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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Patricia “Trish” Thomas

Trish Thomas

Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and 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