Mary Maus Kosir
Mary Maus Kosir ‘89
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.