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.


Cornell Friends and Family Neighborhood Gathering, The Borscht Belt Revisited: From Cornell to the Catskills and Back

NYC, NY

December 13, 2018

Join Bob Katz ‘69, Eric Roth ‘74, Laurie Roth ‘75, Sam Seltzer ‘48, Andrew Tisch ‘71, and fellow alumni to celebrate the memories and learn how family hotels in the Catskills helped shape the acumen and ethics of Cornellians and many others.


Family Business Blog

Dec 07

Changing the Narrative

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

The Smith Family Business Initiative hosted a roundtable led by some of the leading women across family businesses in and around New York as well as students of the Johnson School of Management. The roundtable was designed to celebrate the advancing female leadership in family enterprises as well as discuss compelling issues that continue to […]