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Joins a highly vetted community of leaders and tastemakers shaping the future


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Rolling Stone Culture Council, an invitation-only network of leaders on the cutting edge of what’s new in culture, has selected leadership, branding, media, communications and public relations strategist and analyst Merilee Kern, MBA as the community’s newest member.


As a Chief Strategy Officer for the Ascendant Group, AlphaMille Senior Advisor and the Founder of The Luxe List, Merilee was invited into Rolling Stone Culture Council because of her breadth of experience and expertise helping entrepreneurs, executives and companies at large achieve strategic objectives. This in addition to her copious, decades-long contributions to the news and media-scape. Merilee joins senior leaders from some of the most successful companies across North America and Europe in music, art, fashion, media, food & beverage, sports, gaming, cannabis, and entertainment.


“Merilee is an inspiring leader, and we value the knowledge and experience she will contribute to this community,” said Scott Gerber, co-founder of Rolling Stone Culture Council. “The council brings together members with the right mix of expertise, passion, and energy to do great things. Individuals, businesses, and industries all benefit from the learning and collaboration happening inside.”


“It’s such an honor and thrill to be named an official member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council and have the opportunity to engage with true visionaries,” Merilee said. “Beyond the fresh ideas, outlooks and unbridled perspectives that I’m certain to glean from fellow members, I also eagerly anticipate sharing my own unique expertise, views and voice—both within the Council and with RollingStone.com readers at large.”


Founded in 2020, Rolling Stone Culture Council is a private, vetted community for influencers, tastemakers, and innovators in the worlds of music, entertainment, media, food & beverage, fashion, sports, gaming and cannabis. Members are invited to share their insights through articles and Expert Panels® for RollingStone.com.


Members connect through a private forum and virtual meetups to share learnings and help one another solve business challenges. They also gain access to exclusive travel, lifestyle, and business benefits.


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 Forbes.com, FastCompany.com, Newsweek.com, RollingStone.com 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.


Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.