Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Boston University, MBA from Strayer University and a Master’s degree in cost estimating and analysis from the prestigious Air Force Institute of Technology.Karen has been recognized and presented numerous awards throughout her distinguished career including the Major T H Baca Award for her contributions to women in the military.
In 2007, Karen turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose. He car was struck by a drunk driver and Karen suffered a traumatic brain injury. Facing the consequences of this life-changing injury led to the creation of Fulfill Your Destiny, a unique non-profit that unites local businesses and citizens. Its signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to local entrepreneurs desiring to take their businesses to the next level. Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.
Karen’s Vision: Give a “Second Chance” to citizens whose ability to work has been cut short by injury or unforeseen circumstances. Operating with zero administrative overhead, she extends help to underserved citizens with nowhere to turn. Since 2010, she has offered “Second Chances” enabling citizens to achieve independence and fulfill their destiny.
THE ART OF LEADERSHIP – VIEWS FROM THE MILITARY COMMANDER’S C-SUITE
Karen shares leadership tips and life lessons appropriate for the sole entrepreneur through corporate CEO through the acronym, INSPIRE. Revealed during her speeches, Karen shares how you can INSPIRE yourself and others to live the life you’ve always envisioned. *Attendees at presentations receive a complimentary take-away of 35 Leadership and Life Tips that are easy to implement for immediate, positive results.
HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER AT OVER 100 MPH AND ALIVE TO TELL
Karen Mertes was driving the speed limit on the interstate when she was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. He had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit. Both vehicles were totaled. Her axle snapped in half, with brakes and steering inoperative. Karen made a futile attempt to regain control of her vehicle as her car slid sideways down the interstate, with cars in the remaining lanes traveling by her at highway speeds. During these split seconds, as her life hung in the balance, Karen made a bargain and promised that if she were fortunate to survive, she would spend the rest of her life helping others. This was the genesis for what has become Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc.
FULFILL YOUR DESTINY
Karen turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny. A car accident in 2007 was the genesis that led her to create the organization that helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Karen uses an entrepreneurial business model that she’s overlaid onto a non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 11 ways, 5 of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation. Karen is dedicated to enriching the lives of others by bringing business and community together.
TRIUMPH THROUGH TRAGEDY
Karen sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) when she was hit by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph. Karen was no longer the same person as she was before the crash. She saw a different person when she looked in the mirror. Karen now openly shares these insights as a TBI survivor and inspires others by explaining how she made gallons of lemonade out of that big lemon!
HOW TO BECOME A #1 AMAZON BEST SELLER
Karen Mertes shares all the valuable tips that led to the success of her book, Plaintiff 101. When asked, most people have a desire to write and publish a book. Why not make it a Best Seller? Karen shares the secrets of her successful strategy, explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.
PLAINTIFF 101 #1 AMAZON BEST SELLER
Plaintiff 101 is a survival story, which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation. Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident. What do I do now?” It’s a Must Read for Every Driver!
CONVERSATIONS WITH MOM I NEVER HAD: MOM, MONEY AND ME**
Karen’s Mom passed away very suddenly from a massive heart attack. Karen was the executor, personal representative and trustee. Combing the internet for resources to help, Karen didn’t find all that she needed so she created two checklists: What to Do When Learning of the Passing of a Loved One, and The Asset Map which helps you find the treasure in your business and personal life, map your assets, and prepare your family for financial freedom.
**As an added bonus, Karen provides each attendee with a checklist of everything that must be done on the day, and during the first week and month upon learning of the passing of a loved one. Special Tips for Executors are included as well.
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