnik worked in media for 14 years, first as a journalist, then as editor-at-large and TV host, and went on to launch the Slovene TV station Paprika when she was just 29. As an entrepreneur and leader she realized how very important is to lead people with positive energy. At its peak Paprika employed more than 50 people, after five successful years Ajša decided to sell her stake in the company and leave the field of media. During her time there she hosted more than 300 interviews with top Slovene and international businesspeople, leaders and opinion makers, including such notable names as American President Bill Clinton and General Colin Powell.

Ajša holds a master degree in communication, and from 2007 she has worked as consultant for strategic communication, consultant for business communication and communication coach for managers of the biggest Slovene companies. She is currently the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia - or AmCham Slovenia as it is colloquially known. She also serves as one of six elected Ex-Co Members of the European AmCham network, which represents 42 AmChams throughout the continent. She is a co-author of the AmCham Young Professionals ProgramTM, which aims to transfer the best experience from business leaders and professionals to future generations, and sees some 130 young people between the ages 25 to 35 participate annually. Ajša is also one of the organisors of Corporate Volunteering Week - Giving Back to Community and the Initiative Partnership for Change. Additionally, she is an active mentor to entrepreneurs and sits on the strategic council for the ABC Accelerator in Slovenia. She lives in Ljubljana with her husband and three children, who are her best coaches for recognizing the most important values of life.

What are the top 3 must visit destinations in Slovenia?
The usual suspects would be lake Bled, with its small island in the middle where many happy couples promise they will love each other for eternity; Postojna Cave, with more than 24km of passages, galleries, hallways and unique subterranean experiences; and the capital city Ljubljana. My personal top three choices would definitely be Ljubljana, guarded by dragons, with its romantic little streets, all its greenery and rainbow of opportunities for doing sports and having fun; Bohinj, with almost zen-like peacefulness and mystical energy; and Lipica with its magnificent white horses whose movements reflect the invincible power of life. Nevertheless, sLOVEnia can surprise you in so many ways; you just need to follow your heart.

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