Everyone could use a hero in these trying times—and ours has a tasteful way of saving the day. Mister Bee CEO Mary Anne Ketelsen, the Queen Bee herself, has been honored as one of West Virginia’s 2020 “Wonder Women” by WV Living, the premier lifestyle and travel magazine in the Mountain State.
This annual event recognizes influential women driving change not with superpowers, but through hard work and the roll-up-your-sleeves Mountain State spirit. Ketelsen joins the ranks of 50 inspiring women who are blazing trails in their industries and communities.
There’s a honeycomb of reasons that make Ketelsen deserving of this award, one being her service as a role model for women in production. Leading the state’s sole chip manufacturer is no easy feat, but Ketelson’s strong, hands-on leadership keeps production running smoothly. She brought 30 years of plant experience with her when she purchased Mister Bee and has applied it by doing every job in the plant to set it up for success.
Ketelsen’s Wonder Woman qualities extend outside the hive as well. She is a passionate member of the United Service Organizations (USO)-Metropolitan of Washington-Baltimore, and supports a range of non-profits and charities, including the Sheltered Workshop, Girls Clubs of America, and Girls Night Out with the YWCA.
It’s an honor for our Queen Bee to be recognized for her ongoing commitment to the area’s economic development and social programs. We give great thanks to WV Living and women across all sectors and walks of life who are making a difference in the Mountain State.