Advanced Topics for Certified HR Professionals - CHRS

It's time to reconnect with your fellow Certified HR Specialists



As part of the Certified HR Specialist community, you have shown your dedication to advancing your skills and setting yourself apart as an HR professional.

We invite you to reconnect with fellow Certified HR Specialists for the upcoming Advanced Topics for Certified HR Specialists program, a program designed for individuals who know the ever-changing challenges HR practitioners face.

Offered in convenient, half-day virtual sessions, the advanced topics course will ensure you feel confident in your knowledge of the following:

  • Recent legislative changes and how they affect your role and your employees
  • The most up-to-date best practices in HRM
  • Important court cases and their impact on HR professionals
  • Employment law updates
  • Recruitment strategies to compete in today’s labor market

Topics change each year to reflect best practices and key issues for HR professionals. The class will also include facilitated discussions on issues of concern to you, the participant.



  • Employment and labor law updates (Federal and State)
  • Problem solving
  • Minimizing bias
  • Making the most of meetings
  • Labor history: and why it matters today
  • Keys to being effective
  • Take control of your career
  • Plus more

Note: This program is open only to current Certified HR Specialists.


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Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Topics for CHRS program. Unfortunately the date for this program has already passed.

The next scheduled offering will be in 2024.

If you would like to be contacted when the date for this program is scheduled, please email Derek Moy at


Greg Freehling

Greg Freehling, MLIR has been leading and managing the relationships and accountability required to create successful labor outcomes for over 30 years. He was the Director of Labor Relations for Arconic at his retirement. In this role, he was accountable for the global labor relations for the corporation. His career spans plant and corporate responsibilities across Alcoa and its spin-off Arconic, as a labor relations manager, human resources manager, and corporate labor relations consulting and administration duties. He is a subject matter expert with an extensive background in contract administration, grievance and arbitration advocacy and contract negotiations. He has provided training, advice, and counsel across Alcoa and Arconic locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He's developed and conducted labor relations training programs for labor relations and line supervisors and leaders, and managed stakeholder communications before and during negotiations. In addition, he has been teaching courses for the School of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Professional Development program for the past eight years.

Stacy Hickox

Stacy A. Hickox, JD, is a Counsel with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and was an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University where she taught in both the Human Resources & Labor Relations master’s program and the Human Capital & Society undergraduate program. Most of her teaching focused on labor and employment law, and she taught numerous programs for labor unions. Her research, resulting in 25 published articles, focused on barriers to employment for people with disabilities and a criminal record, as well as ways to address harassment and bullying in the workplace. Stacy attended the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, is an Associate Professor, Associate Director, and Director of Professional Development in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, with a concentration in Communications, and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

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, and conducting workplace investigations.

With her passionate and engaging style, Dr. Riley develops and presents customized leadership development programs for both public and private sector organizations, from manufacturing to the Courts. Organizational leaders and HR professionals from across the globe including Bahrain, Cameroon, Canada, Georgia, Nigeria have participated in her workshops.

One or more instructors listed above may be teaching this program.


  • Registration closes 2 business days before the start of the program.




    • Cancellation more than three weeks prior to the program start date: full refund.
    • Cancellation two weeks prior to the program start date: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation after program materials have been posted/provided to participants (normally 2 days prior to program start date): no refund.
    • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.

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 (when in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at 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.



This program has been approved for 14 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

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  • All course materials.
  • Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.



  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.

Questions?  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at