Karen is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Air Force, and she is often asked to give presentations on key leadership tips she learned throughout her military career.
As a motivational speaker, Karen speaks on a variety of topics. She provides key leadership tips for success, along with strategic, organizational, and financial insights.
Some examples of speeches she’s given include:
- “Champion Leadership”
- “A Give Back Model for Business”
- “Honoring Our Veterans”
Karen is the founder of Fulfill Your Destiny, and any payments she receives from public speaking are donated directly to her non-profit organization.
To learn more about her motivational speaking, you can visit her website at fulfillyourdestiny.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a speaking engagement.
If you’re interested in owning her Amazon best seller “Plaintiff 101,” you can click here to order your copy today.
After serving in the Air Force for 20 years, a near-death experience in 2007 forced Karen Mertes to change her life.
She was hit by a drunk driver going over 100 mph and cracked her skull in two places. During her recovery process, she realized the importance of helping others.
“Out of pain comes our passion and we find our purpose,” she said.
Today she runs the grassroots organization Fulfill Your Destiny, which awards $1,000 grants to people who are going through a crisis.
“I look for people who have survived—whether it be a job layoff and then became an entrepreneur, or an injury, or some sort or illness.”
Now a motivational speaker, Karen has also written a book called “Plaintiff 101” to help raise money for her charity. The book provides answers for people pursuing personal injury lawsuits and gives inside information to help them save time and money.
“By choosing to be better, and not bitter, I’m able to reach and inspire a lot of people.”
For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:
Karen Mertes always jumps at the chance to inspire groups with her story. She recently spoke at South University in Tampa to the graduating class. Here is a snippet from the letter that Campus President James McCoy sent her —
“Your story of overcoming life’s challenges was an incredible message to our graduates, who will all face challenges/adversity in the years ahead. Additionally, your message was a source of inspiration to so many and provided a road map of how we all should promote ourselves.”
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 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.