Amy Wright, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
month I attended SHRM’s Annual Conference
and Exposition in Washington DC. This
theme was “BreaktHRough”, and throughout
the conference we were all encouraged to try
define or articulate some of our breakthrough
HR moments. I was inspired and challenged by
of what I saw and heard, but my biggest take
away was something I heard Steve Gilliland say
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
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
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,
we all agreed to help one another on our quest
to bring that A game home where it needs to
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
July 14: HR Tech Forum: To Go Cloud or To Go Software.
Benefits of Cloud or Software as a Service Human Resource
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Maggiano's, 3550 E 86th Street, Indianapolis,
IN 46240. Register
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
from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®)
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
*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
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
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). (READ
(SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Certification Study Group to Help those Prepare
for the Exam's Next Testing Window (December 1, 2016- February
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/
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.
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). (READ
Certification Study Groups- Thinking About Sitting for the
PHR/ SPHR Exam on November 1, 2016 or Later?
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.
more and register for the study group online at: http://indyshrm.org/resources/
Indiana General Assembly Wrap-Up on HR Related Legislation
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
identity. This issue will most likely be revisited during the
2017 session. (READ
to Alexander Rossi, a rookie driver in the Verizon Indy Car
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
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