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April 2019 Newsletter

Monday, April 1, 2019  
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April 2019

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

A Path Worth Exploration

Many of you have recently enjoyed the rest and relaxation that accompany the spring break season; however, returning to the hustle and bustle of work, school activities and other community commitments can be stressful. In our over-scheduled society, it's easy to put participation in development and volunteerism for your professional membership organization on the back burner.

You might think, "in a couple of years I'll have more time once I become successful at work..." or "my job has me too busy to make networking a priority." I hear you, and I know those statements. But consider this: according to The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, happiness comes before success, not after it. Moreover, developing deeper social relationships leads to happiness and lowers stress.

IndySHRM's mission includes the promise to "serve and advance the Human Resource profession." Not only does it make sense to continuously champion the efforts of HR professionals in the workforce, but selfishly, striving after one's potential to help others is a great way to feel joy.

Whether you have time for committee work or just one hour in one random month, know that engaging in the work of our Chapter is a path worth exploration.

Please consider volunteering this month:

Warm Regards,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events

April 10: IndySHRM North: Go Big or Go Home: Total Rewards in HR Strategy

April 18:  IndySHRM Central: Managing Your Workforce Amid the Opiod Epidemic

April 23: IndySHRM Southwest: Identifying & Mitigating Risks for Enhanced Company Performance & Productivity

More information is available here

Updates & Blogs


Congratulations to Katie Kothe, SHRM-CP for successfully earning her SHRM-CP certification December 1, 2018 – February 15, 2019.

 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 AlonaBahlerHR@gmail.comAlso, don’t forget to update your membership profile online so our chapter membership directory is up to date!

SHRM Specialty Credential

SHRM specialty credentials allow HR professionals to demonstrate targeted competence in several key areas while enhancing credibility among peers and employers. There are now three specialty credentials available – California Employment Law, Talent Acquisition, and People Analytics.

More Info Here

Veterans at Work Certificate

The SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate program was developed for HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors to help participants learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace. You can earn 10 professional development credits toward SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification through this program.

Learn More and Apply Here

2019 SHRM Certification Scholarships

The Certification Scholarships application window is open! The SHRM Foundation will award 220 Certification Scholarships... The next deadline is April 15, 2019 and each scholarship is $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or 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/Jobs for America’s Graduates Announces Local Partnership!

IndySHRM has been selected as a pilot site to launch an exciting regional collaboration with Jobs for America’s graduates (JAG), a national program dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people experiencing barriers to graduation and/or employment. As part of a multi-state effort including 17 SHRM local chapters and state councils in seven locations, HR professionals across Central Indiana are being tapped to provide employability readiness resources that match the needs of students, to help prepare them for the workplace.

More Info Here

IndySHRM at the Track

Milestone Contractors is happy to host IndySHRM’s "Networking Day at the Track" on Wednesday, May 15th, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

IndySHRM membership is required, and registration is $10 per person which includes a buffet lunch and 2 drink tickets.

The suite (Tower Suite 13) will be open from 10 am-5:45 pm, with lunch served from 11:30 am-1 pm.  Garage and pit passes will be available for all guests.

Your ticket must be picked up in person from the MP Records office located at 8945 South St, Fishers, IN 46038 during normal business hours between May 6th-10th.  You will not be able to enter the gates at the IMS without a ticket.

We look forward to networking with you and having some fun!

More Info Here

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

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.