Family Innovations Summit

Family Innovations Summit: Disruption, From the Inside Out

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The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University will host the 2019 Family Innovations Summit on Tuesday, May 14 at the Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech, on Roosevelt Island, in New York City. This summit will convene family business owners and leaders in a private and confidential setting to explore the many effects of business disruption that exist both outside of your business, but inside the family as well.

What last year’s attendees said:

“Full of wonderful information from generations of leaders.”

“Family business – the reality series.”

“Each speaker was thoughtful and unusually candid. The crowd was also very well curated; exclusively family members of family-run businesses.” David Teten, Managing Partner, HOF Capital

“The Summit was a great introduction for our younger and/or non-working family members. Those that attended got a clear understanding of the complexity associated with a family business. While more complicated than they might have thought at first, they and the founders saw that there were alternative paths to continuing family businesses.” – Alan Suna, Silvercup Properties

“Energizing, educational, enlightening (and even entertaining!).” -Thalia Loffredo, Vice President, Waldorf Realty Co., Inc. and Kallas Family Partnership L.P.

  • The summit is reserved exclusively for business owners and members of family businesses. The Smith Family Business Initiative reserves the right to determine suitability for attendance.
  • For arriving at and getting around Roosevelt Island and recommendations on where to stay, click here.
  • If you have any questions please contact Babatunde Ayanfodun at

Photos from the 2018 Family Innovations Summit

Bloomberg Center on Cornell Tech campus