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March 2020 Newsletter

Monday, February 24, 2020  
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March 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Making Chapter Member Connectivity Easier

IndySHRM has been using a new software platform to manage our website, event registration and membership renewal for over a year now. However, we haven't yet leveraged all the connectivity capabilities of our portal. With so many options for communicating with people these days, I understand that we must reduce friction to encourage members to utilize the portal.

That starts with showing you how easy it is to use the platform to do things like

  • connect with other IndySHRM members,
  • participate in topic-specific discussion threads,
  • track event registrations, and
  • manage membership renewal.

And by the way, did you know there is a mobile app, too? It's called SocialLink and you can find out how to navigate both the desktop and mobile versions of the IndySHRM membership platform in my tutorial video below.

By the way, as I mentioned in my video, if you're interested in being a discussion group leader, please select the "Interest Group Leader" slot on the sign up form hereNOTE: To indicate which of the following online discussion forum groups you'd like to help lead, please list the name of the group in your comments on the Signup Genius form. Groups include: Certification, Consultants, HR Technology, Talent Acquisition, Students, Young Professionals, HR Retirees, and Attorneys.


Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Board of Directors Spotlight

Jeannie Ambler, Director of Sponsorship

Jeannie Ambler, SHRM-SCP, is IndySHRM's new Director of Sponsorship for 2020-2021. Prior to joining the Board, she served on the Programs Committee and was a forum chair for IndySHRM Central. As a result of her first-hand knowledge of IndySHRM programming and event logistics, Jeannie is well-positioned to partner with potential and existing chapter sponsors to maximize their investment.

Jeannie is HR Director at OneAmerica. In addition to holding her SHRM-SCP certification, Jeannie also completed SHRM's newer Veteran's At Work Certificate last year. If you'd like to join Jeannie on the IndySHRM Sponsorship Committee, please connect with her at and/or volunteer on the IndySHRM site here.

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 11: IndySHRM North: Sticky Situations: How to Care For Your People During Disruptive Life Events

Thursday, March 19: IndySHRM Central: How to Maximize Corporate Social Responsibility & Engage Your Employees!

Tuesday, March 24: IndySHRM Southwest: Emotions Matter-Leveraging Emotional Intelligence for a Competitive Advantage

More information is available here

IndySHRM Member Spotlight

Amber Graves

Amber is a strategic recruiter with experience supporting multiple clients around Indianapolis. She began her career as a temp recruiter with That's Good HR and has served as a recruiting lead then as a division manager driving change to keep up with the tight labor market. Amber implemented tracking and reporting to verify the best talent sources and increased resources to those, overall improving the quality of hires. Amber loves recruiting and the constant challenge it brings.

Quote or words to live by.

Amber believes that we should "Be the change you wish to see in the world." She also believes that we should be comfortable being uncomfortable and we need to step out of our comfort zone and grow our circle of influence.

How long have you been involved in Indy SHRM?

Amber has been an active member of Indy SHRM since 2016 and has served on the Programs Committee. Amber was the co-chair for the Indy SHRM north meeting where she was instrumental in delivering great programs for our members.

Why do you think it is important for HR professionals to join Indy SHRM?

Amber feels that it is important for HR professionals to have like-minded people that they can connect with and reach out to ask questions. Amber also feels that it is important for the HR department of one or small HR teams to have access to other HR leaders outside of their company.

What is your favorite pass-time? Amber enjoys attending concerts and her favorite concert was Billy Joel and Elton John. Amber also enjoys spending time with family and attending her kids' sporting events. 

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Dawn Abbey
Ben Brabender
Delesa Brokamp
Jill Chrisman
Molly Clark
Andrea Cooke
Elizabeth Corcoran
Brandi Davis
Amanda C. Erickson
Hannah Evans
Christian Hanson
Madison N. Heffron
Jeanne Henry
Marianna Herrera
Paige Hummel
Jacqueline Hutching
Stephenie Jay
Merita King
Mariel McAlister
Jennifer L. Robertson
Latonya F. Scott
Stephen D. Shorter
Tom Shriver
Erica Terkhorn
Alex Welch
Kristine Weston
Christi Wynter


Congratulations to the following participants of our IndySHRM Fall 2019 SHRM Certification Study Group who successfully earned their SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020.

Debbie Claeys, SHRM-CP
Jeannie Ambler, SHRM-SCP
Jenny Hutchinson, SHRM-CP
Kathleen McCoy-Anderson, SHRM-CP
Neeru Tindoni, SHRM-CP
Oskarina Fernandez, SHRM-CP
Roz Jester, SHRM-SCP
Shaylae Dupris, SHRM-CP
Tara Richie, SHRM-CP
Tiffany Weatherspoon, SHRM-CP
Trevor Franklin, SHRM-CP
Tyler Hufnagle, 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 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!

IndySHRM Student Conference Recap

There was no better way to spend a Sunday than meeting and learning alongside some of the brightest HR students in Indiana! On Sunday, February 23rd we hosted over 60 students at the 5th annual IndySHRM student conference hosted at IUPUI.

This conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of HR Indiana and volunteers.

Thank you to our panelists- Elisa Shrack, Brooke Salazar, J.D., Taylor Epley, PHR, Steven Johnson, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Jill Lynn, Jacqueline Martinez, PHR, SHRM-CP

Our sessions speakers- Chelsea DuKate, Brian Chupp, Julie Weisenbach

And our Keynote- Julie Wright

This year we saw students attend from IUPUI, Purdue, IU Bloomington, IU Southeast, Marian University, Ball State, University of Indianapolis, and Indiana Wesleyan.

JAG/IndySHRM Partnership

Indianapolis Metropolitan High School's Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) students hosted IndySHRM's Board President Jessica Stephenson February 12th for a talk about critical career, employability, and workplace readiness skills.

Students heard about the power of professional networking, career preparation, leadership development, and responsible use of social media. Within the JAG model, these promising high school juniors & seniors regularly engage in structured readiness activities to best equip themselves for high school graduation, college & career. 
To learn more about JAG please visit:

About the JAG/SHRM Partnership:

Employers across the country continue to have challenges finding employees with the rights skills to fill open positions. As part of its workforce development efforts, SHRM and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), are partnering to support projects in seven key states including Indiana, to help high school students become college and career ready.

This partnership with HR professionals on the local level facilitates opportunities for learning, engagement, mentoring, and helping empower and prepare youth for the workplace.

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 – 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

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!