Merilee A. Kern, Motivational Speaker

A serial SurThriver who shares her compelling story with others to inspire and uplift

"Whether overwhelmed with the chaos of everyday life or facing extreme adversity, you must dig deep to tap your inner well of strength, resolve, and tenacity needed to stay the course…and come out
on the other side better than ever."

Speaking Topics/Programs:

--Mastectomy Mayhem: Hissy Fits, Hilarity & Humility from the Front Line

--The Previvor Approach: The Power and Perils of Choice Regarding Hereditary BRCA-Based Beast & Ovarian Cancer

--SurThriving: Digging Deep to Stay the Course and Triumph Over Adversity

--Turning Chaos into Clarity: Tapping Inner Strength, Resolve & Tenacity


Esteemed media professional Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points – the affordable to the extreme. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column “The Luxe List” that reaches millions of affluent consumers each month through multiple print and online syndication channels. An array of top-tier on and offline media outlets publish Merilee’s Luxe List content, which is archived at

With this highly marketable and adaptable Luxe List brand, Merilee is also a regular on air contributor with XETV Channel 6 and KSWB FOX 5 in San Diego where she serves as a "gift guru" and consumer product trends expert. She also serves as a national Satellite Media Tour spokesperson. Related footage may be accessed here.

In addition to her Luxe List endeavors, Merilee owns and operates a highly successful boutique Public Relations and Marketing Communications agency, Kern Communications (, where she serves as a senior-level publicist, marketing consultant and spokesperson for various products, services and brands proffered by the clients she represents and for a myriad of authors and field experts. Merilee has been marketing and publicizing multi-industry B2B and B2C initiatives since 1994. Over this past decade, hundreds of her articles, news items and interviews have been featured by media outlets worldwide. She is also a highly regarded marketing and PR industry expert source within the media, contributing perspective and commentary to leading media outlets. Simply Google “Merilee Kern” to get a sense of the breadth of her experience, reach and presence as indicated through the tens of thousands of search results that will be delivered under her name.

As a former fitness competitor and champion twice over, having won the title of both “Miss South Florida” and Miss Palm Coast,” Merilee is also a published author whose health-related fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids” (, twice earned a coveted iParenting Media ‘Excellent Product’ award and received acclaim from Oprah’s personal trainer Bob Greene and media personality Sally Jessy Raphael, among a litany of others. Merilee also launched a related "Kids Making Healthy Choices" mobile APP that features her book along with other childhood obesity prevention-related tools and resources for kids, caregivers and educators.

In January 2007 Merilee was named a Finalist in the 3rd annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business – an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the companies they run, hailed by the New York Post as “the business world’s own Oscars.”

Merilee holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing specialty and a Bachelor of Science degree, both earned from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also received “Marketing on the Internet” certification from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Merilee is currently a member in good standing with Luxury Society, the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, the International Travel Writers Alliance, the San Diego Press Club, and the National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW).

Merilee is the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate, and proud mother of 2.