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Austin Trail of Lights

The Austin Trail of Lights and Robert F. Smith Are Ushering in the Holiday Spirit

It is the holiday season once again, and the Austin Trail of Lights is ready to bring joy to Texas children and adults through a dazzling light extravaganza. Once simply a trail of lights that visitors drove through, the event now features more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and 70 other holiday …

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Civil Rights Award

Robert F. Smith Awarded Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize

Robert F. Smith was recently awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize during the annual A. Leon Higginbotham Awards Dinner hosted by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Higginbotham Dinner is one of the largest gala events in the civil rights community and brings together nearly 1,000 journalists, advocates and activists annually.  …

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Giving tuesday

Why it is Important to Support Charitable Organizations on Giving Tuesday

Charitable giving is a part of many families’ holiday traditions, and there are many organizations that can use your support. Giving Tuesday is an initiative that aims to make generosity a trend each holiday season. This organization encourages individuals and organizations to make charitable donations each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  This year, it …

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WSJ CEO Council

Robert F. Smith Attends Wall Street Journal CEO Summit and Discusses Systemic Racism

Last month, Robert F. Smith participated in the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, an event that brought together CEOs, business leaders and journalists to discuss issues impacting businesses and the global marketplace. This year, the impact of COVID-19 on business and global economics understandably took center stage. Equity was also a top focus area …

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America the Beautiful

A Reminder of What Unites Us in America the Beautiful

New Book from National Geographic Showcases Our Remarkable Home While holiday gatherings might be more socially distant and low key this year, one thing that all American families can come together about is our beautiful country. With their new large-format book, publisher National Geographic explores not only what makes each of our 50 states remarkable, …

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two percent

Growing Group Join Robert F. Smith’s Call for Private Businesses to Invest in Black Communities

Earlier this year, Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners championed the “2% Solution,” arguing that if private companies invested just 2% of their net income in Black communities and business, we could make tremendous progress in closing the racial wealth gap. The 2% Solution, sometimes referred to as the 2 Cent …

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Machine Learning

Robert F. Smith On Defining Scale For Businesses In 2020

Robert F. Smith, Vista Equity Partners’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, believes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun. With the effects of COVID-19 continuing to unfold, our world is constantly adjusting to its new reality. Now that industries and individuals have access to enormous amounts of computing power, expansive information libraries (like databases) and …

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Work place diversity

What Workforce Diversity Means

Building Equity with Improved Diversity Initiatives  As workforce diversity has become a recognized stepping stone to equity, thought leaders have formed partnerships to develop workforce solutions that contribute to economic and social justice. Recently, The Ford Foundation with the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, Shawn Wooden, convened a coalition to “advance racial and economic …

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Black Businesses store front

Robert F. Smith on Why New Stimulus Funding Needs to Address Lessons Already Learned

In March, Congress passed federal stimulus and relief funding to help families and businesses weather the global health crisis and the economic shutdown. The federal relief included the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which delivered more than 5 million loans amounting to more than $525 billion. Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity …

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Black history in 2 minutes

It’s Time Black Changemakers Got the Recognition They Deserve

America’s history has been profoundly marked by the contributions of Black changemakers. But too often Black Americans who have broken barriers, taken steps to advance equity, or achieved great success in their fields are not properly recognized. The series “Black History in Two Minutes” which is executive produced by Robert F. Smith, aims to change …

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