News & Highlights

Sep 01 2017

SFBI Welcomes New Professor of Family Business

The Smith Family Business Initiative welcomes  Margarita Tsoutsoura, PhD, as the first John and Dyan Smith Professor of Management and Family Business. Professor Tsoutsoura will also serve  the SFBI Academic Director.


Jul 27 2017

The Smith Family Business Initiative Impact

Cornell University’s forward-thinking program educates and connects students, alumni, and business leaders from family-owned enterprises


Jul 10 2017

Christina Suriadjaja wins prestigious EY NextGen Award

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Indonesia’s Travelio, Christina Suriadjaja has accepted the prestigious EY NextGen Award 2017 in Monaco presented by William Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.


Jul 07 2017

RedHead Red Blend to appear on Walmart shelves

Cornell University graduate Margi Sergi, '15, brings her business savvy and RedHead Red Blend wine to Walmart shelves.


May 05 2017

Ties that Bind, Lessons Learned

Johnson MBAs share their perspectives on the value of growing up in a family business at Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration 2017.


Apr 18 2017

Roadmap for Family Businesses

Owning and running a business as a family can be both uniquely rewarding and challenging, says Smith Family Business Initiative speaker Joseph Astrachan.


Mar 06 2017

Bound to succeed

Driven by a sense of legacy and with ownership structures that allow them to out-manoeuvre their competitors, family-owned businesses offer a unique model for success.



Nov 03 2016

To join or not to join?

Alumni who grew up with the prospect of building careers in a family business shared their decisions and stories at the Families in Business conference.


Oct 31 2016

Trust and Security in the Digital Age

Families in Business conference panelists discuss why family businesses, often built on trust, may be particularly susceptible to fraud and cyber-attacks.


Oct 26 2016

What Digital Natives Know: Collaboration Pays

Jared Kleinert, Family Business Conference keynote speaker, describes how millennials achieve “exponential success and impact.”



Jul 18 2016

Profile in Leadership: George Gellert ’60, MBA ’62, JD ’63

Bringing a “Benevolent Competitiveness” to Family Business


Jul 07 2016

Family Businesses Develop Future Entrepreneurs

Johnson MBA students and graduates share their experiences as both keepers their families’ businesses and creators of their own


Jun 27 2016

The 4 Things You Must Do Before You Hire a Friend

Outlet: Fortune Online - Tom Schyrver


Jun 14 2016

Turning a Family Business into a Legacy

John and Dyan Smith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had a yearlong discussion with their children to determine an ownership strategy for their company, CRST International Inc.


Feb 15 2016

Dedication, philanthropy and stability

Mark Bissell, Chairman and CEO of Bissell Inc., discusses how to keep a fourth-generation family business thriving  




Nov 10 2015

It Began with a Cornellian

Johnson winery - It began with a Cornellian