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Trish Karter is an American entrepreneur and the founder of the Dancing Deer Baking Co..

Early life and educationEdit

Karter is a graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Wheaton College, and the Yale School of Management.[1]

She is the daughter of Peter Karter, a pioneer of the modern materials recycling industry.[2] Karter lives in Milton, Massachusetts [1] and is the mother of two children, Dimitri and Eleanna Antoniou.[3]


Karter was the founder and CEO of the Dancing Deer Baking Company, a Boston-based producer of high-end, natural baked goods for nationwide distribution.[4] The company is known for its commitment to employing and providing opportunity to individuals from deprived backgrounds.[5][6][7]

The company is noted for producing all-natural, preservative-free products.[8]

Karter is also an artist; part of the success of the Dancing Deer line of baked goods is credited to the "whimsical" figures that she has created to decorate the company's packaging.[9]


  1. ^ a b Self-Rising Survivor, Wheaton Quarterly, Spring, 2002 Archived 2010-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Peter Karter; at 87; engineer who helped make recycling practical, Talia Whyte, Boston Globe, April 3, 2010
  3. ^ Bakery Bolsters Bosox with Blessed Batter, New York Post, Kevin Kernan, Jul 18, 2004.
  4. ^ [Get your ship together: how great leaders inspire ownership from the keel up, D. Michael Abrashoff, Portfolio, 2005, Chapter II, CEO Trish Karter makes the Deer Dance, pp. 37 ff.
  5. ^ [1] "How a Social Mission Guides This Business; The CEO of Dancing Deer moved her cookie company to a gang-ridden neighborhood and donates a third of the profits of one product line to charity. Can this be good for business? Inc., Josh Spiro, April 2, 2010.
  6. ^ [2] Baking Principles into the Business; How Dancing Deer, a small Boston bakery, rose up to become a multimillion-dollar business -- without losing its socially responsible core values, Stacy Perman, Business Week, December 13, 2005.
  7. ^ Values Sell: Transforming Purpose in to Profit Through Creative Sales and Distribution Strategies, Nadine A. Thompson, 2008, p.79.
  8. ^ Her turn: why it's time for women to lead in America, Vicki Donlan, Helen French Graves, Greenwood Publishing, 2007, p. 81.
  9. ^ Donlan, Vicki; French Graves, Helen (2007). Her Turn: Why It's Time for Women to Lead in America. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-275-99924-7.