2021 Families in Business Conference

Current Conditions, New Realities 


Thursday, October 28, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Peer Leadership Forums

Forum Assembly and Smith Family Business Initiative Advisory Council Meeting

Breazzano Family Center for Business Education

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Peer Leadership Forums – Individual Forum meetings

  • Women’s Leadership forum
  • Senior Generation / CEO forum
  • Emerging Leaders Forum
  • Recent Alum Forum

Breazzano Family Center for Business Education

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration, networking and lunch

Breazzano Family Center for Business Education

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Advising the Family Business – What Has Changed? 
A panel of family business advisors discusses the state of advising, key issues facing families, and how the lessons of surviving through a pandemic are put into practice.

Breazzano Family Center for Business Education

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Family Business Research Update
Outcomes and results of the year in family business research.

Breazzano Family Center for Business Education

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Dinner 

Opening conversation: Drink Wine, Have Fun, Start a Business  

Keynote Conversation after dinner

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel

Friday, October 29, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Registration, breakfast, and networking

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Current Conditions, New Realities

Across the business and social landscape, we are together again with many new realities. A panel of Cornell faculty will explore current issues in human resources, real estate, mental health and diversity, equity and inclusion to better prepare and inform business owners.

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. In the Wake of COVID – Changes, Challenges and New Opportunities

COVID created many challenges for businesses and families. These businesses found opportunities, pivoted and demonstrated incredible resiliency over the past year, putting them in a position for a strong future.

Statler Hotel conference rooms

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Exit Strategies: Sell, Partner or Just Finally Leave!
Leaving the family business is one of the most difficult decisions for any business owner. Whether the decision is to sell, bring in a partner, or leave the business altogether, several strategies will be explored during this panel conversation.

Statler Hotel conference rooms

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Next Gens to Watch 

A showcase of many of Cornell’s Next Gens to Watch.

Final Comments

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel

Conference Concludes