Growing Up With Donatos

As a young girl, Jane grew up in a house behind the very first Donatos Pizza store, and her family’s living room was literally the store dining room - always filled with people from the neighborhood. They came, they ate, they laughed, they stayed over! That’s how Jane discovered the energy, buzz, and excitement of the pizza business. She loved it. And it stuck.

Since that time, Jane has built her reputation as a catalyst with a unique perspective on family businesses, including mergers and acquisitions. As a strong visionary and strategic leader, she has a track record of empowering people to help make vision a reality. She is a thought leader who has a credible voice in decision making, financial direction and problem solving. Jane has provided over 30 years of transformational leadership in growing brands, corporate and financial governance, operations, marketing, human resources, acquisitions, crisis management, franchising, strategic business development and philanthropic endeavors.

Agápe Capitalism

The Greek word agápe means the highest form of love. It is unconditional and extends to all. Agápe Capitalism is a way of doing business based on the power of that love. It has three major tenets -
• Lead with love.
• Practice the Golden Rule.
• Do the Right Thing.

What’s important to Jane are the simple truths that never change: Treat others as you would want to be treated. Be true to yourself. Surround yourself with people who share your values. Celebrate diversity. And, no matter what life throws at you, love your way through it. These are the cornerstones of Jane’s leadership and success.

“The biggest challenge for any company is making sure you attract and retain people who share your values and principles. If they don’t, it will affect the people and the soul of your company.”

Award-Winning Advocate

For Jane, there is always work outside of her work, because that’s what gives meaning to her success. “Profit is good, and profit is healthy – but what you do with it is key. We want to be able to give back, not only to our associates and our partners, but to the communities we serve that have given us so much.”

2022 Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration
2019 Social Justice Award
2019 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Inductee
2017 Honorary Doctorate of Public Service
2017 Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership
2016 Honorary Doctorate of Humanities
2016 Spirit Award Honoree
2015 Professional of the Year
2014 Top 24 Women in Franchise
2014 Woman of Achievement
2014 CEO of the Year
2004 Pace Setters Executive Award
2001 Service Award


Compassionate leadership as a business advantage.


What Jane started on a local level is now growing throughout the country.

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Doing Business The Donatos Way

There is wisdom in this book, about compassionate leadership and how it can pay off in every area of business – from management to franchising, marketing, acquisitions, finance, strategic planning, and more.

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