Interview by Steph Greegor
Name: Danielle Sullivan
Profession: Manager, Executive Services & Community Relations, Donatos Pizza, supporting Donatos Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell
One-word description: Driven
Quote: “I am falling in love with Downtown Columbus again as the new developments are finishing up.”
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With a bright smile and open heart, Danielle Sullivan, 36, works hard to ensure Donatos Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell is supported in everything she does, from P.R. engagements to board meetings.
“I am the liaison of the Grote family as they manage several businesses here in Columbus,” said Sullivan, whose official title is Manager, Executive Services & Community Relations. “I have the privilege of managing our Corporate Giving at Donatos. I work with Jane and our CEO Tom Krouse in making sure Donatos’ giving aligns with our company pillars, missions and promise.”
Sullivan, a Columbus native who now lives in Westerville, is also working on various diversity and inclusion initiatives and projects with Donatos People Services department. Through it, Sullivan is able to help associates tell their personal stories and celebrate them internally, a move that helps Sullivan keep people at the forefront of the Donatos conversation.
“I already have learned so much from [Jane and Tom] about servant leadership and how to serve our community with love, service and goodwill,” said Sullivan.
For Sullivan, that translates into her volunteer life, where she is an active member of her congregation as a Jehovah’s Witness.
“It’s more than knocking on doors. It’s learning about how the Bible can help my life, the life of my family,” said Sullivan. “It’s a Bible education work for people who are interested in learning and researching different translations of the Bible to find answers to questions people have about life.”
Through her work, Sullivan has been able to mentor others, an experience she calls “rewarding.” Sullivan also does work for Reeb Avenue Center on the south side of Columbus, through Donatos, and is looking to be more involved with Hub of Hope and the Love Kindness Project.
And in her spare time, Sullivan has also started her own business—Ro’s Raw Bar.
“I make dehydrated meat treats for primarily dogs and am hoping to educate the public on why raw feeding is great for pets,” said Sullivan of her business.
This Columbus State Community College graduate is also a huge sports fan and loves any Cameron Mitchell restaurant you send her to.
“My new favorite is The Avenue in Dublin,” she said.
Danielle was named to our annual list of 52 Young Professionals You Should Know in Columbus – one for every week in the year!
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