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vice president, Research
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Trent serves as the VP of Research at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries.

In this position, Trent leads a comprehensive research program that identifies workplace needs, conducts research, and develops research-based solutions and products to allow HR and business leaders to further the goals of their organization. 

Trent also served as a SHRM Certification Commissioner.  In this position, Trent served as a chief technical advisor for the development of the SHRM competency model and certification exams.

Prior to SHRM, Trent spent 15 years at Walmart Stores, Inc. leading global HR Centers of Expertise and has led complex HR projects in China, India, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, the UK, and the US.

Trent holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron.   He holds the SHRM-SCP and SPHR certifications.