Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell

The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of owners, leaders and alumni that work in, with or for a family business.

Founded in 2014 from a generous gift from John and Dyan Smith, the Smith Family Business Initiative provides education, networking and new knowledge for family business owners, successors and students from across the globe.


Cornell Friends and Family Neighborhood Gathering, The Borscht Belt Revisited: From Cornell to the Catskills and Back

NYC, NY

December 13, 2018

Join Bob Katz ‘69, Eric Roth ‘74, Laurie Roth ‘75, Sam Seltzer ‘48, Andrew Tisch ‘71, and fellow alumni to celebrate the memories and learn how family hotels in the Catskills helped shape the acumen and ethics of Cornellians and many others.


Family Business Blog

Oct 23

The baton has been passed

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Niki Russ Federman, now co-owner of Russ & Daughters, considered walking away from the family business for good. Today, the New York City staple serving bagels, smoked fish and other “Jewish appetizing food” is a beloved brand that includes sit-down restaurants at its historic East […]