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Naomi Tutu, International Human Rights Activist, To Speak at 88th Annual Bentley College Commencement

April 29, 2007

Naomi Tutu, international human rights activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,050 Bentley undergraduate students on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. on the Bentley campus, with approximately 7,500 in attendance. Tutu will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the ceremony.

Trish Karter, President and CEO of the Dancing Deer Baking Company, will deliver the keynote address when the McCallum Graduate School of Business degrees are conferred at 3:00 p.m. Karter will be presented with an honorary doctor of commercial science degree.



The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa led Naomi Tutu on the path to her present role as a passionate advocate for peace and human rights. Tutu, the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo, has made it her life's work to speak out about racial, gender and economic violence around the world.

An authority on race relations, Tutu founded and was the chairperson of the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa. From 1985 to 1990, the foundation helped South African refugees become self-supporting by providing them with scholarships, micro-business grants and practical resources. She has continued to work to improve educational and professional opportunities in Africa. She has served as a development consultant in West Africa and as a program coordinator at the University of Cape Town's African Gender Institute.

Tutu holds a bachelor's degree in economics and French from Berea College, in Berea, Ky., and a master's degree in international economic development from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

Tutu is a single mother of three. She says growing up the daughter of Desmond Tutu has offered her opportunities, as well as the challenge of finding her own place in the world. She has taken up that challenge by channeling her opportunities to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all. Her latest efforts have focused on fostering connections between women in the U.S. and South Africa through the Sister Sojourner Retreats, as well as helping organizations and community groups in the difficult discussions around race and racism through the Building Bridges workshops she co-leads with Ms. Rose Bator.


Trish Karter co-founded Dancing Deer Baking Co. thirteen years ago and is credited with building a brand identity that propelled the Boston bakery from local markets into national distribution. As CEO and president of the company, Karter marries her creative, artistic, environmental, community and business interests. In 2005, FORTUNE Small Business included Karter on its list of "Best Bosses".

Dancing Deer is considered one of the country's most innovative natural food companies and has received numerous awards for its philanthropic efforts, including the Sweet Home Project. The company donates 35 percent of the retail price from the Sweet Home product line to direct action programs to end family homelessness. Karter is active in the local community and works with the City of Boston's efforts to promote economic well-being in otherwise overlooked areas.

Karter's first business adventure was to leave her studies in Classics and Art History at Wheaton College and help dig her father out of a Chapter 11 Reorganization. He had pioneered the recycling of bottles and cans on an industrial basis and his company went on to write the book on how to reclaim that portion of the waste stream.

In 1982 Karter received a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University. After devoting five years to her love of drawing and painting, Karter unexpectedly found her way back to the business world and formed Dancing Deer. She has committed the company to being a leader in the natural foods movement, green manufacturing and philanthropy.

Details on Commencement 2007 are available on Bentley's official commencement website:


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