Fulfillament is more than just listening to stories, it’s a place to begin writing your own… 


Fulfillament is storytelling featuring local community leaders & entrepreneurs who share their journey towards fulfillment & meaning through vocation – their inside story. Each storyteller issued a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their lives. *A $500 grant was awarded to an audience member with a good idea that needed some help to get it moving.

Fulfillment n. 1. Profound happiness from fully developing one’s abilities and character. 2 the achievement of something desired, promised, or predicted.
Filament n. A fine thread that produces light.
Fulfillament n. Inspiring, true stories of fulfillment and vocation that will challenge you to come alive.


A few stats about the world of work in the US… Let these just sink in for a minute

  • Employee Disengagement Is Costing The US $550 Billion Per Year
  • 88% of employees don’t have passion for their work.
  • 70% of U.S. Workers Are Not Engaged at Work
  • 2/3 of today’s employees feel “overwhelmed.”
  • Only 40% of the workforce knew about their company’s goals, strategies, and tactics.
  • Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%
  • $11 billion is lost annually due to employee turnover

Gallup surveys of American workers have consistently found that 70% of people are either disengaged at work, doing just enough to not get fired, or are actively sabotaging their employers.

If people can find a way to align work with their authentic selves and something they care about, and feel that their time at work means something more than just a job, they COME ALIVE.  They give 100% at work, their relationships improve and can transform communities.


Fulfillament is created by  of Chelsea Bay Dennis and Shea Petaja

Chelsea: “My mission in life is to use what I’m good at and passionate about for good, and to inspire others to do what makes them come alive and make a difference in the world.” She manifests this as a graphic designer, video producer, coach/ consultant, speaker and event creator. She has been designing for environmentally and socially responsible entrepreneurs for close to 20 years. She also coaches/consults, as a certified life coach, with those looking to create or find meaningful work that is aligned with their values, strengths, and what makes them come alive – from the inside out. Through all of her work, Chelsea empowers others to make ideas happen, be successful and make a difference. Having lived and traveled around the world, Chelsea chose to make Traverse City her home, the very place she started.


Shea: Life Coach, Speaker, the “Queen of Connection” she is a self-proclaimed relational strategist who connects with people for a purpose. Shea has dedicated her life’s work to preserving the art of conversation and engagement, which is the foundation of her one-on-one coaching work, speaking engagements and workshops. You can find her online (links to Facebook, website, LinkedIn, Instagram) and on air at WTCM with Wendy Nienhouse. If you don’t find her there, she’s probably socializing at an event or outside! 



The COME ALIVE idea started long ago when Chelsea started working with (designing for) folks who love what they do and make a difference while doing it. Fulfillament is her way of inspiring others to find that for themselves by hearing others personal life stories, and realizing we all have what it takes to create our own path to meaningful work. She brought this inspiring storytelling idea to Shea while they both were earning their life coaching certifications back in 2014 – and there Fulfillament was launched. Chelsea and Shea are the yin and yang in their approach to life coaching and their individual careers. Chelsea, the entrepreneur, has had a clear, direct path using good-for-the-world design since early 2000’s, while Shea, the intrapreneur, loves to help clarify the heart of entrepreneurs and in turn maximize their business using her creativity and connections. A destination they both arrived at was the desire to bring clarity to others who want to find meaning in their work and live a life of intention.

“We have seen firsthand that when others do what makes them come alive, a huge difference is made in themselves and the world. We wanted to do something to inspire a community of people to love what they do.  Fulfillament is our way to do that. What better way to motivate folks to follow their passions and creating meaning in their work than to hear that others have done it. There is no formula to finding fulfilment. Trust the process and give yourself permission to be inspired.”

Fulfillament is more than storytelling, it’s a place to begin writing your own…

“We are the ones we have been waiting for”

– Alice Walker