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Former Apopka High exchange student shares her harrowing journey from Kyiv amidst bombings 

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Yulia Gerbet, founder of the first Child Life Department in Ukraine, will share the harrowing journey of her recent escape with her two teenage sons from Kyiv, Ukraine after she was awakened in the middle of the night to the sounds of bombs nearby. A former exchange student at Apopka High School in 2004, Gerbet made it back to Apopka where she and her sons are now staying with her former AHS host mom. 

Gerbet will be the keynote speaker this Thursday, May 19th, at the Women in Leadership luncheon presented by Orlando Health and hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce (AACC). The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Apopka VFW Community Center (519 South Central Avenue, Apopka, 32703). 

Yulia Gerbet is the keynote speaker this Thursday at the Women in Leadership luncheon hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Yulia Gerbet is the keynote speaker this Thursday at the Women in Leadership luncheon hosted by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Gerbet's keynote address will be followed by lunch and the Women in Leadership panel featuring Christina McGuirk, MSHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer Orlando Health; Amy DeYoung, COO Orlando Health; Juanita Coley, Executive Director and Sr. Consultant, Solid Rock Consulting; Neysa Olivares-Torres, Ms. Sunshine State, will moderate, Sister, Ann Kendrick from Hope CommUnity will give the invocation, and Cate Manley, President & CEO of the AACC is hosting.  

The event is open to the public. Admission tickets are $55 for chamber members and $65 for non-members.  To register, go here.

"The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the Women in Leadership luncheon where we will introduce the community to Yulia Gerbut, a mom and Ukrainian survivor, and our own local women leaders from Orlando Health, SolidRock, and HOPE CommUnity," said Manley.

The AACC has been the voice of business in the northwest corner of Orange County since 1913.  Its mission is to serve the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of the community and region through connectivity, leadership, education, and support. The chamber’s vision is to build a prosperous and sustainable community through leadership and service. 

For more information, contact Cate Manley at (816) 591-8066 (Mobile) or Cate@ApopkaChamber.org

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