Twenty-four beauties competed, but on 24 September, it was Leonila Guz of the Kherson region who took the title “most beautiful” along with the crown in Kyiv at the Miss Ukraine International 2018 beauty pageant showcased on 1+1. In fact, the crown initially went to Veronica Didusenko, who was stripped of it once judges learned she was married. Guz will represent Ukraine this year at the Miss World in China in
December – good luck!
The Women’s Executives Leadership Development Initiative (WELDI) by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine unites over 400 high-level managers – successful, goal-oriented, and modern female leaders. The sunny morning of 5 October started with an inspiring WELDI Business Breakfast at Gurama, featuring Yaryna Klyuchkovska, an expert in strategic and crisis communications. An interesting and dynamic discussion was set around the role of communication in building your personal reputation and the reputation of your company. John D. Rockefeller, an American oil magnate and philanthropist, was first person to hire a PR specialist. One hundred years later, Klyuchkovska talked about how far the communication industry has come since then.
On 9 October, a documentary film “The Man Who Stole Banksy» that tells us about the most mysterious street-art contemporary artist was presented in the building of the Malaya Opera. Within this event, creator of the project CityArt, and initiator of the creation of series of murals in Kyiv – Geo Lerosom presented a book – Kyiv Street Art vol. 2. Also, muralist-artists Apolo Torres (Brazil) and Matt Down (Belgium) gave a short, but very interesting lecture on street art before the show.
On 12 September, 40 Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club members gathered at Veranda restaurant for a ‘Super TUCC’ event – one of the largest attendances yet. The exquisite cuisine and specially-selected paired wines in combination with the great service made for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the club’s 16-year history. This level is sure to achieve Veranda a TUCC 5* rating.
On August 30, a presentation of the Association of Mentoring for Children and Youth – a group created for the systematic support of children in boarding schools and those who have faced difficult living conditions, was held in Vatra restaurant.
Mentorship offers a great opportunity to connect with children who are away from their homes to let them know that they are not alone and they have support on the outside. The organisers themselves are no less impressive: leading Ukrainian and international experts – Kidsave (USA), One Hope (UA), My Home (UA), along with Mykola Kuleba, ombudsman of the President of Ukraine for Children.
Together we can help to reform the system and find permanent families for orphans and life-long mentors for at-risk children and youth.
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On September 6, Switzerland celebrated Swiss Night in honour of the national day of Switzerland! More than 1 000 guests enjoyed music by popular Ukrainian artist Khrystyna Soloviy as well as sounds of Swiss saxophonist Roland Graf at the National Sanctuary Complex St Sophia. Two honourable guests – Nataliia Popovych, co-founder of UCMC, and Andrej Lushnycky, president of the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland/Honourary Consul of Ukraine in Switzerland – were awarded a Tell Award, created by UA sculptor Oleh Pinchuk. It was a grand evening!
The new business season opened with a splash on 6 September thanks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. ACC gathered the business community for the traditional September Welcome Back cocktail at Normal Kiev, where chamber members came to welcome each other after the hot summer break, discuss upcoming business priorities, and enjoy a little networking. Special themed cocktails, delicious snacks, and an exciting draw for two round trip tickets to Malta was part of the fun and proved a great start to the active business months ahead.