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IndySHRM Committees

To get the most out of your IndySHRM membership, we encourage you to become involved with one of our chapter’s many different committees. Volunteerism through these groups allows one to meet other members, enhance one’s professional development and play an active role in shaping our chapter’s strategic objectives. Click on the name of a committee to find more information.

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Certification Committee Membership Committee
College & Community Relations Committee Programs Committee
Communications Committee Sponsorship Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Volunteer Management Committee
Legislative Affairs Committee Workforce Readiness Committee

Certification Committee

Chairperson: Alona Bahler, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Key Responsibilities: Certification is responsible for designing, managing and coordinating the HR certification study groups as well as promoting recertification. IndySHRM offers a SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) study group two times a year. In 2018, The SHRM Certification study group is a structured 10 or 11-week study group that meets one night a week for 2.5 hours to help those preparing to take SHRM's Certification (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP) exam. Once someone becomes SHRM Certified (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), re-certification is key to keeping their certification(s) active.

Potential Volunteers Include: For the SHRM Certification study groups, volunteers are needed to facilitate various study group sessions who are 1) current/active SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified HR professionals, 2) passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, and 3) subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline. Facilitators have access to the current SHRM Learning System materials (i.e. participant booklet content, PowerPoints, and sample questions/answers) to help facilitate their discussion so their time with the study group participants is effective.

SHRM PDCs (recertification credits) can be obtained for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified professionals the first time a certified individual facilitates a particular unit/session.

Meeting Frequency: No formal meetings; time commitment would flex off the amount of time an individual spends preparing and facilitating on the established date/time (2 ½ hour session(s)).

College & Community Relations Committee

Chairperson: Maggie Carter, SHRM-CP

Key Responsibilities: Partner and work with local academic institutions by providing leadership, education, and networking opportunities to future HR Professionals. Promote the Human Resource profession through various community outreach events such as job fairs, resume workshops, and mock interview sessions. Serve as a resource and liaison to both the community and academic institutions.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly or as needed

Communications Committee

Chairperson: Melissa Harding

Key Responsibilities: 

Providing communications thru the use of the IndSHRM website, membership platform, social media, newsletters, and press releases. Creating promotional materials to create awareness about IndySHRM's mission, learning, and volunteer opportunities. Promote and develop plans to positively increase public awareness of IndySHRM. Partner with chapter associate management company to execute effective program promotion as well as consistent, quality communication. 

Meeting Frequency: Virtual webinar based meetings and Slack channel communication. Volunteers will be assigned certain areas of responsibility to maintain ownership at an individual level. 

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Chairperson: Erin Brothers

Key Responsibilities: Increase member awareness of area diversity resources. Improve member knowledge and skills on the business need for diversity and inclusion and enhance IndySHRM’s community visibility in diversity.

Mission Statement: As a standing committee of IndySHRM, the Diversity Committee provides educational programming to expand our members’ understanding of the breadth and value of diversity and inclusion in our community and work world. We also provide diversity and inclusion resources to the IndySHRM website to bring that understanding to life. Through education and the sharing of best practices, our goal is to enable our members’ organizations to attract, manage and retain the best and the brightest employees no matter their race, religion, national origin, age/generation, gender, disability or sexual orientation in order to grow their organizations and bottom lines.

Vision Statement: By 2019, the Diversity Committee—through its programs and online resources–will have become a sought after resource for IndySHRM members and business community, and will be seen as a source for leading edge education that furthers their organization’s diversity and inclusion goals.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Legislative Affairs Committee

Chairperson: Suzanne Newcomb

Key Responsibilities: Monitor and communicate pending regulatory and legislative activity at the federal, state and local level which may have an impact on the management of human resources and employee benefits. Present educational topics of interest to IndySHRM members. Encourage active participation in the legislative process among chapter members.

Meeting Frequency: As needed

Membership Committee

Chairperson: Gerald Bush

Key Responsibilities: Recruit new members and retain current members by creating a welcoming and nurturing environment in which members can network and learn together.

The requirements include:

  • Be a current IndySHRM Member
  • Attend a minimum of 3 IndySHRM sponsored programs during the calendar year on behalf of the committee
  • Attend 5 committee meetings during the calendar year (physical attendance is strongly preferred)
    (1.5 hours. First meeting will be in February. Day and time will be selected by the committee.)
  • Be a National SHRM Membership (preferred, but not required)
  • Volunteer during the Annual Indiana HR Conference in August (at the State Chapters Booth near registration)
    (Registration to the conference is required.)
  • Recruit new members and corporations
  • Be available to call/email new and existing members throughout the year

Programs Committee

Chairperson: Jordan Kinsler, SHRM-CP, PHR

Key Responsibilities: Coordinate all professional development and networking activities including seminars, webinars, social events and more. Provide a variety of HR related program offerings for HR professionals in the Indianapolis area. 

Meeting Frequency: Monthly (virtually/phone)

Sponsorship Committee

Chairperson: Jeannie Ambler

Key Responsibilities: Focus on securing sponsors for all IndySHRM programming; as well as, promote website advertising, and develop new fundraising-based marketing strategies for IndySHRM.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Volunteer Management Committee

Chairperson: William Dykstra or (317) 634-0211

Key Responsibilities: Recruit new and existing IndySHRM members and encourage them to become more active in their membership by volunteering for a committee or participating in other valuable volunteer opportunities.

Goals: Work on recognition of volunteers for their efforts and communicating those efforts to the membership. Identifying additional volunteer opportunities.

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Workforce Readiness Committee

Chairperson: Jesamyn Sparks

Key Responsibilities: The Workforce Readiness Committee's core focus is ensuring talent is prepared for today's job market - through building and enhancing employability and workplace skills to meet employer demands. This committee serves as advocates for participation in workforce readiness initiatives and activities, and is responsible for building awareness and encouraging volunteerism in an effort to help strengthen the workforce.This committeeprovides:

  • Volunteers with hands-on opportunities to assist in preparing individuals seeking to transition into the workforce, or to enhance existing employability & workplace readiness skills
  • Assistance to a range of groups interested in and who stand to benefit from: job search instruction & preparation, how to "market yourself" to prospective employers, interview preparation & etiquette, and employment retention strategies - including IndySHRM transitional members, veterans, high school students, individuals re-entering the workforce, and others 
  • Examples of committee activities include: designing & executing speed networking sessions, facilitating group & 1:1 resume review sessions, planning & implementing mock interviewing practice events, providing support at local job fairs/hiring events, developing training resources including customized workshops, and hosting key employer & industry groups in an effort to deepen understanding of the technical and soft skills employers expect of today's talent pool 
  • Opportunities to mentor individuals in varying stages of career search & employment 

Meeting Frequency: Monthly or as needed. Opportunities to volunteer in the community for above activities ongoing. 

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