HR Nonprofit Peer Group

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About the HR Nonprofit Peer Group

The HR nonprofit peer group serves nonprofit human resources professional in the Central Indiana area.  The group aspires to be a community resource that provides education and networking opportunities and are free of charge.


Meetings are hosted every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) on the third Thursday from 8:30-10:00 a.m.  Locations vary for each meeting, usually in a meeting room of an area nonprofit or at a sponsor’s location.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 8:15 a.m. to enjoy peer networking.

Establishing community

We realize that being the HR leader can be a lonely position due to the role’s confidential nature.  Many attendees have found the HR peer group to be a safe place to share, seek advice or simply vent the day’s frustrations.  We also have a private LinkedIn group for you to join to start conversation in between meeting times.

Bi-monthly meetings

We know your time is valuable.  So we seek to make the professional development material as relevant as possible. Topics generally are related to the trends in the workplace. Meetings feature an outside speaker or a panel discussion with peers.

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Upcoming Meeting

Creating a playbook for successful performance reviews

On July 20 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at FirstPerson Advisory (9000 Keystone Crossing, Suite 910.)  Join advisor Mike Bensi as he discusses the following learning objectives for enhanced improvement from your staff.
Learning points:

  • Learn how performance reviews started and how the past is causing struggles today
  • Understand the consistent themes to create successful performance reviews
  • Discuss common performance review mistakes and how to fix them
  • Receive specific action items to help make successful change in your organization

Learn more about Mike Bensi


About the presenter
Mike has nearly two decades of progressive management experience within the public and private sectors. And his broad experience working within small companies, global organizations, and the State of Indiana has given him the platform to best understand the needs of clients and how to best serve them.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is a well-known speaker on engagement HR, and leadership, and is the author of Success of Failure. Mike serves his community as a YMCA Athenaeum board member.

Save the Date for the September HR Nonprofit Peer Group:
Thursday, September 21 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at The Speak Easy ( 49 South Meridian Street.)  Stefanie Krievins will share best practices for increasing productivity.  Check back for learning objectives and registration.

Past Meetings

HR in the C-Suite:  Reporting to the CEO.  A seat at the table.

(May 18, 2017)  In this presentation chief talent officer at United Way of Central Indiana, Nancy Ahlrichs, discussed partnering with C-Suite peers on how to use people and talent as a strategy. Nancy’s extensive knowledge on leadership provided a tremendous value.  Download the presentation notes of the five topics covered.

Reporting to the CEO; A Seat at the Table_presentation notes





Next generation recruiting

(March 16, 2017) In this presentation, participants will learn about next generation recruitment methods, including sourcing, interviewing, and onboarding. A discussion will take place reviewing current recruitment/sourcing statistics, top candidate sourcing tools, behavior-based and structured interview methods, and onboarding as part of an effective recruitment process. Participants will learn how to acquire top talent by utilizing the information presented in this session. 

Understanding these key elements will allow participants to develop and/or sharpen their skills in developing strategies to acquire top talent and to align their recruitment processes with best practices. Participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement these practices at their workplace to improve effectiveness.


A Systematice Approach to Workforce Engagement

(January 19, 2017) Kurt Schoch, a performance improvement consultant and coach, shared models and approaches for employee engagement as successfully implemented by organizations, nonprofit and others, recognized as role model organizations by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. He will also shared how these organizations segment engagement efforts by various workforce groups and how they measure the results of employee engagement efforts.

Workforce Engagement Presentation Notes

 Employee Engagement vs Employee Satisfaction White Paper

Learn more about Baldrige Excellence Framework at


Kurt Schoch, Performance Improvement Consulting

Madame Walker Theatre Center






Building a non-profit employee engagement strategy for 2020 

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(November 17, 2016)  2020 is only four short years away, and new technology trends are continually launching that have the power to drastically affect your business model, as well as how you communicate with and engage employees. In this session, get “20/20” vision into the tools that will make or break your success in the new decade. Adam Weber, VP of Sales and co-founder of Emplify, and Kim Ringham, Director of HR for Indiana Donor Network, walked us through how to create a documented employee engagement strategy that tackles some of the biggest problems nonprofits face such as onboarding, retention, adaptability, and alignment.

Download presentation notes:

Technology & Engagement presentation

Case Study at Indiana Donor Network

Making the DOL regulation transition:  Tips and advice from local nonprofits

(September 15, 2016) This candid conversation included a panel of five nonprofit HR leaders, from small to large organizations, who discussed the challenges their organization faced financially, as well as, how employee morale was affected. Facilitated by attorney Zac Kester of Charitable Allies.

zac          panelists

How to build a performance-based culture

(July 21, 2016) If a nonprofit wants to continue to exist, it has to perform and report outcomes to its funders and stockholders. Creating such an environment is difficult when you are understaffed and wages are low. Jeremy York, from Synergy, explored how to create a results-oriented environment.

Download the presentation.
Performance Based Culture presentation notes