Prior to joining the Center for Creative Leadership in 1995, Conway spent 29 years in higher education; 26 were in the general management of the non-profit, education sector. He had responsibility for major capital projects, including large new construction, renovations, and the operational responsibility for major revenue-generating operations such as retail food services. Conway was an adjunct professor in the management department of the College of Business at Cal Poly, and at the University of Rhode Island. He received research grants for the study of leadership and diversity. Conway’s sabbatical leaves involved major projects with the US Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. These projects included creating employment entry criteria that would survive court challenges, developing training programs for law enforcement, and reducing civil liability. He played a major role in creating a risk retention group for a consortium of California non-profit organizations. He was past president of the California Auxiliary Organization Association.