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In Honor of National Iced Tea Month, We’re Announcing the Date for 2018’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Unknown-12Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a pleasurable way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring. 

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for Great Food, Auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts, and Fun!


Fulfill Your Destiny’s 5th Annual Chari-Tea will take place on March 24, 2018 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM! For sponsorship, tickets or more information; please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or by phone at 813-481-9895.

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Karen Mertes is being Nationally Recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity & Awarded with a Cruise!

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For its eighth year of Cabot’s award program of redefining a “true celebrity” into those who make a difference in their communities because of their selfless contributions to others.

Because of Karen Mertes’ charity work in multiple organizations including Charity Chics, Network of Executive Women, WWOTB, On Point Executive Center and her own Fulfill Your Destiny – Karen is being nationally recognized as Cabot Creamery Community Celebrity.

As well as being recognized, Karen will be awarded with a cruise with other philanthropists to attend workshops, seminars and ultimately, get ready to do more great things in the communities they serve.

About Cabot Cooperative Creamery   

Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.

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March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month!

screen-shot-2017-03-04-at-11-57-07-amFulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Objectives—

screen-shot-2017-03-04-at-11-56-55-am1) Keep People Working:  To provide financial support to individuals whose careers have been altered due to permanent injuries or unforeseen circumstances, including, but not limited to traumatic brain injuries for the purpose of obtaining vocational counseling, educational or occupational retraining.

2) Inspire and Motivate:  To educate others about those personal challenges facing any of us suffering injuries that permanently changes our lives. How we confront our challenges is the key to the core motto of Fulfill Your Destiny: Character Drives Destiny. We teach people that we are all defined by our character, which compels us to pick up the pieces and carry on when confronted with tremendous obstacles.

3) Build Awareness and Educate:  To offer assistance – educational, financial, volunteer time and/or in-kind services directly to individuals and other non-profit corporations, to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries and to support those who have experienced TBIs.

 

For more facts about National Brain Injury Awareness Month click here!

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Karen Mertes will Deliver the 2017 Commencement Address to South University this June!

Karen Mertes has accepted the invitation to deliver the 2017 Commencement Address to South University on June 19th at the Tampa Convention Center.  She will be speaking to an audience of about 1700!

Below is Karen’s biography —

karen Mertes Author     Karen R. Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.  Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force, serving as the Squadron Commander in two back-to-back command tours as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a $169 million dollar budget at an overseas base.

In 2007, Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph on I-75 resulting in Karen suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Facing the consequences of this life-changing injury, this would be the genesis which led her to create Fulfill Your Destiny.  Its signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to local entrepreneurs desiring to take their businesses to the next level.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Boston University.  During her career as a military officer, she earned an MBA from Strayer University.  Lt Col Mertes earned a second MS degree in cost estimating and analysis from the prestigious Air Force Institute of Technology.

Karen uses an entrepreneurial model to advance her non-profit organization, raising money for Fulfill Your Destiny in 25 different ways, several of which involve her offering a professional service or product for donation.

Having designed this proven, successful organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.  Some of Karen’s other notable honors include being named a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, INSPIRE 2015 Woman of the Year for the Iconic Woman Awards, Tampa Bay Business Journal 2014 Heroes at Work Honoree, the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Tampa Bay Business Professional Woman of the Year in 2012. The Tampa Bay Lightning also honored Karen in 2012 as one of their inaugural Community Heroes.

Karen is a highly regarded Professional Speaker; Award Winning, Best Selling Author; Certified Entrepreneur, Leadership and Business Consultant all to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is the creator of Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual premiere event, Spring Chari-Tea held each year in March.

Karen’s book, “Plaintiff 101 The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know”, debuting as a #1 Amazon Best Seller, is a survivor’s story which educates all drivers, inspires injured victims and assists them through litigation.  Co-authored with a retired attorney that has been part of million dollar verdicts and settlements, Plaintiff 101 answers the common question, “I’ve been in an accident, what do I do now” by providing 50 Takeaways and Checklists that will save you time, money and energy.  It’s a must read for every driver!  All proceeds are donated to her charity.

Karen has appeared in local and national TV markets including WTSP’s ‘On the Road’ with Bobby Lewis, ABC’s ‘Positively Tampa Bay’ with Lissette Campos, Bay News 9 ‘Everyday Heroes,’ as well as on the nationally syndicated show ‘Daytime’.  She’s been the featured guest on a number of local and national radio shows.  Karen’s work and book were also recently showcased by the Huffington Post.

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Karen Mertes Featured on Bobby Lewis’ Segment ‘On The Road’

Karen Mertes was recently interviewed by Bobby Lewis for his latest ‘On The Road’ segment. The segment will air on February 7th on WTSP! You do not want to miss it!

After a life altering car accident that left Karen with a TBI that cost her a career in the service, she fought a 4 year long litigation battle. Karen co-authored her Amazon Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101,” which works as a little black book for everything your lawyer wants/needs to know about personal injury litigation.

Karen is the founder and president of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Inspiring stories of people who have been helped can be found at www.fulfillyourdestiny.org under the Who We’ve Helped tab.

Below are photos from Karen’s interview for her upcoming segment —

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea is being presented by American Momentum Bank!

With our 2017 Chari-Tea event being right around the corner, we wanted to recognize that Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea is being presented by American Momentum Bank. Here are some facts about American Momentum Bank:

– American Momentum Bank is committed to providing financial momentum to those in the communities it serves.
– As one of this country’s strongest and most secure banks, American Momentum Bank offers innovative financial solutions, products, and services for businesses and individuals.
– American Momentum Bank has 15 full-service banking centers in Florida, including Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Naples and Winter Garden.
– With total assets over $1.1 billion, American Momentum Bank’s strong capitalization, superior asset quality, and experienced management teams position it as one of the premier banks in the state.
Fulfill Your Destiny is so thankful for American Momentum Bank’s generosity and we are looking forward to another successful event in on March 25, 2017, at The Empress Tea Room from 2:30 – 5:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!

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Karen Mertes Appearing on iWork4Him Radio Program Tomorrow!

iwork4himTomorrow, December 20th, Amazon Best Seller Karen Mertes will be a guest on the iWork4Him radio program. This live appearance will air on FaithTalk AM 570 and 910 WTBN at 3 P.M. EST.

The iWork4Him program shares testimonies. Hear from authors and speakers, and tackle topics to encourage you to look at your workplace as your mission field.

Don’t miss Karen Mertes share her story of survival and her interview with hosts Jim and Martha Brangenberg! This live program will not only be informative, but inspirational for entrepreneurs and those who are being or have been faced with obstacles and are looking for guidance.


For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy TODAY!

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