Women and Family's Business Roundtable

Women, Leadership and Their Family’s Business

Roundtable Co-Chairs

  • Kimberly Eddleston, '95, Cornell Family Business Scholar, Professor of Entrepreneurship, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
  • Daniela Scur, Postdoctoral research fellow, MIT Sloan School of Management

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Russ and Daughters Cafe, 127 Orchard Street, New York City. 

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome reception and networking dinner.

Conference sponsors, Cornell alumni, invited guests. 

Friday, September 28, 2018 – M & T Bank, 350 Park Avenue, New York City 

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration, networking, breakfast

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome remarks, opening comments, introductions

9:00 am - 10:15 am

Session I – The glass ceiling in family business: Roots of gender stereotypes and discrimination from within the family

Moderator: Daniela Scur, Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Session II – When work is family, and family is work: Realities, Myths and Blurred Lines. 

Moderator: Margarita Tsoutsoura, Cornell University and Stefanie Kasselakis Kyles, Vassilaros & Sons Coffee  

11:45 am - 1:00 pm


Family business leadership profile: Niki Russ Federman, is the fourth generation CEO and Owner of Russ & Daughters in Manhattan's Lower East side. Russ & Daughters is the first known business to incorporate with the name "& Daughters" and has been a New York City icon. Niki will share her story growing up in the business, as well as her journey to leadership. 

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Session III – Can Mom or Dad be an effective mentor? How best to support women for leadership.

Moderator: Alvina Lo, Wilmington Trust and Kaleen Allyn, Allyn Foundation

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Session IV - Leading the Family Business: Realizing the Impact of Female CEOs and Executives.

Moderator: Kimberly Eddleston, Northeastern University and Niki Russ Federman, CEO and Owner, Russ & Daughters

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Comments – Kim Eddleston, Daniela Scur and Daniel Van Der Vliet