For companies in the specialty foods marketplace, the target consumer has increasing expectations about the purity, sustainability and social value of your products and practices.

And as the number of mission-driven brands grows, the standard of practice is changing. 

To succeed with a mission-enhanced value proposition requires good strategy and tactical execution – from supply chain through the point of purchase and beyond.
Meet the Expert

About Trish

  • Advisor and Investor in the Specialty Foods Marketplace.
  • Advising entrepreneurs and established Category Leaders on opportunities ranging from Product Development to In-market strategies, drawing on extensive experiences in mission-driven businesses and the unique challenges of building  a national brand and innovative leader in the natural foods space from the ground up.


Founding Partner • StreetWise Partners LLC
2011 — Present
  • Advisory & Consulting in Natural & Specialty as well as mainstream food marketplace
Co-Founder, CEO • Dancing Deer Baking Company
1995 — 2010
  • Boston-based producer of high-end, natural, preservative-free baked goods for nationwide distribution.

  • Products are sold in grocery chains and specialty food stores across the United States and certain parts of Canada, including Whole Foods Market.


Yale School of Management
MPPM, Business Management, 1982
Wheaton College
BA, Art History, Ancient Greek, 1977

Academic Honors

Magna Cum Laude

Academic Awards

Departmental Honors


  • 2010 One Family Founders Award 
  • 2007 Commonwealth Institute Silverman Award
  • 2007 New England Women’s Leadership
  • 2006 Rosoff Award 
  • 2005 Francis Hesselbein Award 
  • ICIC Top 100 (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City), 2008 2003 2002 2001
  • NASFT (Specialty Food Association) Product Award Finalist, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2000 
  • NASFT Product Award Winner, 1999, 1998 
  • 2007 America’s Best Professional Food Competition 
  • 2007 WorldBlu Most Democratic Workplaces
  • 2006 Babson/TCI Top 100 Woman-Led Business
  • 2006 BBJ Corporate Philanthropy Innovator of the Year
  • 2006 WBENC Top Women-Owned Business
  • 2005 Fortune Best Bosses
  • 2004 2001 Chamber Award for Excellence
  • 2003 Metropolitan Home Design 100 
  • 2002 FleetBoston Award for Innovation
  • 2000 SBANE Award for Innovation
  • 2000 National Paperbox Excellence 
  • 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
  • 1999 AIGA Brand Design Award 
  • 1996 Best of Boston


  • Dancing Deer Baking Company
  • Specialty Food Association Natural and Organic Council
  • Alliance for Business Leadership
  • Dean's Business Advisory Council - Simmons School of Management
  • Boston Women's Workforce Council
  • Social Venture Network
  • Good Tastes, Inc.


  • Wheaton College, Honorary PhD
  • Bentley McCallum School, Honorary PhD
  • Pine Manor College, Honorary PhD
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