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.


Upstate Owners Forum: The Role of Business in the Thriving of the Human Spirit

Date: Thursday, May 2

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, NY

Registration is now open

Family Innovations Summit: Disruption, From the Inside Out

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Tata Innovation Center, NYC

Registration is now open

Leading Families, Sustaining Enterprises

Date: Tuesday, May 14 - Thursday, May 16

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Colonnade, Coral Gables, FL

Registration is now open

Family Business Blog

Apr 19

Innovation in the Start-Up Nation

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

Reflection shared by Shiang-Wan Chin ’19 This past winter break of 2018 I attended the TAVtech Fellowship in Tel Aviv, Israel. The TAVtech Fellowship is a selective, four-week educational program based in Tel Aviv. Through an intensive curriculum and wealth of cultural and professional experiences, Fellows are able to broaden their understanding of technology development […]