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May 2020 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 29, 2020  
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May 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP 

Getting Back to Work

Our Chapter's more than 1,000 members are being affected by this global pandemic in vastly different ways. Even within our own Board of Directors, some have been furloughed or sought new employment due to layoff, while others are scrambling to hire high volumes of contingency workers to meet unanticipated staffing needs related to this unusual time.

As we continue to progress through this pandemic, IndySHRM recognizes that our members represent employers that need to thoughtfully consider key factors for operating in a new normal. Our Chapter is committed to providing members with the resources they need to prepare for what a return to the workplace will entail.

To that end, in addition to the current virtual programming format we offer throughout the month, here are some new tools to equip you and your organization to lead through this paradigm-shifting event:

  • HR Indiana SHRM (our State Council) is excited to announce the remaining two webinars in a three-part series on Wellness. Gain insight on how to protect and grow your financial, mental, and physical wellness during what is a time of increased anxiety and uncertainty for so many. These webinars are FREE to everyone and will qualify for 1 CEU/PDC per webinar
  • SHRM just launched a new campaign on April 27th with the debut of a video entitled "SHRM Navigating COVID-19." This effort provides people and organizations with the latest workplace-focused research, expert guidance and practical tools to navigate this transitional period. Check it out at

Be safe and well,
Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Board of Directors Spotlight

Alona Bahler, Director of Certification

Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is IndySHRM's Director of Certification for 2020-2021. Prior to joining the Board, she first served on the Programs Committee, and specifically as one of the forum chairs for IndySHRM North. Also, Alona was an active board member for the former SHRM chapter, HRPDA--including a term as Membership Director of that organization. Alona is passionate about certification for HR professionals and always willing to go the extra mile to help others succeed.

 Alona is a Senior Benefits Consultant with IU Health. In addition to her work at the chapter level with certification, Alona supports the annual HR Indiana Conference as chairperson for the volunteer committee. If you'd like to join Alona on the IndySHRM Certification Committee, please connect with her at and/or volunteer on the IndySHRM site here.

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events 

Friday, May 1: IndySHRM Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2020

Wednesday, May 13: IndySHRM Webinar: The CARES Act & 4 Things To Focus On With Your 401(k) Right Now!

Tuesday, May 19: Coming Soon: IndySHRM Virtual Networking

Thursday, May 21: IndySHRM Webinar: Wellness Initiatives: What about finances?

Tuesday, May 26: IndySHRM Webinar: Corporate Social Responsibility: What it is and how you make it work for you

More information is available here

To see updates related to COVID-19, visit

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Traci L. Cooke
Sherry Duncan
Lindsey George
Missy McFall
Shawn O'Brian
Beth Riedeman

IndySHRM Collegiate Scholarship

In an effort to encourage and support students pursuing a career in human resource management field, IndySHRM offers one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,250.

To be eligible you must be a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior in an undergraduate degree program. You must also be a member of the college or university student chapter, as well as be in good standing or be a professional member of IndySHRM. Applicants must have a 3.0-4.0 cumulative GPA and be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.

Please use this link to apply online:

Students must also submit a transcript and provide a faculty or employer recommendation letter.

All applications must be submitted by June 1st.

Please reach out to IndySHRM's Director of College & Community Relations, Maggie Carter, if you have any questions!

Employing Abilities @Work (an Opportunity to Earn an Employing Abilities @Work

The SHRM Foundation, in partnership with the Workplace Initiative By Understood, has
launched this initiative to strengthen the skills and abilities of professionals to hire, develop,
advance and retain individuals with disabilities in their workplace.

This free, multi-faceted educational program will increase your knowledge and skills to hire,
develop, advance and retain individuals with disabilities. This Certificate is an introduction to
the benefits and implementation of disability inclusion in the workplace.

You can learn more at and register online at

The Employing Abilities @Work Certificate is free and open to all. You do not need to be a
SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate. You
will need to create a free account when you register to begin the program.

Earning Professional Development Credits (PDCs) – if you are SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP or
SHRM-SCP), you may claim 10 PDCs after earning your Employing Abilities @Work

Share Your Feedback with SHRM National via the MAC Survey!

Let your voice be heard by the SHRM National Board of Directors! The primary charge of the SHRM Membership Advisory Council (MAC) is to serve as the liaison between our amazing SHRM members and our SHRM National Board of Directors. Our Chapter is proud to have a National Board who listens to our feedback and acts, as evidenced by several Board initiatives which have resulted from feedback through these surveys.

Your response to this survey will be compiled with those of other SHRM members and will be addressed in a report that our MAC representatives will make to the SHRM National Board of Directors in June. All responses will be anonymous.

This survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and is open to all SHRM members and non-SHRM members. Follow this link to begin the survey:

Take the Survey Here

Seize The Day – Opportunity Awaits!

Enhance skill sets, gain qualifications, and advance or refocus your career with SHRM’s live online PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS! Register today and save $200 on a SHRM virtual seminar (excludes Cert Prep and Specialty Credential programs) with code YourFuture20.

SHRM is currently offering a $200 discount on live virtual professional development offerings (excluding Certification Preparation seminars and Specialty Credential program.) Do you have a colleague, peer or fellow volunteer who could benefit from this savings? Please help us promote these programs to your networks using this sample message: Seize The Day – Opportunity Awaits! Enhance skill sets, gain qualifications, and advance or refocus your career with SHRM’s live online PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFERINGS! Register today and save $200 on a SHRM virtual seminar (excludes Cert Prep and Specialty Credential programs) with code YourFuture20. If you have any questions, please reach out to your FSD.

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 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!

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

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).

2020 SHRM Certification Handbook

The SHRM Certification Handbook provides an overview of both the SHRM-CP and the SHRM-SCP certification exams, including the steps you should take to earn and maintain your credentials, as well as test policies and procedures.

Download the 2020 SHRM Certification Handbook.

UPDATED – REQUIREMENT CHANGE for PDC-Qualifying Work Projects

The COVID-19 crisis, during which HR professionals are tackling unprecedented challenges on short notice, has prompted SHRM to change the time frame requirement for work projects that qualify for professional development credits (PDCs) toward SHRM Recertification. The revised requirement now focuses only on the number of hours dedicated to a PDC-qualifying work project in the "Advance Your Organization" category and eliminates the stipulation of a minimum duration for the project.

One More 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).


Earn PDCs – 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

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 you are encouraged to obtain a SHRM Specialty Credential (and share with your team and/or network) 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

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!