Sam Seltzer ’48 Mentors Forum

The Sam Seltzer ’48 Mentors Forum is a vast network that connects current Cornell students and recent alumni with scholars, advisors, and family business leaders for one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions. Students have the exceptional opportunity to select their own agendas and interest areas for exploration during the time spent with their mentors.  Cornell Family Business mentors are carefully selected to provide for a diversity of experience and expertise.


“Mentors are high caliber; they all bring a different perspective to the forum, so it gives us mentees a good perspective on how to create value in our endeavors.”

J. Alex Albarracin, Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate, Baker Program '23

Common discussion topics among mentees

Students are increasingly seeking out opportunities to interact with family business industry leaders on a variety of topics, including:

  • New business opportunities
  • Career opportunities
  • Returning, or not returning, to the family business
  • The role of women in their family’s business
  • Leadership
  • New perspectives
  • Succession planning
  • Family wealth and values
  • Conflict
  • Family office and governance
  • Family enterprise advising and the role of consultants
  • Legal considerations in family business
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Eligible student participants

The Mentors Forum is open to all current Cornell students and recent alumni who have graduated within the past five years.

Take advantage of a wealth of information from senior family business leaders and advisors in a one-on-one setting.

“I’m so glad I was able to attend. I got some fantastic advice and will definitely be in touch with the folks I spoke to. This could not have come at a better time for me, as my mom is looking to start formal succession talks next week.” — Mentors Forum Participant

“I have learned more than I could have ever imagined. Counting all the incredible takeaways would be impossible. I hope to keep alive my relationships with very valuable mentors and new friendships.”

— Mentors Forum Participant

For more information, contact:

Kaitlyn Mann
Initiative Coordinator