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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 300 Room of the MSU Innovation Center on Grand River Avenue. MAP

Attendees are asked to RSVP via the Eventbrite links provided.

Fall 2017 Series Lineup 

September 20, 2017: Nick Stachurski @nickstachRSVP Today

Nick Stachurski is an independent film producer and founder of Eightfold Creative. His commitment to business and film production has allowed him to create a life powered by finding artists the resources to create and spread ideas, and businesses that need to capture an audience.

October 3, 2017: Dr. Kerry Ann Rockquemore @divaprof | RSVP Today

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, is the founder and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. She launched the NCFDD in 2010 to help women navigate the publish-or-perish world of Academia.

October 18, 2017: Chad Jordan | RSVP Today

Chad Jordan is the creator of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn. Chad has a retail background that spans back to 1989 in the grocery industry and has worked for the industries' top retailers in a variety of leadership roles. He has a passion for his craft of creating addicting gourmet popcorn flavors, as well as marketing, branding, and promotion. Learn more about Cravings Gourmet Popcorn here.

November 2, 2017: Jill Marlan | RSVP Today

Jill Marlan is a Board Certified licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. She was appointed by the governor to serve on the State Board of Physical Therapy for eight years and has chaired the board for the last three years. Jill has worked with a wide variety of clientele including professional hockey and football players, Olympic and world-class gymnasts, collegiate and high school athletes from all sports.

November 8, 2017: Ryan Devlin | RSVP Today

Ryan is a founder of one of the hottest and fastest growing social-impact brands in the nation, This Bar Saves Lives. He is also a well-known television actor and host, having starred on hit shows Are You The One, Jane the Virgin, and Grey’s Anatomy—to name a few.