Certificate in Virtual & Hybrid Leadership

Real-world strategies to lead & succeed in hybrid & remote environments



Having made the transition from working in the office to working from home, many companies are currently deciding what the best way is to manage their workforce. How do we keep our remote talent engaged? What does a successful hybrid environment look like? This new work paradigm shift presents HR professionals with a new set of challenges to keep their organization running efficiently and staying engaged.

Join us for Certificate in Virtual & Hybrid Leadership to learn how you can best lead, communicate, and grow your virtual teams to create a thriving and engaging organization.



  • New Roles of Managers & HR Professionals
    Friday, February 4, 2022 // 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET via Zoom
    With the shift to hybrid and "working from home", employees are finding the need for increased support from their organizations. Now more than ever, managers and HR professionals must provide that support and leadership to successfully guide their organization into the future. This session will examine the how HR's roles have changed and how they are likely to evolve moving forward.

    Key issues include:

    • Enhancing data security
    • Reskilling/upskilling employees' technology skills
    • Creating space for creativity and innovation
    • Balancing productivity and engagement
    • Adopting a holistic approach to employee well-being

  • Legal Issues Surrounding Virtual Work
    Friday, February 11, 2021 // 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET via Zoom
    The Coronavirus has caused many organizations to reshape how they function. For many, working remotely has become the "new normal". But this change comes with a set of legal implications that need to be considered. This session will cover some of the issues facing organizations, including HR policies and procedures, the hiring process and onboarding.

    Specific issues that will be addressed include:

    • Determining the work environment, particularly important when accidents or injuries occur
    • Calculating hours of work for non-exempt (hourly) employees
    • Non-discrimination, including accommodations for people with disabilities

  • Leading Effective Hybrid & Virtual Meetings
    Wednesday, March 16, 2022 // 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET via Zoom
    Online meetings can be opportunities to create a sense of community, enhance creativity, and engage in critical thinking and problem solving. Too often, however, meetings are ineffective time wasters. This session will enable you to lead highly effective meetings at a distance.

  • Virtual Interviewing & Selection
    Friday, March 25, 2022 // 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET via Zoom
    Conducting effective hiring interviews virtually takes planning. Whether it’s one-on-one or a panel interview, there are steps interviewers can take to gain the information needed to make informed selection decisions. This session will provide specific techniques for ensuring that your virtual interviewing and selection process works.



The date for this program has already passed. If you would like to be notified when new dates become available, please contact Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu.


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.

Stacy Hickex

Stacy Hickox, JD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU's law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law. Stacy has written a book on the Americans with Disabilities Act and several law review articles on various aspects of employment law. Her current research focuses on the employment of ex-offenders, including potential claims for adverse impact and negligent hiring liability.

One or more instructors listed above will be teaching



    • 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.

    • 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 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.


NOTE: Due to the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are temporarily reducing the number of continuing education credits required for recertification to 14 credits. This reduction applies to recertifications that are due in December 2022.

This program has been approved for 8 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

Learn more about Recertification



  • Access to registered Zoom courses.
  • Notetaking guide.



  • Certificates are only given to those who attend the entire program and pass the examination. They should expect a notification with their certificate via email two- to three-weeks after the completion of the program.



  • 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 whitekr@msu.edu 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 whitekr@msu.edu.