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July 2016

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President's PenAmy Hardesty - IndySHRM President

By Amy Wright, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Last month I attended SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington DC. This year’s theme was “BreaktHRough”, and throughout the conference we were all encouraged to try to define or articulate some of our breakthrough HR moments. I was inspired and challenged by much of what I saw and heard, but my biggest take away was something I heard Steve Gilliland say in one of his sessions: “Is what you are about to say or do going to improve the situation?”

Is what you are about to say or do going to improve the situation?

This stuck with me for a variety of reasons.

It reminded me that in the quest to accomplish “big” things for our organization, the journey is made up of moments, and in each of those moments we have choices, and most of those choices will affect individuals. We work hard to be fair and consistent, but fair doesn’t mean equal; fair means equitable. I can never forget about the individual who is affected by a decision. In fact, I should work very hard to be present in every moment, so that I am intentionally improving someone’s situation.

And that isn’t only at work. I am pretty good at bringing my A-game to work and my volunteer commitments. I am not so good at taking that A-game home to the people who matter to me the most-my family. I spent a lot of time talking to some of my co-workers about that. I wasn’t the only one who admitted to having that issue, and we all agreed to help one another on our quest to bring that A game home where it needs to be.

Breakthroughs come in many different moments. I hope that you have had many breakthroughs this year, and continue to experience those moments on your journey. We’d love to hear about those breakthroughs, if you’d like to share. Post them on our Facebook page or our LinkedIn page. Write a blog. Share a story at a program.

Thanks for sharing!
Amy Wright, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

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Important Dates

Thursday, July 14: HR Tech Forum: To Go Cloud or To Go Software. Benefits of Cloud or Software as a Service Human Resource systems. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Maggiano's, 3550 E 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Register Here.

Thursday, July 28: HR Business Strategy: Leading Change: Building the "New". 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ivy Tech Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Register Here

News from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®)

In case you haven’t heard “starting November 1, 2016, testing for all seven HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) certifications will be available any day of the year!” and “to celebrate this industry first move and HRCI’s 40th anniversary, a special reduced exam application fee of $40 is available to anyone who applies to take any HRCI exam before the end of this year (use promo code: HRCI40).*”

*Applicant must apply, schedule and test before December 31, 2016 to qualify for the discounted application fee.

To learn more, check out HRCI’s year-round testing announcement or visit the website

Member Spotlight – Paula Diehl, SPHR, SHRM-CP

The IndySHRM Member Spotlight brings individual members, their experiences, and how they have benefited from IndySHRM membership into the limelight. This month’s spotlight shines on Paula Diehl.

Paula holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP Certifications and is responsible for leading and implementing effective HR and organizational design strategies in her role as VP of HR at Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives (IEA).

Welcome New Members!

Rachel Kollker
Jill Novotny
Mollie Morrison
Katie Linville
Deanne Raymer
Aiesha Smith
Robert Lacey
Tracy Heine
Christine Bachmann
Jade Williams
Elyse Fenneman
Laurie Butler

SHRM (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Certification Study Group to Help those Prepare for the Exam's Next Testing Window (December 1, 2016- February 15, 2017)

If you think the SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) may be the best option for you – please let Jen Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR at Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com know so that she can keep you posted on the SHRM Certification study group news (assuming we have 8 commitments/registrations – we will host a SHRM Certification study group (probably on the northside) this fall (September – November) as well.) You can learn more about the SHRM Certification at: http://www.shrm.org/

Volunteer Call Out!

IndySHRM is looking for current PHR/SPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certified individuals to facilitate a session or two for the fall study groups. You can learn more by reaching out to our Director of Certification, Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR at Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com.

Time is Running Out to Apply for a SHRM Foundation Certification Scholarship

As I shared in June, national SHRM members may apply for a $750 award to support their pursuit of the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification. Application Deadline is July 15, 2016 (awarded in October).

PHR/SPHR Certification Study Groups- Thinking About Sitting for the PHR/ SPHR Exam on November 1, 2016 or Later?

If you are planning to sit for HRCI’s PHR or SPHR exam this winter, don’t go it alone. Our IndySHRM PHR/SPHR Study Group is an excellent way to add structure, accountability and a supportive peer network to your PHR/SPHR exam preparation – in addition, IndySHRM offers one of the most affordable programs around! Our IndySHRM study group sessions are facilitated by PHR/SPHR certified professionals who are not only passionate about helping others achieve their certification goals, but who are also subject matter experts in that particular HR discipline.

The group will meet Tuesday evenings from 5:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Ball State University’s Fishers location at 12175 Visionary Way, Fishers (behind the Fishers Super Target near 116th/69) from August 9 through October 25, 2016.

Learn more and register for the study group online at: http://indyshrm.org/resources/

2016 Indiana General Assembly Wrap-Up on HR Related Legislation

The Indiana General Assembly recently concluded its 2016 Session. This year was a “short session,” but was not short on new legislation affecting the HR world. Out of the 841 bills introduced this Session, the General Assembly passed 218 into law, several of which touch and concern HR matters. Most notably, however, the General Assembly failed to pass any legislation extending non-discrimination laws to cover sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This issue will most likely be revisited during the 2017 session. (READ MORE)


Congratulations to Alexander Rossi, a rookie driver in the Verizon Indy Car series, for winning the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. A rookie? How did a rookie win this prestigious race in a “stunning upset,” let alone the greatest spectacle in racing? The story is quite interesting and loaded with valuable leadership lessons. If you are an emerging leader in a company (a corporate rookie), you can learn a lot. What did young Rossi’s choices teach us? (READ MORE)