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In Honor of Women’s History Month We Reflect on how Karen Mertes has INSPIRED Others

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Karen Mertes is a prime example of a woman making waves for not only women, but for society as a whole.

We flashback to Karen Mertes being recognized as the INSPIRE! Woman of the Year in 2015!  This award recognizes a woman who has risen above significant personal challenges to achieve her goals and serves as a role model for what focus, perseverance and determination can accomplish.

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Upon winning the award, Karen spoke about her personal motto, to choose to “Be Better and not Bitter”. When we choose to “Be Better and not Bitter”, we’re able to triumph through any tragedy and fulfill our destiny’s when we INSPIRE ourselves and others to live the life we’ve always envisioned.           

Karen is humbled, honored and very grateful to have been named INSPIRE! Woman of the Year.

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Book Karen to Speak at Your Fall Commencement!

Now that school is in session it is very important to communicate to incoming freshmen and even returning students the dangers of driving even after one drink.

Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, 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. Other cars still remaining in the bordering 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. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

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Book Karen to speak to your incoming Freshmen!

Now that school is in session it is very important to communicate to incoming freshmen and even returning students the dangers of driving even after one drink.

Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, 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. Other cars still remaining in the bordering 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. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

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Graduation is Coming – Book Karen Mertes as Your Speaker

Karen shares key leadership tips for success and provides strategic, organizational and financial insights. As a motivational speaker, Karen speaks about Fulfill Your Destiny’s motto, how anyone can be a H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed.  She shares how character drives destiny and turning one’s worst day into one’s ‘best bad day’ catapulting people to levels of success never imagined. Below are some of the topics that Karen covers.

1 ) 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 and explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.

5 Key Points that Audiences will Learn:

  • What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
  • How to Write a Book that can become an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller Campaign?
  • Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability

plaintiff-101-cover-audio2) Plaintiff 101 – a #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!

This groundbreaking book is written from the efforts of an attorney who has been a member of trial teams that have earned million dollar verdicts and settlement and a plaintiff.  It gives you much of the information from inside a personal injury lawsuit from a lawyer and the plaintiff who was successful in her litigation.

Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know provides 50 takeaways and checklists some of which can be implemented immediately to save you time, money and energy.

3) Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, 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. Other cars still remaining in the bordering 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. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

karen-mertes-fulfill4) Fulfill Your Destiny

Karen 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.  A car accident in 2007 when Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph 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.

Having designed this proven, successful non-profit organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.

Find the rest of Karen Mertes’ topics here!

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Make Driving Safe One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

With NYE this weekend, everyone is making a list of their 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. Items ranging from “quit smoking” to “losing that last 10 pounds,”stand on people’s lists but ones that are overlooked are your driving habits. How can you better yourself as a driver? Are you guilty of getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks when you should take a cab? Are you texting while driving? These hazards could have deadly consequences. If you aren’t that concerned about your own well-being, think of the others on the roads that are having their lives impacted by your decisions.

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics. 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

Karen Mertes is living proof of why you should not be distracted while driving. She is a survivor of a near-fatal car accident due to a drunk driver that left her with a TBI. Karen now lives to tell her inspirational story and how she got through a personal injury litigation.

Make a promise to keep not only yourself safe, but those around you.


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

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Book Karen Mertes as a Motivational Speaker for Your Next Event

Karen R. MertesKaren shares key leadership tips for success and provides strategic, organizational and financial insights. As a motivational speaker, Karen speaks about Fulfill Your Destiny’s motto, how anyone can be a H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed.  She shares how character drives destiny and turning one’s worst day into one’s ‘best bad day’ catapulting people to levels of success never imagined. Below are some of the topics that Karen covers.

1 ) 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 and explains the process and answers any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller.

5 Key Points that Audiences will Learn:

  • What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
  • How to Write a Book that can become an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller Campaign?
  • Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability

plaintiff-101-cover-audio2) Plaintiff 101 – a #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!

This groundbreaking book is written from the efforts of an attorney who has been a member of trial teams that have earned million dollar verdicts and settlement and a plaintiff.  It gives you much of the information from inside a personal injury lawsuit from a lawyer and the plaintiff who was successful in her litigation.

Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You to Know provides 50 takeaways and checklists some of which can be implemented immediately to save you time, money and energy.

3) Hit by a Drunk Driver at over 100 mph and Alive to Tell

Karen Mertes, a Lieutenant Colonel in our United States Air Force, 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. Other cars still remaining in the bordering 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. www.fulfillyourdestiny.org

karen-mertes-fulfill4) Fulfill Your Destiny

Karen 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.  A car accident in 2007 when Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph 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.

Having designed this proven, successful non-profit organization, WEDU honored Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny in 2014 with their Be More Entrepreneurial C1 Bank Engaged Philanthropist Award.

Find the rest of Karen Mertes’ topics here!

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Join Me for Tampa Launch Party for Executive Women!

Join us on WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.for our TAMPA LAUNCH PARTY for EXECUTIVE WOMEN!
with Headliner…

KAREN MERTES, CEO, and…
 

Sponsored by AARP, Competitive Edge Branding, Edward Jones,
and Talus Partners
   TRIUMPH THROUGH TRAGEDY
Becoming A Champion of Your Life.
 
Get ready for an epic evening of inspiration and self empowerment with Karen Mertes, Lieutenant Colonel (ret), United States Air Force.
ABOUT KAREN MERTES

Karen is CEO and founder of Fulfill Your Destiny. She is a sought-after Professional Speaker, and Award Winning-Best Selling #1 Author of “Plantiff 101, What Your Lawyer Will Want You To Know”.

Don’t miss an inspirational talk + lively discussion about how mid-life career transitions empower you to become a champion of your life.

Whether you in a career transition, seeking a new career, or want to stay current in 21st Century leadership best practices, our high-energy empowerment programs brought to you by the Senior Executive Women’s Network, LLC, promises a refreshing break from traditional networking experiences.
Highlights from Karen’s talk will include:
  • Learn how to be the best champion of YOU, throughout your life.
  • Understand what Fulfilling Your Destiny means when you know how to I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (defined) yourself and others.
  • Living the life you’ve always envisioned. Did you know that you already have all that you need? Karen will enlighten us.
  • Surviving a career and life change. Proven tools to help you now.

AND MUCH MORE!

Also participate in our TAMPA LAUNCH RAFFLE that includes:
  •  2 Night Stay at Embassy Sites Hotel at USF/Busch Gardens valued at $400,
  • Gold & Diamond Source Gift Card valued at $100,
  • Massage from Willow Healing valued at $80, and
  •  Two Bottles of Wine valued at $20 each.
Raffle tickets will be given to attendees who purchase a copy of any of Karen’s four books. All proceeds will benefit Karen’s charity, “Fulfill Your Destiny”.

Learn more about Karen here
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PLUS a full Q & A discussion on how to best execute daily to meet all of your goals in 2016.
Looking for a new job in the New Year? Find your next opportunity here!
 
If you’ve attended S.E.W.N. before, you know the full experience that we provide is exceptional. Bring your colleagues or guests who will also benefit from attending. We look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t miss it. This is YOUR year. Start it here and
experience all that S.E.W.N. has to offer.

 

Cost includes a networking reception, glass of wine, dinner, speaker, coffee and dessert, plus valuable content, lively discussion, and great networking. Come inspired and leave empowered to take new action in your life and career.
Only at…
S.E.W.N. U.S. Chapters
 
When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time: 6:00pm9:00pm
Where: Jackson’s Bistro
Address: 601 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, Fl
Cost to attend is $60.

At the door, $80. 

You can also register at www.sewn.us

We look forward to your inspiration!

Loretta Peters, President

Have questions about S.E.W.N. + LEAD YOUR VISION IN 2016?
Can’t make it and want a transcript of the event?
(for members only) 
contact me at loretta.peters@sewn.us
To become member of the Senior Executive Women’s Network, visit: www.sewn.us
or click hereS.E.W.N. enforces a strict no solicitation policy and confidentiality.
You will be asked to sign a waiver at the door.
All rights reserved 2016. www.sewn.us
“Where real conversations with women leaders thrive.” (TM)

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU…
to our annual sponsors, AARP, TALUS PARTNERS, EDWARD JONES, and our Brand Ambassadors, for helping us to expand our membership for the empowerment, vision, and advancement of women leadership.

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