Her work for the German-based biotechnology company Sequenom, Inc (NASDAQ: SQNM), included marketing, public relations, media outreach, and investor relations. As past faculty at CSU Fullerton and former curriculum developer at Grand Canyon University, Padilla combines dynamic instruction with design of innovative learnings to advance the knowledge base for current and future leaders. With a master's degree in public health from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a bachelor's in health education also from SDSU, California, USA, she is finishing a PhD in public policy with an emphasis in leadership and nonprofit management online at Walden University.

Annette is a business owner who serves as a consultant in evaluation, grant writing and US federal proposal reviewer for departments. She also provides grant writing, and training and technical assistance for nonprofits (www.annettepadillaconsulting.com). Padilla is experienced in strategic planning, applied data and research, intentional community organizing, media advocacy, policy, and enforcement.

Annette studies values, methods to improve leadership outcomes, and evaluation of leadership. She teaches courses with students from Kenya, Vietnam and the USA online in leadership and hybrid courses in ethics in Vietnam for the CMU MBA program.

She teaches Business Ethics.