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The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU is a collaborative program designed to connect forward-thinking speakers with students and professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics include startups, new business creation, leadership and team-building, customer acquisition, fundraising and other special topics.

Held monthly through the academic year, this speaker series is held at 6 p.m. in the Erikson Hall Kiva on Farm Lane | MAP

2018-2019 Series 


September 18, 2018: Shaniqua Davis

CEO & Founder, Noirefy

October 3, 2018: Jeff Ellman

Founder, Urbanbound and Hireology

October 16, 2018: Marissa Siero

Workplace Director, Lodgic Everyday Community

November 7, 2018: Justin "Bugsy" Sailor

Founder & Owner, Upper Peninsula Supply Co., LLC

November 20, 2018: Denise & Mike Busley

Founders, Grand Traverse Pie Company


January 23, 2019: Dave Zilleo

CEO, FUEL Leadership

February 5, 2019: Zoe Zappitell

Product Manager, Zynga

February 19, 2019: Mike Kalis

Founder & CEO, Marketplace Homes

March 13, 2019: Tracy Garley

CEO, Zarkpa's

March 26, 2019: Jillian Lorenz

Co-Founder/CEO, The Barre Code