Residence: Chevy Chase, MD
Janice Abraham is president/CEO/director at United Educators, a Washington, D.C.-based firm providing reciprocal risk retention (liability) coverage for nearly 1,160 colleges and universities.
Prior to joining United Educators in 1998, Abraham served the higher education community through her work as chief financial officer/treasurer at Whitman College, where the annual outstanding staff member award is named in her honor. The Janice Abraham Award is presented to staff members who have made significant contributions and provided outstanding service to the college. Those who earn the award go above and beyond job expectations, bring forward creative and innovative ideas, promote the philosophy of customer service and contribute to the excellence found at Whitman.
Abraham has held various senior positions at Cornell University and was a staff associate for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. She also has served as an international banker for J.P. Morgan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international service from American University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes and speaks on issues affecting educational institutions and the insurance industry.
Abraham was the first female chair of the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. She serves as a member of American University’s School of International Service Dean’s Advisory Council and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Editorial Board. In 2000, Business Insurance named Abraham one of the 100 Top Leading Women in the field of insurance. The Association of Professional Insurance Women selected Abraham as the recipient of its 2004 Insurance Woman of the Year award. She has been a member of Whitman’s Board of Overseers since 2008.
Bill Way ’80
Residence: Paradise Valley, AZ
Bill Way ’80 is actively involved as a pro bono executive and board member with MicroCredit Enterprises, which leverages private capital and guarantees security for loans to finance the micro-businesses of impoverished families throughout the developing world. He also is involved in several organizations and works to identify and implement business-driven solutions to global poverty and health issues. Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, Way had a 26-year career with Accenture and worked in various senior positions in the U.S., in the U.K. and in Japan. Way was most recently the managing partner for the Phoenix office. He also serves on the advisory board of a private equity fund and is a minority owner and board member of a mutual fund.
A passionate supporter of education and the arts, Way is a board member of Phoenix Art Museum (currently serving as chairman), Gammage Theatre (Arizona State University), the Asian Arts Council and the National Advisory Council for the Marriott School of Business. A member of Whitman’s Board of Overseers since 2005, Way has served on the college’s Technology Task Force and the Budget Committee.
Way graduated from Whitman with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1980. He then earned a master’s from the London School of Economics. Way and his wife, Mary, a 1982 Whitman graduate, have three children – Tricia ’12, Lexie and John – all born in London. Bill and Mary are avid collectors of contemporary Japanese prints and enjoy displaying, writing and lecturing on the topic.
Way calls himself a “passionate weekend warrior,” completing many triathlons and marathons, including the Boston Marathon and the Arizona Ironman.