Advanced Topics for Certified Human Resources Specialists

  • Registration fee:

  • April 25-26, 2019
    East Lansing, MI

    East Lansing Marriott at University Place
    300 M.A.C. Avenue
    East Lansing, MI
    Phone: (517) 337-4440

  • Questions?

    Contact Carrie Mejorado, Program Coordinator
    Phone: (517) 355-9592

Stay current with information from the source you trust and ensure that your organization is benefiting from best practices in HRM and remains compliant with recent legislative changes. As always, this year's Advanced Topics for Certified Human Resources Specialists will provide you with cutting-edge information on “hot topics” in human resources, a review of important court cases, and legislative updates regarding key employment laws.

Learn HR strategies that you can use to meet the challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities facing your organization.

Reconnect with your fellow CHRSs

Share ideas and experiences, and strengthen your professional network!

This year promises to be an engaging and interactive class, and provides half of your continuing education requirement for recertification (14 credits). Attending the Advanced Topics for Certified Human Resources Specialists annually will fulfill the 28-credit requirement needed to maintain your certification.

Note: This program is open only to Certified Human Resources Professionals.




As we prepare for this year's program, we'd like to hear from you! Let us know if there are any topics you are interested in covering. Fill out the form below to give us your suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you in April.


This year's topics include:

  • Employment law update
  • Workplace implications of states' legalization of marijuana
  • Managing through times of change
  • Trending employment benefits
  • How HR can leverage AI, while maintaining the "human touch"

Final agenda will be posted closer to program date.


Herbert J. Gilles Herbert J. Gilles, is Of Counsel at Strasburger, Attorneys at Law, where for nearly 36 years, he has focused his law practice on counseling businesses in the midst of challenging times. He regularly advises on bankruptcy law, creditor's rights, insolvency issues, creditor-oriented business and consumer bankruptcy matters, and commercial business litigation. Herb is also experienced in handling litigation matters, including property and casualty claims, for the trucking and transportation industry.

Herb has substantial experience in the federal courts in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 proceedings, has handled a wide variety of commercial collections and creditors rights related matters, and has appeared on a number of matters Pro Hac Vice to prosecute and defend various Chapter 5 avoidance- and dischargeability-related actions in adversary proceeding litigation in venues across the United States.
Angela Hall Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Tina Riley Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners' ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, conducting workplace investigations, and HR's role in cybersecurity.
Chris Trebilcock Chris Trebilcock, is a Member at Clark Hill PLC. He is a leading labor, employment and political lawyer with a community conscience, Chris is a part of Clark Hill's nationwide Employment and Labor Practice Group. On behalf of Fortune 500 companies, medium and small employers, and governmental agencies, Chris litigates labor and employment disputes in federal and state courts and administrative agencies across the country, specializing in wage and hour and civil rights litigation (including class and collective actions), collective bargaining, and union grievance arbitration. With over 17 years of legal experience, clients turn to him for his timely responses and practical solutions to the toughest employee relation problems.
Jim Walsh Jim Walsh, was most recently Vice President Claims at Auto-Owners Insurance. He has spent 44 years in the property casualty insurance business, all related to claim handling in some way. As a field investigator, he managed the Company’s position on claims ranging from house fires to fatal accidents and eventually worked in management, supervising and training both those who investigated the claims and those who managed and trained them. Having reached his retirement he looks for ways to continue his efforts to encourage people developing in their roles.

Programs will be taught by one or more instructors listed above.



Registration fee: $895

  • Registration fees include all course materials.
  • Continental breakfast and networking lunch are included each day.
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8am; Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.

Program times:

Registration & continental breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program times each day: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Networking each day lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
April 25-26, 2019 course offering
April 25-26, 2019
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Hotel information for April 25-26, 2019 course offerings
East Lansing Marriott at University Place
East Lansing Marriott at University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue
East Lansing, MI
Phone: (517) 337-4440
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  • For your convenience... If you fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport you can take the Michigan Flyer motorcoach to the East Lansing Marriott, where the program is being held. Learn more about riding the Michigan Flyer »
  • Overnight accommodations... are not included in the program fee. To reserve a room at the special rate, call the hotel listed for the program you will be attending. Be sure to refer to MSU and the name of the seminar. The special rate will be removed a month prior to the program, so we encourage you make your reservation early.
  • Give us a call... We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this training program. You can reach us at (517) 355-9592.
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    Bring this program on-site for your team. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Veronica Taber at (517) 432-2209 or to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by brining this and other programs on-site.


  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start:  10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start:  50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start:  no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program.  Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling SHRLR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.


  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


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