Encouraging Expert Mom on the Street Kelsea Cozad inspires those around her through her bright personality and her passion for helping people in their careers. Whether she’s coaching others on career advice or parenting her son, she’s looking stylish and cool while doing it!
Kelsea keeps us informed with helpful, honest, and entertaining content. Everyone needs a fun mom friend like her in their life!
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Kelsea Cozad is a communications professional, a wife, and a mother, born and raised in the Midwest. She's committed to sharing her professional expertise with moms who feel stuck in their careers via job searching, interviewing, application, and negotiation tips on her website and TikTok. Find her on Instagram and Twitter too!
Which three words best describe your style?
Professional. Trendy. Classic.
I’ve always existed in Corporate America so a lot of my wardrobe is workwear, but I’m a sucker for a good trend! For example, I’m living for straight-leg jeans from Abercrombie, shackets, and layered necklaces. You’ll always find me in classic staples like neutral turtlenecks in the fall/winter and a basic maxi in the summer.
What are your favorite places to shop?
Abercrombie and Fitch. Vici Collection. Nike.
What’s your best style advice?
Find what flatters you and forget the rest.
What article of clothing/accessory would you not want to live without?
My Nike Air Maxes. I bought them on a whim, not thinking I could pull off a cool sneaker, and now I wear them with almost every outfit. I’m obsessed.
What should NEVER make a comeback?
I know you expect me to say low-rise jeans but I’m excited about that comeback? Sorry! However, I’ll resist that heavy layering thing we did in the early ’00s. Camisole, tank top, t-shirt, polo, jacket, belt. YIKES!
What’s your best style secret?
My white Nike baseball cap. You ever find that hat that just fits you perfectly? It instantly makes any casual outfit chic, or any elevated outfit more approachable. It magically turns bad hair days into intentionally laid-back days. I’d die without it.
Tell us what you do.
I have almost a decade of Social Media Management experience but left that space after experiencing extreme burnout out in 2020. I’m currently in Corporate Communications for a global retailer.
How did you become interested in giving career advice?
My mother is a titan in the human resources/recruiting space. She gave my brother and me the gift of preparing us for what our adult life would look like much earlier than most. I’ve always been the friend who helps others with their resume, has a connection at a company they’re interested in or helps prepare them for an interview. I realized that not everyone had the same privilege of having a mom like mine growing up and I wanted to empower people with the same resources. I wanted to break the misconception that you have to have a degree to make $65k/year and get benefits. Or that you have to have a ton of experience to make enough money to buy a house. A little soft-skills training can totally change your life. (And you definitely don’t have to join an MLM.)
What is your favorite part about your job?
They call me the “Storyteller,” at work. I’ve always loved strategizing and big-picture thinking. I get the opportunity to do that now and it’s very fulfilling.
What brings you inspiration and motivation?
This is the part where I say, “my son!” And he does, on some days. Most days he’s a huge distraction or I’m consumed by guilt for not paying more attention to him. So, to be honest with you, I’m motivated and inspired by the kind of person my son will be one day by having a hard-working, career-focused mother like me.
I’m inspired by what lessons I’m teaching him about what women can do by running our household the way that I do. There would be nothing wrong if he watched me do nothing but cook and clean and look after him, but I think there’s something powerful about him watching me grind and work and provide. I think about his future partner a lot. I want him to respect and revere them and support them in their dreams like his father does for me. And I want him to fully understand that women run this world.
What did you grow up thinking you wanted to do for work when you grew up?
An author. I spent hours at our family computer (a Gateway Compaq running on Windows ‘95 - I remember it fondly) writing plays and short stories of my dream life. I’ve always written and I’ve always told stories. The song in my heart has always had the beat of acrylic nails clacking on a keyboard. Words don’t always flow out of my mouth easily, but, boy, do they leap out of my fingertips.
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
I love taking my son along to things my husband and I have always loved to do together-- shopping, going out to eat, or just driving around. It reminds me of why he and I fell in love, and my son’s presence is this tangible embodiment of our love. It makes my spirit soar.
What’s been your best family vacation?
My husband and I got married this year on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. We go there every year on a long weekend with our friends. This year (2021) we brought our son and surprised our friends with an impromptu wedding on a sunset cruise. That was my son’s first time at the beach and our first family vacation. I was quickly made aware that family vacations are really just “trips,” but the memories we made together, just us three, were priceless. Gunner adored the beach. He loved the ocean and running barefoot on the sand. He even took a nap in my arms during a light shower, feet from the crashing waves. Maybe he’ll be a surfer?
What’s your go-to family dinner?
Chipotle! (Burrito bowl for mom, double-wrapped burrito for dad, barbacoa quesadilla for baby!)
What’s your favorite family restaurant?
Listen, I’m a working mom. I nailed down the career stuff, not so much the domestic stuff, so we eat out, A LOT. We love Chipotle, Five Guys, Starbucks, and Culver’s.
Best parenting advice?
Don’t worry about whether or not you are making the “right” decision. Trust that you have the power to turn whatever you decide into the “right” decision.
Parenting true confession?
Gunner (2.5 years old) has always slept in our bed.
What's your favorite part about being a parent?
I never wanted to be a mom. I never wanted to get married. I’ve always envisioned myself being the rich aunt who lived in a penthouse and had two cell phones and drank coffee like it was water. I didn’t fall asleep dreaming to be in the arms of a man or a part of a family. I fell asleep dreaming of wealth and travel and fashion and excess. So, I guess my favorite part of being a parent is the great unlearning that it is, the great redefinition. That brings me a lot of hope. If I can unlearn everything I thought I knew about being someone’s mother, about parenthood-- what else have I been wrong about?
What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?
All of them. Let’s organize this answer to better appease the readers.
Reality TV: Welcome to Plathville, 90 Day Fiance (and every spinoff), The Bachelor/ette, BiP, Southern Charm, Jeopardy!, 20/20, Dateline.
Streaming: Ozarks, You, Game of Thrones, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, Explained, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Queer Eye, BRIDGERTON, Bojack Horseman, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Outer Banks, and plenty, plenty more.
Cable Shows: Younger, The Office, HIMYM, Mad Men, Sons of Anarachy, Better Call Saul, and a ton more.
If you could pick anyone to star as you in a movie based on your life, who would it be?
Rihanna, strictly for appearances.
What’s your favorite beach read?
I feel like this should be a book I haven’t read yet, right? I’d like to read “The Other Black Girl” by Zakiya Dalila Harris
What song would you dance to when nobody’s watching?
I adore funk, R&B, soul, and hip hop-- and I have zero qualms about dancing to that music any time, any place. I think I would dance to country when nobody’s watching. Especially this new country/hip-hop infusion stuff like Breland and Sam Hunt.
If you could go shopping with anyone from history, living or deceased, who would it be?
I’ve always wanted to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I’m not sure I’d take him shopping, but I’d love to spend time with him and listen to his wisdom and feel the kindness in his hands.
What’s at the top of your travel bucket list?
London, England. I’m a big soccer fan and my lifelong favorite club, (and my son’s namesake) The Arsenal Gunners hail from London. I will watch them play before I die.
What’s your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day?
A glass of Moscato, chocolate, and a new episode of any of the above-mentioned shows.
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