Meet Six Leaders from the Newsweek Expert Forum

For more than 80 years, Newsweek has kept readers informed about what is happening in the world. Now Newsweek Expert Forum is bringing together innovative thinkers and industry leaders to share their insights on international issues, technology, business, culture and politics.

Expert Forum members have opportunities to build relationships and shape public opinion — connecting with peers from complementary fields and getting their ideas in front of a wide audience on Newsweek.com.

Meet six leaders from the Newsweek Expert Forum, and learn more about becoming a member.

Andrew Raupp, Founder, STEM.org

Andrew Raupp is an entrepreneur and educational leader. In 2001, he founded STEM.org, an educational research and credentialing organization that has played a key role in developing and growing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education movement. The organization has worked with more than 140,000 pre-K to twelfth-grade students and 14,000 educators worldwide to date. Andrew and his team partnered with researchers and educational experts to develop a set of STEM benchmarks, leading to the creation of the first STEM validation framework for teachers, schools and products.

Andrew was selected to be a fellow in the Emerging Leaders program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as the Edtech Chair on the Forbes Technology Council since 2017.

Ashley Stahl, Founder and Career Coach, Ashley International, Inc.

Ashley Stahl is a counterterrorism expert turned career coach. After completing her master’s degree in international relations in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, Ashley landed a coveted job running operations for a training program at the Pentagon. But she soon realized that career leadership was her true passion.

In 2013, she founded Ashley Stahl International, Inc., a firm that offers private career coaching, business consulting and online courses. She also launched CAKE Publishing, a copywriting and PR company for small businesses and influencers. Ashley is a podcast host, author and Forbes columnist.

Brent Leary, Partner, CRM Essentials

Customer relationship management expert Brent Leary is the co-founder and partner of CRM Essentials LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategies for improving business relationships within small and mid-size enterprises. Brent has more than 15 years of IT and management consulting experience, and serves as Vice President of Technology on the national board of Customer Relationship Management Association (CRMA).

He hosts a business technology radio show, and his articles have been featured in publications including the Atlanta Tribune, DestinationCRM and Social Media Today. Brent has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Widener University.

Meghan Keaney Anderson, CMO of The Wanderlust Group

Meghan Keaney Anderson is a marketing executive with 15 years of experience in digital marketing, creative operations, storytelling and growth model optimization. Currently, she is the CMO of The Wanderlust Group, a travel technology company that aims to get more people outside through its products.

Prior to her current role, Meghan led the product marketing and brand strategy at Hubspot, a leading marketing, sales and CRM software platform, taught communications as an adjunct professor at Boston University and worked as the director of communications at United Way. She earned her B.A. in English from Boston College and her master’s degree in communications from Boston University.

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Tayo Rockson, President/CEO, UYD Management

In 2014, Tayo Rockson launched a podcast, As Told By Nomads, to figure out why, even though the world was more globalized and digital than ever before, people still felt disconnected. He had grown up on four continents himself, and he began interviewing other international and multicultural leaders in business, culture, travel and global affairs — including entrepreneurs, nomads and third-culture kids — about identity and leadership.

Tayo developed a mission statement, “Use Your Difference to Make a Difference,” which became UYD Media, later renamed UYD Management. UYD Management is a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps companies improve business results by adopting diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural strategies. Tayo is a speaker and an adjunct professor at Felician University.

Leslie Samuel, Creator, Become A Blogger

In 2010, Leslie Samuel was a high school science and math teacher, but his dream was to be a university professor, teaching advanced biology courses. He had a master’s degree in biology and neurobiology from Andrews University, but he didn’t have a Ph.D. and had no interest in getting one. Instead, he started teaching university-level biology online — creating popular video and blog content that helped him land a job teaching anatomy at his alma mater (without a Ph.D.).

Leslie now teaches other people how to turn their ideas into profitable businesses. His blog, podcast, online courses and resources focus on content creation, digital marketing and online business growth.