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January Career Development SIG: New Year, New Career? Successfully Navigating Your Transition

  • 22 Jan 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online: Zoom


  • Free to ATD Dallas members.

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ATD Dallas January Career Development SIG

Co-hosted by Kristina Dostaliyeva & Laurie Barnett

January 22, 2024/6:30-8:00pm 

Facilitator: Kristina Dostaliyeva


Have you been thinking of forging a new career path? Moving from teaching or non-profits to the private sector? Been laid off or worried that you might be? Our panel of Learning & Development gurus will share their stories of layoffs, job transitions, finding new jobs due to (frequent) family relocations, reinventing themselves on LinkedIn, making themselves stand out among hundreds of other applicants, overcoming feelings of self-doubt and insecurity, and other ways they’ve harnessed their unique backgrounds and strengths to their advantage.

Bring your own questions to add to the conversation!


  • Kristina Kavaliunas Dostaliyeva, CPLP is currently a VP on the Performance Consulting team at JPMorgan Chase, focused on expanding educational programs and assisting the Operational Excellence team with needs assessments, training design and facilitation. She worked many years for international non-profits, gradually transitioning to work in the private sector to have more geographic flexibility. Frequent family moves to different states and cities spurred several job transitions, and over time she mastered the art of marketing her collective life and work experiences as unique benefits for potential employers. She has also survived the shock of being laid off via Zoom along with dozens of her colleagues from a job she loved, riding the rollercoaster of emotions while searching for a new role, landing her current position in a matter of months.
  • Sarah Cini, a seasoned Learning and Development Consultant, possesses a remarkable track record spanning over a decade in the field. Throughout her dynamic career in Talent Development, she smoothly transitioned through various roles, evolving from a Facilitator to a Learning Specialist and ultimately a Learning and Development Manager.

  • A maestro in designing and implementing learning programs, Sarah brings unparalleled expertise in change management, facilitation, and project management to the table. Notably, she recently showcased her resilience during a career transition following a layoff. Harnessing the power of her extensive social network, Sarah proactively engaged with hiring managers, demonstrating a unique ability to cultivate meaningful professional relationships. This approach not only landed her interviews but also opened doors to exciting job opportunities, highlighting her exceptional talent for strategic career navigation.

  • Samuel Lee is a Learning and Development Analyst at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, a corporate immigration law firm based in Richardson. In this role, he supports the creation, implementation, and evolution of the firm's various talent development initiatives, including its mentoring, rotational, leadership development, and performance management programs. Prior to BAL, Samuel worked for a decade in public education, where he served as a teacher, instructional coach, and district curriculum specialist. His experiences working with students, training teachers, and designing curriculum allowed him to pivot seamlessly into learning and development, and along the way, he gained a deeper understanding of the connections between the two fields and how to market his varied and rich experiences as an educator.

  • Zohra Samji-Bell is a seasoned professional with a diverse background spanning graphic design, teaching, instructional design, and project management. In her current role, she shapes the curriculum for Southwest Airlines' technology department, focusing on designing and delivering training programs. Previously, at Navan, Zohra aligned rebranding and training initiatives, showcasing her versatility in instructional design. Her journey from high school math teacher to instructional designer reflects her adaptability and commitment to learning and development.

    With the support of her local ATD chapter and leveraged connections, Zohra seamlessly transitioned from teaching to instructional design. In her role as ATD Fort Worth President Elect, Zohra not only fulfills her official duties but also takes pleasure in guiding professionals towards careers in learning and development. She utilizes her experience to assist others in finding their path in this field, demonstrating a strong commitment to mentoring in career progression.


Online: Zoom


  • Member registration: Free!
  • Non-Member Guest registration: $10


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