A New Member of Ambassador Blanchard’s Family

Ambassador Blanchard was honored to become the honorary godmother to a gorgeous Lipizzaner foal named 909 Slavina XXXV, born this April in Lipica Stud Farm. Becoming a godmother is a special ceremony that is part of the Lipizzaner tradition. This ceremony constituted an important symbolic gesture highlighting the many shared values and cultural ties between the ...
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World Chicago Professional Fellows Happy Hour

Sponsored by the Department of State, WorldChicago launched the Tech Innovation, Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program in May 2015. Since then, they have hosted over 100 emerging tech and entrepreneurship leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and North Macedonia for one-month fellowships in Chicago with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies, NGOs ...
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The United States Donates Protective Equipment to Slovenia

  U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda C. Blanchard presented a donation of equipment to aid in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and prevention of future outbreaks to Minister of Health State Secretary Tina Bregant, Ministry of Defense State Secretary Damijan Jaklin, and Deputy Director of ACPDR Mr. Stanislav Lotrič at University Medical Center Ljubljana today. ...
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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for Mt. Mangart Ceremony

June 3, 2020 Last month, we gathered to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two – the commemoration of the day when peace and hope finally returned to Europe, but also a time to reflect on the immense human toll the war had taken. Today we are here on Mount Mangart ...
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U.S. Donates Protective Equipment for Elder Care Homes in Slovenia

U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda C. Blanchard joined Ministry of Defense State Secretary Uroš Lampret, Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities State Secretary Mag. Cveto Uršič, Director of the Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR) Darko But, and President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Social Institutions of Slovenia ...
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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks for VE Day 75th Anniversary

8 May 20202  – Thank you to President Pahor for bringing us together to mark this important milestone in world history, and to my fellow ambassadors for being here to celebrate the solidarity that led us to victory in Europe. As we pay tribute to the brave forces who fought for our freedom, and remember ...
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Establishing Slovenia’s first Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

AmCham CEO Ajša Vodnik and Embassy leadership signed a charter to establish Slovenia’s first Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).  OSAC is the U.S. government’s premier public-private global security partnership and establishing an OSAC Council in Slovenia will allow the Embassy to share timely and relevant security information and expert briefings on a range of security-related topics to the local private sector.  Establishing OSAC, and its continued support, will help create an even stronger ...
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Slovenian-American Friendship Day

Today, our Ambassador and Slovenian President Borut Pahor marked Slovenian-American Friendship Day. The event is usually celebrated in Andraž nad Polzelo, but this year, the event was held appropriately to the current circumstances. In her speech, the Ambassador highlighted the importance of a strong relationship between our two countries, and thanked the people of Slovenia ...
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Mary Wilson Shares the Supreme Music and Energy with the Slovenian Audience

  In celebration of Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans in the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana was pleased to sponsor the visit of a prominent voice in African-American musical history – Mary Wilson of the Supremes. One of the most influential and famous groups of the 1960’s, ...
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Ambassador Blanchard Amazed by the Rich Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Culture is an integral and important part of the Slovenian national identity, and is celebrated every year on Presernov Dan, the Slovenian national cultural commemorating the anniversary of the death of the greatest Slovenian poet dr. France Preseren. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard appreciates Slovenian’s love of history and culture, and has been actively learning about this ...
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Traditional Christmas Concert with a Ray Charles Twist

What are the holidays without music? Ambassador Lynda Blanchard was thrilled to attend the “Traditional Christmas Concert” in Cankarjev dom in December that featured acclaimed Slovenian music stars like Oto Pestner, Alenka Godec, The New Swing Quarter, Uroš Perić and many other. Uroš Perić joined forces with some iconic singers from the United States, The ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – December 2019

Deputy Public Affairs Officer Brian Street, a former lawyer, met with international law students from the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law. They discussed the challenges of consular and diplomatic law, and its implementation and importance in the real life of an American diplomat. He also discussed the U.S. Embassy’s mission and the functions of ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – November 2019

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard and her family visited the Catering and Tourism High School of Celje. After introducing her home state of Alabama, herself, her family and her career as a business executive and international humanitarian, Ambassador Blanchard was happy to answer all of the students’ questions. They were interested in many things, including education in ...
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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard’s Remarks at the Pivka Military Park, 25. November 2019

Good afternoon to all of you – Mayor Marentič, Mayor Smrdelj, General Žurman, General Glavaš. I’d like start by saying thank you to Association Kolut, Studio Proteus, and the makers of this film for capturing the story of such an important and compelling figure in modern history, and to our friends at the Park of ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – October 2019

Ambassador Lynda Blanchard visited the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents (CIRIUS) in Kamnik, where she met with administrators, teachers, and students, and was inspired by the happy children and the incredible facilities and therapies available. Upon arrival, she was touched by the beautiful decorations prepared in honor of the ...
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An inspirational visit to CIRIUS Kamnik – Video

  Ambassador Lynda Blanchard visited the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Children and Adolescents (CIRIUS) in Kamnik, where she met with administrators, teachers, and students, and was inspired by the happy children and the incredible facilities and therapies available. Upon arrival, she was touched by the beautiful decorations prepared in honor of ...
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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at Women in STEM Roundtable

  Good afternoon and thank you so much for joining me for this very special event. I’d like to extend a special warm welcome to Dr. Binsted, who we’re very excited to host this week. She is such an incredibly accomplished scientist, and a fantastic ambassador for our country. And Dr. Stojmenova Duh (stoy-MEN-oh-vah dooh), ...
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U.S. Mission Speaker Program – September 2019

The U.S. Embassy Ljubljana Speaker Program is one of our most popular youth engagement programs. Invitations to visit schools throughout Slovenia increase every year, and we try to visit as many as we can! This year, we have already visited two schools in September. Our new Ambassador, Lynda Blanchard, was quick to volunteer to visit ...
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Ambassador Lynda Blanchard Remarks at CEED/World Chicago “Start. Fail. Scale.”

Good morning, and thank you all for inviting me to join you. I couldn’t be happier to be among so many committed entrepreneurs from around the region. Truth be told, I feel at home in the business community, and I appreciate the chance to share in the excitement today. A warm welcome to my American ...
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