Family Business Roundtable

The Future of Family Business Education:

Envisioning the Evolving Role of the University-Based Family Enterprise Center

The Family Business Scholars Roundtable will explore the future of family business education. Family businesses are key to economies and communities worldwide and not fully reflected in management education and teaching. The roundtable will cover the importance and impact of teaching of management for family business. The gathering will feature a mix of business owners, thought leaders and family business scholars.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Breazzano Family Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Registration, networking, breakfast

8:45 am – 9:15 am

Welcome remarks, opening comments, introductions

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Session I – The Context of Family Business Education; Revisiting the Holistic Model and the Emerging Role of the Family Business Center


  • Sherri Noxel – Director, Austin Family Business Program & A.E. Coleman Chair in Family Business, Oregon State University
  • Daniel G. Van Der Vliet – The John and Dyan Smith Executive Director of Family Business, Cornell University

10:30 am – 10:45 pm

Networking Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Session II – Students and the Curriculum: Engaging Students of all Ages


  • Michele Williams – Assistant Professor, John L. Miclot Faculty Fellow in Entrepreneurship, The University of Iowa
  • Carol Wittmeyer – Associate Professor of Management, St. Bonaventure University

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch, networking, free time

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Session III – Incorporating Entrepreneurship, Emerging Markets, and Other Areas of Opportunity: Broadening the Reach of the Family Business Program


  • Lourdes Casanova (via remote connection) – Senior Lecturer & Director of the Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University
  • Steve Gal – Senior Lecturer, Cornell University

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Networking Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Session IV – Joining Theory and Practice: Making Family Business Relevant and Applicable


  • Eric Allyn, Allyn Family Office
  • Holly Isdale – Founder and Principal, Wealthaven

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Comments – Where Do We Go From Here?

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Free time

6:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Cornell Chimes Concert – McGraw Tower (registration required)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcome Dinner – Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art