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.
SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson talks about why ending plastic ocean waste is important to him, his company, and human life on this planet.
Christina Keller, CEO and president of Cascade Engineering, upholds and updates a family tradition of do-good capitalism.
A Cornell-wide program, the Smith Family Business Initiative was founded in 2014 with a $10 million donation from John Smith, MBA ’74, and his wife, Dyan.
During a recent interview with a 3rd generation family business owner, he detailed the history of his 100+-year-old enterprise repeatedly glossing over such events in their history as The Great Depression, World War II, and countless recessions and economic shifts. He simply said, “We made it through.” This perspective is not uncommon for many family … Continue reading Creativity, Community, and Commitment.
Greg McCann is a Cornell Family Business Scholar, as well as an innovator as a teacher, author, consultant and former director of the award-winning Stetson Family Enterprise Center. Greg will be kick off the Connected Conversations webinar series on April 1 with Leadership Agility in a Complex, Chaotic, and Global World. Registration is free and … Continue reading The Need for a New Family Enterprise Mindset
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