Monique Nelson brings a global perspective to mainstream sports

Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are highlighting the diverse journeys of Black women through sports, from veteran athletes to rising stars, coaches, executives and more, in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports.


Monique Nelson has made her life’s work caring for other people. As president and CEO of UniWorld Group, the nation’s oldest black marketing agency, the Brooklyn native has taken her perspective around the world, from Beijing to Seoul, Guangzhou, São Paulo and Milan, to boot. At UniWorld Group, Nelson and her team focus on adding diverse perspectives to the mainstream, including working with ESPN’s undefeated and the launch of a new NIL program for black college athletes in the fall. But this type of work is not new to Nelson.

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