Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square 
75 E. State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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Jeannette Jarrett 
Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies 

Foundation Level Seminar Series 2017

The foundation of a pyramid determines its strength, stability, and height to which it can grow. Similar to a pyramid, Community Action Agencies need solid foundations to maintain strong organizations and help reach goals. The Foundation Level Seminar Series (FLSS) was created for entry-level and new staff, and the series focuses on core skill sets to empower attendees in their work helping low-income people. The series gives opportunities for staff to develop both personally and professionally to strengthen the agency as a whole.

FLSS is slated to be held each year in the spring and fall and will cover a variety of topics to enhance foundational skills. Reduced or free registration will be offered when possible to make it affordable and enable agencies to send more staff than would otherwise be possible. Lunch will be provided. 

Cost to attend: FREE (Please note: Cancellations received after August 31, 2017 will incur a $20 charge)

Diversity Training

The area and application of diversity in the workplace has been an area that many employers and employees struggle with on a daily basis and some even experience nervousness and apprehension when the issue of diversity is encountered in their daily workplace. Many employers strive to create a career employment and community service environment in which the goal to build trust and collaboration among people and groups of people of different origins, cultures, age, gender, and experiences is widely shared, embraced, encouraged. This philosophy has the ability to create opportunities for a positive, successful, and meaningful working relationship.

Many individuals of all levels within an organization become unsure of themselves when they have to address issues that involve diversity or that are a result of diversity. All of these issues and many more are a nature result of unfamiliarity with the attitudes, emotions, experiences of the individual(s) that may be involved, including oneself. Participants of this workshop will learn how to understand the influence of diversity, embrace diversity, and how to capitalize on the features and benefits that diversity can provide to positively impact the workplace. You will learn some basic techniques to assess their personal views, opinions, and attitudes and how these can positively and negatively impact their effectiveness and the effectiveness of their coworkers and clients.

As we continue to prepare for the future, we all need to be prepared to embrace and capitalize on the strengths and uniqueness’ of a diverse population.

Trent Grooms, Human Resource Consulting

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.  While at Kent State University, Trent received two Bachelors of Business Administration degrees in Business Management, Industrial Relations, and Economics. Trent continued his education while completing 75% of a Masters in Economic from the University of Akron prior to relocating for another career opportunity. Trent has over thirty years’ experience in the human resources field and has conducted staff development and skill enhancement  

training workshops for public and private sector employers ranging in size from small organizations to fortune 500 companies and has worked in the community action environment for more than twenty years. Trent remains active as a volunteer with organizations such as American Cancer Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way Loaned Executive, youth basketball coach, and as Co-Chairperson of the Goodwill/Easter Seals Business Advisory Council (BAC).


9:30am to 10:00am:  Continental Breakfast (provided)

10:00am to 12:00pm: Diversity Workshop, Part One

12:00pm to 1:00pm:  Lunch (provided)

1:00pm to 4:00 pm:  Diversity Workshop, Part Two