2017 Families in Business Conference

Moments from 2017 Families in Business Conference

2017 Families in Business Conference

OCTOBER 25-27, 2017, ITHACA NY

Celebrating family enterprise across all generations

The 2017 Families in Business Conference will showcase family businesses across the economic spectrum as well as engage owners, advisors, students and alumni.  "Taking Stock," a film screening with Director Ben Stillerman will kick off the conference on Wednesday, October 25. "A Taste of Family Business" returns and will feature diverse selections from family-owned wineries, breweries, distilleries and value-added agriculture. The full conference takes place on Friday, October 27, followed by the Sam Seltzer ('48) Mentors Forum on Friday afternoon. 

Hosted by the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell, the 2017 Families in Business Conference will bring together current students, owners from a diversity of businesses, and the collective wisdom of leading academics and practitioners. We will explore the theme of "The Future of Family Business" with world-class keynote speakers, breakout sessions and unparalleled networking throughout.

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What last year's attendees said

"The Cornell Families in Business 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.”

"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!”


"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.”

“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.”

"...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."

Additional information:

Phone: 607.255.2881
Email: Daniel.VDV@cornell.edu

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