Smith Family Business Initiative

David Tingue, MBA ’92
SC Johnson College BusinessFeed

Entrepreneurship or family business…or both?

Entrepreneurship and family business have at times seemed at odds with each other, but upon a closer look, they are actually joined at the hip.

Zoom screen shot of Fisk Johnson speaking with the SC Johnson logo behind him
Johnson BusinessFeed

Amid competing priorities, business can be a force for good

SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson draws on his storied company’s values to navigate between business pragmatism and doing good.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Knowledge into action: Preparing the next generation of family business leaders

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) understands family business—how it operates, what makes it unique, and the impact it has on the global economy.

Fisk Johnson in a diving suit above water holding plastic waste in the ocean
Enterprise

Fisk Johnson, CEO of SC Johnson: A champion in the crusade against plastic ocean waste

SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson talks about why ending plastic ocean waste is important to him, his company, and human life on this planet.

The Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI)
Johnson BusinessFeed

Helping family businesses thrive: SFBI turns five years old

A Cornell-wide program, the Smith Family Business Initiative was founded in 2014 with a $10 million donation from John Smith, MBA ’74, and his wife, Dyan.

Office space at Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Johnson BusinessFeed

So you want to be an entrepreneur? Part 2: Spaces and initiatives

In Part 2 of this series, Donnie and Earl offer a list of co-working spaces, initiatives, events, and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs at Cornell.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Breaking gender barriers across generations

At the Cornell Family Business Roundtable, women from within the Johnson community and beyond gathered to discuss leadership and their family’s businesses.

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Johnson BusinessFeed

Parth Vedawala, MBA ’19: Learning through observation, leading by example

With his family’s business, Parth developed a passion for interacting with multiple aspects of business management. Now he’s turning passion to practice.