Families in Business Conference

The 2021 Families in Business Conference will bring together students, owners from a diverse range of businesses, and the collective wisdom of leading academics and practitioners. While we await official guidance on regulations for fall programming, we anticipate the 7th annual conference to be offered live and in-person, with additional virtual engagement opportunities, on October 28 & 29.

The return to the Cornell Ithaca campus is consistently evolving. Cornell University has put together the most recent information here: https://covid.cornell.edu/visitors/. Invited guests (e.g., conference attendees, guest speakers, or related vendors) are subject to the same restrictions as faculty and staff – fully vaccinated individuals are not required to be masked when indoors, whereas unvaccinated guests must wear masks indoors and maintain physical distance. We will continue to update this page as conditions evolve.

If you are interested in supporting the conference, either by volunteering for a panel, having a table at the Taste of Family Business reception, or sponsoring, please contact Erin Kelly at eak58@cornell.edu.


What previous attendees have said

“The Cornell Families in Business conference is a great opportunity to connect with other family businesses to share stories, network, learn from one another and have fun. Family businesses face a unique set of challenges and the Families in Business across Cornell conference was a great opportunity to openly discuss these challenges, share strategies and learn from other great family businesses.”

“Global, diverse, multigenerational…an intimate candid week of virtual sharing of real-time views, best practices, and lessons learned.”

“The Families in Business Conference was tremendous in the diversity of attendees and topics. It helped highlight the incredibly important role family businesses have and will play in the global economy.“

“I found this an exciting event bringing together in the same virtual room well regarded academics from several prestigious b-schools. Moreover, the real stars were some really big names in family business, such as Zengoro Houshi, owner of the second oldest family-run hotel in the world. How many times do we get a chance to listen to someone who has distilled 1,300 years of family history? Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

“Great event to build networks, share ideas and learn. Well worth my time and exceeded my expectations!”

“The event was wonderful for collectively engaging the challenges, and opportunities, inherent in family business.”

“The execution and caliber of the conference were both first-rate.”

“A great start to a long-overdue initiative – thank goodness for the Smiths.”

“…a world-class family business event for learning and exchange.”

“One of the most organized and polished events of this size that I have ever attended.”

“The conference was yet again wonderful! There is so much our family can learn from being a part of this event. We will be permanent attendees.”


Additional information:

Email: Daniel.VDV@Cornell.edu