Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell

Connecting students, alumni and business owners from family and privately held enterprises from across the globe.

The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of owners, leaders and alumni that work in, with or for a family business.

Founded in 2014 from a generous gift from John and Dyan Smith, the Smith Family Business Initiative provides education, networking and new knowledge for family business owners, successors and students from across the globe.

Upstate Owners Forum: Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard, ’61, PhD ‘67

The Lodge at Welch-Allyn, Skaneateles, NY | July 19, 2017

Family businesses face unique challenges, as well as opportunities. To foster learning, dialog, and growth to address and understand these challenges, the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is pleased to announce the formation of the Upstate Owners Forum for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York. However, all qualified members of a family business are welcome to attend, regardless of your geographical locale. The Upstate Owners Forum is reserved for owners and members of family businesses only. This on-going series seeks to connect owners of family and privately held enterprises to educate, network and inform. 

Learn more about Ken Blanchard.

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