Robert F. Smith on Realizing Racial Equity – Together
Robert F. Smith emphasizes the need to come together to ensure that America truly works for all. He encourages individuals, specifically those in a position of power, to stand up and proactively educate others on change. Smith believes the companies in America can make a difference, specifically noting his optimism for the work he’s seen at Business Roundtable (BRT) and the CEO’s 500 biggest companies. Long term, change needs to be sustainable, Smith explains.
Robert F. Smith on Building a New & Diverse Generation of Leaders
Robert F. Smith discusses the importance of building a new and diverse generation of leaders, starting with ensuring students in all communities have the support they need to pursue future opportunities. According to Smith, overcoming racism has always been the biggest issue he’s had to face personally. His mission is to ensure the next generation of leaders can get ahead.
Robert F. Smith on Investing in African American Communities
Hear Robert F. Smith speak on the importance of investing in African American communities. Smith explains how increased economic health in these minority communities can help to create a sustainable economic infrastructure. The lack of accessibility to capital and banking relationships was something that became apparent during the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and inspired Smith to become involved with the program. He is stewarding what he calls a “modernization of the capillary banking system” to try and connect capital to those businesses who are at a disadvantage. Smith has challenged large corporations to pledge 1%-2% of their income over the next decade to drive capital into the banking system in order to help these communities.
Robert F. Smith on Racial Inequality & His Parents’ Legacy
Robert F. Smith shares his parents’ inspiring legacy and lessons learned. Both school teachers and his mother, a principal, Smith’s parents taught him the value of education. Committed to helping their community, his parents focused on ensuring the children in their community had the academic preparation they needed to succeed in life. As the first generation in his family within the country to have all of their rights, Smith continues to be inspired by his family and those who have fought for civil rights to create a better society.
Robert F. Smith joins CBS This Morning
On CBS This Morning, Smith discusses how the Paycheck Protection Program can provide financial help for minority-owned small businesses, and one company that’s doing just that.
NBC Meet the Press: Robert F. Smith talks about the impact of Coronavirus on communities of color.
Robert F. Smith joined Chuck Todd on NBC’s Meet the Press to discuss the devastating toll coronavirus has had on communities of color, and how new software can help increase Payment Protection Program loans to minority-owned businesses.
CNBC Squawk Box Invites Robert F. Smith to Discuss Paycheck Protection Program
Robert F. Smith joined CNBC Squawk Box with Andrew Ross Sorkin to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program, and how his company can help ensure funds reach minority-owned small businesses.
Robert F. Smith speaks with The Breakfast Club About Providing Small Business Relief Through New Software
The Breakfast Club invited Smith to speak about how new software can help minority-owned small businesses more easily access the Payment Protection Program funds to secure much-needed relief for their business impacted by coronavirus.
Roland Martin interviews Robert F. Smith ahead of the CARES Mentoring Movement Gala
Before the CARES Mentoring Movement Gala, Robert F. Smith and Susan L. Taylor spoke with Roland Martin about supporting families and youths in our communities
Robert F. Smith’s speech at the 135th Commencement at Morehouse College
In a speech to the 2019 graduating class, Robert F. Smith surprised the audience by committing to pay off the student loan debt of the entire class.
Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy award video for Robert F. Smith
Watch Robert F. Smith’s acceptance speech of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which was awarded to him in 2019 in part for his philanthropic donation to Morehouse 2019 graduating class and the impact it had in making college more affordable for students at the historically black university.
W. E. B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony honoring Robert F. Smith
At the Hutchins Center Honors, Robert F. Smith is awarded the highest honor in the field of African and African American studies, The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal.
InternX Fireside Chat with Robert F. Smith and John Donovan
In a fireside chat at the InternX launch, Robert F. Smith and John Donovan discuss the importance of mentoring and investing in the next generation.
Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert Smith Speaks with CNBC from Davos
Andrew Ross Sorkin (CNBC) talks with Robert F. Smith, CEO of Vista Equity Partners, about the impacts of technology on wealth and income disparity at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Robert F. Smith | American University Commencement Speech May ‘15
Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was invited to give the commencement address at American University’s Spring 2015 graduation ceremony held on May 10, 2015. Smith highlighted the opportunities available to students today that were not possible for people in their parents’ or grandparents’ generations, and mentioned how advancements in technology have opened doors for this graduating class that will change their lives.
Robert F. Smith | University of Denver Commencement Speech June ‘17
Denver native Robert F. Smith, who is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was invited to give the commencement address at the University of Denver’s Spring 2017 graduation ceremony held on June 9, 2017. Smith’s speech included messages reminding graduates that their education has given them the qualities necessary to inspire change, and quoting Frederick Douglass, “education … means emancipation.” He encouraged students to use the knowledge and power they have gained while earning their degrees to be purposeful, hopeful, and stubborn in their values. In addition to being a hometown hero in Denver, Smith is also the son of a University of Denver graduate. His father received his EdD from the University of Denver.View Transcript
Robert F. Smith | Champions of Jewish Values Intl. Awards 2020
Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was honored at Carnegie Hall for the World Values Network’s 8th Annual Jewish Awards Gala Dinner. In his speech, Smith, who has been the Chairman of Carnegie Hall since 2016, touched on the importance of allyship between African American and Jewish communities, the shared values between those communities, and how the history of each of those heritages has shaped the history of the United States.
Robert F. Smith on the Importance of Diversity in Coding
Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners discusses the importance of increasing diversity in the coding and programming fields. Smith walks viewers through Code.org’s approach to accessing diverse communities.
Robert F. Smith on the Purpose of “Hour of Code”
Robert F. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, gives an overview of Code.org’s “Hour of Code” events. He explains why the event exists and how it can inspire students to further their education in programming.
Robert F. Smith on Creating Opportunities Through Coding
Robert F. Smith explains how a working knowledge of how to code can be taught at a proficiency level in less than a year, and can subsequently create a lifelong career and open many doors for the individuals who learn to code.
Robert F. Smith on Access, Curiosity & Tenacity
Students at the Epic Day of Code event ask Robert F. Smith what advice he has for students as they prepare their pathway for college and careers. Smith encourages students to explore and investigate their curiosities. As current students in this day and age, Smith explains students have access to resources, access to computing power, and access to some of the greatest minds on the planet. It is a matter of deciding to tap into that and then take that to move forward.
Robert F. Smith on Giving Back & Liberating the Human Spirit
Robert F. Smith answers a question from a student at the Epic Day of Code event. Smith shares how he has used his platform to give back in ways that help education and youth in America. He discusses how his mother instilled a value for philanthropy in him from a young age and his InternX program for matching STEM students with companies looking for interns.
Robert F. Smith on the Internship that Changed His Life
During the Epic Day of Code event, Robert F. Smith answers questions from students on his internship experience with Bell Laboratories. Smith discusses educational opportunities, and how he learned about hard work, resilience and “the joy of figuring things out” at his life-changing internship at Bell Laboratories.
Robert F. Smith on Values & Community
At the Epic Day of Code event, Robert F. Smith answers questions from students. A Colorado native, Smith describes how his childhood neighborhood in Denver was such an integral part of his journey to success. The encouragement and dedication of his family and community have inspired him to give back to other communities so more individuals can have access to the same opportunities he had.
Robert F. Smith on the Apollo Theater, Music and Meritocracy
Robert F. Smith discusses the cultural impact that the Apollo Theater has had on the community in Harlem and music fans around the world. Smith’s love of jazz music has led his company, Vista Equity Partners, to a partnership with the Apollo Theater. For more information about the Apollo Theater, visit its website at: https://www.apollotheater.org/
Robert F. Smith on the Power of Internships
Robert F. Smith, Founder Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, talks about the internship that changed his life, and how he sees internship programs as a way to provide students with valuable learning opportunities and allows companies to access top talent and put students in a position where they can become better leaders in the future.
Robert F. Smith | Columbia Black Business Students Association’s ELEVATE Conference
Robert F. Smith spoke to students at his Alma Mater, Columbia Business School, at the Columbia Black Business Students Association’s ELEVATE Conference on March 25, 2017. Smith, who received his MBA from Columbia in 1994, spoke with Darius Grant (‘17) about his career path and the opportunities that are available to students who are graduating and entering the workforce today.
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