Creative marketers,
complex problem solvers

Change makers

Pivot is a communications agency revolutionizing communications and change management in the Twin Cities market.

Pivot Strategies has over 300 years of combined experience working with Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s most admired brands. We’re experts in organizational change management, internal communications and training. 

We have developed a knack for connecting the right people to the right projects on the right teams. Our team is equipped to navigate complex working environments and problem-solve to reach diverse audiences through a multi-channel approach.

Our core values

Positive Mental Attitude

We bring the sunshine. We start with yes, enjoy new learning opportunities and encourage curiosity.

Better is Possible

We maintain a high bar for work output and uphold the premium standards of the Pivot brand and reputation.

Self-Care is Non-Negotiable

We lead with kindness and respect for each other and our clients. Our well-being is prioritized, which enables us to do great work.

Be the Change

We embrace change, face issues head-on and adapt quickly.

Unapologetically Hungry

Growth excites us and we are always looking for new opportunities, projects, clients and industries.

Meet our team

We’re a team of creative thinkers and relentless do-ers. Growth excites us and we are always finding new opportunities, projects, clients and industries. 

Are you a communications rockstar? Want to join a growing team with a fantastic culture? Check out our careers page.

Stacia Nelson

Founder & CEO

Becca Bijoch

VP of Strategy & Growth

Grant Hultgren

VP of Operations

Stephanie Joranson

VP of Client Satisfaction & Talent

Lori Hall

Executive Assistant

Alyssa Radosevich

Organizational Change Management

Anna Miller

Communications

Barbara Kompelien

Communications

Becky Dvorak

Senior Communications

Brittany Deleon-Buckley

HR & Organizational Change Management

Cathy McCarron

Practice Leader, CSR & Sustainability Communications

Christina Barberot, PMP

Senior Communications

Lydia Hemmer

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Christine McLaren

Practice Leader, Organizational Change Management

Conlan Campbell

Communications

Jenny Larson

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Jim Egan

Senior Communications

Kate Kenevan

Communications & Training

Kathy Spenler

Communications

Kris Goodman

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Marie Yarroll

Communications

Mia Medcalf

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Pang Lee

Communications

Christy Warner

Communications

Tonya Welsch

Senior Communications

Tom Hesse

Finance & HR

Bailey Berg

Talent Acquisition

Maren Nelson

Creative Lead

Wil Taylor

Creative

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Stacia Nelson

Founder & CEO

Stacia Nelson is the Founder of Pivot Strategies. Stacia brings over 15 years of experience in Public Relations and Communications with Fortune 100 brands. She earned her Prosci change management certification and specializes in creating unique and tailored communications strategies to deliver messages to a variety of stakeholders. Prior to founding Pivot Strategies in 2015, Stacia led the Crisis and Corporate Communications Team for Target Corporation where she was responsible for the company’s preparedness and response to reputation and crisis situations and corporate brand partnerships. 

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Becca Bijoch

VP of Strategy & Growth

Impact drives Becca. She is passionate about KPIs and process, but is also an incredible communicator and storyteller. Becca’s ability to create compelling campaigns and tell a sticky story help make Pivot’s work so effective. The same applies for her ability to set and track goals for projects that are traditionally hard to measure.

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Grant Hultgren

VP Operations

Grant has 18 years of agency and consulting experience, in which we consulted and lead traditional and digital projects for small to Fortune 100 enterprises. He brings operational excellence and experience growing agencies responsibly, while focusing on leadership & talent expertise. He has lead projects & advised executives within Ecolab, Medtronic, Stryker, Delta Dental, and other fortune 500 organizations.

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Stephanie Joranson

VP of Client Satisfaction & Talent

Stephanie brings more than 15 years of experience to the Pivot team, where she leads our efforts to bring in the best talent to give our clients the best service. Stephanie has both corporate and agency experience and a diverse background in all areas of communications strategy. But what she’s most passionate about is employee engagement. She led internal communications for Medtronic where she launched their global intranet on Office 365 for more than 90,000 employees.

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Lori Hall

Executive Assistant

Lori has worked as both an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the last 20 years. Her gifts and talents lie in the area of efficiency, organization and hospitality.

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Alyssa Radosevich

Organizational Change Management

Alyssa has spent her career leading key global change transformations within organizations. A Prosci certified Change Management Practitioner, Alyssa’s core belief is that organizations transform most effectively when they focus on their individual employees. Her mission is to support leaders and the organization to enable each employee to drive successful transformations and increased adoption. She brings experience from many industries, such as medical devices, healthcare, finance, retail and consumer products.

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Anna Miller

Communications

Anna is a versatile communications expert driven by a passion for collaborating, writing and driving eciencies. With over 10 years of experience in Communications, Anna is successful in delivering strategic solutions by performing needs analysis, organizing resources and building constructive relationships. She is always excited to jump in, learn quickly and achieve results.

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Barbara Kompelien

Communications

Barbara brings her thoughtful and results-driven approach, along with 20 plus years of strategic communications experience to the Pivot team. This consistent approach has proven successful in a vast array of industries, including medical device, healthcare, pharmacy benefits, retail and non-profit. Whether it’s a surgeon, patient or employee – Barbara thrives on removing the complexity to communicate with clarity to drive the desired results.

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Becky Dvorak

Senior Communications

Becky is a customer-driven, strategic global communications leader with deep experience developing and inspiring high-performing teams while navigating highly matrixed organizations undergoing significant change. She has both corporate and agency experience, and thrives in a fast-paced culture of change and innovation while able to think on her feet and pivot on a dime. Becky transformed and led all Communications for Cargill’s $20B global Protein business, the company’s largest business, and led the Communications for BeefUp Sustainability, Cargill’s first branded Sustainability program.

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Brittany Deleon-Buckley

Change Management, HR

Brittany has spent the last 7 years working in Human Resources. She is a passionate curator of creating spaces where people feel like they belong by encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion and a believer that everyone can be a leader regardless of their titles when given the opportunity. What she enjoys the most about HR is working with others on ways to tap into their fullest potential.

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Cathy McCarron

Communications

Cathy brings more than 30 years of experience to the Pivot team, including running her own communications consulting business for the past 18 years. Previously she worked in web consulting, corporate and agency roles. Cathy’s broad expertise includes over a decade leading CSR projects – a skill she’s now putting to use as Pivot’s CSR communications lead. She is a strategic, versatile communicator adept at delivering corporate, internal and marketing communications solutions across a variety of industries.

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Christina Barberot, PMP

Senior Communications

Christina is an accomplished communications leader with a strong record in engaging audiences and ensuring communications are expertly crafted and delivered to the right audience at the right time. Christina is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner with extensive experience leading teams through change and crisis communications. She brings 20 years of communications and project management experience from the financial services industry, nonprofits and local governments.

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Lydia Hemmer

Communications, Change Management

Lydia partners with cross-functional teams and business leaders to understand complex business issues, distill them into digestible content, and develop a communication plan that engages its intended audience. As a communications consultant, she works to “connect the dots” between strategies and their desired outcomes using an empathy-first approach. Her experience includes merger communications, employee engagement initiatives, executive communications and strategic internal communications. Before joining Pivot Strategies, Lydia managed communications at several of Minnesota’s largest law firms. She is the 2021 Chair of Minnesota’s Legal Marketing Association.

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Christine McLaren

Practice Leader, Change Management

Christine brings 25 years of people, culture and change leadership to Pivot where she leads our change practice. Her passion is providing customized solutions to clients that improve employees’ and leaders’ ability to adapt and achieve collective goals. With a career that spans multiple industries, companies and transformations, her superpowers are the ability to quickly align, build bridges and make simple what is complex. She built the M&A change and culture practice for a large corporation, and is frequently cited by clients as a key contributor to successful change.

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Conlan Campbell

Communications

Conlan brings a mix of corporate and agency experience to Pivot, where he strives to help clients meet their communications objectives and bridge the gap between them and their audiences. Conlan’s background runs the gamut of communications strategy, but he is most passionate about communications technology and efforts to create a more modern workforce.

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Jenny Larson

Communications, Organizational Change Management

Jenny brings more than 17 years of experience in internal communications across the travel & hospitality, manufacturing, insurance, construction and supply chain industries. In addition to providing executive communication support, she has both led the internal communications function and developed and implemented strategic change communications for multiple functional areas, including operations, sales, finance, HR, marketing, brand, products and technology. She believes in the power of communication to inform, engage and inspire employees to drive change and achieve business goals.

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Jim Egan

Senior Communications

Jim brings more than 20 years of communication experience to the Pivot team, both on the agency side and within the corporate world, where he served in senior executive roles overseeing corporate communications, crisis communications, media and public relations, but it is change communications that he loves the most. Jim’s passion and expertise is focused on helping clients develop and execute inspiring change communication programs that build unifying belief, shared ownership and personal accountability to deliver exceptional results. Jim’s change communication experience includes global mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, new business and operating model transformations, organization structure and process changes, and enterprise-wide system implementations.

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Kate Kenevan

Communications & Training

Kate specializes in the development and implementation of strategic communication, training and change management plans to help clients achieve success. She partners closely with organizations to understand their needs by actively engaging business partners and key stakeholders. Kate brings eight years of experience, most of which was spent working on IT, Office 365, Med Device and SAP projects.

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Kathy Spenler

Communications

Kathy is a curious, collaborative and insightful senior communications leader who excels at fostering connections to people, organizations and business priorities. She has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant and corporate communications leader with an extensive background in healthcare as well as in consulting for utilities, financial services, manufacturing, consumer goods and transportation organizations. She spent 10 years at UnitedHealth Group focused on increasing employee engagement and leading a consumer education program.

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Kris Goodman

Communications, Change Management

Kris brings 20+ years as an accomplished strategic communications leader from the financial services industry. She is focused on delivering the highest quality outcomes and has experience that spans from communications to strategic initiatives to thought leadership events. Collaboration is at the heart of her approach ensuring that everyone is aligned and informed all while achieving desired outcomes. Her wide array of communications experience ranges from product launches to migrations to crisis events and she knows how to navigate complex initiatives.

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Marie Yarroll

Communications

Marie has worked at several big companies leading communications programs with a heavy focus on change and transformation. At Pivot, she’ll be working on the global rollout of a new pricing and rebate program.

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Mia Medcalf

Communications, Change Management

In the past 14 years, Mia has created strategies and executed change management plans for just about every type of people change imaginable, from shared service implementations and large restructures, to culture changes, business pivots and technology transformations small and large. She is lucky to have partnered with leaders in the C-suite as well as leaders at every level, mostly in large, matrix global settings. The industries she has worked in span every aspect of health care and she has also managed change in financial services, education, tech, biotech, energy, consumer products and more.

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Pang Lee

Communications

Pang Lee is a Communications Consultant for Pivot. She has over 10 years of experience working in IT in a variety of roles ranging from project management and process improvement to internal IT communications. She has delivered IT projects and improvements for Target Corporation, increased employee morale and engagement for MoneyGram International and supported IT communication efforts for the State of Minnesota. Her technical experience combined with her communications skills is what makes her an effective partner in working with IT and business audiences.

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Christy Warner

Communications

Christy Warner enjoys tackling complex communications challenges. She has a broad range of experience in public relations, corporate communications and marketing roles in financial services and health care, working with brands such as UnitedHealth Group, ADP, Transamerica, Delta, the Federal Reserve Banks and the United States Treasury Department. 

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Tonya Welsch

Senior Communications

Tonya brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications for several Fortune 250 companies across a variety of industries including aerospace, financial services, healthcare, logistics and food and agriculture. Through her work, she has a passion for simplifying the complex. She’s a versatile team player who enjoys working on a variety of communications projects.

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Tom Hesse

Finance & HR

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in business and helps Pivot with finance and human resources. Tom spent most of his career as a lobbyist for Minnesota businesses, specializing in tax and labor policy. He enjoys working with Pivot’s leadership to keep the finances on track.

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Bailey Berg

Talent Acquisition

Bailey is our in-house relationship builder, connection maker and talent manager. She manages the recruiting, hiring, onboarding and everything in-between for our team. Her passion is building and growing teams that align with the culture and values of Pivot. Before her life at Pivot, Bailey has worked exclusively in recruiting, employee engagement and human resources in a variety of industries and company sizes. A natural people person, she has spent her career connecting with others, understanding their personal and professional goals and matching them to their perfect role.

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Maren Nelson

Creative Lead

Maren is a designer of graphics, solutions, stories and experiences. As Creative Lead at Pivot, she believes that good design is born from even better design thinking. Maren has over a decade of nonprofit and communications experience that she brings to every project, with specific strengths in branding systems, print and web design, exhibit design and storytelling. She sees her role as a creative professional as more than just “making things look pretty,” and instead brings her systems-thinking to every project. Leading a team of creatives, she strives to support the needs of clients and colleagues alike, and is energized by collaborative creative work. 

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Wil Taylor

Creative & Communications

Wil brings 10+ years working in the creative field to Pivot, with expertise in visual, graphic and web design. Originally from Wisconsin, this Milwaukee native came to Minnesota to study graphic design at the University of Minnesota. Wil specializes in branding, providing complete identity needs including logo and web design, marketing materials, social media development and brand voice. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Wil regularly develops internal wellness campaigns to assist employees with effective mental health techniques.