October 20-21, 2016, Ithaca NY

Celebrating family enterprise across all generations

The 2016 Families in Business Conference was a showcase family businesses across the economic spectrum as well as engage owners, advisors, students, and alumni. 

Hosted by the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell, the 2017 Families in Business Conference will brought together over 150 students, owners from a diversity of businesses, and the collective wisdom of leading academics and practitioners. We will explored the theme of "Emerging Trends, Emerging Leaders" with world-class keynote speakers, breakout sessions and unparalleled networking throughout.  

What 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.”

“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!”


"The event was wonderful for collectively engaging the challenges, and opportunities, inherent in family business. The execution and caliber of the conference were both first-rate." 

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

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

"...a world class family business event for learning and exchange."

"One of the most organized and polished events of this size that I have ever attended." 

"The conference was yet again wonderful! There is so much our family can learn from being a part of this event. We will be permanent attendees."  

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