Let March 12th, 2018 go down in history as the day women in advertising leadership positions joined forces to create TIME’S UP/ADVERTISING, the first official vertical under the TIME’S UP™ movement. This campaign is the first of its kind to finally address the systemic power imbalances in the advertising industry and we are proud to announce that our very own Chief Connections Officer, Melissa Schoenke, has joined, accompanying more than 180 female advertising agency executives.


In the wake of women in the film, theater, and television industry stepping forward about their experiences with sexual harassment, TIME’S UP™ was created as a unified call for change to put an end toward workplace injustice and inequality. The movement partners with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws and corporate policies. Not only is TIME’S UP™ raising money for marginalized and low-income women, it focuses on bringing awareness to suppressed groups of women, specifically those of color and those who belong to the LGBT community. Based on these devastating facts below, women in the industry have decided to say ‘time’s up’.


-       Nearly half of working women in the U.S. say they have experience harassment in the workplace

-       1 in 5 C-Suite leaders is a woman. Fewer than 1 in 30 is a women of color

-       White non-Hispanic women are paid 81 cents on the dollar compared to white non-Hispanic men. Asian women are only paid 88 cents on the dollar. Black and Hispanic women are only paid 65 and 59 cents on the while male dollar, respectively

-       More than one-third of the world’s countries do not have any laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work, leaving nearly 235 million working women vulnerable at work


Toward the end of January this year, over 100 women in the industry came together to discuss the problem that was sweeping over the United States: the prominence of sexual harassment, professional inequality, and the flaws in power dynamics that many agencies face. Together, these CEOs, CCOs, CSOs, etc., discussed, brainstormed and shared stories. What became evident was the fact that these corporate policies designed to help promote equality, were in fact not helping at all. Positions of power hold a large chunk of this responsibility, and when the power dynamic is outdated and old-fashioned, it starts to blur the lines of what you get to do, and what you don’t. As leaders, these women decided it was time to foster a work environment where people feel challenged, but respected. A place where in no way, shape, or form will sexual harassment be accepted.


TIME’S UP/ADVERTISING is working “to drive new policies, practices, decisions and actions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within our agencies.” All agencies participating in the movement will strive to adhere to these policies:

ACTION: Commit to creating solutions that work, starting with examining the processes and policies that have failed us.

ACTION: Identify and mentor people representing diversity across the board and who are ready to become agency leaders.

ACTION: Adoption of progressive agency training and education that brings this discussion and its solutions out into the open in our agencies.


To get started, TIME’S UP/ADVERTISING will be holding their first community gathering on May 14th in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. To learn more about the movement, visit

Lisa honored by Cynopsis Media

One of Compass Point’s own, Lisa Nordstrom, has been honored as one of the top talents among US media planners and negotiators by Cynopsis Media. Lisa, along with other nominees from Moxie, Universal McCann, Zenith, Mindshare and Nascar Digital, were selected to receive this 2nd annual accolade for their skills in navigating a complex media world. 

And it certainly is well deserved. As Investments Supervisor, Lisa’s commitment to excellence and providing our clients with top notch video and audio media negotiations is second to none.  She eagerly dives into each new challenge and strives to bring fresh thinking and creativity to her work. “Same old same old” is not in her lexicon and Lisa does her utmost to improve on what’s been done before.    

Lisa’s contributions to Compass Point make life easier for all of her colleagues. Her energy and willingness to take on new assignments  and to just “pitch in” whether its on media projects or our agency social events, make Lisa invaluable to our extraordinary team.

McCanners of MPLS | Steve Mings

Another series of McCanners of MPLS, where we feature the great people that help make up our agency. 


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? 10 months, UX something or other

First celebrity crush? Current celebrity crush? Debbie Gibson, Scarlett Johansson

Celebrity doppelgänger? Will Ferrell or Seth Rogen

What do you do when you’re not working? More work, house work, and family time

Favorite smell? Fresh waffle cones and coffee

Last thing you Googled? Long-term parking at MSP

First-ever job? McDonalds (2 weeks)

Where was the last place you traveled to? Chicago

Current song on repeat? Comedy Radio

What’s on your desk? Pictures of my daughter

McCanners of MPLS | Kris Zell

Another series of McCanners of MPLS, where we feature the great people that help make up our agency.


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? 29 years, Accounting Manager

What was the last picture you took on your phone? A picture of a picture to add to a Shutterfly book

What advice would you tell your high school self? It’s just a blip in time

Name a character trait you inherited from your parents: Loyalty and integrity

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Putting myself through college

What is your motto? Life is short

Your worst habit? Diet Coke

If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be and why? 100 – would be fun to look back on everything in life!

What would your DJ name be? DJ KTZ

Favorite scary movie? Do not like scary movies

Who would play you in a movie of your life? Melissa McCarthy, would love to see what she would do with the crazy things that have happened in life


McCanners of MPLS | Aleisha Samek

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 

How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? I’ve been working for McCann for four months as a Digital Designer

First celebrity crush? Current celebrity crush? Naturally Aaron Carter was my first celebrity crush after he guest appeared on an episode of Lizzie McGuire. Jamie xx has taken Aaron Carter’s place, what an upgrade!

Celebrity doppelgänger? I’ve been told I look like Leighton Meester

What do you do when you’re not working? I like going to concerts and traveling

Favorite food? Popcorn has been an all-time favorite food of mine

Last thing you Googled? Podcast awards – I love podcasts! The spookier, the better.

First-ever job? Housekeeper at Homewood Suites by Hilton

Where was the last place you traveled to? Arizona

Current song on repeat? Lay Down by Touch Sensitive

What’s on your desk? Headphones, Betty Crocker mug, and sticky notes

Favorite thing to do in MPLS? Trying new restaurants and going to the lakes

McCanners of MPLS | Brian Panek

Welcome to McCanners of MPLS, a short feature on the great people that help make up our agency. 


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here? I began working as a Media Strategist at McCann Minneapolis in December, 2016

First celebrity crush? Current celebrity crush? Little Debbie always has been and always will be my one true love

Celebrity doppelgänger? My friends say that I look like Jason Sudeikis. Personally, I don’t see it.

What do you do when you’re not working? I’m probably hanging with my friends or family

Favorite smell? Bonfires!

Last thing you Googled? Tasty, easy crock pot recipes

First-ever job? When I was in the third grade I was the friendly neighborhood paperboy

Where was the last place you traveled to? Last spring, I was able to experience Europe for the first time. We spent two weeks cruising all about Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Estonia and Germany

Current song on repeat? Glamorama by Bryce Vine

What’s on your desk? Far too many post-it notes, my lucky cheese head and a small herd of dust bunnies

Favorite thing to do in MPLS? Brewery hopping is always fun, especially on a bright summer day!