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.


2018 Families in Business Conference: Generations, Innovations

Ithaca, NY

October 24 - 26, 2018

The 2018 Families in Business Conference will bring together students, owners from a diverse range of businesses, and leading academics and practitioners as we explore the theme of "Generations and Innovations".

Family Business Blog

Sep 11

Erin Kelly joins the Smith Family Business Initiative as Assistant Director

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

We welcome Erin Kelly to the Smith Family Business Initiative as our new Assistant Director. Erin will focus on expanding the campus presence of SFBI and related student activities, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as strengthening many of our outreach programs. Erin Kelly, BFA, MS Erin is originally from the Central New […]