HR Indiana 2017
HR Indiana 2017
HR Indiana 2017
Indiana SHRM

April 2017

Mission: Advance the HR profession and serve the professional by providing diverse resources, innovative leadership and development opportunities.

Vision: Indiana’s authority in people strategy for business, the community, and the professional.

April Volunteer Leader Priorities


  • Promote the SHRM Annual Conference via e-mails and in chapter meetings to all chapter members (refer to SHAPE Section 3.1).
  • If there have been any changes in your volunteers, report them to your Member Engagement Associate. Keep SHRM informed of any changes to volunteer e-mail addresses, contact information, and role changes.



  • With your board, review the SHAPE initiatives each month to be sure you are on track for an award or to meet SHRM’s requirements in Section 1 of the SHAPE.

Upcoming Indiana SHRM Meetings and Dates:

2017 State Council Meetings

  • Friday, April 21 -11am to 1pm (WEBINAR) – Strategic Plan update (this is a change!)
  • Friday, June 9 – 10am to 3pm (IN-PERSON) – Prep for National/2018 Strategic Plan Overview (this is a change!)
  • Saturday, August 26 – 10am to 3pm (IN PERSON) – 2018 Strategic Planning Session (eTeam only)
  • Tuesday, August 29 – 11am to 1:30pm (IN PERSON) – Council 2018 Strategic Plan presentation
  • Friday, October 13 – 10am to 3pm (IN PERSON) – Strategic Plan update/Outgoing leader recognition
  • Friday, December 1 – 11am to 1pm (WEBINAR) – New Council Member Orientation

SHRM Webinars

State Director Update

Conference Mania and Other Happenings

Linda Dausend, CPLP
State Council Director

Lots going on as we prepare to travel to New Orleans for the Annual Conference & Exposition. We hope to see many of you there. We are currently determining if we can coordinate a get-together so we can network and also invite our at-large members to join us. More to come!

Even more activity on our end with the work of our AWESOME Conference Committee. See below for an update on keynotes and scholarship opportunities. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do so soon! This one is going to be BIG! Here’s the link with more info.


You’ll see we have an update from Dan Griffiths, who is the Field Services Director in the East. He is replacing Shelly Trent, who is no longer with us. If you have any SHRM needs, you can contact your District Director, or reach out to Dan directly at He and Martha Ramirez ( will be assisting us during the transition to a new Field Services Director.

Here is some other information that can be valuable for you:

Resources Now Available to Promote #SHRM17

A variety of resources including banner ads, email and newsletter text copy are now available to promote SHRM17. We hope you plan to join us there! Check out all the resources here.

Affiliate of SHRM Accessory Store Open for Business

SHRM’s Membership Division and the SHRMStore are pleased to announce the roll out of the Affiliate of SHRM Accessory Store. SHRM Chapters can take advantage of SHRM’s bulk buying power for SHRM branded items with your chapter name or logo on them. You can find the Affiliate of SHRM Accessory Store under the Resources tab on the VLRC.

Volunteer Exchange

Have a question about state council operations or want to share successful practices with your peers? Leverage the Volunteer Exchange, a community created just for you, a SHRM volunteer leader. Located on the VLRC, the Volunteer Exchange is another important resource for you. Check it out here.

Looking forward to updating with you all at our April State Council meeting on April 21!


Membership Update

Megan Nail, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
State Membership Director

Statewide At-Large Membership Mailing

A mailing was sent to all SHRM national members who are not affiliated with local chapters in Indiana on March 20, encouraging them to join a local chapter. This is over 3,500 individuals! You can review the letter and brochure here. Please let us know if you gain any new members from this mailing.

Would you like to send a follow up mailing or start your own campaign? Find the chapter mailing label request form here. Want to send an e-blast to at-large members in your area? Find the e-blast request form here.

Quarterly State Membership Webinar Follow-Up

Thanks to all who were able to join our March webinar. If you weren’t able to join us, attached are the slides for your review.

Reminder – Membership Changes?

Please remember to send all membership changes with SHRM national members to Nicole Hall at This includes if a SHRM national member has joined or left your chapter. You only need to send Nicole the member’s name and SHRM national membership number.

Reminder – Membership Calendar – Attached is the electronic version of the annual membership calendar, including links to the webinars, etc. Please save it, refer to it often, and update your personal calendar!

Thanks for all you do for membership and SHRM.

HR Indiana Conference Update

JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Conference Chair

Look for these exciting keynote speakers at our conference!!!

And don’t forget to promote the scholarships!


Certification Update

Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP
Director of Certification

HR Indiana Scholarships (Funded by Barnes & Thornburg LLP) – Deadline May 1

There are two (2) scholarships available – HR Indiana conference and SHRM Certification assistance. Learn more at:

Resolve to Recertify Your SHRM Certification in 2017

Many of us technically don’t have to recertify our SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification until 2018, but why wait – do it (and encourage your chapter members to do it) in 2017! If you have (or will have) the 60 PDCs to recertify in 2017 – please RECERTIFY early and promote RECERTIFICATION! You can learn more about SHRM Recertification at:

REMINDER – New SHRM Affiliate Recertification Incentive Program for 2017

SHRM Chapters and State Councils in good standing will be eligible for enhanced financial support based on the number of SHRM members who recertify between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.

  • Chapters will receive $20 per each chapter member who is a SHRM member in good standing, primarily coded to the chapter and recertifies for SHRM Certification during 2017
  • State Councils will receive $10 per each SHRM member in good standing (in-chapter and at-large) in the state who recertifies for SHRM Certification during 2017

Payment will be made to affiliates in good standing in early 2018 based on the number of recertified members meeting the above criteria as of 12/31/17.

Note: Someone may submit their completed recertification application one year into their 3-year recertification period. If he/she completes their recertification cycle early, their end date will not change, and any unused or subsequent professional development activities completed within their current certification period cannot be carried over to the next.
• Initial certification period: May 2016 (took exam)–July 2019 (birth month)
• Recertified: December 2018
• Next 3-year recertification period: July 2019–July 2022

2017 SHRM Certification (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) Scholarships

The SHRM Foundation will award 220 certification scholarships…deadlines are April 10 and October 10, 2017 and each scholarship is $750 for SHRM Certification exam and/or preparation (SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP).

SHRM Certification Preparation – Virtual Opportunities

SHRM is offering a SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Preparation program virtually this spring. You can learn more at and look for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP options (prices…SHRM member: $1,095.00; non-member: $1,370.00)

SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Exam Applications for the May 1 – July 15, 2017 Testing Window

You can still apply for the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP exam through April 14 at

College Relations Update

Cheryl Hughes
Kathy Marra, SHRM-SCP
State Co-Directors of College Relations

The Second Annual Student Conference is in the works. Check out this “tickler” of the event!





SHRM Foundation Update

Amy Wright, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
State Foundation Director

I am very pleased to announce that the Indiana State Council of SHRM has been recognized as a SHRM Foundation Champion for 2016.

As reported on, 2016 donations will be funding the following 2017 initiatives:

• 2 inclusive workplace initiatives (The Aging Workforce and Integrating and Engaging Military Veterans)
• 220 certification scholarships
• 43 academic scholarships
• 34 professional development scholarships

It is our goal as a state to have some of our chapters and our State Council to make the Top List of Fundraising State Councils for 2017. It is a fierce competition; the list only includes the top ten state councils and top twenty-five chapters.

However, we have so much passion and talent in Indiana, I know we can do it! We have an exciting fundraising campaign currently in the works, in addition to hosting a Silent Auction at HR Indiana 2017.

Things you can start doing immediately as a chapter is to engage your Board. Every chapter should have a goal of 100% participation from their Board in SHRM Foundation donations. The easiest way to donate is online at

Please be sure to indicate your chapter number when you make your donation; you can also indicate the Indiana State Council, so both the Council and chapter receive your credit.

Workforce Readiness Update

Chuck Gillespie, MBA, CWBM
State Director of Workforce Readiness

What a great way to support our partners at Indiana University with support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Education-to-Employment (E2E) Convergence

Representatives of the higher education, business, nonprofit, government, and economic and workforce development sectors will benefit by attending the third annual Education-to-Employment (E2E) Convergence on Thursday, April 20 on the Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis campus.

E2E Convergence is a statewide forum focused on how Indiana can build a stronger workforce by developing and retaining college graduates. It brings together all those with a stake in the successful integration of college graduates into Indiana’s workforce to identify opportunities to promote career awareness and skills development.

Currently scheduled speakers include:
• Liz Dunlap, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, IU Health
• Jason Kloth, President and CEO, Ascend Indiana
• Jill Lehman, Vice President Administration and Chief People Officer, Ontario Systems
• Naomi Pescovitz, Anchor and Reporter, WTHR

A reservation form for the E2E Convergence is available here.

Statewide Workforce Readiness Initiative

We have our first request from Lisa Mungovan, NIHRA Workforce Readiness Leader. NIHRA is finalizing their Veterans 1st Hiring Event, scheduled for May 4th from 9 am – 2 pm. This year they are inviting residents from the general public from 12-2 in addition to Veterans and their employable family members. They are including service organizations for Veterans and their families.

Lastly they are reaching out to Veterans and active duty guardsmen who can’t attend due to other commitments or won’t attend because their employer is attending and we plan to confidentially get their resumes to their employer of choice to assist them with sourcing additional opportunities.

Lisa requests samples of materials that you may have provided to Veterans in your area. Last year they had 18 HR Professionals providing guidance to Veterans at the event and want to ensure these amazing people are giving materials that are relevant. We have reached out to our Workforce Readiness committee, but also ask for any other content you may have. Send directly to Lisa at

Finally – Please send me any additional requests you may have from your chapter. I will be connecting to statewide economic development organizations to set up discussions about how Indiana SHRM Workforce Readiness coalition can help them.

Business Leadership Network (BLN) Update

Dan Grundmann, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
BLN Liaison

The INBLN March 7, 2017 meeting hosted by the Indianapolis Chapter (IndyBLN) focused on “Connecting Employers with Job Candidates with Disabilities.” Angie Vandersteen and Jonie Fairbanks from Tangram led a dynamic presentation to members on the fast-growing Workforce Accelerator (that can be viewed at This tool is a Job Matching database that enables employers to find applicants with disabilities who meet their needs and helps people with disabilities find employers seeking their skill sets.
The next Indianapolis Chapter meeting will be May 2, 2017 at Tangram (5155 Pennwood Drive, Indianapolis). All are welcome to attend in person or via conference call. If you would like to join us, contact Susan White at 317.332.8017 to RSVP, and receive call-in information if you are unable to attend the meeting in person.

The INBLN is excited to be partnering with a Masters class from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Master of Public Affairs Program. This class gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a nonprofit agency and applying for grants to fund organization operations. Our participation with a group of students has already led to the discovery of several potential grant opportunities and the drafting of grant applications.

The INBLN recently altered its meeting schedule. While we still meet monthly, we will meet in-person at EY quarterly and via conference call in the remaining months. The next INBLN Board meeting is scheduled, by conference call, for Wednesday, April 5, at 2:30. Anyone interested in attending can contact Daniel Grundmann ( for more information.

Government Affairs Update

Christopher Schrader, SPHR
State Government Affairs Director


We are more than 60 days into the first critical 100 days of the new administration and its plate is full and will soon be fuller.

I spent most of the second week in March in Washington, DC both attending the annual Legislative and Legal Conference and working the Hill. I am pleased to report that nearly the entire delegation was visited (Visclosky D-IN 1 and Carson D-IN 7 did not have staff available that week to meet). I was accompanied by fellow HR professionals Pravithri Kilgore. Megan Trainor and Jenn Mitchell to our visit with Senator Donnelly’s office.

The issues I carried to our Representatives and Senators involved healthcare and workflex issues.

SHRM did not take a position on the ACA as the membership was too divided on the issue and I doubt they will this time either. Our focus on our interests:

  • Elimination of the employer mandate (including reporting and 30 hour work rule for eligibility for health insurance)
  • Preservation of employer tax deductibility of medical insurance costs
  • Elimination of the “Cadillac Tax” on high value health plans

The current ACA “fix” bill in the House does not currently address these issues the way we would like primarily due to the manner in which the Bill will travel through the House. The word on the Hill is that the President wants this done by Easter so that tax reform can get under way. The House is moving at flank speed (17 hour mark-up session in Ways and Means and 31 hours in the healthcare committee attest to this). I fully expect the bill to narrowly pass the House. The Senate has their own ideas and ultimately the Bill is headed for a conference committee. Depending on the daylight between the two bills and what is in them, I expect we will have work to do; please keep your eyes peeled for SHRM legislative alerts as things develop.

Paid leave continues to be a hot topic, and more so since the President expressed his desire for paid leave for pregnancy/post-delivery for females in his address to a joint session of Congress in January. SHRM’s position reflects support for paid leave conceptually but opposes any mandate, instead preferring that employers and their HR pros make the decision about how much, or little, time to grant as a component of their overall rewards for work model. All of the Indiana Republicans are supportive of this position.

I will be testifying before an Indiana Senate Committee on a bill that would ensure Indiana’s rules on “the box” remain no more stringent than federal standards. Currently only one jurisdiction in Indiana has “banned the box.” The bill has already passed the House and I expect will prevail in the Senate, although it’s odd committee assignment has led to my testimony as most legislators on the committee are unfamiliar with the issue.

Finally, I was privileged to have the opportunity to present professional testimony at the Indiana Statehouse on March 22. The Indiana Chamber requested we support SB 312 (Boots) which would prevent any city, town, county or incorporated area in Indiana from enacting a “Ban the Box” ordinance. The City of Indianapolis is currently the only jurisdiction with such an ordinance. SHRM Government Affairs did a great job of research supplementing my own on the topic. It is the standing policy of SHRM to oppose “Ban the Box” ordinances because we believe safeguarding our workforces and mitigating negligent hiring risks is of paramount importance and regard the EEOC’ s “Green Rules” guidance and enforcement posture suffice. I was joined in support of the Bill by the Indiana Manufacturers Association, National Federation of Small Businesses, Indiana Retailers Association, Indy Chamber, and a labor attorney from Greenwood. I received a number of questions from the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code regarding HR practices in selection and the role background checks play. Much to my surprise the committee voted unanimously to approve the Bill and send it to the House floor for a vote. The Bill passed the House on March 28 (80 yeas to 11 nays). I expect the Governor to sign the Bill into law. We can chalk this up as a victory for HR practitioners across the state.

Chapter Updates

Celebrating Ten Years with the Year of U!

While their monthly meetings are well attended and reviewed well by their members, SISHRM has been missing out on having some fun, so that’s why Ed Carpenter, Chapter President, wanted to help members put the “U” back in fUn. This idea sprung from something one of the Leadership speakers said in DC at the Volunteer Leader Summit in November when they were speaking about leaving a legacy as a board.

Since Ed’s a bit crazy and love puns and plays on words, he’s developed several themes all around U. Membership has two related theme initiatives of “We Miss U” going after past members, “We Need U” – going after new members, “Certification – Helping U to be the Best!” and “Do something for U and the SHRM Foundation” for our donation efforts. He’s also going to do a few zany U-tube video invitations to meetings since they proved we could do a basic one (see the email and link to the video here).

It was easy to put the “U” in JanUary and FebUary, but March was a challenge, LOL! So they just put the “u” in fUn and talked about Ethics 101. April is what the linked email is all about and they’re recognizing certified members with special “All About U” certificates and celebrating their 10th birthday with cake at lunch. And they’re doing two or three things to collect money for the Foundation, “U Can Make Change”, and “U Stand Out” – profile photo booth photos for $10 with half going to the SHRM Foundation.

By the time the year is mostly over, we think they might have a Pinnacle Award submission on using a creative theme to tie everything together. Well done, SISHRM!

SCIHRA has their annual conference coming up this month. Check out their flyer for more information.


EHRA Spring Conference – Evansville

April 20, 2017 7:30am – 4:30pm
Times listed are C.S.T.

7:30am-8:00am Registration / Full Breakfast – Exhibitors Open

8:00am-8:15am Opening Remarks

8:15am-8:45am Networking Activity and Certification

8:45am-10:15am InterplayTM – business simulation game

10:15am-10:45am Break –Exhibitors Open

10:45am-12:15pm (Activity Continued) InterplayTM

12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch and Exhibitors Time

1:15pm-2:45pm Running With the Big Dogs – How to be make HR a Strategic Player
• Margaret Morford – The HR Edge, Inc., Brentwood, TN

2:45pm -3:00pm Break

3:00pm-4:15pm Legal Issues Impacting HR – A Panel Discussion
• In House Counsel – Brad Chapman, Deputy General Counsel – OneMain Holdings, Inc.
• Plaintiff’s Counsel – Kyle Biesecker, Attorney – Biesecker Dutkanych & Macer, LLC
• Defense Counsel – Cory A. Kuhlenschmidt, Attorney – Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP
• Moderator – Jake Fulcher – Kahn Dees Donovan Kahn

2017 KHRA Annual Conference

A conference designed to help HR Professionals, Managers and Front Line Supervisors overcome the latest employment challenges. Attendees will meet top experts and notable employment law attorneys that walk you through breaking regulatory and compliance obligations, and share best practices to maintain a successful work environment.
See the attached flyer for more information.

SHRM Update

Daniel Griffiths, SHRM CP
SHRM Interim Field Services Director

Important Dates for 2017

June 18-21, 2017
SHRM Annual Conference :: New Orleans, LA
October 2-4, 2017
SHRM Leadership Development Forum :: Phoenix, AZ
October 23-25, 2017
SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference :: Los Angeles, CA
November 16-18, 2017
SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit :: Washington, DC
December 1, 2017
2018 SHRM Recertification Provider Reaffirmation due
December 1, 2017
2018 CLIF & SCLIF due
(if you transition mid-year, send it in 15 days before the term starts)

SHRM Competency Based Education for Chapters First program is now available! “Five Habits of Destructive HR Leaders

Chapter Bylaws – Review and Revisions
Be sure to initiate your review with the current version of bylaws on file at SHRM HQ! If you do not have a copy of the current version, contact your Member Engagement Associate (MEA).

Send 3 things to your Field Services Director (FSD) by email
Summarized listing of the major changes, in bullet format
“Marked up” copy showing the changes
“Clean, Final” version to be signed by SHRM

Indiana State Council of SHRM
8945 South Street
Fishers, IN 46038
(317) 841-8202