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Transitioning into Instructional Design: A Panel Discussion (CoP)

  • 23 Jun 2022
  • 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Virtual Meeting
  • 157


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In this panel discussion, you will hear from four women who transitioned into Instructional Design from different backgrounds including a K-12 teacher, a higher edu teacher, an LMS admin, and a retail manager. We will uncover their individual stories about the steps they took to break into the field, the challenges they faced, and the successes that they've experienced. We will also discuss any recommendations they have for others looking to become Instructional Designers. At the end of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their journeys. We hope this session will inspire everyone looking to join the industry.

This session will be moderated by our VP of Technology:

 Rhonda Carr, APTD

  As a former, corporate trainer/facilitator     then Adult Education instructor, Rhonda   made the transition into the Talent   Development field by obtaining her Master   of Science in Instructional Design. She has   recently obtained her APTD certification   and will soon pursue her Talent Management Professional (TMP) certification. She is a mentor to others in the field, works freelance for facilitation and ID projects, in addition to her full time job as Lead Instructional Designer in a Talent Development Department.

Meet the Panelists

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie is an experienced learning and development leader with a strong focus on innovative approaches to learner-centric training solutions including simulations, role-playing, microlearning, responsive and computer-based training, and engaging instructor-led sessions using a variety of multimedia and mobile technologies. Stephanie started her professional career as a high school mathematics teacher and transitioned into corporate instructional design. She is currently a Sales Enablement Curriculum Manager at Cardlytics.

Allison Baldwin

Allison is an Instructional Designer at the Home Depot. She started her career in learning and development over twelve years ago, spending the first ten years in the LMS space as an LMS administrator, and later on, as an e-Learning Content Specialist. Over the years she stayed informed on Instructional Design trends and tools, and eventually progressed into an Instructional Designer two years ago. Allison is also the current President of ATD Greater Atlanta and passionate about lifelong learning.

Annie Cross

After spending the bulk of her early career in retail and merchandise management, Annie, who has always had a passion for learning, made the leap to instructional design in 2015. Completing a graduate certificate program in instructional design helped Annie transition into a corporate learning ID role supporting the sales organization. She was able to attain her masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology in 2019 which has helped her move into other learning and development roles, including Manager of L&D and currently Senior Learning Designer on the Sales Enablement team at CDK Global.

Julie Chahboune

Julie Chahboune is an Instructional Designer on the strategic services customer education team at SalesLoft (the #1 sales engagement platform!). Prior to becoming an Instructional Designer in 2021, she worked as a Career Counselor for 18 years (mostly in the higher education industry) and has also taught Business Communication and Career Development courses at the graduate level. She continues to maintain her career coaching business, Atlanta Career Coaching on a limited basis. Julie is currently on her third career change at 48 years old, and is not counting out a fourth (or even fifth!). Her hobbies include cycling, reading, travel and anything animal-related.



  • Webinar Opens: 5:45 PM (Networking)
  • Program Begins: 6:00 PM
  • Program Ends: 7:30 PM

Target Audience:

  • Individuals looking to transition into Instructional Design

ATD Capability Model:

  • Building Personal Capability
  • Developing Professional Capabilities

 Chapter ChIP Code CH9047

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