Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: DONNA WHEELER; Ex-Banker Adopts a New Passion

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

YOU SHOULD KNOW: DONNA WHEELER; Ex-Banker Adopts a New Passion

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Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS

A lot of people spend a lot of time trying to balance their family and their job.

For a few people, like Donna Wheeler, their family can become their job.

Wheeler recently launched Plan To Adopt, a consulting company that helps people considering adoption. The company will disperse the knowledge she's gathered over the last decade, after she became an adoptive parent herself, bringing home a daughter from China.

Adoption wasn't really on Wheeler's radar at first. But that changed when she read a magazine article on Chinese adoptions.

"I wept," she remembered. "I just cried and cried. I knew there had to be some way I could figure out how to do this."

After exhaustive (pre-Internet) research, Wheeler came up with a list of agencies, which she went through one by one until she found an organization with which she clicked. It was that process that led to her business venture. "I decided no one should have to go through that," she said.

Wheeler has been assisting potential adoptive parents ever since, even helping form a support group soon after she adopted her daughter.

Turning it into a business, though, "was a bit daunting."

Although Wheeler spent her career in the banking industry, not a particularly entrepreneurial field, she was able to bounce around, working in a variety of divisions and heading up projects -- including overseeing the creation of a piece of software now used throughout Bank of America -- that she had some experience that would help her in starting up Plan To Adopt.

Wheeler started her career in Chicago, at a bank that soon transferred her to Miami. …

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