Introducing our Newest Board Member, Andrea Zadd

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Engage! Cleveland is excited to welcome our newest board member, Andrea Zadd, Director of HR Functional Excellence at Swagelok. In her current role, Andrea is responsible for talent acquisition, shared services, HR systems, and the process excellence departments. Prior to her current role, Andrea served as a Global HR Manager supporting operations, several corporate functions and their locations in Asia. She has worked in a variety of HR roles including Global Learning and Development Manager, Global HR Program Manager, OD Specialist and HR Business Partner roles. Prior to Swagelok, Andrea worked for Lockheed Martin as an HR Business Partner. Andrea was born and raised in Cleveland but spent some time in Michigan before returning home to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

We sat down with Andrea to ask her some questions about her experience with Cleveland, favorite parts about the city, advice to young professionals and what she’s most excited about as a board member of E!C. Get to know Andrea by reading her responses to our Q&A below.

What caused you to move away from Cleveland? Where did you move to and for how long?

I grew up on the east side of Cleveland in Lyndhurst and lived there until I was a sophomore in high school. At that time, my family relocated to Michigan because my dad was offered a job working for one of the big-three automotive companies. After finishing high school there, I went away to college in the state for a year before returning to Cleveland to live with my Aunt in Mentor and put myself through school, finishing back-to-back degrees.   

How does Cleveland compare to other cities?

I think Cleveland is small enough where you don't get lost but large enough that you can really be engaged and participate in all of the amenities the city has to offer – which are a lot. Many of them are ranked high, such as the Cleveland Art Museum, Playhouse District or the sporting teams. With an abundance of offerings in so many different areas, living in Cleveland gives you the opportunity to get involved with anything you’re really interested in. I think sometimes when you go to large cities, they don’t have all of these highly ranked attractions – arts, sports and restaurants – together. You wouldn't necessarily expect Cleveland to offer this because of its size relative to larger cities but it packages all of these great amenities together at a reasonable price tag.

What do you like most about working here?

Cleveland is fun. I can pick up the phone and reach out to someone who probably knows the right person or group if I need a connection into another company or an area I was trying to work on either for my own development or for my roles to help the company. In this small, big city, there’s always a way to network with the people in your industry who can be the helpers for you outside of your own company.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Cleveland during your free time?

Aside from hanging out with our adorable daughter Sophia Grace, my family enjoys hiking Cleveland’s incredible parks system. We’re also big foodies, so we enjoy the Tremont and Ohio City areas because they have our go-to restaurants. For example, if we want to have a good steak, we go to Reds. Additionally, we really enjoy the nightlife in Cleveland, such as going to the theatre, sporting events or concerts.

What are you most excited about as a Board member of Engage! Cleveland?

I am excited to help support the mission of engaging young professional talent in Cleveland. There is a real need to attract and keep talent here in Cleveland and I am looking forward to being part of that.

What would be your message/advice to young professionals in the Cleveland community looking to grow personally and professionally?

Cleveland is a great place to begin your career and personal development goals. There are so many incredible resources to help support those goals, such as Engage! Cleveland. Take advantage of them and don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for a connection or support. You’re maybe only one, two or three contacts away from someone who could make all the difference in your personal and professional success.