Young Scholar Now a Future Leader at GainingEdge


November 14 2019

Young Scholar Now a Future Leader at GainingEdge

Recently named the 2019 MICE Future Leader at the Africa MICE Awards, Mercy Cherono Too has now joined GainingEdge as Project Consultant.

Mercy, from Nairobi, Kenya, was the first inductee into the GainingEdge Scholar Program in 2018.  The goal of the program is to help bright young students get a head start on their future careers in the association and meetings industries.  For Mercy, that head start now means that having just graduated university she has already landed her first job – with the global consultancy itself.

GainingEdge CEO, Jon Sivertson, said that Mercy made her mark from the very beginning. She was given a project to help the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) expand its database of member prospects and also to develop a report on the African association landscape – to determine what was working well while identifying the greatest challenges faced by African association leaders.

“Mercy really was the perfect answer to our new scholar program,” Sivertson said.  “She took that project and ran.  She did a great job and showed amazing commitment and caring.  We were so impressed we really had no choice but to hire her.”

Mercy recently graduated with a BSc in Events and Convention Management from the Technical University of Kenya.  Her work at GainingEdge will include research, corporate communications, African market development, support for consulting projects, GainingEdge Scholar Program management and coordinative support for GainingEdge CSR programs.


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