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William G. Way graduated from Whitman College with a B.A in Economics and minor in Art History in 1980. He then obtained a master's in Economics from the London School of Economics and began his career with Arthur Andersen consulting division in 1982. The consulting division would eventually separate to Andersen Consulting, and then be renamed to Accenture in 2002. He was admitted to the Partnership in 1992. Way's 26 year career with Accenture has been spread across US, UK and Japan. He was most recently the Managing Partner for the Phoenix office and oversaw strategic client relationships in the West.
Since retiring from Accenture, Way has focused on business driven solutions to global poverty. Way is actively involved in the microcredit industry. He is a part time pro bono executive and board member with MicroCredit Enterprises, where he has helped spur the growth of this microcredit startup to a lending capacity of over $68M. Way focused on supporting the strategic growth of MCE, and held several positions including Chief Operating Officer. MicroCredit Enterprises has funded over 126,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 20 countries. In addition to microcredit, Way is involved in several organizations as a funder, board member and mentor in identifying and implementing business driven solutions to global poverty.
Way is active in the community and is a Trustee of Whitman College, Phoenix Art Museum Board (currently Chairman), National Advisory Council for Marriott School of Business, ASU Gammage, Akili Dada, the Asian Arts Council of Phoenix, and the Tesseract School.
He also serves on the advisory board of a private equity fund, Daniel Capital Partners and well as a board member of Smead Capital, a $250M money manager and mutual fund.
Way and his wife Mary, also a graduate of Whitman College, have three children, all born in London. They remain an active family, traveling extensively to Europe, Southeast and Northern Asia. They are avid collectors of contemporary Japanese Prints and enjoy displaying, writing and lecturing on the topic. Way is a passionate weekend warrior, completing many triathlons and marathons, including the Boston Marathon and Arizona Ironman.