Today retired, otherwise a manager, businesswoman and initiator of the most recognizable Slovenian charity project, Botrstvo in Slovenia.
Why did you decide to accept the role of Ambassador of the Women’s EHF EURO 2022?
I am very honored. I gladly accepted the role of ambassador, because I believe that it is very important that we host international sports events and that they also have the necessary response in the professional and general public. Slovenia is known in the world for its excellent organization of sports events. Athletes, but also teams of experts from various fields who participate in this, contribute to this. We should support everyone.
Why is it worth fighting for a greater role for women in society?
I would rather say that the equal role of women in society must be fought for. Because women can undoubtedly create better living conditions for all with their way of working and understanding the situation and with their knowledge in cooperation with men.
Although I myself have not experienced any exclusion in my family or work environment, I am aware that this exists. That is why I have advocated for equality between women and men in all environments, especially where I held a leadership position. Only together could we achieve demanding business goals.
How important is the concept of sustainable development in your everyday life?
This is becoming a daily task to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren. In any case, individuals can do a lot to improve the situation. For example, that we don’t pollute the environment, that we don’t generate large amounts of waste, that we use items that can be used longer or remanufactured, that we give things we don’t need to people who do. And I could go on and on. We are trying to do all this in my family and everyone has to start with themselves. But the problem is, of course, broader (economic and political), so I am in favor of such a way of life in other areas where I am still working. Lately, especially in the humanitarian field and the Boterstvo project, where we are facing really serious problems daily.
What do you think are the main parallels between sports and business?
Clearly defined goals, perseverance, motivation, knowledge of the situation in the field of work, constant updating of knowledge and maintenance of psychophysical condition. Without the ability to work in a group and respect co-workers and their contributions to success, neither in business nor in sport can good results be achieved. I always swore by teamwork and the phrase, “Nobody is perfect, but the team can be.”
What is your attitude towards sports and especially handball?
I see sport as a necessary part of life. I have loved skiing since I was young, and lately cycling and swimming have helped me a lot to stay fit and healthy. My husband and I have always encouraged our sons to take part in sports activities, and now our grandchildren as well. Especially in the third period of life, maintaining psychophysical condition is extremely important. I am always happy to follow sports events through various media, especially those in which Slovenian athletes participate. Handball is a sport in which both the ability to work in a group and the commitment of an individual to achieve the best result of a match come to the fore. Slovenian handball players have proven this countless times in the international environment.
Katero od preostalih ambasadork najbolje poznate in katero cenite?
I know some well, but not all personally. But I respect and appreciate each of them.
Where will Slovenia place in the EHF Euro 2022?
I know the competition is fierce. I also know that Slovenian handball players can beat even very demanding competitors. As an ambassador, I especially wish them to achieve their goal, which they set together with the leadership of the national team.