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.

Sam Seltzer '48 Mentors Forum

The forum provides current Cornell students and young alumni with the opportunity to engage, one on one, with alumni, Family Business Scholars, advisors and family business leaders.

Register as a mentor 

Register as a mentee


Family Business Fridays

This series is an opportunity to bring together executives, practitioners and advisors in family business with students to have open and casual discussions about the unique nature of families in business.

To attend our upcoming session, "Family Governance Fundamentals" on February 15 and others register here.


Family Business Blog

Dec 19

Cornell Family Business Club elects new officers

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

Congratulations to our incoming Cornell Family Business Club officers, elected to serve for 2019. Kshitij Mutha, President Kelcie Lee, VP – Communications Kelsey Cheng, EVP – Events Lana Farrell, EVP – Student Relations Prasad BSRK, Treasurer