Conaty Park Dedication Saturday, April 28th


Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony To Take Place at 12:30. First Pitch at 1 p.m.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University will officially dedicate its new Conaty Park this Saturday, April 28, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m., followed by the “first pitch” at 1 p.m. when the Bulldogs take on Northeast Conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson.

Thanks to the generous contributions of alumnus Bill Conaty ’67, the Bryant baseball and softball complex was transformed into a first-class Division I facility.  The facility includes bleacher seating for 500, including 200 chairback seats, as well as a new state-of-the-art press box for all in-game operations and broadcasts, turning the facility into arguably the best baseball/softball complex in New England.

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A day at the ball park…Conaty Park

The view from the bleachers at the Bulldogs’ new Conaty Park / Photo: Tom Hansen

“This is a nice place.”

That is the phrase I uttered to myself several times while sitting in the bleachers at Conaty Park.  The Boys of Summer’s new home at Bryant University, which was finished just a few months ago has seen major improvements over its predecessor. The park is named after Bryant Trustee and alumnus, Bill Conaty ‘67.

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Defining Leadership: Bill Conaty ’67

Integrity. Trust. Self-confidence. These are some of the ways Bill Conaty ’67 defines character. As senior vice president of human resources at General Electric (GE) for nearly15 years, Conaty knows a thing or two about assessing someone’s character. Under Conaty’s leadership, his department became a key asset for former CEO Jack Welch, one of the most admired executives in recent American business history.

Former General Electric executive says character truly defines success.

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Straight Talk in a Slump: What to say to a worried workforce

William J. Conaty is widely considered to be a master of talent management. During his four decades at General Electric (GE), including 14 years as its human resources chief, he nurtured leaders through downturns and bubbles. Now an adviser to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Conaty shares his thoughts on conducting a midyear review in a recession.

By Jena McGregor

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Secrets of an HR Superstar

On the eve of retiring, GE’s Bill Conaty offers tips on nurturing leaders in your organization

General Electric Co.’s (GE ) legendary reputation in talent management owes much to one man: William J. Conaty. In his 40 years at GE, including 13 as head of human resources, he helped to shape the modern face of HR. “The guy is spectacular,” says former Chief Executive and Businessweek columnist Jack Welch. “He has enormous trust at every level. The union guys respect him as much as the senior managers.”

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GE’s People Power: Conaty Made Jack Welch a Believer

GE human resources chief Bill Conaty looks back on his role in creating General Electric’s celebrated—and controversial—corporate culture. Conaty shares how he got one of HR’s harshest critics—and the larger corporate world—to recognize HR as an important business partner.

By Jessica Marquez

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