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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1944
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Private Equity Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1944
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Barry Williams was born on July 21, 1944, and raised by his parents, Otis and Ilza Williams, in a racially diverse community in Mt. Vernon, New York. His parents, both college graduates, instilled strong values of education, hard work, and family in their three children. Williams attended Grimes Elementary School as a young child. He graduated from George Washington Junior High, and later went to high school at a small boarding school in New England.

In 1962, Williams entered Harvard University. While there, he was elected class marshall and played college basketball. Williams received his B.A. degree in 1966 from Harvard University. He then won a fellowship through Corning Glass that allowed him to travel around the world for fourteen months. Williams traveled through Europe, Latin America, and Africa. In 1968, Williams returned to Harvard to study law and business. In 1971, he received his J.D. degree and M.B.A. degrees jointly from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Upon graduating, Williams moved to San Francisco where he worked at the international management consulting firm of McKinsey and Company until 1979. Harvard University awarded Williams the Harvard Medal in 1979 for his outstanding service in business and the community, and at Harvard University. Between 1979 and 1986, Williams worked as managing principal at Bechtel Group. In 1987, he founded Williams Pacific Ventures, Inc., a real estate and private equity investment and consulting firm.

Since 1990, Williams has served on the board of directors of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He has served on the board of PG&E Corporation since 1996, and is also a member of the board for CH2M HILL; Simpson Manufacturing Company; Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company; SLM (Sallie Mae) Corporation; and the RH Donnellet Corporation. He has taught classes in entrepreneurship at the graduate business school of the University of California, Berkeley. During his six year term on the National Park Foundation board, Williams co-founded the African American Experience Fund. The objective of the fund is to raise money to support the National Park Foundation’s African American parks and historic sites. He has also served as a U.S. delegate for the Conference on National Parks in Durbin, South Africa. In 2000, Williams became interim president and CEO of the American Management Association, the largest national provider of seminars, and a senior mediator for the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS).

Williams lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barry Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barry Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barry Williams describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barry Williams describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barry Williams describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barry Williams talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barry Williams describes what he knows about his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barry Williams remembers his childhood babysitter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barry Williams describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barry Williams talks about his aunts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barry Williams describes his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barry Williams describes his family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barry Williams recalls his childhood neighborhood in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barry Williams describes the sights of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barry Williams describes his childhood education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barry Williams recalls his middle school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barry Williams describes significant teachers in his life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barry Williams remembers his childhood activities and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barry Williams recalls his experience of church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barry Williams talks about his values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barry Williams recalls games from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Barry Williams remembers attending Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barry Williams remembers his sophomore year at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barry Williams recalls how the Civil Rights Movement influenced him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barry Williams describes his extracurricular activity at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barry Williams recalls playing basketball against his friend Bill Bradley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barry Williams recalls influential figures at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barry Williams recalls travelling the world for fourteen months
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barry Williams recalls becoming interested in business at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barry Williams talks about his interest in China
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barry Williams describes his job at McKinsey and Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barry Williams describes working at Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Barry Williams remembers a difficult period in his life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Barry Williams describes Williams Pacific Ventures, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Barry Williams recalls a fire in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barry Williams remembers losing his home in a fire in Oakland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barry Williams describes where he lived after the Oakland fire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barry Williams talks about his businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barry Williams recalls working with Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barry Williams describes his business interests and black entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barry Williams recalls serving as interim CEO of American Management Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barry Williams remembers receiving a Harvard Medal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barry Williams describes his interest in reading and theater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Barry Williams remembers joining the National Park Foundation board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Barry Williams describes his work with the African American Experience Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barry Williams describes fundraising for the African American Experience Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barry Williams describes his goals
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Barry Williams describes his hobbies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Barry Williams describes his reading list
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Barry Williams talks about traveling
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Barry Williams talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Barry Williams talks about his wife, Lalita Tademy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Barry Williams recalls hosting an inaugural family reunion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Barry Williams recalls dating his wife, Lalita Tademy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Barry Williams describes his proposal to his wife, Lalita Tademy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Barry Williams reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Barry Williams recalls being part of The Board at Bechtel Group, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Barry Williams recalls contributing to Winston Tubman's Liberian presidential campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Barry Williams talks about his hero, Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Barry Williams describes philanthropic work he intends to do
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Barry Williams describes his future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Barry Williams reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Barry Williams describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Barry Williams reflects upon his values
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Barry Williams reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Barry Williams describes his hopes for his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Barry Williams describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Barry Williams narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Barry Williams narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Barry Williams narrates his photographs, pt. 3