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Starbucks Takes Major Steps to Address Racial Equity

Starbucks recently announced that it will take major steps to promote diversity and address racial bias within its company by planning to “mandate anti-bias training for executives and tie their compensation to increasing minority representation in its workforce.” The company’s actions come amid an increased national dialogue about racism in the wake of the killing …

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InternX Bridges Career Opportunity Gap Faced by Black Students

How InternX is Working for Minority Students Seeking High-Profile Paid Internships Internships are a necessary part of career advancement, and Robert F. Smith personally knows the value an internship adds to career trajectory.  Decades before Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, he interned at Bell Labs, an experience which expanded his career expectations. He went on …

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Al Roker and Robert F. Smith Encourage Prostate Cancer Awareness Among African Americans

In November 2020, longtime TODAY weatherman and co-host Al Roker announced his prostate cancer diagnosis. “It’s a good news-bad news kind of thing,” stated Roker. “Good news is we caught it early. Not great news is that it’s a little aggressive, so I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.” …

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Robert F. Smith on Education and the UNCF Partner Initiatives

Having a quality education is vastly important in today’s society, as it can influence the trajectory on an individual’s life. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith, is no stranger to this concept. Smith grew up in Denver, Colorado, where he attended Denver Public Schools. He graduated from East High School …

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JPMorgan Chase Commits $30 Billion to Advance Racial Equity

JPMorgan Chase recently made a $30 billion pledge to address racial inequality over the next five years, which will be implemented in both the company’s external dealings and internal policies. The move comes amid a national movement toward more racially equitable policies coming from the private sector, which have been championed by Robert F. Smith. …

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Be Woke.Vote Encourages All Americans to Get Out and Vote

Many Americans, especially those of minority or underrepresented groups, believe that their votes do not matter. Be Woke.Vote was created to change that misconception. Founded by movie director Deon Taylor and producer Roxanne Avent Taylor as a nonpartisan initiative, Be Woke.Vote is a movement geared toward encouraging people of color and historically underrepresented groups, especially …

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Robert F. Smith: Rally the Black Vote

Robert F. Smith, on Sunday, Oct. 25, during the virtually-held Voting Commitment Ecumenical Service, The Conference of National Black Churches’ (CNBC) called on all Black voters to participate in the 2020 election. Smith’s message and the overarching theme of the video service was to rally Black voters to turn their outrage over miscarriages of justice …

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Anglers of Honor: How Robert F. Smith Gives Back to Veterans Through His Love of Fly Fishing

Robert F. Smith and Anglers of Honor Serving underrepresented groups in his home state of Colorado has always been important to Robert F. Smith. A native of Denver, lover of the outdoors and avid fly fisherman, Smith helped establish the Anglers of Honor program at Lincoln Hills Cares, a non-profit educational center in Colorado. The …

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