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September 2016

In This Issue:


President's PenAmy Hardesty - IndySHRM President

By Amy Wright, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Congratulations to all of our members, volunteers and Board of Directors! I am very proud to announce that IndySHRM was awarded the Chapter of the Year from the Indiana State Council of SHRM.

This is a testament to all of our dedicated and committed members, and their commitment to advancing the profession and advancing Human Resources in Central Indiana.

We are one of many SHRM affiliate chapters in the state, so we are in very good company. As a SHRM affiliated chapter, we support SHRM in a number of ways, including supporting the SHRM Foundation.

The SHRM Foundation is a not for profit affiliate of SHRM; a separate 501c3 with its own Board of Directors, dedicated to advancing education and HR research.

As a chapter we make a donation to the SHRM Foundation every year, so that we can support the Foundation’s research, scholarships and education support resources.

Members have the opportunity to donate to the SHRM Foundation in every IndySHRM program registration. Please consider making a donation before October 15, 2016, so that your donation can be included with our chapter.

Donations are tax deductible and support a tremendous cause.

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IndySHRM Announced as Chapter of the Year at the 2016 HR Indiana Conference

It is an exciting time for our chapter, IndySHRM! During the closing luncheon of the 2016 HR Indiana Conference, IndySHRM was announced as the Chapter of the Year!

The Chapter of the Year award recognizes the outstanding achievements in chapter development and contributions to the advancement of effective human resource management. Board representatives Amy Wright (Chapter President) and Leigh Crick (President-Elect) were on hand to accept the honor from Linda Dausend (Indiana SHRM State Council President).
IndySHRM would like to thank all of its members for support of the activities and mission of our chapter and note that we look forward to continuing to advance the human resources profession in central Indiana for years to come!

Important Dates

Thursday, September 15 - November 17: SHRM Certification Study Group. More Information Here
Thursday, September 22: Compensation & Benefits Forum (Breakfast). More Information Here
Thursday, September 29: Telemedicine Presentation (Lunch). More Information Here
Thursday, September 29: Diversity Networking with DRTCI and IndySHRM (Evening). More Information Here Download a Flyer Here

IndySHRM Car/Window Decal

Show your support for Indy HR professionals by displaying an IndySHRM decal. Just make a small donation to the SHRM Foundation!

You can get one of these cool decals at any IndySHRM forum.

New IndySHRM Memberships

SHRM National Members: Join for $99

Non-SHRM Members: Join for $125

Corporate Members:
3-5 ppl. $106/pp
5-10 ppl. $95/pp
11+ ppl. $87/pp

SHRM National Renewals: $75
Non-SHRM Renewals: $125

To join: http://indyshrm.org/membership/new-membership/

Have membership questions?

Welcome New Members!

Kyle Fessler
Dawn Baptist
John Klein
Yvonne Matthews
Breonna Phillips
Clair Reagan
Tammy Williams
Angie Scanlon
Karn Caudill
Tamara Tragesser
Julie Schrader
Lisa Mappes
Kori Kirkham
Shannon Crowder
Elizabeth Trant
Alisshia Isaacs
Mary Mitchaner
Anne Vest
Jennifer Fedor


Congratulations to the following participants of our IndySHRM Spring Certification Study Groups (either HRCI’s PHR/SPHR or SHRM Certification’s SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) who successfully earned their HR certification earlier this year.

Hillary Baumgart, PHR
Tiffany Dailey, SHRM-CP
Brooke Gross, SHRM-CP
Linda Johnson, SHRM-CP
Tammy May, SPHR
Lauren Richmond, SHRM-CP
Samantha Smith, PHR
Steven Smock, SHRM-CP
Julie Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, SHRM-CP
Dawn Wendt, PHR
Kendra Wilburn, PHR

SHRM Certification Study Group/SHRM Exam Application Deadlines/SHRM Exam Pass Rates

IndySHRM is offering a SHRM Certification study group. The study group will meet for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings from 5:45 – 8:15 pm beginning September 15 (ending November 17) on the northside (465/Keystone by the Fashion Mall) to help those preparing to take the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam December 1, 2016 – February 15, 2017. You can learn more (and register for the study group online) at http://indyshrm.org/resources/certification-study-groups/. If you have questions/concerns, please reach out to our Director of Certification, Jen Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR and she can assist you. Jen can be contacted via email at Jennifer.Lange@oldnational.com or 317-705-6767.

HRPDA to Become IndySHRM North

As the business world, the HR profession, SHRM, and our local Indianapolis market continue to change; we feel it is important to continually reassess our mission and how we can better serve HR professionals in the central Indiana area.

In the fall, we participated in a conversation with the HRPDA chapter on the north side of Indianapolis about their board’s desire for an opportunity that would allow them to create a partnership with a larger SHRM chapter. Over the past year the HRPDA board has been going through a strategic planning process to better align their chapter for the future. After much deliberation and diligence, the HRPDA board has decided to become a geographic emphasis area of IndySHRM. The HRPDA chapter will dissolve and become “IndySHRM North” (IndySHRM) effective January 1, 2017. (Read More)