Meet Reimagining the Future Workforce Panelist: Wendy Padua

Wendy Padua

Name: Wendy Padua

Company: Zendesk

After an earlier career in high tech marketing with an Atlanta start up, Wendy relocated to San Francisco and an opportunity in corporate recruiting for retail leaders Gap Inc, Jamba Juice and Williams Sonoma. 

With the arrival of her second child, she made a choice to take time away from her profession to raise a family. 

Keeping active in her community and local school district with numerous leadership and volunteer roles kept her skills relevant. 

After 16 years raising three children, she was introduced to Path Forward, a non-profit advocating for mid-career professionals who have taken time off for caregiving. 

Path Forward’s partnership with customer support software leader, Zendesk, led to a 16 week “returnship” in Zendesk’s Field Marketing organization.  It turned out to be a fantastic match, and a full time offer paved the way to a successful restart of Wendy’s career.