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How Monique Nelson Is Bringing a Global Perspective to the Mainstream

Courtesy of Monique Nelson

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.

Monique Nelson has made her life’s work looking out for other people. As the chairman and CEO of UniWorld Group, the country’s longest-standing Black marketing agency, the Brooklyn native has taken her perspective across the world, from Beijing to Seoul, Guangzhou, São Paulo and Milan, to start. At UniWorld Group, Nelson and her team are focused on adding diverse perspectives into the mainstream, including working with ESPN’s The Undefeated and launching a new NIL program for Black college athletes in the fall.