Building Influence

Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow, so give it everything you’ve got. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple




Building influence as an HR/LR professional can help you to be more effective in your role and to contribute more meaningfully to the success of the organization.

This program is designed to equip you with the practical tools and strategies you need to effectively communicate with colleagues, manage teams, and drive organizational change.

You will strengthen your problem-solving skills, craft persuasive messages, utilize proven influence techniques, and build strong relationships with operations leaders at all levels.

Through interactive exercises and case studies, you'll have the opportunity to practice your new skills in a safe and supportive environment. You'll receive personalized feedback and guidance to help you refine your approach and build your confidence as an influencer.



Building Influence is perfect for HR and LR professionals at all levels who want to take their influence skills to the next level. Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned veteran, this program will provide you with the insights and strategies you need to achieve your goals and make a positive impact on your organization.



  • Communicate effectively: Effective communication is critical for building influence. This includes being clear and concise in your messaging, actively listening to others, and adapting your communication style to the needs of your audience.
  • Demonstrate confidence and expertise: HR professionals are expected to have a deep understanding of HR practices, policies, and regulations. Demonstrating confidence in your subject matter expertise can help to build your credibility and influence within the organization.
  • Build relationships: One of the most effective ways to build influence is to build strong relationships with people across the organization. This includes employees, managers, and executives. By establishing trust and credibility with others, you can gain influence and build support for your ideas.



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  • All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.

MSU employee discount available. Please contact Kristi White at for more information.


Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, PhD, 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.


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



  • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.
  • Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date by notifying Kristi White via email at least 5 calendar days in advance of program start date.
  • Cancellation more than 30 calendar days before program start date: full refund.
  • Cancellation 14 – 29 calendar days prior to program start date: 50% cancellation fee, remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation 13 or fewer calendar days prior to program start date: no refund.

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 canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



  • 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.

Learn more about Recertification


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