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June 3 – 9, 2018  |  New York City and Ithaca, NY, USA

Family-owned enterprises are a growing force in the Chinese economy, as well as in emerging markets around the world. Though these closely held business are expected to represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s large enterprises by 2025, they come with inherent challenges. The most important of these challenges is developing global leaders ready to help the business thrive and preserve its wealth into the next generation and beyond.


Global Emerging Leaders (GEL) is a select leadership development opportunity for entrepreneurs from American, Chinese and global family enterprises. GEL prepares you for success as a next-generation business leader by connecting you with peers and innovators. Family businesses are the driving force behind the world economy. Understanding their unique strengths as well as their challenges will help you to create and sustain your enterprises and family wealth.


As a participant in GEL, you will be part of a select group of successful entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders who are eager to share experiences and wisdom that will help you expand your business and your network globally. Taught by leading faculty from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and Cornell University, the program will take place over the course of one week this June and is aimed at helping you bring your family business to the next level.




  • Form connections with other members of an international business network who share your values.
  • Get authoritative insight on how business is done in China and the US.
  • Extend your family business to all parts of the globe.
  • Form a strategy for supporting the wealth of your family enterprise over generations.
  • Gain skills and knowledge needed to become a global business executive.
  • Grow as an entrepreneur, collaborator and leader.
  • Learn to connect wealth, values and family legacies.
  • Help your family set a succession plan

Who Should Attend GEL?

Designed specifically for accomplished young professionals from the US, China and elsewhere, GEL provides a platform for networking and engaging with high-achieving entrepreneurs and family business leaders. GEL provides a confidential, thought-provoking and experiential setting to explore and develop your own leadership skills and global network.




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2018 GEL Curriculum


The GEL program incorporates instruction from leading Cornell and CKGSB faculty, on-site and experiential learning with US and Chinese companies, and interactions with senior-level executives. Click the “Special Features” tab to learn more.


New York City and Ithaca, NY, USA

June 3 – 9, 2018



Family & Leadership


  • Why Family Business?
  • Leadership, This Generation and the Family Enterprise
  • Family, Wealth and Values
  • Critical Thinking
  • Change Management


Entrepreneurship & Innovation


  • Business Creation, Growth and Sustainability
  • Design Thinking Lab
  • Post-90’s Innovation in China
  • Leadership: West, East, Global
  • Building Cross-Cultural Competencies


Cultural Experiences


  • NYC Broadway Play and Night on the Town
  • Finger Lakes Winery Private Tasting and Dinner
  • Cornell University Campus Tour
  • Cornell Chimes Concert
  • Rockefeller Estate Tour


Professional Masters Certificate

Participants build the foundation for successful careers through CKGSB’s and Cornell’s exclusive contacts, and in enlightening sessions with Ivy-League faculty. Participants who complete the program in good standing receive a Professional Masters Certificate from CKGSB and the Johnson School at Cornell University.


Tuition: $8,850 (including lodging, select meals, classwork, materials, company visits and cultural activities) 


Special pricing is available as follows:

  • Early bird pricing at $7,850 when registered before May 1
  • A 20% tuition discount from full tuition price of $8,850 for CKGSB and Cornell University Alumni.
  • A 50% tuition discount from full tuition price of $8,850 for the second sibling of the same family.
  • A 25% tuition discount from full tuition price of $8,850 for the second employee of the same company.

Please direct inquiries to Mary Wadsworth Darby (CKGSB) at +1 646-627-7725 or, or Daniel Van Der Vliet (Cornell) at +1 607-255-2881 or


New York City and Ithaca, NY, USA

June 3 – 9, 2018


Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur and professor. He currently teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at Cornell Tech and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, and serves as Vice Chairman at HangIt, an early-stage mobile technology company where he was the startup CEO. He has spent more than two decades as a technology entrepreneur and board director, serving as a senior operating executive or CEO at seven venture-backed technology companies. Three of these firms he co-founded, leading to over $100 million in venture financings, five successful sales and a NASDAQ IPO. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where he serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council.



Professor Li Yang is Associate Professor of Marketing at CKGSB. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia Business School and taught undergraduate and MBA classes before returning to China. His research focuses on big data marketing analytics, with an emphasis on pricing, consumer choice and competitive strategy. Professor Li has published In leading academic journals such as Management Science and Journal of Marketing Research, and provided reviews for Operations Research and Management Science. At CKGSB, Professor Li teaches marketing management, marketing research, managerial statistics for MBAs, big data marketing and Internet marketing for Executive Education. Prior to joining business academia, Professor Li had earned a Bachelor’s degree in electronics science from Peking University, a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University, and had worked for the United Nations in New York. He consulted for Tencent, Baidu and Yonghui Groups, and currently holds a U.S. patent.



Risa Mish teaches courses in team leadership and critical and strategic thinking, in addition to serving as Faculty Director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows program. Professor Mish also runs a management consulting and training practice providing strategic advice and training to senior executives and human resources teams on a wide range of human capital issues, including effective team leadership; leading organizational culture change; critical thinking and problem solving; persuasion and influence; employee recruitment, motivation and retention; employee assessment, coaching, and performance management; resolving employee and team conflicts; and minimizing employment litigation risk. Before returning to Cornell, Mish was a partner in the New York City law firm of Collazo Carling & Mish LLP, where she represented management clients on a wide range of labor and employment law matters. Mish earned a BS with Distinction from Cornell University and a JD cum laude from Cornell Law School.



Professor Bingsheng Teng is Professor of Strategic Management at CKGSB and the Associate Dean for CKGSB Europe. He formerly served as a tenured Professor of Strategic Management at George Washington University (GWU), where he was a doctoral advisor and lead professor of the departmental doctoral program. Teng has published over 20 articles in academic journals including Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. His research is included in most textbooks on strategic management. An authority on strategic alliances, he has been interviewed by media such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Teng is a member of the Academy of Management and serves on the editorial board of International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal. He has received many rewards for his research, including the Wendell and Louis Crain Research Scholar at the GWU School of Business. His biography appears in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Higher Education.



Mary Wadsworth Darby is the Chief Representative of CKGSB Americas, helping to identify strategic initiatives and build brand awareness for CKGSB Americas in both North and South America. Mary works closely with CKGSB partnering schools and other key relationships to identify new business and opportunities for collaboration in response to changes in market dynamics and trade and capital flows. Previously, Mary worked for Morgan Stanley in Firm Management and headed the Asia and China Desks. Mary has worked extensively in China and Asia for more than 25 years. She founded Peridot Asia Advisors, a strategic transactions advisory firm. Her background also includes serving as Executive Director of the America-China Society, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of US-China relations chaired by former US Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and the late Cyrus Vance. Mary earned her BA degree from Princeton University. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MIA from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.



Daniel G. Van Der Vliet is Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University. Launched in 2014 and housed at the S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell develops programs, courses and content for students, business owners and next-generation thinkers in today’s global economy. As director of the Family Business Initiative at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 2003-2014, Mr. Van Der Vliet worked with business owners and their successors to find solutions that work for both family and business. He developed and taught Leading and Managing the Family and Closely Held Business, a course at UVM from 2004 to 2013. Previously—as founding Director of the Vermont Business Center— Mr. Van Der Vliet oversaw the launch and growth of the executive education curriculum and management development seminars at UVM.


On-Site Visits

Program participants will visit the sites of leading American, Chinese and multinational companies to learn, collaborate, and network with senior executives. Site visits will be tailored to program participants and the availability of select executives.


Participants in the 2017 Global Emerging Leaders Program discuss their coursework while working in small groups.



Past Onsite Visits Include: 






The world’s premier Internet search provider, internet services firm and online advertiser.






Morgan Stanley
One of the world’s top multinational investment banking and financial services companies, operating in 24 countries around the globe.






A large American private company providing economic, financial and computerized information, and legal regulatory and compliance news and research.





Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a key component of GEL. The Design Thinking Lab, for example, sends groups of participants to NYC locations such as Grand Central Terminal for a first-hand study of purchasing behaviors in the marketplace. By watching consumers consider and compare products, participants gain a deeper real-world understanding of the many factors that contribute to a sale.


A GEL student takes notes while studying consumer behaviors during the Design Thinking Lab exercise at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.



Established in Beijing in November 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is a private, non-profit, independent educational institution and the only business school in China with faculty governance. The school offers innovative MBA, Finance MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs. In addition to its main campus in the center of Beijing, it has campuses in Shanghai and Shenzhen and offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.






Uniting the strengths of three top-ranked business schools: Dyson, the Hotel School, and Johnson, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business enhances collaboration and innovation across industries while preserving each school's individual excellence. The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the network of owners, leaders and alumni that work in, with or for a family business.


Please find a number of testimonials from student participants from our previous program. Cornell and CKGSB were two of the primary partners.



"Going in thinking family business is one thing and coming out with much wider eyes, goes to show that you can discover a lot in six days. Through every case discussion, interactive exercise, and lecture, there was another perspective of family business or China-America relations unveiled. Besides the friendships, professional networks, and educational content, it's the realization of self-growth that holds the highest value. As I've said to many people already, I truly experienced being in a classroom because I wanted to versus being there because I had to."


Courtney Huynh
Cornell Hotel ’12, and member of the 2017 Global Emerging Leaders cohort







"The program offers a unique cross-cultural experience and prepares students to become future global business leaders. Faculty from two world-class schools – Cornell and CKGSB – come together and offer unparalleled expertise and education. There is no other program that has such high-caliber faculty, participants and networking opportunities. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


Nathan Young
Master’s Student at Cornell University, Columbia University 2014







“I just made 20 new global friends. As we all grow and start different companies and head off in different industries, we will be able to rely on each other and have the great memories we are making right now. The most helpful aspect of the program were the connections I made, but the knowledge is amazing also. I thought I knew how I would one day do business with China but that has completely changed.”


Stephanie Ball
Recruiting Operations Coordinator at Bridgewater Associates







Senior Executives

“It is a daunting challenge for a business school to bring so many truly A-list business leaders together, but CKGSB has managed to hit another home run.”


Jack Ma
Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba






“With an international vision, CKGSB integrates both Chinese and Western management experience. It serves as a good platform for learning and offers a stage for Chinese entrepreneurs to exchange experience and make practical innovations.”


Zhou Hongyi
CEO, 360








“(Chinese) entrepreneurs now have realized that there is nothing to be ashamed about in having a family business, and passing the business down through generations should be something they feel proud of. More and more entrepreneurs have realized they can keep their companies within the family.”


Teng Bingsheng
Associate Dean







“One of the things that makes this program so unique and that excites me the most is that it is geared to such a diverse audience; people from different kinds of family businesses being taught by expert faculty who will tailor the learning to the needs of the participants.”


Elizabeth A. Mannix
Associate Dean

Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University


Mary Wadsworth Darby – CKGSB

TEL: +1 646-627-7725

Daniel Van Der Vliet – Cornell

Tel: +1 607-255-2881


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