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April 2017

In This Issue:


President's Pen

By Leigh Crick, SHRM-CP

Spring into Action

Spring has sprung! The days are longer, the birds are chirping, and we start to get out of the cold weather funk. Now is also the time to "spring" into action and volunteer! Whether you start small or go big here are 5 tips to help you get started:

1.) Find your passion: Giving back and volunteering is one of my passions, but with the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is hard to balance and find the time. Time is limited so whatever you are involved in make sure it is the right fit for you. Not sure what your passion is??? Volunteering is a great way to give back and find out!

2.) Got Skills?: You got skills but do you know how to use them? Wether you have a knack for teaching or just enjoy meeting new people, use your skills to your advantage to give back to the community in which you live and work. Volunteering can also help with the development of a new skill, can help you gain work experience, and enhance your resume.

3.) Make it a Combo: We have already established that time is limited so why not combine your passion and other goals to give back. Volunteering not only helps build personal and professional relationships, but it could also help you achieve additional life goals.

4.) Grab a Friend: If you have never volunteered don't go at it alone! Grab a friend or maybe a family member and get involved. The more the merrier!

5.) Start: Remember you don't have to commit to be on the board of directors, but you do have to start somewhere. Be mindful of your availability and if you can only do something small it is a start. There are tons of opportunities out there- so what is stopping you from getting involved and making a difference in someone's life?

IndySHRM could not do what we do without our volunteers! It is through our volunteers that we are able to partner and support various organizations. Wether you are wanting to help with outreach events or get involved with a committee we are always looking for individuals that want to make a difference. To learn more about opportunities go to www.indyshrm.org/volunteer

Featured Sponsors


Important Dates

Tuesday, April 4, IndySHRM Networking at Indy Fuel Hockey. More Information

Wednesday, April 12, IndySHRM North Breakfast Meeting at Indiana Wesleyan North. More Information

Thursday, April. 20, IndySHRM Central Lunch. More Information

Tuesday, April 25, IndySHRM South Meeting, More Information Soon

Announcing the Barnes & Thornburg/Ken Yerkes
2017 Scholarships for HR Professionals

2 Scholarships
• Certification Scholarship - Award to support the pursuit of a professional certification.
• Conference Scholarship - Award to support attendance at the HR Indiana Conference
and waiver of HR Indiana Conference registration fee.
Read More

Welcome New Members

John Harkey
Michael Hill
Kelsey Baker
Alexis Barnes
Hannah Hochgesang
Kevin Loving
Kevin Hodges
David Bouton
Kim Canada
Bob Calliotte

Primary Designation Form

If you are a SHRM member, you may not be affiliated with your local chapter, IndySHRM. There is no charge to designate the chapter. SHRM provides financial incentives to local chapters for their members who have designated them as their primary chapter. If you’d like to add, change or update your designation, please click here.

2017 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 220 certification scholarships…deadlines are April 10 and October 10, 2017 and each scholarship is $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP). More Here

Member Spotlight – Keisha Underwood

Keisha Underwood joined Herman & Kittle Properties in 2014. In her role as Director of Human Resources, Keisha is responsible for leading the HR team in the design, planning and roll-out of all HR initiatives. She leads a team of HR professionals in the areas of talent acquisition; employee relations; payroll and benefits; and learning and development.
Prior to HKP, Keisha served as the Manager of HR and Office Operations for Suburban Health Organization for 14 years. The position required her to collaborate with the HR leaders at more than ten suburban hospitals across Central Indiana.

Keisha is a graduate of Indiana University. She is also a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Keisha volunteers for several HR associations in Indianapolis such as IndySHRM, Indiana State HR Counsel (membership) and the Indiana HR Conference Committee. Read More


Congratulations to the following participants of our IndySHRM Fall/Winter Certification Study Groups (either for HRCI’s PHR/SPHR or SHRM Certification’s SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) who successfully earned their HR certification in late 2016/early 2017!

Joey Adams, SHRM-CP
James Anders, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP
Yasamin Dahlstrom, SHRM-CP
Brittani Davis, SHRM-SCP
Joellyn Frain, PHR
Lydia Harris, SHRM-CP
Peggy Hogan, SHRM-SCP
Alli Isaacs, SHRM-CP
Alisa Kam, PHR
Courtney Schmidt, SHRM-CP
Sharena Schmidt, SHRM-CP
Donnie Thomas, SHRM-CP
Jade Williams, SHRM-CP

Resolve to Recertify Your SHRM Certification in 2017

Many of us technically don’t have to recertify our SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification until 2018, but why wait – do it in 2017! If you have (or will have) the 60 PDCs to recertify in 2017 – please RECERTIFY early and promote RECERTIFICATION! You can learn more about SHRM Recertification at: https://www.shrm.org/certification/

Fall SHRM Certification Study Group

If you are thinking about sitting for your SHRM Certification exam December 1, 2017 – February 15, 2018 and would like to learn more about IndySHRM’s Fall SHRM Certification study group (meeting mid-September – mid-November)…please reach out to Jen Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR at jennifer.lange@oldnational.com and she can keep you posted as details become available (in July or August).

Earn/Access National SHRM PDC Opportunities

It's a new year, with a new political administration, and new positions on issues that affect the workplace. HR professionals need to have a working knowledge of a host of rapidly evolving and abruptly changing issues. National SHRM is committed to helping you work smarter and keep that process simple. When you Advance Your Education you're cultivating your expertise. Earn SHRM recertification credits (PDCs) and maintain the credentials that set you apart as a recognized leader in HR. Read More

Employer Gold Standard: Recognition Opportunity for Hoosier Employers

The Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC) serves as Indiana’s only comprehensive cancer control coalition to address cancer through the continuum from prevention through palliation. The ICC’s mission is to reduce Indiana’s cancer burden through the coordinated, collective actions of its members and the sharing or resources, knowledge, and passion. The ICC in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health, have created the Employer Gold Standard initiative to help Hoosier employers of any size promote wellness initiatives and evidence-based interventions to their employees. Read More

Students can apply here: http://indyshrm.org/resources/indyshrm-scholarship/