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Leaders in Family Enterprise: In Practice and Theory - Anvar Jay Varadaraj MBA '13, Global Brand Leader at ELGI

by Smith Family Business Initiative

Academic Speaker Professional Development Networking

Wed, 04 Dec 2019

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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Sage Hall B10

114 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 11482, United States

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Why family business?
  • Research suggests that nearly 80-90% of all business globally are family or privately owned. As logic might follow, a vast majority of Johnson and Cornell students will find themselves working in, for or with a family owned business.
  • As family business continues to emerge as a field of study, there is a need to understand where application and theory meet or divert. Business owners and leaders will reveal what is currently reality, while esteemed researchers and academics will share what the current thinking is to support the owner’s experience.
  • The overlap of family, business and ownership leads to many unique qualities for family firms. These qualities can be the source of market advantage or frequent conflict. Why do certain family businesses succeed while others fail?
This course aims to:
  • Increase your awareness of the significance, diversity, and complexity of family enterprises.
  • Introduce students to founders and leaders of successful family enterprises across multiple industries.
  • Showcase academics who are furthering the understanding of family enterprise.
  • Highlight strategies and approaches to business succession, strategy, governance and family wealth planning.
  • Engage students in active discussion, dialog and interview techniques. 






Dann Van Der Vliet

Cornell SFBI

Intro - Fam Biz 101


Meaghan Frank, ’11, MPS ‘16

Dr. Frank Wines


Margarita Tsoutsoura

Johnson - Cornell


Stefanie Kasselakis Kyles

Vassilaros' & Sons Coffee


Alan Rosen, ‘91

Juniors Cheesecake


Dwight Vicks, ’84, MBA ‘91

Vicks Lithograph


Catherine Boas

Carl Marks

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Sage Hall B10

114 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 11482, United States

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