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2016 Young Memphian: Rosa Padilla

The following is a feature in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the issue in its entirety.

In conversations with this year’s Young Memphis honorees, the word “passion” comes up frequently. It’s something they all have in common, despite their diverse backgrounds, industries and interests.
The Young Memphians featured on the pages that follow are all passionate about making a difference – in their career fields, in their communities and, most notably, in the futures of the generations to follow them.
They all speak of their love for the city, their desire to help make positive changes, their hopes for a stronger, more united community and their beliefs that even the smallest gesture of goodwill can have a powerful impact on the lives of many.
While each one of them is striving to be highly successful at his or her career, they’re also each going the extra mile to use that success to make Memphis a better place.
So throw away everything you may have read about Millennials being uninvolved residents who want to obtain as much as possible by doing as little as possible and get ready to be inspired. These young professionals are only a few of the many dedicated young Memphians out there who have their eye on a brighter tomorrow.
Memphis, meet your future leaders.

Rosa Padilla
Product Development Engineer, Medtronic Spine & Biologics
As part of her family’s third generation of Cuban immigrants to settle in America (her grandparents came over initially), Rosa Padilla grew up in Palm Beach, Florida; attended Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she received her bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering; and moved to Memphis in 2012 to work in Medtronic’s Spinal Division.
There, she designs implants and instruments used in spinal surgery and, for kids with scoliosis, pediatrics. She loves both Medtronic and Memphis and she’s here to stay, she says, particularly because of the many ways she is able to focus on building bridges between other Memphians and the local Latino community. She chairs one of Medtronic’s Employee Resources Groups, MeLatino, and advocates for the Latino community in that capacity.
“Medtronic gives us close to $3,000 a year to spend however we see fit, so we do fundraisers and events for Latino Memphis,” she said. “We helped support the Latino Memphis college prep program by buying ACT books for them. My impact in Memphis is greater because of my work at Medtronic.”
Outside of work, Padilla is the co-founder of the non-profit Urban Bicycle Food Ministry, which distributes food, water and clothing through group bike rides to those experiencing homelessness. She also volunteers at Memphis Athletic Ministries, where she tutors a group of middle school girls every week.

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

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