As Chief Operating Officer, Jana helps lead the day-to-day operations of Abdo.
She provides strategic leadership to the firm’s Human Resources, Marketing, Technology, and Administration functions to drive firm growth. Jana uses a people-first approach to implementing positive changes to both the client and employee experience.
Jana joined the Firm in 2012, has a Master’s in HR, was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Accounting by Practice Ignition, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the CPA Firm Management Association.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a COO?
I’d like to follow in the footsteps of someone like Brené Brown – writing books, speaking to groups of all sizes, and having a podcast. I’m passionate about leadership and welcome any opportunity to engage in conversations and discovery about how we all can get better.
What is your favorite quote?
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
My “Grandma Dot.” She was the strongest and most generous person I’ve ever known. Before she passed away, she left me with four pieces of advice. First, to be busy – not in the way many of us are busy. Rather, she would always say there’s never an excuse for being bored in this incredible world. Second, to be positive. She faced hardship but she lived a life of gratitude. Third, she said to be yourself. My grandma wasn’t concerned with other people’s opinions or keeping up with the Joneses. And finally, she said to be in touch with God. I had the great honor of holding her hands as she took her final breath. My life is forever influenced by her love and wisdom.
A fun fact about Jana – she was a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune!
- Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of Minnesota
- Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
- Graduated with Honors
- CPA Firm Management Association
- Society for Human Resource Management