Monique Nelson brings global perspective to mainstream, sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are shining the spotlight on the diverse journeys of women of color in sports – from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives and more – in the series, Elle-evate: 100 influential black women in sport.


Monique Nelson has made her life’s work caring for others. As president and CEO of UniWorld Group, the oldest black marketing agency in the country, the Brooklyn native has taken her perspective around the world, from Beijing to Seoul, Guangzhou, São Paulo and Milan to begin with. At UniWorld Group, Nelson and her team are focused on adding diverse perspectives to the mainstream, including working with ESPN the undefeated and launch a new NIL program for black college athletes in the fall. But this kind of work isn’t new to Nelson.

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