It was a beautiful evening for the WEALTHSTONE ADVISORS Women 4 Women event featuring Jane Grote Abell, the Chairwoman of Donatos Pizza. Women 4 Women was designed for women, by women. The initiative has 4 objectives: to Educate, Empower, Promote and Welcome women to a comfortable space to explore various topics with experts in their respective fields. Annie Sidwell and Gina Grote from the WEALTHSTONE team head up the initiative. Hosting Jane Grote Abell for an early evening talk about her life, her beliefs and her professional success was a perfect start to this ongoing series. 

As many are aware, Jane Grote Abell was a major catalyst in the decision and final transaction to buy back Donatos from McDonald’s in 2003. Her drive and commitment to being a “good neighbor” led the company to a $10.5 million turnaround. She shared her life story and encouraged us to have courage, do what feels right, and surround ourselves with friends and co-workers that lift us up. 

Jane attributes her dedication and drive to her upbringing where customers buying pizza at the pizza shop were invited back into their family home to visit with her mom and siblings every night. Customers were family. Period.

In her book, The Missing Piece, Doing Business the Donatos Way, Jane recounts her parents instilling hard work and deep caring for family and community from her childhood through adulthood. She shared the basis for the book was really to “celebrate my dad.” 

Introduced by Angela Neumann as a “leader in her company and a leader in the community”, Jane is a philanthropist. Her love and appreciation of community are evidenced by her work at the Reeb Avenue Center, which is supported by proceeds from sales of her book. 

Jane’s story gave inspiration for all attending and all attendees received a copy of her book.  And, fun fact, did you know that Donatos means “to give a good thing”? Very fitting for the Donatos’ story and their life work. 

Stay tuned for information about our next Women 4 Women event in early 2020. 

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