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.
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.
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A student in the Leaders in Family Enterprise class took the opportunity of reflecting on the numerous speakers and ideas presented throughout the semester to compose this letter to the members of their family business in the hopes of sparking a meaningful conversation about their future together. This is what that student shared. Dearest Family, … Continue reading A Letter to My Family (Business)
In the Cornell class, Leaders in Family Enterprise, students are asked to capture their reflections based on weekly readings and our many guest speakers. From time to time, students reveal their own progress and learning in many inspiring ways. We have kept the identity of this student anonymous. In class so far, I have really … Continue reading No more “muddling through.”