For Noemie Zysermann, Cornell was more than making lifelong friends, taking courses taught by esteemed professors, and pouring over game theory problem sets. It was where she cultivated life skills that would later become critical when she reached a crossroad in her life last year: continue climbing the corporate ladder or start her own company. Today, Zysermann is her own boss. She launched Noemie’s Pantry, an online food retail business, in February 2017.Read More
Globally, family-owned businesses (the family either has control or influence over the direction of the business) make up almost 90% of all businesses. They include a broad range of businesses from the more familiar mom and pop stores at the smaller end of the spectrum to some of the largest and significant companies like Walmart and Ford. Yet, not many colleges and universities have devoted extensive resources to support individuals from or who plan to work for a family-owned business.
To that end, Cornell University, through a generous gift from alum John Smith (MBA‘74 & Chairman of CRST International) and his wife Dyan Smith, created the Smith Family Business Initiative in 2014.Read More
Finding a career path that you love in college isn’t easy. There are a lot of false starts disguised as love at first sight. And then there’s the heartbreak when you realize your desired career path isn’t working out. But if you keep following your curiosity, you’ll stumble onto a career path you love. That’s exactly what Dr. Marisa Cohen did. As an undergraduate, she flirted with her interests, and eventually found long-lasting love when she married her passion for educational and developmental psychology by entering into the relationship science domain.Read More
Born with an ear for music and to a family of musicians, Joshua Fried (class of 1981) fell in love with music at an early age. One of his earliest memories, which he vividly recalls, was obsessing about the melodic sequence of As Time Goes By; he repeatedly asked his mother to sing it so he could dissect how it was composed. Fried would later explore various roles in the music industry: He became a drummer, played the piano, and was even a member of several orchestras.Read More
Most 5-year olds run away from the dentist—far, far away. Not Dr. Alina Lane! At just 5-years old, she knew she wanted to be a dentist. She admired her grandfather; his passion for improving his patients’ lives extended his dental career until his 90s. Fascinated by his stories, her grandfather’s enthusiasm for dentistry left an indelible imprint on her that would never be erased.Read More
James Mallios is not your traditional restaurateur. Prior to opening Amali, a sustainable Mediterranean restaurant in Manhattan, Mallios was a successful corporate lawyer. While on a sabbatical from practicing law, one of Mallios’ friends, a fellow Cornellian, who owned a number of hotels and commercial and residential real estate asked him if wanted to help open a restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. Mallios boldly seized the opportunity. He fell in love with the business and never looked back. Thereafter, he opened Amali in November 2011. About four years later, he opened Amali Mou, a modern Greek restaurant, in September 2015. He often jokes that he “was the only Greek kid in Queens whose parents pay taxes and did not own a diner.” Now he can say that he owns a successful restaurant and brand.
Kylie Monagan is an emerging leader in the food and beverage industry who is quickly distinguishing herself from her peers. She is a manager at Amali and a profit sharing partner in Amali Mou.Read More