Three outstanding female business leaders, Maja Mikek, Lucija Živa Sajevec, and Ana Roš, and three outstanding male business leaders, Aleksander Čeferin, Jure Knez, and Jadran Lenarčič, were selected by our young members to take their stand on the victory podium of business leadership. They received the award for the upcoming year of 2022. At the end of this year, we will ask them to form a resolution about what they are going to do for young people next year. We will get to know them better in 2021 at three inspiring events.

The selection was made by YOUng Council members, each of whom nominated one candidate, choosing from among people working in the Slovenian business environment or people of Slovenian descent working internationally. A vote about the nominees was then held by members of the AmCham Young Leaders Club. They chose from among more than 20 nominees. The values taken into account by the members during nomination are those of indigenous peoples, as compiled in The AEIOU of Leadership, a book by authors Sonja Klopčič and Ksenija Špiler Božič, namely:

  • Aroha – New Zealand – leading with the energy of love – respect, consideration, care, courtesy.
  • Eb – America – interlinkage and interdependence – our decisions have a wider impact.
  • Ikigai – Asia – life with a purpose and work with a mission – seeking ways of fully living our mission and our organization’s mission.
  • Oikos – Europe – responsibility for the wellbeing of all.
  • Ubuntu – Africa – relationships based on trust.