Julie Gilbert

Julie Gilbert became a teacher, spending four years with second and third graders in a low-income district. Then it all came crashing down. After her first drink, “it took me five minutes to start my struggle with substance abuse.” She decided to take a year off and leave teaching to focus on helping herself. A serendipitous meeting with an AWEE team member on a camping trip sent Julie in the direction of AWEE and eventually to her mentor Kimberly Russell, “who empowered me to make my decisions and was a huge support in assisting with my career goals. Given the opportunity to be set up with a mentor and receive all the career tools from AWEE has truly helped me discover my purpose and made me a more confident, resilient woman.”

Julie Gilbert
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