Silicon Valley CEO Coming Back to Wichita as Barton School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence


The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University has announced Susan Thomas, founder and CEO of 10Fold, will serve as the college’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Spring 2023 semester. Thomas is from Newton, KS and began her college education at Wichita State. She founded 10Fold in 1995 and the company is now ranked among the top eight percent of independently owned communications firms exclusively focused on business-to-business technology in the U.S. (IBISWorld, 2020).

““I’m excited to meet with the WSU community to share the insights I’ve gained as a long-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor and marketing professional,” said Thomas. “Marketing has evolved in some extraordinary ways over the past 25 years with many new advancements to come. In addition to the lessons I’ve learned, I look forward to revealing the innovations that I believe will have the greatest impact in the next five years.”

As the Barton School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Thomas will deliver a keynote presentation on March 22 titled “An Entrepreneur’s Journey: Finding the Why to Drive Your Success.” This event is open to the public and will include a networking reception with Thomas afterwards. In addition, she will participate in other presentations on innovation and marketing, as well as engagements with students in mentoring and networking session and exchange ideas with the Barton School’s leadership team and faculty.

“All those who attend Susan’s events, especially the March 22 keynote presentation, is in for a treat,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, Dean of the Barton School. “She is a top leader in her industry and has a wealth of knowledge on how our most vital industries are innovating.”

10Fold is a communications agency in Silicon Valley that has helped create billions of dollars for clients in corporate valuation and 10Fold has won nearly six dozen industry awards for service excellence. Current clients include three “Unicorn Companies” and three multi-billion-dollar industry leaders, along with dozens of other rising tech stars.

Susan has won a dozen awards for her leadership including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Vistage. She is a limited partner in two funds for ParTech Venture Capital based in Paris, France. Susan also serves on the advisory board for LaborIQ by ThinkWhy, the Heritage Commerce Bank and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Barton School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business from Emporia State University. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa.

“The Barton School’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is bringing unique opportunities for our students, faculty, staff and community to interact with global leaders,” said Dr. Shirley Lefever, Executive Vice President and Provost at Wichita State. “We’re excited to have Susan back on campus to share her inspiring experiences.”

Please RSVP here for her March 22 keynote presentation.