Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell

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.


Family Business in the News

Apr 24

SC Johnson updates its slogan: 'A Family Company at Work for a Better World'

For the first time in nearly two decades, SC Johnson is updating its identity and putting a spotlight on its purpose by adopting a new tagline.


Feb 05

Business schools ‘teach what you can’t learn from your parents’

Family-owned companies can benefit from more professional skills.


Jan 02

Most Popular Family Business Articles of 2017

A monthly look back at the most popular family business articles of 2017, from the Family Firm Practitioner. 



Family Business Blog

May 01

Conflict is good, poorly managed conflict is the issue

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

The first Cornell Family Business Roundtable “Family Business Conflict: From the Inside and Out” took place on April 5th at the Hult International Business School in downtown San Francisco. Doug Baumoel, ’78, facilitated the initial discussion by posing the following question to the delegates: “Why are conflicts in family-owned businesses so common, extreme and intractable, and […]