Upstate Owners Forum

Family businesses face unique challenges, as well as opportunities. To foster learning, dialog, and growth to address and understand these challenges, the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is pleased to announce the formation of the Upstate Owners Forum for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York. However, all qualified members of a family business are welcome to attend, regardless of your geographical locale. The Upstate Owners Forum is reserved for owners and members of family businesses only. This on-going series seeks to connect owners of family and privately held enterprises to educate, network and inform.

Each forum will offer a featured speaker or content expert, as well as ample time for sharing from those individuals present. These forums are private and confidential gatherings of only your family business peers; no solicitors or outside participants. 

The Upstate Owners Forum is made possible in part with a generous grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation. The Fred L. Emerson Foundation continues the work of Fred L. Emerson, who invested in individuals and the community with such humility that very few people knew of how many lives were impacted by his generosity. Under the leadership of the Emerson family, along with independent directors, the Foundation continues Fred L. Emerson’s legacy as especially vigilant investors in select organizations where it believes it can make a critical and significant difference.

2017 Schedule 

General George Casey
Core Leadership Skills for a VUCA World - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity

Derek and Laura Carbrera 
Solving Every Day Wicked Problems with Systems Thinking

Ken Blanchard 
Situational Leadership