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March 2015
The Newsletter for Members of IndySHRM
In This Issue
President's Pen
Important Dates
Volunteer Committee Update
2015: HR's Year to Partner with the CEO
Certification Update
Website Features
Job Postings

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Fishers, IN 46038

Phone: (317) 841-3236
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2015 Board of Directors

Amy Hardesty, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Leigh Crick, SHRM-CP, PHR

Immediate Past President
Jeremy York, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Vice President, Membership
Keisha Underwood, SHRM-CP, PHR

Vice President, Programs
Josh Bradket

Karen Seketa, SPHR

Director, Certification
Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director, Communications/
Newsletter Editor
Jessica Stephenson, PHR

Director of Legislative Affairs
Shelly Jackson

Director, Sponsorship
Robby Smith

Director, College and
Community Relations
Justin Kilgore

Director, Workforce Readiness
Catherine Schmidt

Director, Diversity
Kristen Lampkin

Director, Volunteer Management
Doug Applegate

Executive Director
Mark Records

For General Information:
Phone: (317) 841-3236
Fax: (317) 841-820

President's Pen

I read a Letter to the Editor last week in the IndyStar written by Amy Sandler. Ms. Sandler is mourning the loss of her wife, Niki Quasney, who passed away from ovarian cancer in February. In her letter, Ms. Sandler writes about how her wife needed hospice care in the last hours of her life, and they had to choose a provider quickly. In that place that was supposed to provide care and comfort, this family encountered something very unexpected and uncomfortable. She did not detail specifics, but implied that it was due to their sexual orientation. The hospice provider, she found out later, did not include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policies.

Her letter goes on to mention SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that has passed the Indiana Senate and will soon go through the Indiana House of Representatives.

Below is the actual digest of the bill, taken from www.iga.in.gov.

“ Religious freedom restoration. Prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest. Provides a procedure for remedying a violation. Specifies that the religious freedom law applies to the implementation or application of a law regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity or official is a party to a proceeding implementing or applying the law.”

At the very least, as an HR practitioner, I am very concerned about how this law, if passed, would affect the workplace. How does it intersect with Title XII? What exactly is a “governmental entity”? What is considered a “compelling government interest” and what is “the least restrictive means of furthering that (sic) interest”?

I am sure I am not the only one of our members very interested in this, and other bills being considered. And as leaders in our respective organizations, and as a group of nearly 1,000 members, our individual and collective voices could have considerable influence shaping employment policy in Indiana.

That is one of the reasons that IndySHRM is providing two excellent opportunities to get in front of the legislature in the next couple of months. On March 19th, we have our first annual IndySHRM day at the Statehouse. Next month, we have a program featuring Representative Susan Brooks as our speaker.

I am delighted that our members have these two opportunities to access our state legislature. I hope we take full advantage of it.

Amy Hardesty, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Important Dates

Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Thursday, March 12, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ivy Tech Culinary Center (note new venue)
2820 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN

Building Inclusive Work Environments

This presentation will cover the business case for inclusion, discuss some of the illusions of inclusion, the differences between diversity and inclusion. Takeaways will include ideas on how to build a more inclusive workplace, including on-boarding, and how to avoid communication blunders that widen the diversity gap.

About the Speaker:

LaJuana Warren is the owner of Tapestry Solutions for Inclusion, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm here in Indianapolis. She also consults and trains for Pope and Associates, a diversity and inclusion firm headquartered in Ohio. Pope has worked with 250 of the fortune 500 companies. She was a senior consultant for a Diversity and Inclusion Firm in the Chicago area where she was responsible for business development for many of their point solutions and new offerings as well as facilitator and delivered diversity skills and awareness training to fortune 500 companies. LaJuana also worked as a business development consultant for a professional employer organization where she worked with business owners to assist them in outsourcing their human resource functions. In addition, LaJuana spent 24 years with Xerox in various roles, including sales manager, sales trainer, region training manager, and Minority and Women Owned Business Alliance Manager. She managed the development of courses at the Xerox Training facility to include training for account managers, sales managers, and channel partners. While at Xerox LaJuana was involved in several Xerox affinity organizations and was the chair person for the Black Employees of Xerox employee resource group in the Chicago area.

LaJuana is past VP for the board of the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana where she is occasionally a guest speaker.

LaJuana has her B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis,and has her PHR. She has completed course work for the certified diversity professional through the Society of Diversity. She is the proud mom of two sons, who she adores and a chocolate lab who thinks she is a third child.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Lunch with Representative Susan Brooks

Renaissance Hotel, Carmel, Indiana
Registration and Networking: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Program: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

1.25 CEUs from HRCI and 1.25 PDCs from SHRM Certification

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier state. She currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Ethics Committee and the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.

Before joining the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Brooks received her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, then went on to pursue a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed her as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. In this position, she received bipartisan acclaim for her efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft. Prior to her election, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College with a focus on statewide workforce development strategies.

During her first term, Congresswoman Brooks introduced the bipartisan Computer Science Education Act, which has over 100 cosponsors. This legislation seeks to ensure Computer Science is added as a core academic subject, providing more opportunity for students of all ages to access computer science curriculum in our nation’s schools. She is also the Congressional Co-Chair of the Women’s High Tech Coalition and the author of legislation – passed by the House of Representatives – which requires the Department of Homeland Security to study and publish best practices on the use of social media during disasters.


Join us for the first Indiana SHRM Webinar of 2015!
Get 1.5 CEUs from both HRCI and SHRM Certification from the comfort of your own office.

Social Media: Communicate Smarter, Better and Faster
Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Indiana SHRM Chapter Member: $15
NonMembers: $20
(Note: Our chapter will receive a portion of the registration fee)

Social media teaches us a lot about how people want to interact with each other, personally professionally and as businesses. How we communicate can dramatically change how people respond to our message and how our relationships are built.

In this session we’ll talk about how social media is revolutionizing ways we communicate and how you can take advantage of it.

Speaker: Krista Neher, CEO Of Boot Camp Digital

Krista Neher is the CEO of Boot Camp Digital, author of the bestselling Social Media Field Guide, Visual Social Media Marketing and the textbook Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach and an international speaker. Krista is a social media pioneer, having run one of the first successful corporate Twitter accounts – before social media was even a recognized phrase. Krista has over 10 years of branding and marketing experience, working with companies like Procter & Gamble, GE, Macy’s, Google and the United States Senate and has been featured as an expert in the New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, NBC, CBS, Mashable and the Associated Press. Krista is passionate about social media and created one of the first accredited social media certification programs in the world.

There is a limit of 500 "seats" in the webinar. Register early!

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Membership Update & Orientation

Submitted by: Keisha Underwood, PHR

As of this month, IndySHRM is at 955 members and counting. We haven’t experienced growth this significant in recent years and we’re very excited that IndySHRM is expanding its footprint in central Indiana.

Many things have contributed to our growth; a new corporate membership program, increased value to sponsors, new volunteers and a dedicated board, just to name a few. We continue to educate new members of the benefits of IndySHRM and host a New Member Orientation each quarter. The next orientation will take place in April. Please visit Events through the IndySHRM website for more details.

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Workforce Readiness Update

Blog Submitted by: Catherine Schmidt, PHR

Donations Requested for Horizon House

IndySHRM has been partnering with Horizon House to provide job readiness assistance to the Indianapolis population experiencing homelessness.
We’re asking our IndySHRM members for help with the following donations:

  • Flash drives for job candidates to save resumes, cover letters, and reference information
  • Men’s business casual pants (waist sizes of 30, 32 & 34 are the highest need)
  • Men’s belts
  • Men’s dress or business casual shoes (especially sizes 10 – 12)
  • Men’s plain white undershirts in L – XXL
  • Men’s black dress socks

Also – if you have any leads on a licensed barber to volunteer their services on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, that would be a huge help!

Donations can be brought to any IndySHRM event you attend, or contact Catherine Schmidt at workforcereadiness@indyshrm.org to arrange for pick up of your donations. Thank you!

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Certification Update

Submitted by: Jennifer Lange, PHR

Register Today to Take Your PHR/SPHR Exam

To apply to take the PHR/SPHR exam go to http://www.hrci.org/apply/application-process – the exam registration window is open now.

Register on/before March 13 to avoid the late fee (late registrations are accepted March 14 – April 17, 2015.) The spring HRCI (PHR/SPHR) testingwindow is May 1 – July 31, 2015.

You can learn more about the PHR/SPHR actual exam fees and deadlines by going to http://www.hrci.org/apply/fees-and-deadlines

Currently PHR/SPHR Certified – SHRM Certification Pathway Now Available Online

The SHRM Certification Pathway is now available at:

The SHRM Certification Pathway process is your way as a current PHR/SPHR certified professional to also obtain the new SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP for those with their PHR, SHRM-SCP for those with their SPHR; there isn’t a GPHR equivalent at this time) FOR FREE THOURGH DECEMBER 31, 2015.

All you need to do go to the website above and “Get Started” and from there you will most likely create an online account then once you get that setup you can being the Pathway process. Through this you will 1) certify your HRCI certification is in good standing, 2) acknowledge/sign the SHRM Code of Ethics, and 3) participate in SHRM’s online HR competency tutorial (the pathway – it is not an exam/test nor is it pass/fail.) After completing all three (3) requirements between now – December 31, 2015 you will have obtained the new SHRM certification for FREE.

The SHRM Certification Pathway Tutorial is only available in 2015 – so plan to participate in the SHRM Pathway ASAP. After you’ve completed the pathway and have your new SHRM Certification – let IndySHRM know (317-841-3236) or update your IndySHRM membership profile online. For those IndySHRM members who complete the SHRM pathway and obtain your new SHRM Certification between January 5 – June 30, 2015…you will be entered to participate in a special promotion/prize drawing so let us know when you obtain your new SHRM credential through the Pathway/tutorial process.

SHRM’s certification will have a three (3) year recertification cycle (recertification is $100 for national SHRM members and $150 for non-members) and will follow the birthday rule (like HRCI now does.) For example, if a current PHR/SPHR certified individual (who was born in the month of November) obtains the new SHRM certification in February 2015 – the three (3) year recertification cycle would be valid until February 2018, but since they have a November birthday…their recertification cycle actually then goes from February 2018 to November 2018. Recertification requires 60 Professional Development Credits (PDCs – individuals have three (3) years to obtain 60 PDCs.)

NOTE: Only PDCs obtained after you’ve received the SHRM certification count toward the SHRM certification recertification.) Both HRCI’s and SHRM’s recertification process is independent of one another (but programming may be certified for recertification through both HRCI and SHRM) and each has its own recertification application cost associated with it (so you will need to pay two (2) separate recertification fees to recertify both of your certifications.)

HR professionals can obtain/maintain BOTH the HRCI and SHRM certification credential.

For 2015, both national SHRM and IndySHRM will continue to provide HRCI recertification credits in addition to offering SHRM PDCs for the new SHRMcertification.

Please share this information with your PHR/SPHR certified coworkers/colleagues.

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