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Regional Webinar Series 2023: Session 1 "Transitioning to a Learning & Development Career"

  • 01/25/2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Virtual - link will be provided after registration


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ATD Central PA is proud to participate in the ATD Regional Webinar Series. This collaboration of 8 ATD chapters is bringing together the best of our networks to provide world class presenters and content usually on the last Wednesday of each month. Host chapters this month: ATD New York City and ATD Northern New Jersey.

ATD Capabilities that are aligned to this event:

  • Building Personal Capability: Lifelong Learning
  • Developing Professional Capability: Career and Leadership Development
  • Impacting Organizational Capability: Future Readiness

Program Description:

Are you a skilled educator wondering how to leverage your interests and skills in a new way outside of the classroom? We are a community of learning and development professionals and would love to be a resource for you. Collectively, we represent a wide range of expertise including instructional design, training & facilitation, eLearning, talent development ... the list goes on!

You will hear career transition stories from four talented learning and development professionals sharing their stories on how they transitioned from being a teacher to Learning & Development careers.

In addition to the panel discussion, we will have breakout rooms where attendees can network with ATD members to learn more about their careers in Learning & Development.

About the Panelists:


Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Learning and Talent Development Professional.

Sarah Barron is a vice president within Talent Development at Goldman Sachs. She is global head of the orientation team, leading the design and delivery of promote and university new hire orientations. In addition, Sarah serves as regional head of Talent Development for Salt Lake City, and advisor to several businesses on their customized learning needs.


Senior Instructional Designer at Spirit Airlines, Learning Experience Designer.

Kierstin Leddon is passionate Learning and Development professional and former educator who believes in creating learning experiences that are more than just delivering content- they must be relevant, exciting, and allow learners to directly apply new knowledge and skills needed to do their job effectively.


Master Trainer, Vice President of Training & Programming at Coro New York Leadership Center, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU.

Garrett Lucien is the Vice President of Programs and Training at Coro New York Leadership Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner. Garrett joined the Coro team in 2013 and since then, he has been the lead Leadership Facilitator for all adult programs. Garrett brings a wealth of experience in facilitating and has over sixteen years of experience in the fields of Leadership and Community / Economic Development. His experience includes the design and delivery of leadership programs and fellowships for youth, college students, middle-managers, and executives on topics including Adaptive Leadership, Personal Ecology, DEI, Effective Communication, and Conflict Resolution. Garrett is a Board Member of Times Square Alliance and a member of their DEI Committee.


Founder & CEO of Stubborn Heart Consulting, Community Builder, Leadership Trainer, Thought Partner, Career Guide and Coach. 

Staci Taustine is a passionate facilitator, thought partner, and coach with more than 10 years of experience training educators, policymakers, and organizational leaders across the public and private sectors. As the CEO/Founder of Stubborn Heart Consulting, Staci brings a people-first approach to workplaces through customized programming, experiential workshops, and coaching. She leverages leadership development tools, dialogue, and little experiments to help teams work more productively, collaboratively, and sustainably across lines of difference.

Panel Moderator


Director of Continuing Education at Berkeley College, NNJ ATD - Vice President of Marketing, and Virtual Reality Producer.

Maria Rivera has over 15 years of Management, Sales and Technology Training, Project Management, Web Development, Video Production, and Training & Development experience in Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and professional service organizations. She is currently the Director of Continuing Education at Berkeley College. She led strategic initiatives at NYU The School of Professional Studies as the Associate Director for the Management and Systems Graduate Degree Program & the Management & Technology Continuing Education Programs.

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Hummelstown, PA  17036

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