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.


Global Emerging Leaders in Family Enterprise

Global Emerging Leaders for Family Enterprise (GEL) is a select leadership development offering for emerging entrepreneurs from American, Chinese and other international family enterprises. GEL prepares you for success as a next-generation leader of your family business by connecting you with peers and fellow business creators in circumstances you would actually face as an executive seeking to foster international and inter-generational business opportunities and the exchange of values and knowledge.



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Jan 12

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>To join or not to join?

Nov 03

>To join or not to join?
>Trust and Security in the Digital Age

Oct 31

>Trust and Security in the Digital Age

Events

3/9/2017    6:00pm

Family, Wealth & Values

Johnson School NYC Space




Family Business in the News

Feb 09

Family businesses are about to hit the mainstream

The study of family businesses across the world of academia is about to go mainstream. 

Jan 27

2016 Family Business Survey

Most recent survey explores the 'missing middle': Bridging the strategy gap in family firms

Dec 02

Before Joining A Family-Owned Business, Make Sure It Has This Key Element In Place

When you are looking to join a new company that is family-owned and operated, it is critical you do your homework first. 



Family Business Blog

Feb 21

What To Do When Your Path In Life Is Chosen For You

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

I am a typical twenty-three-year-old who just finished my first year in the workforce. I’m adapting (and sometimes struggling with) post-grad life in solidarity with my peers: I’m learning how to cook, I’ve lost at least 40 percent of my sock collection to the laundry, and I’m trying not to screw anything up at work. […]

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22 Feb 2017

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Nascar, Once a Cultural Icon, Hits the Skids - Changing demographics, tightening economics, or deeper family issues? https://t.co/o9bBmEHrab

21 Feb 2017

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"I will never know as much as my predecessors do..but asking disruptive questions & bringing a fresh perspective is my most valuable asset."

21 Feb 2017