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July 2020 Newsletter

Friday, June 26, 2020  
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July 2020

President's Pen

By Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Mid-Year Reflections

We're more than halfway through 2020 already, and if you're like me, it feels as though it has passed by both slowly and quickly. Our year has been challenged by unknowns, injustices and unrest, and it has focused HR professionals on addressing these evolving critical issues.

IndySHRM remains committed to adapting our programming content to reflect the priorities of the day, and we will continue to offer only virtual programming through July. Our Board of Directors thoughtfully evaluates this decision on a regular basis, and recognizes that many employers will not permit their employees to congregate at professional development meetings for the near future.

If you are interested in joining our Board to participate in these types of decisions, as well as to advance the objectives of our Chapter, I invite you to apply for one of the open positions for the 2021-2022 two-year term. For more information about board responsibilities, please see this packet. Board applications may be submitted no later than July 31st here.

Finally, here are some compelling resources to equip you with the knowledge to guide your workforces this month:

  • 2020 HR Indiana Conference, Aug. 24 - 26. Register to attend this year's state human resources conference hosted by the State Council of HR Indiana SHRM. Don't miss your chance to hear HR thought leaders, network with professionals from around the Midwest, and earn recertification credits! Save $40 off registration with this promo code: INSHRM2020.
    Register today:
  • SHRM has just launched an online Hub on Workplace Bias. This Hub is similar in design to the COVID-19 Hub shared in previous IndySHRM newsletters in that you may quickly locate resources and content on these topics. Access the Hub here.
  • SHRM also just released a new research report on Returning to Work. This is a great resource for statistics on timing for return to work, likelihood to continue remote work long-term, etc. Access the report here.

Be safe and well!

Jessica Stephenson, SHRM-CP

Board of Directors Spotlight

Jennifer Lange, Treasurer

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP, is IndySHRM's Treasurer for 2020-2021. Jen has been an active member of the IndySHRM Chapter as well as the State Council of HR Indiana SHRM for many years.

In addition to her current role as IndySHRM’s Treasurer, she has served several terms as IndySHRM Director of Certification and is the current State Council Director of Certification. She has a passion for advancing the human resources profession!

Jen is in the Talent Development space at Old National Bank and has been with her organization for nearly 15 years. If you'd like to speak with Jen about future opportunities as IndySHRM Treasurer upon her term concluding, please connect with her on the IndySHRM membership site here.

Our Sponsor Partners


Upcoming Events 

Wednesday, July 8: IndySHRM Webinar: Top 10 Compensation and Benefits Trends

Thursday, July 16: IndySHRM Webinar: Managing Marijuana in the Workplace

Thursday, July 23: IndySHRM Webinar: Myth Busting Motivation: Why we REALLY do what we do!

Tuesday, July 28: IndySHRM Webinar: Managing HR Through COVID-19: A Practical Guide for Employers

More information is available here 

Updates & Blogs

Welcome New IndySHRM Members!

Krystal Belton
Leonardo Cortes
Rachael Hanger
Ryan Hershman
Angela Hetrick
Rachel Hodges
Kevin E. Johnson
Tracy Justice
Laura Mason
Rebecca Moore
Christy Plummer
Mark Ransom
Ashly Schelske
Michelle Scott
Melissa St. John
Tiffany Villaveces
Shannon Zengler

IndySHRM Student Scholarship Winner

IndySHRM College and Community Relations Committee is excited to announce our 2020-2021 Student Scholarship Winner, Renee Abraham! Renee is going into her last year at IUPUI where she is also the incoming President for the Kelley Indianapolis Student SHRM Chapter. While going to school, Renee also worked in a student role with Cummins in Columbus for nearly a year, all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Professionally, Renee is interested in both the development side and Business Partner side of HR.

Congratulations Renee!

SHRM Process Change: Introducing Digital SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certificates

Effective June 1, 2020, all candidates who pass the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam will receive a digital certificate approximately four (4) weeks after passing their exam. These digital certificates will replace printed certificates that were previously mailed. Candidates will receive an email directing them to the “My Resources” tab in their certification portal to access the electronic PDF file.

While SHRM will no longer be printing certificates, they encourage passers to print and display their digital certificate. Additionally, passers may order a framed certificate or additional collateral through our third-party partner, The Award Group, (fees apply). An email with order instructions will be sent approximately two (2) weeks after score reports are received.

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.

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 - Winter Testing Window Applications are Being Accepted

The WINTER SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam application window opened on June 1, 2020 and exam applicants will be eligible for an early bird rate ($75 discount) though October 16, 2020 or the regular application deadline is November 16, 2020 for the WINTER December 1, 2020 - February 15, 2021 testing window.


View the entire SHRM Certification application process Here.

Also, you can check the SHRM Certification exam eligibility requirements Here.

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).

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!