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.
Congratulations Class of 2020!
The Smith Family Business Initiative celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2020.
The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) understands family business—how it operates, what makes it unique, and the impact it has on the global economy.
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.
I’d like to talk about the crisis as a revealer. Indeed, a lot has been said and will be said about the readiness of our governments, of our health systems when the pandemic arrived. And a little bit will be about the fact that our houses were not in order. And so I wanted to … Continue reading Crisis as a Revealer
Think about this question: what do Michelin, Walmart, Sicly and Dolce & Gabbana have in common in these times of crisis? Like any other business, they thrive to survive, however, unlike non-family businesses, they have managed to develop resilience over time by dealing with different types of crisis, whether family or business crisis. As such, … Continue reading Resilience