GEL (Global Emerging Leaders in Family Enterprise)


Do You Want To Sustain Your Enterprise Into The Next Generation?

Do You Want To Expand Your Global Business Network?

Family businesses are a growing force in the economies of China and other emerging markets. With family-owned businesses expected to represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s large enterprises by 2025, according to McKinsey & Co., this fast-growing segment is attracting the attention of both would-be investors and United States and Americas companies active in emerging markets.

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.

GEL represents a collaborative effort between two of the leading business schools in China and the US: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. As the only comprehensive cross-cultural, experiential and immersive program for the next generation, GEL is the foundation upon which participants can build the competitive edge they need in the years to come.

GEL participants will travel from the United States to China during the program period, splitting the week between New York City and Ithaca, New York.


  • Building an international business network with those who share your values.
  • Understanding business creation in China and the US.
  • Globalizing your family enterprise.
  • Developing strategies to sustain corporate wealth over generations.
  • Growing as a global leader.
  • Expanding your skills in entrepreneurship, collaboration and leadership.
  • Understanding the relationship between wealth, values and family legacies.
  • Helping your family set a succession plan.


GEL is a unique international leadership program for high-achieving young business leaders from American, Chinese and other international family enterprises. Participants will be exposed to a select group of successful entrepreneurs and family business leaders who are eager to share their experience and wisdom with you to help you expand your business and network globally.


This program has been developed in partnership between Cornell Executive Business Education, Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell, and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (China and U.S.).


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Each module will feature site visits to leading enterprises in the U.S. and China. Participants will meet C-level and senior-level executives during those sessions.

GEL consists of two modules – one in the US and one in China:

  • US Module 1: June 11 - 17, 2017

Professional Masters Certificate:

All participants completing both modules in good standing will receive a Professional Masters Certificate from Cornell University and CKGSB.


GEL Participant Fee
20 percent off
$7,080 20% for Cornell (or CKGSB) Alumni
Early enrollment
$7,800 Early enrollment - before May 1, 2017

Includes lodging, select meals, materials, company visits and US cultural activities

GEL Brochure (download brochure)


If you plan to register with a non-U.S. credit card or need invoicing information, please contact Daniel Garrett Van Der Vliet.

Click here to register with a U.S. credit card or account for June 11 – 17, 2017.

If you would like additional information about our Individual Executive Education programs, please contact Devin Bigoness; Executive Director, Cornell Executive Business Education at Johnson –