UBR Spotlight: Top Ad Agency CEO Monique Nelson

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, Renita D. Young speaks with advertising agency chief executive Monique Nelson, the Chairman and CEO of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based UniWorld Group. As CEO, Nelson leads the BE 100s advertising agency as the successor of Chairman, Emeritus Byron Lewis, the legendary founder of the ground-breaking, award-winning multicultural advertising agency.

Nelson comes to new leadership role at the legendary agency with more than 15 years of entertainment and lifestyle marketing experience, including nine years overseeing music and entertainment campaigns at Motorola Inc. She joined UniWorld, the longest-standing multicultural advertising and communications agency in the country, in 2007, managing its integrated marketing, digital and branded entertainment departments. Today, as CEO, she presides over a client list which includes The Home Depot, Ford Motor Company and AARP, generating more than $10 million in new revenue with programs for new and existing clients. Nelson joins the Roundtable to talk about her rise to the top and what she’s learned along the way.

Also, UBR Contributor Samantha Pass talks with Catherine Barnett, the executive director of Project Enterprise, a New York-based nonprofit that provides assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York metro area. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as a branch manager of Project Enterprise, overseeing centers in Harlem and the Bronx. Barnett joins the Roundtable to share how entrepreneurs can seal the deal in their pursuit of financing for their business ideas.

And finally, every week on UBR, you’ll hear Pepper Miller’s YOU-TURN  segment, get motivation and inspiration from author and entrepreneurial icon Farrah Gray, a weekly wrap-up of business news from USA Today business correspondent Charisse Jones, our Patient Investor Report from Ariel Investments and key economic intelligence for small business owners from our UBR economists Derrick Collins and Rashid Carter.

Pepper Miller is the Founder and President of The Hunter Miller Group and the host of The Urban Business Roundtable, a weekly radio show, sponsored by Ariel Investments, airing CST Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on WVON-AM 1690, the Talk of Chicago. You can also listen live online at WVON.com. Check back each week for UBR Spotlight, which features additional resources, advice and information from and about the topics, entrepreneurs and experts featured on the show. If you have a question you want answered or a topic you want addressed on The Urban Business Roundtable, connect with us on Twitter @UBR1690.

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