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

Anna Miller

Communications

Barbara Kompelien

Communications

Brandy Chetsas

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Brian Estee

Senior Change Consultant

Carmen Uecker

Communications, Change Management

Cathy McCarron

Practice Leader, ESG Reporting & Sustainability Communications

Christina Barberot, PMP

Practice Leader, Senior Communications

Christine McLaren

Practice Leader, Organizational Change Management

Conlan Campbell

Communications

Holly Eamon

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Jamie Vargo

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Jennifer Darling

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Jenny Larson

Communications & Organizational Change Management

John Nielson

Senior Change Consultant

Jon Hilgers

Senior Communications Consultant

Kate Kenevan

Communications & Training

Kathy Spenler

Communications

Kirsten Norman

Communications

Kris Goodman

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Lydia Hemmer

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Megan Steil

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Ramona Richards

Communications & Organizational Change Management

Stacie Mariette

Communications

Sara Keis

Communications

Sara Moore

Communications

Tonya Welsch

Practice Leader, Communications

Tom Hesse

Finance & HR

Annika Isbell

Recruiting Coordinator

Bailey Berg

Talent Acquisition

Alexis Dagit

Marketing & Growth Manager

Savannah Byers

Marketing Associate

Paul Connolly

Creative Director

Wil Taylor

Creative

Jake Parrott

Creative Consultant

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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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Anna Miller

Communications

Anna is a versatile communications expert driven by a passion for collaborating, writing and driving efficiencies. 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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Brandy Chetsas

Communications & Organizational Change Management

A purpose-driven communicator and strategist, Brandy leverages more than 20 years of corporate and non-profit experience to advance clarity and connection, ethical leadership, culture enhancement, change adoption and talent experience. She works closely with executive leadership teams to define and deliver on KPIs to measure results, adjust as needed and share that progress with the broader team. Brandy uses her wide-ranging expertise to unify diverse stakeholders, identify shared values and work toward a collective goal.

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Carmen Uecker

Communications, Change Management

Carmen brings over 20 years of human-focused experience to the Pivot team. With a unique blend of expertise that spans communications, marketing and change management, Carmen leverages her diverse industry experience to engage audiences in creative, impactful ways. Energized by a challenge – and armed with a ‘never-say-never’ outlook – Carmen is known for her collaborative style to deliver creative, measurable strategies that drive engagement and build community. Lately, she’s been obsessed with exploring innovative technology solutions to better engage and connect people.

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Cathy McCarron

Practice Leader, ESG Reporting & Sustainability Communications

Cathy brings more than 30 years of experience to the Pivot team, including running her own communications consulting business for 18 years after working in corporate and agency roles. Cathy’s broad expertise includes over a decade leading CSR and ESG reporting projects — ideal background for her role as Pivot’s ESG Reporting and Sustainability Communications Practice Leader. She is a strategic, versatile communicator adept at delivering targeted communications and reporting solutions for clients 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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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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Holly Eamon

Communications, Change Management

Small-town journalism experience spurred Holly’s passion for writing and ongoing pursuit to inform and inspire audiences through stories and straightforward content. Holly has nearly 10 years of writing and editing experience within industries spanning technology and finance to health care, and continually challenges herself to learn new industries and skills. She loves transforming complex information into easily understandable and actionable messages.

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Jamie Vargo

Communications, Organizational Change Management

Jamie brings 20 years of HR communications experience to the Pivot team. As a communication consultant, she builds and executes comprehensive communication and change strategies using a thoughtful and results-driven approach. She’s passionate about employee engagement and simplifying complex messages. Jamie has experience in consulting for all areas of HR in the hospitality, agricultural and financial services industries.

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Jennifer Darling

Communications Consultant

Jennifer is a communications leader with a passion for travel that has given her broad global experience, including regulatory communications and work in publicly held corporations as well as private firms where Jennifer managed global external and internal communications, leading organizations through significant change initiatives, rapid growth and accelerating recruitment and retention requirements to meet global demand. Jennifer is passionate about using technology, video, and digital platforms to find creative ways to engage others through communications.

Her prior communication experience includes work on a multi-billion dollar flood protection tri-state program in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and more than a decade as Senior Manager at CNN where she was a leader in global communications and strategy. At CNN, among other achievements, she built a knowledge-sharing platform linking business and technology groups in more than 45 countries. Her experience also includes working at HERE Technologies in Berlin, Germany, a multi-billion infrastructure mapping technology company, Fortune 500 firm Avery Dennison where she was based in Leiden, Netherlands; ARM-Softbank in Cambridge, UK and Expedia in Seattle, US.

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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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John Nielson

Senior Change Consultant

“Think like a marketer. Act like a change agent.” It’s John’s mantra when working to accelerate the digital change journeys of Fortune 500 organizations for the past 20 years. Expect his deep expertise in developing and deploying organizational change-management strategy & readiness activities, building and writing communication campaigns, and managing sponsors, teams & projects to educate, align, and engage all stakeholders in critical business initiatives. John also brings a fresh energy that inspires everyone to have a little fun along the way and make change stick. Proven. Creative. Gritty. Count on John for digital change leadership that sparks business transformation.

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Jon Hilgers

Senior Communications Consultant

Jon joined Pivot with 25+ years of technology, operations and change management internal communications experience. Jon is a recognized storyteller who uses focused listening and a persistent curiosity to understand business needs and build communications that deliver results. He is skilled at translating esoteric or arcane language for general consumption, and he has specific experience communicating to drive behavior change. Jon has extensive experience in financial services and held a Series 7 certification while working in the industry.

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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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Kirsten Norman

Communications

Kirsten is a collaborative, thoughtful, and strategic communications professional with a passion for translating business strategies and priorities in creative and meaningful ways for a variety of stakeholder audiences. With more than 15 years of agency and corporate communications experience, she brings a unique perspective to her work, drawing from her background supporting diverse industries, including agribusiness, energy, food safety, healthcare, hospitality, technology, and more. Kirsten has also served as lead on numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives in addition to leading HR, DEI and Health & Safety communication programs.

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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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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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Megan Steil

Communication, Change Management

With more than 15 years experience in internal communications, Megan thrives developing clear, concise communications that inspire and engage. Priding herself as an all-around “utility player” Megan has extensive experience in various disciplines including change management, executive communications, strategic planning, M&A and employee engagement. As a creative problem solver, Megan enjoys finding novel solutions to complex communications challenges and leveraging storytelling to shape employee experiences.

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Ramona Richards

Communications, Organizational Change Management

Ramona brings more than 25 years of corporate experience to Pivot specializing in internal employee communications and change initiatives. Having worked in several industries such as professional services, financial services, banking, and energy, she has helped companies develop communications programs for many functional areas including HR, finance, operations, product, sales, marketing, and technology. She is a true brand ambassador helping companies build their employer brand, employee experience and shape their culture.

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Stacie Mariette

Communications

Stacie’s 20+ years of communications experience means she’s in her element when organizations need to share new strategies, make operational and process changes, launch technology and more. She’s driven to truly understand people and situations – whether directly through the voice of the employee or via an understanding of data and metrics. She loves the challenge of cutting through the noise to help teams be their best!

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Sara Moore

Communications Consultant

Regardless of the topic, when it comes to communications, Sara finds joy in simplifying the complicated. She approaches her assignments with an open, inquisitive mindset, and strives to learn the necessary details quickly and thoroughly to ensure the communication plans she creates achieve the desired business objectives. Sara has nearly 20 years of corporate communications experience in a variety of industries, including retail, healthcare and banking.

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Tonya Welsch

Practice Leader, 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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Annika Isbell

Recruiting Coordinator

Annika is a professional who brings energy, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to talent acquisition and organizational culture. After graduating with a degree in psychology and theater, Annika gained experience in a variety of corporate settings before discovering her passion for recruiting. Annika specializes in combining organizational structure and analytical thinking with creativity and empathy to foster positive company culture and successful growth trajectory for her team.

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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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Alexis Dagit

Marketing & Growth Manager

Alexis is an accomplished marketing and communication professional, with over a decade of strategic and creative leadership. Bringing extensive experience that spans the areas of digital communications, content creation, media planning, and client development, Alexis adds to Pivot’s expert team of innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Passionate about championing the creative process, she excels at employing smart design to convey critical information in a manner that is meaningful and digestible. Alexis believes in approaching each project from a ten-thousand-foot view where she is able to strategize and anticipate obstacles and opportunities, and then drill down into the details that successfully takes each campaign from concept to completion.

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Savannah Byers

Marketing Associate

Savannah is a ambitious creative with an impressive toolkit of marketing interests and skills, including writing, graphic design, social media, and communications. She is passionate about developing cohesive and appealing campaigns that will leave a lasting impact. Savannah has worked with a wide variety of clients, bringing the very best strategies and content to the forefront of their marketing communications through her adaptability, positivity, and creative expertise.

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Paul Connolly

Creative Director

Paul has been a design professional, front-end web developer, and marketing leader for over 17 years. His versatile career spans multiple industries, including businesses-to-business, eCommerce, and higher education. Paul has an extensive background in leading in-house design teams and building efficient creative production workflows. A visual problem solver by trade, Paul enjoys using his skills as a designer to tackle just about any challenge that comes his way.

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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.