Mercy Hernandez is a trailblazing entrepreneur in our community and a passionate humanitarian with big dreams. Mrs. Hernandez was born in New York, raised in Miami and lives in Palmetto Bay with her husband and two of her three daughters. In 2007, she founded The EDGE Charitable Foundation, a non-for-profit organization that empowers women and youth while providing humanitarian services to victimized and disadvantaged children. As the CEO of this organization, she has expanded their impact and mission across a number of sub-organizations including its Youth Ambassador Committee (YAC) on January 2013, where her youngest daughter, Lauren, serves as CEO. Under The EDGE umbrella, Hernandez also founded Queen Bees, an international women’s empowerment and wellness movement that unites women through camaraderie, networking, inspiration, education, wellness activities, and constant civic innovation. Queen Bees participate in monthly events that equip and enrich members with life and business skills. The EDGE has impacted the lives of over 25,000 children worldwide through humanitarian services, education, leadership and social responsibility advocacy. Mrs. Hernandez is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and has spoken for Home Depot, Starbucks, Florida International University’s Leadership Class, Kiwanis of Miami, and the Rotary Club of South Florida, among others. She also co-authored The EDGE Curriculum, a science-based early childhood curriculum infused with important environmental issues and socially responsible, developmentally appropriate practices. She also established and directed the first eco-friendly preschool in the nation (for over 26 years) called Old Cutler Academy Learning Center. Hernandez has received notable recognition in her community including the Hispanic Police Officer’s Association Community Advocate Award of 2011, several county and town proclamations to both Old Cutler Academy Learning Center and The EDGE, which included one from Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Miami Dade Chamber South’s first Green Business of the Year Award in 2011. Her most recent accomplishment includes the I’m Speaking Podcast with Mercy and Priya, where voices are uplifted, motivated and inspired to be their best.
We salute you and thank you for your commitment to our children and inspiring and empowering the women of our Palmetto Bay!