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Stacia Nelson: Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Heartland Award Finalist

EY US Announces Stacia Nelson of Pivot Strategies as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Heartland Award Finalist 

Six short years after founding Pivot Strategies, Nelson recognized as top regional business leaders


MINNEAPOLIS (July 13, 2021) — Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) recognizes Stacia Nelson, CEO and founder of Pivot Strategies, as a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Heartland Award. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors unstoppable business leaders whose ambition and ingenuity transform our world. Nelson is one of 33 finalists honored in the Heartland region.

Pivot Strategies is an award-winning internal communications agency with clients including 3M, Abbott, Medtronic, UnitedHealth Group and Cargill. Since founding Pivot in 2015, Stacia has doubled revenue and team growth year-over-year. This growth allows Nelson to give back to her community, including donating 23% of profits in 2020 to community organizations and 25% to the Pivot team through profit sharing.

“I am honored and grateful to be a part of a community which has recognized so many accomplished entrepreneurs early in their careers. In the world of entrepreneurship, there are far more naysayers and closed doors than moments of encouragement. This award builds on my confidence that we are on the right path and to keep forging ahead,” says Nelson.

Stacia Nelson launched her career as Minnesota’s youngest lobbyist. Stacia then went on to be the Director of PR for a quartz design company where she drove strategic planning for community involvement, elevated brand visibility and boosted profits through corporate partnerships. Stacia then joined one of the world’s best-known brands, Target. While at Target, Stacia received two Communications Excellence awards for her work at the 2012 Olympics and employee deskside recycling and composting program. 

EY US will announce the winners during a special virtual celebration on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Regional award winners will be considered for the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards, announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, a prestigious gathering of market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022. 

Additional details about the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Heartland Awards are available on

About Pivot Strategies: 

Pivot’s purpose is to create clarity when organizations undergo major, complex transformations by providing internal communications, organizational change and training expertise. Pivot serves Fortune 500 companies such as Nike, 3M, Cargill and Abbott Laboratories. Pivot Strategies is headquartered in Minneapolis and was founded by Stacia Nelson in 2015. Nelson was recognized as a TCB 2020 Notable Women in Technology honoree and an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Heartland finalist. Pivot Strategies is certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). For additional information on Pivot Strategies, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook



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