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Innovate State Adds YouTube Star Tyler Oakley to Lineup

EAST LANSING, MI —The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU announces a new addition to this year’s lineup: YouTube superstar Tyler Oakley. Established as one of the most influential LGBT vloggers, Tyler Oakley is an A-Lister in the digital age. Tyler and his best friend Korey Kuhl, both MSU alumni, host Psychobabble, a weekly show that tops the iTunes podcast charts.

“We are proud to welcome Tyler Oakley back to campus to be part of the Innovate State Speaker Series,” said Paul Jaques , director of student and community engagement at Spartan Innovations. “His videos are engaging and fun, and he’s got a lot to share about entrepreneurship, creating a personal brand, and using media in innovative ways.”

Innovate State is a collaborative program designed to connect forward-thinking speakers with students and professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics include startups, innovation, new business creation, leadership, customer acquisition, funding and other special topics.

Oakley’s talk will include a presentation and question-and-answer session with the audience.  This free program begins at 7:00 p.m. on February 17, 2016 in the Pasant Theater of MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are available to MSU students only with a student ID through January 21 and then open to the public on January 22. Tickets must be picked up in person at the Wharton Center Ticket Office. 

Oakley graduated from MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 2011. He has raised more than $500,000 for The Trevor Project in 2015, won two Teen Choice Awards and two Streamy Awards. A regular guest host on CBS daytime talk show, 'The Talk,' Oakley was named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.