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October 2019 Newsletter

Friday, September 27, 2019  
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October 2019

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Welcome to Q4, IndySHRM!

Can you believe we're already in the fourth quarter of 2019?!? We're entering the time of year where many of our organizations are finalizing budgets and refreshing strategic plans for the coming year. The same is true of IndySHRM as we are making plans to continue to move our mission forward in 2020--and, with the help of newly elected board members!

We recently sent the board slate to our membership, and I'm pleased to announce that the Chapter has voted to approve the following 2020-21 board members:

VP of Membership: Gerald Bush
VP of Programs: Jordan Kinsler
Director of Certification: Alona Bahler
Director of Communication: Melissa Harding
Director of Sponsorship: Jeannie Ambler
Treasurer: Jennifer Lange

Board Members remaining for the 2020 term include:

President: Jessica Stephenson
President-Elect: Keisha Underwood
Past President: Leigh Crick
Director of Diversity and Inclusion: Erin Brothers
Director of College and Community Relations: Maggie Carter
Director of Workforce Readiness: Jesamyn Sparks
Director of Legislative Affairs: Suzanne Newcomb
Director of Volunteer Management: Bill Dykstra
Executive Director: Mark Records

Your IndySHRM Board of Directors will be meeting within the next month to review and refresh our current strategic plan, and we look forward to sharing additional information soon. Thanks  to all of our members for continued support as we advance our profession in Central Indiana.

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 9: IndySHRM North: Financial Wellness: Unplugged

Thursday, October 17: IndySHRM Central: Complying with Wage and Hour Law

Tuesday, October 22: IndySHRM Southwest

More information is available here

Tell us how we can improve our programming, take the survey!

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Sheree Payton
Lisa Robinson
Tonya Gooday-Minor
Alyshia Kisor-Madlem
Amber Borden
Zachary Meyer
Teddy Rogers
Satia Buck
Cassandra Latorre
Lisa Woods
Heather King
Teresa Bongen
Janey Trout
Lora Bentley
Julie Smith
Natalie Bunton
Hannah Deakin
Mary Vail
Wendy May
Carol Hodes
Shannon Smock
Brenna Whitaker
Amber Shelton
Adria Racette
Juan Orrego
Melissa Smith
DaMica OBryant
Hanifah Williams
Amy Lathrop
Erica Hall
Natasha Taylor
Jessica DellaRosa
Kiley Schmitz
Paula Earleywine
Chris DeGroff
Kathleen McCoy-Anderson
Jenny Hutchinson
Erica Zink
Jeanette Jefferson
Tiffany Trotter
Robert Whiting
Kellie Woods
Shala Jones
Kassandra Sparks
Patricia Fitzpatrick
Ashley Avery
Cristina Brown
Brenda Evans
Jill Britt
Angie Tyler
Chris Soboslay
Kimberly Robinson

Tell Us How We Can Improve Our Programming

We need your feedback! We love offering our members valuable programs so you can continue to develop professionally and cultivate relationships in the community. We depend on you to tell us how we're doing and how we can better serve you. Please fill out this anonymous survey to let us know what you want to see from IndySHRM in regards to the programming we provide.

Completing the survey will enter you into a drawing to be one of THREE WINNERS to receive admission to a program of your choice for free. Note: You must share your contact information to be entered into the drawing, and winners must attend a program by 12/31/19. The deadline to be entered into the drawing is Wednesday, October 2nd.

We appreciate your feedback. Thank you!

Take the survey now!

New! Policy Changes to SHRM Recertification

For those with their SHRM Certification, SHRM formally announced on 07-29-19 (via email) several enhancements to the SHRM Recertification process. A brief recap:

Earn PDCs During the Grace Period – Effective 08-01-19, SHRM Certification holders who are working toward recertification can earn PDCs for activities they participate in through their grace period (the 60-day period between their certification end date and expiration date).

Immediately Begin Earning PDCs for the New Recertification Cycle When You Recertify Early – Effective 08-01-19, the new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification hold who recertify early will begin the NEXT DAY after they recertify. Their end date will continue to be on the last day of their birth month.

Carry Over a Maximum of 20 Credits to the Next Recertification Cycle – Effective 08-01-19, SHRM Certification holders who recertify with more than 60 PDCs in their account will be able to carry over up to 20 credits to their new cycle.

Reminder: In the Fall of 2018, SHRM announced there will no longer be a maximum limit on self-paced activities, in the ‘Advance Your Education’ category.

The info about the “no max” is in a PDF Here

Recertification Counselors
1-703-535-6360 |

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

SHRM Certification – Winter Testing Window December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020

 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) winter exam applications will be accepted May 13 – October 18 (with an additional $75 late application fee for applications between October 19 and November 9) for the December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020 testing window.

 View the Entire SHRM Certification Application Process

Check the SHRM Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

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

Another Way to Earn PDCs

Remember, your annual National SHRM Membership qualifies for three (3) PDCs per year (and SHRM automatically loads this in your SHRM Portal).

SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program

Looking for another way to earn PDCs – check out the SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate Program – it is FREE and open to all HR professionals who are interested in learning about best practices to attract, hire and retain veterans. Anyone holding the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential may also receive 10 PDCs toward their recertification.

Specialty Credentials for HR Pros

Check out SHRM’s newest Specialty Credential Tool! A SHRM Specialty Credential educates individuals on specific learning objectives. This is done by participating in a series of learning events and passing an assessment to demonstrate comprehension of program learning objectives. You cannot recertify a specialty credential; after three years, you must complete the learning events and pass the assessment to earn a new credential. Please spread the word!

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).

Register for Live Chats Here

Track your recertification credits with the SHRM Certification App

Looking for something to show before your chapter meeting/event starts… check out SHRM’s YouTube videos. You can find content about the SHRM Certification App Here; the easy to use app will help SHRM-certified HR professionals keep track of their recertification efforts. The SHRM Certification app was developed exclusively for use by SHRM credential holders with specially designed features to make it easier to maintain and recertify one's SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP designation. Download the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play!