Patricia Wente is like that student whose picture is on every page of the yearbook: there’s no cause or club too small if her participation has the potential to better the community. Wente is a successful and savvy businesswoman with more than 30 years of experience in the public broadcasting and fundraising arenas. In 2008, she started her own company, The Wente Group Inc., a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations. With her impressive professional credentials, it would be easy to overlook her repertoire of altruistic endeavors. Her level of involvement in the St. Louis community is nothing less than inspiring.
Patricia Wente has tackled health issues facing the community through her involvement in the American Cancer Research’s St. Louis Women’s Event Communications Committee. She was also Spokesperson for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America in 2008, and served on The Wellness Community Gala Committee of 2010. In addition to helping keep St. Louis healthy, Patricia Wente has supported the arts by serving as a board member on the Jazz St. Louis Gala, the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and the Dance St. Louis committees. She has given her time to help improve the quality of life for women by serving as a board member for the Women’s Support and Community Services Committee and more recently, the YWCA Metro St. Louis’ Circle of Women Committee.
The YWCA gave her the Special Leader Award in 2003 to show its appreciation for her contributions. The St. Louis Business Journal also took notice of Patricia Wente’s good deeds and named her one of 2004’s “Most Influential Businesswomen.” They recognized her again in 2007 as one of the year’s “Most Influential.” Before launching The Wente Group, Patricia Wente turned a nonprofit organization’s budget from negative to $7 million. She increased membership revenue and corporate underwriting exponentially and raised over $6 million toward the construction of a new facility.