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Alison Yesilcimen
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 05 - Got the Edge

Name: Alison Yesilcimen

Employer: AY Enterprise

City: Kelowna

Occupation: CEO with a passion for growing companies, developing people and driving results.

Tell us about your job: I’m so lucky! I conduct results-based advisory services to a diverse portfolio of SME clients ranging from technology to manufacturing for the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust. I’m also an Executive in Residence (EiR) at Accelerate Okanagan providing proven methodologies that help commercialize early-stage tech companies.

Tell us about yourself: I’m a motivational leader who loves to set goals, work hard, and celebrate the success with a round of high fives. I’ve learned over the years that “failure” is not even trying something so I constantly push myself to have the courage to dare greatly!

What do you do for fun? I enjoy writing children’s books and have recently published Pretty Kitty in the City. It’s a fun rhyming book that has a tendency to cause both adults and children to giggle.

What Winnie the Pooh character do you most relate to? I put the Grrrrr in Tigger!

Latest movie or book: The force was with me when I went to see Rogue One.

What’s your go-to happy place? Clinking wine glasses at home with my best friend in the whole wide world…my husband Kenan.

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