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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Patricia “Trish” Thomas

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Innovation, Entrepreneurial Selling, Product Development, Licensing, Media, Marketing, Design Thinking


Entrepreneurial Resilience, Design Thinking, Application of Emotional Intelligence to Entrepreneurship


BS, University of Cincinnati

Academic Experience

Lake Forest College

  • ENTP 320 Principles of Sales and Negotiation

Northwestern University’s Garage

  • Entrepreneurial Character
  • Breakthroughs
  • Mentor

Northwestern University

  • Positive Entrepreneurship, Guest speaker

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

  • Various entrepreneurship classes, panelist and mentor

Professional Experience

Entrepreneurial coach and mentor

Co-Founder/Investor, Whole & Free Foods, Inc.

President/Founder, Venture Sweat, Inc.

CEO/Co-Founder, Star Farm Productions, Inc.

PresidentExecutive Director, Freezone (wholly owned by Thomson Newspapers)

Vice President, Strombecker Corporation, Inc.

President/Founder, Treehouse Productions, Inc.

Awards and Honors (Selected)

Springboard Enterprises, 2004 and 2005

Investor’s Circle, 2005

Outstanding Senior, University of Cincinnati, 1991

Dupont Student Design Awards Juror, 1991

Dupont Student Grand Prize Winner, 1989

Dupont Student Design Award Winner, 1988

Volunteer/Non-profit organizations

Northwestern University’s Garage, Mentor

Junto Institute, Mentor

Springboard Enterprises, Mentor

Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunity United), Community Board Member

Evanston Garden Club, Member

Chicago Children’s Charities, former board member

Cove School, former board member