Chelsea Goetz


Product Manager at Sezzle

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“Learning inspires me: the intersection of art, psychology, and technology intrigues me and helps me build my skill sets as a Product Manager and Designer.” 

Minneapolis, MN — Growing up the youngest of two sisters in Bloomington, MN, Sezzle’s Product Manager, Chelsea Goetz, didn’t know exactly what she wanted to be, but being creative was undoubtedly her passion. 

The culmination of her university studies coincided with the time of the global pandemic. In the face of so much uncertainty, 2020 was a year that shook many from their foundations. For Chelsea it was no different: she had to graduate college virtually, transition into a new role in her career, enter a new relationship and determine how to navigate an influx of change. She views this period of being pulled from her comfort zone as being a valuable period of growth: “It taught me to be patient, resilient, and independent.” 

At the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, she majored in Graphic Design, minored in Product Design, and at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, she studied Product Strategy. Ultimately, she went on to work in various aspects of multidisciplinary design and most recently, product management: “It’s given me the opportunity to creatively problem-solve in ways I haven’t before. Bringing to life great ideas and innovative solutions that reach people is my passion. Designing products gives us the opportunity to connect with people and take risks while challenging perspectives to better understand each other and the experiences we create.”

While at university, she served as the Creative Director for Minnesota Daily, the campus newspaper of the University of Minnesota, from August 2018 through October 2019. “I was Creative Director at Minnesota Daily and worked on projects such as rebranding the entire company, creating a new brand for our business division, took our first external design client, and managed two other designers. I worked on laying out the newspaper every week and created covers for special issues such as sports, job fairs, and food guides.”

Prior to this, Chelsea worked for Bloomington Parks and Recreation as art staff for six years, working gallery openings and theater events, as well as the farmers market. “I loved interacting and getting feedback on the city’s events from the community.”

Chelsea has been a member of the Sezzle family for 2 years, growing with the company from Graphic Design and UX Design Intern to Product Designer and Associate Product Manager. She has been in her current role of Product Manager for four months. “As a Product Manager, I work with launching new merchant products and features. I love getting to work with different stakeholders and teams: I enjoy creative problem-solving and collaborating with different minds. I have a passion for being an advocate for our merchants and helping them meet their needs.”  She is responsible for accessibility, creative thinking, design, graphic design, and product design. “I love being challenged and learning new things, and in this role, I’ve been able to learn more of the technical and strategic side of Product Management, which is exciting. I love to have fun. Work can be serious and I think that that’s okay, but there’s a huge benefit to being playful and opening your mind to new creative problem solving.”

What are you passionate about outside of work? 

My girlfriend and I spend a lot of time creating together, which is amazing. I am passionate about photography, art, design, music, cats, reading, outdoor activities and food. 

Are there any fun facts about you that you’d like to share? 

I have 3 cats: Oscar, Rufus, and Chester. 

I love listening to the Creative Pep Talk Podcast by Andy J. Pizza every morning to start my day off with how I can make my work better.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received and/or favorite advice to give? 

Best advice I would give is, ‘Fake it until you make it.’ There is no faking it when you are putting in the work to get to the places you want to be in life. 

‘Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.’ I read this in a fortune cookie message and it constantly reminds me to be my authentic self even when it’s difficult.

What are the qualities that make a good ally? 

Qualities that make a good ally are: patience, respect, commitment, and humility. 

How has your identity informed your work? 

My identity has informed my work because I have to be an advocate for myself so it makes me want to passionately be an advocate for the user group I’m serving. I believe in teamwork and working collaboratively to accomplish goals which helps with effective communication.

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