Cornell Family Business Roundtables

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) roundtables explore various topics relevant to family business. We invite a small number of members of family businesses, scholars, and practitioners to join us in discussing a variety of current issues. The SFBI Family Business Roundtables provide an intimate and engaging forum for business leaders, practitioners, and academics to share their experience while learning from one another. These intimate gatherings will feature a mix of business owners, thought leaders, and family business scholars exploring numerous angles on the selected topic for the day. Each day is highly interactive and informative. Students are encouraged to join in the roundtable sessions, and we welcome them to present specific topics at each roundtable.

For each Family Business Roundtable, the SFBI partners with a strategic partner to explore topics in depth. If you or your organization is interested in hosting or supporting a Family Business Roundtable, please contact Dann Van Der Vliet (

2022 Family Business Roundtables

Hospitality and Family Business Roundtable: An Exploration of Intrapreneurship 
Date: Friday, September 16, 2022
Location: ILR Conference Center, King-Shaw Hall, room 227, Ithaca, NY

2019 Family Business Roundtables

Good Governance and the Multi-Gen Family Office
Date: Monday, June 10, 2019
Location: Beane Hall at Lewis Towers, Loyola University Chicago, 111 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL

2018 Family Business Roundtables

Family Business Conflict: From the Inside and Out
Date: Thursday, April 5
Location: Hult International Business School, 1355 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA

The Future of Family Business – Cornell Family Business Scholars Roundtable 
Date: Wednesday, June 20
Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Women, Leadership and their Family’s Business
Date: Friday, September 28
Location: M & T Bank, 350 Park Avenue, New York City, NY