Mercy Chikowore is a dynamic storyteller and Public Relations nerd with a passion to change the world for the better. With over a decade of experience creating communications strategies for nonprofit, entertainment and private sector clients, Mercy has secured an impressive portfolio of local and national media placements, landing clients in the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, Business Insider, and more.
Born in Tokyo, Japan and having lived in Zimbabwe and Switzerland, Mercy enjoys communicating with and learning from diverse audiences. Over the years, Mercy has maintained a solid network of reporters, brand managers and business owners who have cross-connected as a result of her business savvy. At the core of her work ethic is Mercy's ability to understand her client's needs and to execute with grace and ease.
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Mercy uses her PR powers for good, volunteering with several organizations in the Washington Region, including the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA), the Claflin University Alumni Association, and ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications. Mercy also contributes content to several publications, including music website SoulBounce.com. Her work can also be seen on PR Daily, Cision, The Washington Post, and The Couch Sessions.
Mercy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claflin University where she studied Print Journalism and received her Master of Arts degree in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. She was recently featured in the first Twitter ad #HereWeAre, during the 2018 Oscars viewed by over 26.5 million people and can often be found at a concert near you.
Special powers in: Public Relations, Social Media, Content Development and Branding.
MERCY WEIGHS IN ON the rise of AFROBEAT
“African beats are spreading worldwide due largely to a growing African population around the globe. But it’s not just audiences from the diaspora that are dancing to the rhythm. As VOA’s Jesusemen Oni reports, the international rise of afro beats is causing a stir in the music industry and influencing culture and markets in the West.” Watch the full news piece here.
WWPR Honors Six Up-and-Coming Female Communicators with Emerging Leaders Awards
Mercy was recently honored with a 2018 Washington Women In PR Emerging Leaders Award in the nonprofit category. Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), the oldest professional society for female communicators in the greater capital area, named the 2018 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELAs) honorees Tuesday evening. The ninth annual ELAs honored rising stars, ages 25-35, who have excelled in public relations and related fields, and given back to the industry by contributing their skills and talents to innovative initiatives and projects. Six winners from different sectors within the communications field were announced at the ceremony to recognize the diverse group of up-and-coming communications professionals. Read about it here.
"one to know" linkedin series
'One to Know' is a mini-interview series profiling a NEW multicultural communications professional you should know every week. Mercy was recently interviewed for the series, which shines a spotlight on comms pros at every level and across various industries who are doing amazing work that often doesn't make it onto our radar.
The hope is that this series will introduce you to someone new, inspire you to share, reach out and connect and empower you to think of ways you can begin to amplify voices or causes that you're passionate about within your own company, community or industry.
Read more here.
#HereWeAre twitter ad
Mercy was recently featured in the first Twitter ad #HereWeAre to support women across the globe. The ad aired during the 2018 Oscars, and also included ColorComm Founder Lauren Wesley Wilson and ColorComm Communications Coordinator Erika Salbavaro. The 60-second spot was viewed live by over 26.5 million people, includes an original poem from Denice Frohman and features a multi-generational group of women from 20 to 82, including Hollywood filmmakers Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash and Jennifer Brea.
Mercy has worked with an incredible lineup of talented creators and changemakers including (but not limited to):
Using her PR powers, Mercy has created media opportunities for clients in the following publications:
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