Indiana State Council Director
Hello and welcome to the Indiana State Council of SHRM! As the State Director, I am proud to be a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and to join over 5,500 other SHRM members in our state. Our Society is strong, with over 280,000 members worldwide, and our members in the state of Indiana benefit from all the resources that SHRM provides to human resource professionals.
As a state council, we are committed to providing diverse resources, innovative leadership, and development opportunities, not only for our SHRM members, but for all human resource practitioners throughout our state. We know that people are the lifeblood of any organization, and typically their number asset, so we are focused on advancing the human resource profession to help our businesses and communities to grow through a focus on people strategy.
We meet this mission through a variety of initiatives, led by a state council of over 30 volunteers, including the presidents of 15 local chapters that are geographically located throughout the state to serve HR professionals within their communities. Through our state council volunteer leaders, we work to advance our mission in many ways, and here are just a few:
Annual State Conference
Our #1 connection point, resource, and developmental opportunity is our annual state HR conference, HR Indiana. Over 1,500 attendees gather each year in Indianapolis to learn more about the profession, to connect to others, to get energized, to advance their skills. Our state conference is the third largest in the United States and, as such, has plenty of resources, outstanding key note speakers, and most certainly lots of fun. If you connect in only one way with our organization, connect at our state conference. You will be a fan and I’m certain we’ll see you back year after year.
As mentioned, we have 15 chapters throughout the state, with their own chapter boards, initiatives, meetings, and educational opportunities for their members. Why join a local chapter? Well, there is really no better way to connect with other HR professionals within your community, HR practitioners that are often challenged by the same situations as you are, and you have a local resource to call on as needed. In addition, most chapters offer educational sessions through monthly meetings, with outstanding experts in the HR field. You can find out more about your local chapters here.
We’re proud that our SHRM certifications meet the highest standards with accreditation by the Buros Center for Testing. With over 600 certified professions in our chapters, SHRM offers rigorous certifications that demonstrate to the global business community our strength in competency and knowledge—two aspects of HR practice that are required for effective job performance. Our state council and chapters provide the support needed to help HR professionals not only attain certification but also maintain that certification through diverse educational opportunities.
We have several other initiatives we are focusing on, including developmental, educational, and connection opportunities for students interested in the profession. We are also one of the top supporters in the country of the SHRM Foundation, which helps deliver scholarships to deserving HR professionals and students and provide HR solutions for the workplace for all. We also work with several partner organizations throughout the state, such as the Indiana Business Leadership Network, which focuses on improving business performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace.
Everything we do is to advance the HR profession. Continue to look through our site, see our accomplishments, connect with our volunteer leaders, and learn more how HR has an impact on our businesses and communities throughout the state of Indiana.