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WASHINGTON, D. C. (July 22, 2020) – The Washington Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JA) has announced its 2020 Laureate inductees. This year’s class of distinguished honorees will be celebrated for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the quality of life in Greater Washington through the private sector economy.

The 2020 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureates:

Dr. Edward H. Bersoff – Chairman, Greenwich Associates, LLC; Chairman, Parabilis, LLC
Janet Hill – Board of Directors of The Carlyle Group and Esquire Bank
Mark D. Lerner – Principal, Lerner Enterprises; Managing Principal Owner and Vice Chairman, Washington Nationals

The 2020 Washington Business Hall of Fame Re-Imagined virtual event allows students, parents, school systems and the business community to convene for multi-day, high-impact virtual experiences, providing an exclusive opportunity for the students and communities of Greater Washington to connect directly with the Best in Business.

The experience is headlined by two live events, a student-focused Town Hall and the Laureate Induction Ceremony, and is supported by “masterclass”-level access to business and community leaders.

“During these uncertain times, Junior Achievement remains committed to being the bridge that connects business and education, regardless of the medium in which we have to deliver that connection,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO of JA of Greater Washington. “We know that access equals opportunity, especially for marginalized communities, and we’re proud to enhance the role of the Washington Business Hall of Fame in providing young people access to meaningful experiences and thought leadership from our region’s most successful business and community leaders.”

Since its founding in 1988, more than 100 laureates have been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame. Laureates have been selected for consistently demonstrating excellence in business, visionary leadership, and an ongoing commitment to community engagement. Through their commitment to the Washington D.C. community, this year’s honorees demonstrate these attributes in every facet of their lives.

Chaired by David Straut, Market Executive, Wells Fargo, the 2020 Washington Business Hall of Fame Re-Imagined is presented by Capital One and Wells Fargo, and supported by business partners, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Washington Business Journal.

The 2020 Washington Business Hall of Fame Re-Imagined experience will kick off with a Student and Laureate Town Hall on December 1, 2020, and conclude with the Laureate Induction Ceremony and Event on December 2, 2020. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s work to prepare the next generation of leaders to be future ready.

For event information and sponsorship details, please visit


About Junior Achievement of Greater Washington

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington is a non-profit organization that is changing the game for our region’s youth with relevant experiential education in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. We bring together school systems, business leaders and trained volunteer mentors to provide equal access to the tools, people and experiences all youth need to be 100% prepared for real life in the real world. That means students gain what matters most: control over their own lives, futures and careers. To learn more, visit


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