Maria Grabowska (Marysia)

Where Marysia is from

Radom, Mazovia Province, Poland



What was your dream when you were a kid? What was the reason?

I really wanted to be a vet. I think the reason for it was the fact that I have always been much better making friends with animals than with people .


What was your dream when you were 18 years old? What was the reason?

The dream was to see the “world”, what I back than saw as living somewhere else than Poland. The reason? It’s pretty sad to live in my city and read about the “world” from National Geographic. I just wanted to be “inside National Geographic”


What made you start thinking about social entrepreneurship/social enterprises? When was that?

I have always been interested in business , but I never liked the fact that business is associated with “evil” , so I decided not to be a business person. Therefore I decided to study international development, and then I found out that International Development is not as great as I thought. I was confused what to do. In 2011I joined an organization that was claiming to “do good and make money” and I learned that it is called social entrepreneurship and all the pieces fell in place. After that I decided to specialize in international development and business studies as I thought it was the closest to studying social entrepreneurship. Now I am an MSE, so it’s waaay closer to what I needed to study 😉


How much do you think social entrepreneurs play an important role in the world?

I think social entrepreneurs should be playing an important role . Generally entrepreneurial practices despite of being social or not, should act responsibly and sustainably not to create any harm to society or the environment. So essentially, in this sense all companies should be “social” to some extent.  Unfortunately, I do not see this need reflecting the reality. And this is where I see the role of the small batch of social entrepreneurs. Namely, “being the drop of water” with a “ripple effect”. Working hard on “ social “ becoming mainstream. There is still a long way to go.


What would you say to future social entrepreneurs / those who are interested in social entrepreneurs?

I would say, that if you decide dedicate your career to solving the most burning issues you will enter a world you never knew existed. And it is going to be amazing. You will be asked questions that otherwise would be considered “naïve” and in the world of social entrepreneurship they are considered relevant and crucial.

At least this has been my experience so far


What is your favorite quote? Who said that quote?

“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears” ( Mandela)


Who Marysia is

Marysia is a fascinating story teller. First of all, she cannot help being funny. She is funny no matter which situation she is in and the sentences that she creates and expressions that she uses are always unique. She is a word magician. She can say anything, express her opinions and remarks, and say what she wants to say in her words.

Marysia has a strong personality and is never afraid of standing out, well…she has to stand out because she is unique. Whether you are on her side or not, she insists on her positions and if it is necessary, especially if you are going in a wrong direction, she will stop you.

What makes people laugh and smile is not only her sense of humor but also her smile itself. Her smile is beautiful.

I have written how strong she is but here is what makes Marysia cute; she does not like feeling lonely. She loves to be always with her friends. She just does not like to be alone. In addition, Marysia is a very caring person. She cannot be alone because she loves people and cares about others. She does not seem to know everything about others but she actually observes everyone and can tell the differences between how they look on that day compared to other days.

Marysia and our classmate Alison have started their own startup, The Corner Kitchen. You had better check it out!





Awesome Episode

It was on the Christmas break last year. Most of our classmates left San Francisco, some went on a trip and the others went home. However, Marysia and I were ones who stayed in San Francisco. Amogh and I lived together, stuck in San Francisco, and she knew it, so she contacted to us because she wanted to hang out with us. The three of us spent time together on Christmas, and around Christmas, coming to our apartment and going to our friends’ house parties.

After one of the parties, Marysia stayed at our apartment and the next morning she made pancakes for us for breakfast. I do not mean that I did not think she could cook, but it was in that moment that I saw another side of Marysia. The taste? Of course it was yummy!







The Power of MSE

What Marysia is holding is a symbol called “go-en(ご縁)”, which means ‘fate’, ’destiny’ and ’special tie.’

I believe that it is meant to be that we met in San Francisco! I studied Social Entrepreneurship with Marysia for a year, saying “We will make the world a better place.” I would love to spend the rest of my life with MSEs (Master of Social Entrepreneurship; my classmates) until the very day I die. They have already completely changed my life.

At the same time, however, I also think that we should not be together all the time, because that is not the reason why we learned Social Entrepreneurship. That is not how we will deliver the impact we want to give to society and to the world.

I think MSEs are like dandelions. We were seeded at the first day at Hult and we bloomed on our graduation day. Our mission is that we spread all over the world like dandelions and seed the future, the next generation, from each place where each of us has landed.

本当にありがとう(Honto ni Arigato-); Thank you very very much for everything!! The world needs you! Let’s make the world a better place together!!


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