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Christina Tranello was recently promoted to store operations project manager. She started her career in November 2007 as a store manager and we wanted to share the story of her career path and growth.

What has been your career path?

I started as a store manager and served in that role from November 2007 to January 2010 when I was asked to assume a temporary district manager role. In September 2010, I was promoted to a district manager position in Region 15 (Northeast). In May 2012, an opportunity was presented to me to work at the SSC with the workforce management team on the ATLAS (Time & Attendance System) project which gave me exposure to another side of operations. In September 2012, I interviewed for and was offered the role of project manager for the store operations planning and communications team.

How did you change roles?

What steps/actions did you take? I was working on my master’s degree in the field of human resources during my time as a temporary district manager. I really enjoyed the opportunity to impact all levels of business relationships and was selected to participate in the Talent Development Center (TDC) program. This program guided me to develop an action plan that highlighted my strengths and defined areas I needed to improve. This reinforced my passion for store operations.

How did you involve your leadership?

My supervisors were always directly involved as a part of my training, district development, mentoring and feedback. I have been fortunate to have leadership mentors with whom I have been able to discuss my career path. This has been a tremendous help.

What other tools did you use?

I love to learn so I frequently set goals for myself and updated my Individual Growth and Development Plan (IGDP). I participated in all the training courses available to me, including DG computer-based learning, classroom training and job experiences.

You took some risks in your choices. Was it worth it?

Accepting the project manager position which involved relocating from New York to Tennessee was a big decision and adjustment. Making the change from my comfort zone in the field to a corporate environment was a little scary. But, in the big picture, I knew it was the right thing to do. Instead of impacting 17 stores, I am able to impact 10,000 stores. I have been learning things that have expanded my skill set which, at times, can be intimidating. However, my motivation is my willingness to succeed and I realize these experiences make me stronger. Looking back, everything that I have done throughout my career has proven to be well worth it.

What are your best practices for developing and growing?

I think understanding yourself and what is important to you is the first step. Identify your talents and skills. Explore and learn everything associated with your current role and deliver 100 percent. Set goals for yourself, both short term and long term. Visit these goals often and, if possible, find a mentor who will guide and motivate you along the path. Most importantly, build a network of individuals in your current role and reach out across departments to build networks with individuals there as well. Never stop learning!

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