Foundation Level Seminar Series

The Foundation Level Seminar Series is back this year with some relevant and informative sessions! Topics include managing successfully through change, communicating through chaos, empowering employees, conflict resolution, and motivation & reward systems. Learn more about each session below! Participants are welcome to attend all five or register for an individual session.

When: November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual

Cost: This virtual training series is available free of charge to OACAA members in good standing.

A recording of the sessions will be available to all registrants following the trainings. To obtain the passwords and view the recordings, email Emily Nolan.

Session One: “Managing Successfully Through Change”

November 2nd, 2021

Abraham Lincoln once said:

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Understanding that chopping down a tree is pretty predictable, the important thing to focus on in any action is preparation. Think of the foundation of the “The Six (6) P’s of Performance,” which states that: “Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”.

As leaders, we are always faced with the dichotomy of dealing with the issues and opportunities of the present while preparing for the unknown of the future. Understanding that no matter what the future holds we must continue to concentrate on the details of the present and be fundamentally strong and consistent is the implementation of the principles that have carried us throughout our careers.

Leaders need to face and manage change in constructive ways. As a result, leaders must be adaptable and creative in managing change. This workshop will focus on the key principles of managing change and the techniques to increase the probability of success.

Session Two: “Communicating Through Chaos”

November 9th, 2021

This session offers best practices and safeguards for communications during a pandemic. The lesson emphasizes that any communication should be responsible and thoughtful, recognizing that misinterpretation or confusion will likely be harmful.

This session emphasizes the importance of proofreading your correspondence to reduce the potential of error, which could put your company in legal jeopardy or your employment at the company at risk. From a documentation vantage, these communications are permanent, recorded, and retrievable.

No matter the form of communication, whether during our current pandemic state of affairs or not, these communications may pose legal, regulatory, and compliance risks if the proper precautions are not taken.

This workshop will review fundamental principles that effectively improve the presentation and comprehension of various communication mediums and how to maximize the impact.


Session Three: “Empowering Employees”

November 16th, 2021

If you are fortunate to manage people, you learn very early that your success depends on their success. By strengthening and empowering your employees, the better and more productive they will become, and, hopefully, continue to strive to be better.

In this workshop, we are going to focus on concepts and methodologies that are the foundation of an employee’s self-esteem, motivation, sense of worth, and what is important and valuable to the employee in a work environment. With an understanding of these areas, your ability as the supervisor to empower and support the individual is greatly enhanced. 

Session Four: “Conflict Resolution”

November 23rd, 2021

We all know the impact being short-staffed has on productivity, efficiency, and overall departmental stress and tension. Now add on a staffing shortage that is not expected to end anytime soon. As if that is not enough, we are dealing with a pandemic.

When you add all these factors together, you can see why and how conflict can arise.  On-going conflict influences our effectiveness when dealing with and communicating with each other. As you consider resolutions, it is critical to access the factors that are fueling the flame of the conflict.

This workshop will outline the process of conflict, conflict resolution, and the steps to successful conflict resolution.

Session Five: “Motivation and Reward Systems”

November 30th, 2021

I have heard coaches and managers say motiving an individual is as “clear as mud.”  In a lot of ways, this is a true statement.  The good part of this statement is that it is not static, but ever-evolving.  By adding clear water to the mud, the clearer the mud becomes.

The important part of this equation is that we all can add more “clear water.” In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of motivation and the various reward systems that are critical to ensure that employees remain motivated.

We will also discuss the fact that an individual’s motivation may dissipate over time and what strategic steps you as the supervisor can take to reinforce and refuel your employees’ motivations.


Trent Grooms is the founder of T. Grooms & Associates, Inc., a human resources consulting firm established in 1986, and is living and pursuing the American dream. With more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field, Trent has seen and experienced a broad range of individuals and situations that have provided him with a wealth of knowledge and exposure.

Throughout his professional career, Trent has successfully translated the lessons he learned from competitive academics and athletics on the high school, college, and professional levels into the corporate business world. After graduating from Cleveland Central Catholic High School, Trent attended Kent State University on a basketball scholarship. He began a stellar collegiate career by becoming KSU’s all-time leading rebounder and the only player in KSU basketball history to record over 1,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds in a career. Trent remains KSU’s all-time leading rebounder, a record that has stood for over 37 years. Trent was drafted into the NBA, where he was selected by the Kansas City Kings and was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cleveland Central Catholic Hall of Fame in 2013.

During his time at Kent, Trent also received two bachelor of business administration degrees in business management, industrial relations, and economics. He completed his first degree in just over three years. Trent continued his education while completing 75% of a master’s in economics from the University of Akron before relocating for another career opportunity. Trent continued to develop his leadership skills by being names a Co-Captain of the Kent Varsity basketball team his junior and senior years. In addition, he was elected as the President of the Minority Business Association and named the “Scholar-Athlete of the Year” for all Kent State athletics for 1980.

Through his experiences, Trent has conducted staff development and skill enhancement training workshops for public and private sector employers ranging in size from small mom & pop organizations to Fortune 500 companies. Also, through T. Grooms & Associates and the Recruitment Alliance Network, Trent has actively conducted more than 50 municipal safety forces recruitment campaigns for Police Officers and/or Fire Fighters. Additionally, Trent has worked with members of the Community Action Network for approximately twenty years. On a personal note, Trent has volunteered as a youth basketball coach for 12 and 13-year-old youths, actively participated in fundraising for the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” was a ten-year participant in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, a United Way Loaned Executive, and was the former Chairperson of the Goodwill/Easter Seals Business Advisory Council (BAC).

Trent’s extensive experience, training, and direct exposure and interaction with a broad range of individuals, situations, and environments have provided him a perspective that is well suited and compatible with the current environment and challenges that many organizations will face in the years to come.