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Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse,  Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

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Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship education resource that provides classes, coaching and assistance to entrepreneurs. It builds relationships among and between CSB/SJU students, faculty, alumnae/i, and community members to create and strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheon

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
featuring Mary Maus Kosir ‘89
Co-Founder and CEO
WholeMe

11:30 a.m. – Registration and Social
12-1:30 p.m. – Program
The Minneapolis Club
729 Second Avenue South
3rd Floor

Register now!

  • Seating is limited.
  • The cost of this event is $35.00.
  • You must register in advance to attend this event.
  • Please register by March 14 2017.

Mary Maus Kosir, CSB ’89, considers herself an accidental entrepreneur. After graduating from St. Ben’s, Kosir did a Fulbright in Austria, pursued her graduate degree in higher education administration and international development education at the U of M, and spent 21 years leading both International Programs and the Undergraduate Program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Kosir stepped down from her role as assistant dean in June 2016 to take on the role of CEO of her start up, WholeMe.

Why? Well the Kosir family thought they were healthy. But when Mary’s husband was diagnosed with Type I diabetes about a decade ago (Michael Kosir, SJU ’89), it was time to re-evaluate their eating. They kicked it up a notch, embraced a healthier lifestyle, and adopted a mostly grain-free diet. It began working wonders – everyone felt better and had more energy throughout the day, and insulin levels were steadier. 

To make it more palatable, Kosir began experimenting in the kitchen, baking grain free snacks. After a few brainstorming sessions with girlfriends, some crazy recipe ideas, and late night baking sessions, the WholeMe idea was born, and with it much encouragement to start something that could grow into a trusted brand, positioned to be a real player in the natural food space.

Fast forward several years, and Kosir now finds herself co-founder and CEO of WholeMe, a nutritious, delicious snack food company whose products are available in over 1,000 retailers across the country.  She closed on her first capital raise in June 2016, and with her team, the company is positioned to triple in size in 2017.  And she’s learning every day that the value of her liberal arts foundation is invaluable.

The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes it's third Director- Margrette Nemanich Newhouse '88

Margrette Nemanich holds the John & Elizabeth Myers Chair in Management at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University teaching, coaching, mentoring and connecting students, faculty, alums and college communities to discover and apply their strengths and talents. In January 2017, Margrette was appointed the 3rd Director of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship adding to her focus inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit. In her work at CSB/SJU, Margrette  is motivated to making a difference in the business and broader community through her insight, ideas, connections and advice. Margrette has had the privilege to work with small and mid-sized businesses throughout her career. She loves to work with individuals in all stages of their businesses and/or personal projects to bring their hopes and plans to reality.

Originally from Ely, Minnesota, Margrette was immersed in entrepreneurship at an early age, as her father owned a contracting business in Northern Minnesota. Upon completing her high school education in Ely, Margrette came to the College of Saint Benedict where she earned a B.A. in Management - Organizational Leadership and Finance, Summa Cum Laude  inducted into the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society in 1988.  While at St. Ben’s, she was very involved in campus life including Sisters Across Campus, Campus Ministry, Society for the Advancement of Management and served as Treasurer (Junior year) and President (Senior year) on Student Administration Board (now St. Ben’s Senate).

After graduation, she began a seventeen year career in the commercial banking industry, with her last position as Senior Vice President and Minnesota Regional Manager of Business Banking for a regional commercial bank. During that time, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration  in Strategic Management with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. In 2004, Margrette transitioned her career in the banking industry to join the Management/Global Business Leadership faculty at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University bridging her on-going personal interest of business and life long learning.   

After graduation from the College of Saint Benedict, she continued volunteer in leadership roles for the College. She chaired CSB/SJU Young Alums Committee, CSB Alumnae Council, CSB Alumnae Council Executive Committee, CSB Alumnae Council Relations Committee Chair, co-chaired the Corporate Capital Campaign during the funding of the Haehn Campus Center, and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees Resource Development Committee meeting.    She has been recognized for her leadership, community involvement, and business success through awards including a Tri-College Academic and Community honoree while a CSB student, the College of Saint Benedict Decade Award in 1998, and the Twin Cities Business Journal 40 under 40 in 2002.

Within the community, Margrette has been an active volunteer in her sons schools, Edina Public and Benilde St. Margaret’s as well as her parish, Church of St. Patrick in Edina. Margrette serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits including Youth Frontiers, Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation (term completed December 2016), and the CSB/SJU Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship as well the privately held company, Scherer Brothers Lumber Co.

Margrette resides with her husband, John Newhouse (a fellow 1988 SJU alum originally from Excelsior, MN), and boys Ben (19) and Jerome (17), and yellow lab, Easton, in Edina and Shorewood, MN. Her hobbies include being a Hockey Mom (thus, the dog’s name!), reading, enjoying the Minnesota seasons, community volunteerism, and keeping up with her "three" boys.

Welcome Margrette!

10 for 10 Campaign

As The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at CSB/SJU continues to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are proud to mark a decade of impressive success and launch our 10 for 10 fundraising drive to fully endow the Center. If you are interested in more information about the Center and/or our fundraising efforts, please contact Center Director, Margrette Newhouse, at [email protected].

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Current Events

Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons

Next luncheon is March 16th - Featuring keynote speaker Mary Kosir

Are you interested in attending our Entrepreneurial Leadership Series Luncheons? Email Kelli Gradin at [email protected] to be added to our invitation list!

This luncheon is offered for alumni/nae who are entrepreneurs and those who support them. Hosted at the Minneapolis Club in downtown Minneapolis this luncheon series features speakers who are unsung successful alum entrepreneurs. The luncheon is by invitation only. Contact Kelli Gradin at [email protected] or by phone at 320-363-2065 for more information, and to be added to the list.

Entreprenuership Lessons

People who start a business often say it's what they learned after everything they learned in school that makes the difference between the success or failure of their company. What the Center does is reverse that comment by ensuring what students learn and experience while in college is what makes them successful in the future.

Contact Us

Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
350 Simons Hall
Collegeville, MN 56321

Margrette Newhouse,  Director
[email protected]
320-363-2870

Kelli Gradin, Coordinator
[email protected]
320-363-2065

Center for Entrepreneurship
Student Employee
320-363-2764
[email protected]

Read story:

Entrepreneur Scholars visit with some of America's most innovative business leaders.