Newsweek Expert Forum is an invitation-only community where pioneering thinkers and industry leaders go to share their up-to-the-minute ideas

— Brand and public relations analyst and strategist Merilee Kern, MBA has been accepted into Newsweek Expert Forum, an invitation-only community for pioneering thinkers and industry leaders.


As a Chief Strategy Officer for the Ascendant Group, AlphaMille Senior Advisor and the Founder of The Luxe List, Merilee was hand-selected to join the community based on her proven expertise in leadership, branding, media, communications and public relations. As a member, Merilee is part of a curated network of thought leaders from a broad range of influential industries and professions who share unique insights and analysis with one another and publish thought-provoking content.


Scott Gerber, founder of Newsweek Expert Forum, says, “We are honored to accept Merilee into the Newsweek Expert Forum. When experts gather in curated, private settings, they can share advice and build trusted relationships that further their mutual success. Merilee brings important insights about leadership, branding, MarCom, PR and more to this community.”


“Being accepted into the esteemed Newsweek Expert Forum is an intensely gratifying professional achievement,” Merilee said. “I’m excited to participate in the Forum in meaningful ways, from networking and engaging with fellow executives to publishing thought leadership articles on that propagate my own ideas and insights intended to inspire and foster the success of others. Of course, I equally look forward to learning from the other Newsweek Expert Forum members who represent such a diverse and powerful voice across key industries.”


Members of Newsweek Expert Forum have opportunities to connect with peers in a private online forum and to publish thought leadership articles on Benefits also include access to Newsweek Premium, personal brand-building opportunities, discounts on business services, and invitations to VIP experiences.


Newsweek Expert Forum, which launched early in 2021, provides a unique industry-leading peer group to members selected for their accomplished minds and expertise. Members of the Newsweek Expert Forum are top thinkers and professionals in business, culture/arts, health, lifestyle, money, science, sports, technology, and travel.


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About Merilee Kern, MBA


Forbes Business Council, Newsweek Expert Forum and Rolling Stone Culture Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded, senior-level brand, leadership and communications analyst and strategist. Merilee works with companies, agencies, C-suite thought leaders and subject matter experts worldwide across a wide array of B2B and B2C sectors through her own consultancy and advisory firm; her role as Chief Strategy Officer at The Ascendant Group—an industry-leading Personal and CEO Branding Agency; her work as a Senior Advisor at AlphaMille; and via The Luxe List—her cross-platform international news syndicate.


As a prolific branding and marketplace trends pundit, Merilee reports on titans of industry: industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes corporate executives and dignitaries, serial entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, inventors, professional athletes and other thought leaders as well as noteworthy brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is a contributor to dozens of business and consumer media outlets, including,,, and Impact Wealth, among many others. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands.


In addition to making regular TV guest appearances on programs throughout the U.S., Merilee is also the creator, executive producer and host of multiple TV shows, including Savvy Ventures—a national business-focused show that airs weekend daytime across America on both Bloomberg TV and FOX Business TV, reaching a combined 152 million TV households/cable subscribers. She also created, produces and hosts Savvy Living—a lifestyle and travel TV show that airs in top U.S. markets.

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