Families In Business Conference

2016 families in business conference

october 20 – 21, 2016, Ithaca NY

Celebrating family enterprise across generations

The 2016 Families in Business Conference will showcase family businesses across the economic spectrum as well as engage owners, advisors, students and alumni. The "Taste of Family Business" caps off this celebration, showcasing the range and diversity of wineries, breweries, distilleries and value added agricultural products from throughout New York State and beyond.

Hosted by the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell, the 2016 Families in Business Conference will bring together students from numerous peer schools, owners from a diversity of businesses, and the collective wisdom of leading academics and practitioners. We will explore the theme of "Emerging Trends, Emerging Leaders" with world-class keynote speakers, breakout sessions and unparalleled networking throughout.  

What last year's attendees said

"The Families in Business across Cornell conference is a great opportunity to connect with other family businesses to share stories, network, learn from one another and have fun. Family businesses face a unique set of challenges and the Families in Business across Cornell conference was a great opportunity to openly discuss these challenges, share strategies and learn from other great family businesses.”

“Impressive group of speakers and attendees.”

"This was a fantastic inaugural family business event, bringing together prominent and aspiring family businessmen and businesswomen to address common legacy issues which affect all family businesses across industries.”

“The Families in Business conference was tremendous in the diversity of attendees and topics. It helped highlight the incredibly important role family businesses have and will play in the global economy.

“A complete success.”

“Great event to build networks, share ideas and learn. Well worth my time and exceeded my expectations!”


“Absolutely spectacular & amazing. Honest and candor.”

“It was excellent - a great opportunity to hear the stories of other family businesses rooted in Cornell.”

“Strong out of the gates - an organization set to contribute significantly to the ongoing conversation on family business.”

"A great start to a long overdue initiative - thank goodness for the Smiths.”

Additional information:

Phone: 607.255.2881

Email: Daniel.vdv@cornell.edu

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