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June 2020 Newsletter

Thursday, May 28, 2020  
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June 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Keep Sharing Your Stories

As difficult as feeling connected can be during the pandemic, prioritizing connectivity is perhaps easier than ever as we all have more time due to canceled activities that normally consume our lives.

Being connected to others allows us to share stories and learn from others. Learn a new technique, explore an almost forgotten idea, and/or try a new endeavor because someone else did and it worked out okay. Hearing stories and sharing our experiences gives us perspective that is priceless and a key to maintaining mental wellness.

In that spirit, I offer three ways for you to share your story and connect in June:

  1. Engage in our virtual programming. Even though we're offering video sessions only through at least June, each program offers virtual networking through breakout Zoom rooms and the chance to discuss on-trend topics with fellow HR professionals. Moreover, our first IndySHRM Sip & Share was an encouraging success... don't miss the next virtual networking event on June 16th when we share ideas about managing employee leave requests during the pandemic.
  2. Listen to the stories of familiar HR thought leaders. SHRM National has a wonderful HR Storytellers series where you may watch short videos with advice from familiar names (and past HR Indiana Conference speakers) like Steve Browne, Karl Ahlrichs, Cy Wakeman, and Libby Sartain.
  3. Make this the year that you share your expertise with our Chapter by applying to the IndySHRM Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 term. Be on the lookout for more details in the coming month. We'll be seeking candidates for
  • President Elect
  • Director of College and Community Relations
  • Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Director of Legislative Affairs
  • Director of Workforce Readiness
  • Director of Volunteer Engagement

Enjoy the start of your summer and go create some new, joyful stories!

Be safe and well,

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Board of Directors Spotlight

Erin Brothers, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Erin Brothers, SHRM-CP, is IndySHRM's Director of Diversity and Inclusion for 2019-2020. Erin has been an active member of the IndySHRM Chapter for many years, having previously served on the board in past years as well.

She has a passion for all facets of diversity and inclusion and has been instrumental in reinvigorating and organizing our D&I Conference for the past two years. There are many other organizations and causes where Erin volunteers her time, too. 

Erin is the Human Resources Director at Automatic Pool Covers, Inc. If you'd like to join Erin on the IndySHRM Diversity & Inclusion Committee, please connect with her on the IndySHRM membership site here.

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, June 10: IndySHRM Webinar: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Strategy of Using Art in the Workplace

Tuesday, June 16: Sip + Share: Managing Employee Time Off During the Pandemic

Thursday, June 18: IndySHRM Webinar: Mental Health in the Workplace: Resources for Employees and HR Professionals

Tuesday, June 23: IndySHRM Webinar: Total Rewards and Compensation Planning - Where to start and how to move forward

More information is available here

To see IndySHRM updates related to COVID-19, visit

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Joseph Arnold
David Brewer
Katherine Coble
Kaitlyn Foley
Pam Majors
Olivia M. McQueen

Vern Mihill
Stacey Purtee
B Elliott Renfroe
Beth Riedeman
Felecia Roseburgh
Franchesca Wright

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

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 Certificate.

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 closed 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

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

Deadline Approaching! – 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

Additional SHRM Learning Options

 During this unprecedented time, SHRM is 100% committed to ensuring you still have an opportunity to continue your professional development. The SHRM virtual learning options will provide you with the education needed to keep you current on a variety of HR topics, and the tools and skills to lead your organizations. We know you have a lot to take care of, so let SHRM help you.

Check out things like: Virtual Education Programs, eLearning Courses, SHRM On Demand, and Virtual Specialty Credentials.

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!