Affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management
8945 South Street
Fishers, IN 46038
Phone: (317) 841-3236
Fax: (317) 841-8206
2015 Board of Directors
Leigh Crick, SHRM-CP,
Karen Seketa, SPHR
of Legislative Affairs
For General Information:
Phone: (317) 841-3236
Fax: (317) 841-8206
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
Below is the actual digest of the bill, taken
“ 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
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
And as leaders in our respective organizations,
and as a group of nearly 1,000 members,
our individual and collective voices could
influence shaping employment policy in Indiana.
That is one of the reasons that IndySHRM
is providing two excellent opportunities
in front of
the legislature in the next couple of months.
19th, we have our first annual IndySHRM
day at the Statehouse. Next month, we have
program featuring Representative Susan
Brooks as our
I am delighted that our members have these
two opportunities to access our state
legislature. I hope we take full
advantage of it.
Hardesty, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Diversity & Inclusion
Thursday, March 12, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ivy Tech Culinary Center (note new venue)
2820 N. Meridian Street
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.
IN APRIL: REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS
April 9, 2015
Lunch with Representative
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.
CEUs from HRCI and 1.25 PDCs from SHRM
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
During her first term, Congresswoman
Brooks introduced the bipartisan Computer
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.
SHRM WEBINAR SERIES
Join us for the first Indiana SHRM Webinar
Get 1.5 CEUs from both HRCI and SHRM Certification
from the comfort of your own office.
Social Media: Communicate Smarter, Better
Friday, April 10, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Indiana SHRM Chapter Member: $15
(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
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
Krista Neher is the CEO of Boot Camp
Digital, author of the bestselling
Field Guide, Visual Social Media Marketing
the textbook Social Media Marketing:
A Strategic Approach and an international
is a social media pioneer, having run
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!
Update & Orientation
by: Keisha Underwood, PHR
of this month, IndySHRM is at 955 members and counting.
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
The next orientation will take place in April. Please
visit Events through the IndySHRM website for more
Blog Submitted by: Catherine Schmidt,
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:
drives for job candidates to save resumes, cover
letters, and reference information
business casual pants (waist sizes of 30, 32 & 34
are the highest need)
dress or business casual shoes (especially sizes
10 – 12)
plain white undershirts in L – XXL
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 email@example.com to arrange for pick up of your donations.
by: Jennifer Lange, PHR
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
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
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
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
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
Please share this information with your PHR/SPHR
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