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March 2019 Newsletter

Friday, March 1, 2019  
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March 2019

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Serving Your Community and Profession

I recently met with HR leaders from around Indiana at the HR Indiana SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit (VLS). This annual event, comprised of chapter board members from around the state, always reinvigorates my connection with our national organization, SHRM.

Along with the chance to network and brainstorm with like-minded professionals, the VLS allows us to connect and discuss the latest SHRM resources and opportunities. There are two new SHRM resources I'd like to draw to your attention, specifically:

Veterans at Work Certificate Program

The Veterans at Work Certificate, developed for HR professionals, hiring managers, and front-line supervisors, is a multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation and brought to you with generous support from Comcast NBCUniversal. Through this FREE certificate program you will:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace
  • Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals
  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification

Learn more about the certificate here.

Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

The Getting Talent Back to Work initiative is led by SHRM, in partnership with Koch Industries, to end outdated, non-inclusive hiring practices. In response to the First Step Act becoming law, the movement is the next step to getting those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment.

The Toolkit empowers business and HR leaders to confidently evaluate applicants with criminal records by equipping them with the latest research, evidence-based best practices and industry guidance needed to reduce legal liability and increase inclusive hiring from this untapped talent pool.

Learn more about the Toolkit and an employer pledge here.

Not only do these resources help us better support a broader cross-section of our own community members, but they also make good business sense as our organizations compete to attract and retain engaged and high-performing talent, too.

Warm Regards,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Our Sponsor Partners

Upcoming Events

March 13: IndySHRM North: Managing the Retirement Puzzle

March 21: IndySHRM Central: The Practice of Front-line Leadership

March 26: IndySHRM Southwest: Unconscious Bias In The Workplace

More information is available here

Updates & Blogs


 Congratulations to the following participants of our IndySHRM Fall 2018 SHRM Certification Study Group who successfully earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification December 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019.

Jamie Barnes, SHRM-CP

Chaney Craft, SHRM-CP
Tionda Harris, SHRM-CP
John Hough, SHRM-SCP
Paul Lofton. SHRM-CP
Denial Nichols, SHRM-SCP
Michelle Scott, SHRM-CP
Jose Zuniga, SHRM-CP

If you are an IndySHRM member who has recently earned your SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) certification, please let us know and we can put your name in the April IndySHRM newsletter. You can simply email our Director of Certification, Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR at Also, don’t forget to update your membership profile online so our chapter membership directory is up to date!

2018 Fundraising Concludes

Thank you to IndySHRM and our HR Indiana SHRM state council for all your hard work and support in 2018! The totals are in and the final results were shared on February 7-9, 2019 – HR Indiana SHRM was recognized as number two (just behind HR Florida) for their SHRM Foundation donation – it was soooo close! GREAT WORK TEAM!

If you haven’t already made a donation or weren’t even aware of the SHRM Foundation – please consider making a donation to the SHRM Foundation!

Read the rest of the article here

Recap on IndySHRM's 4th Annual HR Student Conference

On Sunday, February 24th IndySHRM held their 4th annual HR Student Conference at Marian University. This year's student conference was sponsored by HR Indiana SHRM and welcomed over 60 students from universities all over the state! The day included a discussion panel, three breakout sessions (presented by Kim Seal, Doug Applegate, and Tina Bowles) and ended with Keynote speaker, Andrea Butcher, presenting on “Finding Your Purpose.” 

 View more pictures here

2019 SHRM Certification Scholarships

The Certification Scholarships application window is open! The SHRM Foundation will award 220 SHRM Certification scholarships on June 15. Scholarship applications will be accepted January 15 - April 15. Recipients will receive $750 for SHRM Certification exam and preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).

More Info Here

Now Accepting Applications – 4th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals 

The HR Indiana Annual Conference announces the 4th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships.

These are needs-based scholarships that will be awarded by HR Indiana and Barnes & Thornburg. There are two scholarships that will be awarded:

Find out more about the scholarship by following this link,and then apply here for one of the Scholarships (Certification or Conference Scholarship). The application deadline for the Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Certification Scholarship is June 30, 2019 (awarded at the Indiana Annual Conference in August).

SHRM HR Resource Spotlight

SHRM has a new benefit available for SHRM members. It’s called HR Resource Spotlight and it gathers many SHRM resources related to a specific topic and makes them available in one easy, convenient location. You can click on the topic that interests you and be directed to a page dedicated to topic-specific resources.

Find SHRM's Resource Spotlight Here

Accelerate Your HR Career - SHRM’s Competency Self-Assessment

SHRM has launched new member-only career resources can help fast-track your HR career development with easy-to-use tools that assess your HR skills and competencies and guide you toward further training and development. There are three (3) easy steps that will get you on your way to becoming the best HR professional you can be! First, Competency Self-Assessment, then Development Activity Wizard, and finally, Competency Development Plan.

NOTE: If you are a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified member, you will receive one (1) PDC per year for each calendar year you complete the Competency Self-Assessment. Use it to evaluate how best to target your professional development efforts toward the 60 PDCs required to maintain your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP credential over your three (3) year recertification period.

Learn more about this new benefit here

Register by March 22nd for the SHRM Certification Spring Testing Window May 1 - July 15

Not one of the 2,408 SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) individuals in Indiana yet? SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam applications will begin being accepted January 2 through March 22 (or applicants can pay a $75 late application fee for applications received between March 23 - April 12) for the May 1 - July 15, 2019 testing window.

View the Entire SHRM Certification Application Process

Check the SHRM Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

Monthly SHRM Recertification Live Chats

If you are a SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holder, join SHRM to ask the SHRM Recertification Counselors any questions you have about SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP recertification - regardless of where you are in your recertification cycle. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the most of the resources available to you and to clear up any areas of confusion. SHRM’s Recertification Counselors are here to help.

Live chats will happen the second Wednesday of most months at 2:00 pm ET (for 30 minutes)... Upcoming dates: February 28th. NOTE: This is an online Q&A chat. Any questions you have can be submitted into a text box (there will not be audio). Also, after you register, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to the online chat room.

Register for Live Chats Here

Track your recertification credits with the SHRM Certification App

With the certification app, available for iOS and Android devices, SHRM credential holders can search and filter recertification activities by competency, date or location; keep track of them; and enter the appropriate PDCs! The app automatically uploads the PDCs you’ve obtained from National SHRM conferences, SHRM eLearning, and SHRM seminars etc. into your profile. The app will also notify you when you are ready to apply for SHRM Recertification!

The email address in your SHRM Recertification Portal must match the email address in your National SHRM Membership account for it to link up.