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February 2020 Newsletter

Friday, January 31, 2020  
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February 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Greetings, IndySHRM!

Your Board of Directors is working hard to implement our new "back to basics" strategic planning tactics (listed below) that I alluded to in last month's newsletter. With each tactic, we have one or more board members assigned as owner, and you should start seeing changes in many of these areas soon!

Bench Strength

  • Develop Director-Elect positions for Membership and Programs Committees
  • Regular check-in huddles between Executive Team and Board of Directors members
  • Monthly Board of Directors member spotlights

Programming Excellence

  • Promote HR competency groups in online membership platform
  • Amplify job posting opportunities
  • Utilize more sponsored ads in social media
  • Better communicate short term volunteer opportunities
  • Distribute new member welcome cards signed by Board of Directors members
  • Better engage chapter members with infrequent attendance
  • Consistently incorporate 30 minutes of socializing at the start of programs
  • Create raffle for a free program for a friend
  • Monthly member and partner spotlights
  • Further promote IndySHRM online presence on digital platforms

Community Outreach & Social Events

  • Coordinate community philanthropic opportunities for members
  • Assemble team for 5K community walk/run

If you have any questions about any of these initiatives, please feel free to contact me at

Looking for a Student Networking Opportunity?

Don't miss IndySHRM's Annual Student Conference on Sunday, February 23rd from 8:30am - 2pm at IUPUI! For more event details, including information on how to volunteer to assist with this important event, please click here.

We look forward to moving the objectives of our chapter forward in 2020!

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP 

Board of Directors Spotlight

Gerald Bush, VP of Membership

Gerald Bush, SHRM-CP, is IndySHRM's new Vice President of Membership for 2020-2021. Prior to joining the Board, he served on the Communications Committee. I'm excited about the passion that Gerald is already bringing to his new role, as he's making it a priority to connect with all of the committee chairpeople and regularly attend a number of IndySHRM programs.

Gerald had the opportunity to attend this past November's SHRM National Volunteer Leader Business Meeting (VLBM)--to connect with other chapter leaders around the country, as well as learn about the latest chapter membership initiatives. I can already tell that Gerald has a passion for using data to drive decisions, and I look forward to the perspective his experience will bring to member attraction, onboarding and engagement.

Gerald is Owner and Lead Consultant for GBKB Consulting, an emotional intelligence, management and leadership consulting firm. If you'd like to join Gerald on the IndySHRM Membership Committee, please connect with him at and/or volunteer on the IndySHRM site here.

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 12: IndySHRM North: “What is all the fuss about HCM?”

Thursday, February 20: IndySHRM Central: Running Your HSA Like a (Financial) Boss

Sunday, February 23: IndySHRM's Fifth Annual Student Conference

Tuesday, February 25: IndySHRM Southwest: Want to create teams that are highly engaged?

More information is available here

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Chad Carrothers
Stephanie Emery
Tasha Gillespie
Victoria Gruener
Allison Gustin
Kathy Laderach
Melissa L. Leaver
Paige Manley
Julie Michael

Angelique Quakenbush
Sandeep Rai
Anna Rasco
Jennifer Reddington
Ryan Robinson
Lisa Schmitz
Kayla Taff

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

Registration is Open for IndySHRM SHRM Certification Study Group

If you are planning to sit for SHRM’s Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam this year, don’t go it alone. Our IndySHRM SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP study group is an excellent way to add structure, accountability and a supportive peer network to your SHRM Certification exam preparation – in addition, IndySHRM offers one of the most affordable programs around! Our IndySHRM study group sessions are facilitated by SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals who are not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline.

More Info Here

SHRM Certification – Spring Testing Window May 1 – July 15, 2020

SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam applications will begin being accepted January 6 through March 20 (or applicants can pay a $75 late application fee for applications received between March 21 - April 10) for the May 1 – July 15, 2020 testing window

View the Entire SHRM Certification Application Process

Check the SHRM Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements

SHRM Certification Student Eligibility

FYI, students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s HR degree program at an educational institution aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to apply for the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam.

More Information is Available Here

SHRM Instructor’s Top 20 Test Tips

SHRM posted a two (2) part series (link to part two is below and there is a link to part one within it) – expert advice on preparing for and taking the SHRM certification exam; please share this information with your study groups and those individuals you know who are preparing for their SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam!

View the Article Here

Another SHRM Certification Resource

A new book – Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam! – A guide to success on the SHRM-CP and
SHRM-SCP exams
; Editor: Nancy A. Woolever, MAIS, SHRM-SCP - SHRM Vice President
Certification Operations

The book is available in the SHRMStore Here

The paperback is $24.93 and the Kindle version is $14.49. The book is a short, accessible guide to demystify the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams with expert tips for understanding, studying, practicing, and acing the tests. Further, it covers everything you need to know about exam structure, best practices for studying, research-based tips to sharpen test-taking skills, proven strategies for managing test anxiety, and features scores of strategies from experts and tips from test-taker, detailed learning and study resources, practice questions and answer key for both exams, guides to terminology and acronyms, and much more! Also, this book is approved for SHRM recertification credit; after reading the book, earn a passing quiz score and receive three (3) PDCs.

2020 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 220 Certification Scholarships. The next deadline is April 15, 2020 and each scholarship is $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP)!

Get the info here!

Now Accepting Applications – 5th annual Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes Scholarships for HR Professionals

The HR Indiana Annual Conference announces the 5th 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 scholarships 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, 2020 (awarded at the Indiana Annual Conference in August).

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.

SHRM Specialty Credentials – There Are Six (6) Currently

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 (3) years, you must complete the learning events and pass the assessment to earn a new credential. Please spread the word and encourage your members and network to obtain a SHRM Specialty Credential in:

  • SHRM California Law HR Specialty
  • SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty
  • SHRM People Analytics Specialty
  • SHRM U.S. Employment Immigration Specialty
  • SHRM HR Department of One Specialty
  • SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture

Check out SHRM’s Specialty Credentials Here

Now In Effect: Policy Changes To SHRM Recertification

SHRM formally announced via email several enhancements to the SHRM Recertification process for those with an existing SHRM Certification. A brief recap:

  • Earn PDCs During the Grace Period, effective August 1, 2019. 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 August 1, 2019. The new recertification cycle for SHRM Certification holders 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 August 1, 2019. 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.

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!