Monique L. Nelson, 37 SVP, Brand Integration Uniworld Group Inc.
Major responsibilities: â€œI basically run most of the day-to-day operations of the business. Creative, PR, branded entertainment, accounts, digital, innovation, mediaâ€”thereâ€™s not much I donâ€™t touch. And from a traditional agency standpoint [my position] is rare. Brand integration really does mean integrating all departments, ensuring that we deliver robust plans to our clients and generate new ideas. I do a lot of new business and make connections for the agency.â€
Professional lesson learned: â€œTo listen. To everyone. Good ideas come from everywhere.â€
Role model: â€œMy father is a tremendous person in my life. He was a corporate guy with an entrepreneurial spirit who always had his own business, which let me know you can always make it on your own terms if need be.â€
Major professional and personal accomplishment: Living and working in Milan on and off for about a year and a half. I lived in the Chinatown of Italy, a place called Paolo Sarpi, and it was an incredible experience.â€
Next personal goal: â€œTo nurture the relationships that are important to me; to stay healthy and happy.â€
Dream vacation: Uruguay, Punta del Este
Favorite car: â€œI donâ€™t really have a dream car. Now a dream shoe â€¦ â€œ
Phone: â€œI have two Blackberrysâ€”one personal and one for work.â€
Laptop: HP mini at work, Vaio at home
Other tech tools: â€œI cannot live without my iPad. I now travel exclusively with it. Unless Iâ€™ll be gone for longer than two or three days, I donâ€™t even bring my laptop.â€
Favorite store: Nordstrom "Iâ€™m a shoe junkie!"
Favorite beverage: â€œAny Prosecco from Italy, and I like Patron. Iâ€™m also an Arnold Palmer girl.â€