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April 2020 Newsletter

Tuesday, March 31, 2020  
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April 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP 

Hello, IndySHRM.

During this challenging time, we are committed to keeping our community educated, engaged, and supported. That means we've pivoted to quickly move what have traditionally been in-person only programs to virtual events.

IndySHRM has created a page devoted to sharing the latest information about the impact of COVID-19 on our event calendar. Please visit it frequently at:

Additionally, SHRM National has an incredibly robust set of coronavirus-related resources to help you prepare your workplace and protect your employees amid potential COVID-19 changes. It's all available from one landing page here:

It covers everything from how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacts employers to short-term telecommuting agreement templates.

Please be safe and well,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Board of Directors Spotlight

Jordan Kinsler, VP of Programs

Jordan Kinsler, SHRM-CP, is IndySHRM's VP of Programs for 2020-2021. Prior to joining the Board, she first served on the Workforce Readiness Committee, and then on the Programs Committee where she was a forum chair for IndySHRM North. Jordan is an integral part of our board and really goes above and beyond to not only lead her committee, but also to celebrate and promote IndySHRM programming with an active social media presence.

Jordan is Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at Telamon. In addition to holding her SHRM-CP certification, Jordan also enjoys being a Beachbody Coach outside of her day job. If you'd like to join Jordan on the IndySHRM Programs Committee, please connect with her at and/or volunteer on the IndySHRM site here.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 2: IndySHRM Webinar: Managing Virtual Workers Today

Wednesday, April 8: IndySHRM Webinar: Rafting the Rapids – Build Tough Teams to Withstand Rough Waters

Thursday, April 16: IndySHRM Webinar: How to Maximize Corporate Social Responsibility & Engage Your Employees

Tuesday, April 28: IndySHRM Webinar: Leading Remote Work Teams… Long Term

Friday, May 1: IndySHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020

More information is available here

To see program updates related to COVID-19, visit

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Alicia Bogan
Tim Boruff
Kimberly D. Doss
Chris Flora
John Green
Marla J. Holdread
Patriece Roulette
Julie Saunders
Chawntay Schroeder
Janeva Shaw
Ryan W. Thomas
Gabby VanAlstine
Kristen Wentworth

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

IMPORTANT CHANGES - SHRM Certification – Spring Testing Window

SHRM has adjusted the dates of the spring testing and application windows. If your students have already scheduled an appointment in this test window, SHRM will reach out to them directly with instructions to reschedule.

  • The spring testing window to take the exam has shifted to June 1 – August 15.
  • The early-bird application deadline has been extended through Friday, April 10.
  • The standard application deadline has been extended through Friday, May 15.
  • Effective June 1, SHRM will offer a remote proctoring option, which provides an opportunity to test from home. Check the website soon for full details, geographic restrictions apply.

SHRM is in the process of sending communications to candidates and prospects today to outline the exam window changes and their testing options.

View the Entire SHRM Certification Application Process

Check the SHRM Certification Exam Eligibility Requirements                         

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

The SHRM Foundation will award 220 Certification Scholarships. The next deadline is May 1st, 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 HR 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

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!