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As a businessman, engineer, and philanthropist, Robert F. Smith has been invited to speak on a wide range of issues.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, appeared on “Today,” MSNBC’s morning program on Nov. 10, 2021, to talk about his collaboration with Goalsetter’s “One Stock. One Future.” initiative. Philanthropist Smith said that his gift of 1,500 shares of top tech stocks to the Eagle Academies for Young Men, in New York City and Newark, N.J., including all 2,900 students, educators and staff members, was about opportunity. Smith called it “a wealth creation journey,” for students who typically do not have access to financial literacy or financial tools. Using the Goalsetter app, students will learn first hand “about wealth, wealth creation and utilizing markets,” Smith said. And he invited other companies, and Black and LatinX executives especially, to join him by contributing 1,000 shares to the Goalsetter program.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the sixth video of a series, Smith fielded questions from conference participants as well as Hyter. Smith’s remarks touched on mentoring, the importance of internships and understanding investments from the point of view of investors.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the fifth video of a series, Smith describes The 2% Solution and how corporations have the power to effect systemic change in one generation.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the fourth video of a series, Smith talks about using philanthropy to solve systemic problems at scale. Smith highlights the Student Freedom Initiative as an example of a solution to the problem of Black intergenerational wealth.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the third video of a series, Smith talks about expertise and risk assessment from the perspective of a business founder.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” In this second video clip of a series, Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. During the virtual event, Smith spoke about the importance of business ownership and the nature of capitalism.

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners was interviewed by the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter during the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” In this video clip, Hyter asks Smith, an entrepreneur recognized by Forbes on its list of the greatest living business minds, to explain how his formative years in Colorado directed the course of his life. Smith talks about the tight-knit Black community in which he was raised and the values of his own beloved community.

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this fourth video segment, Smith takes questions from the S4 Capital virtual audience. Topics ranged from “inclusive leadership” to the efficacy of the World Economic Forum.

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this third video segment the two business founders discuss private and public coordination to provide solutions to reach Black and minority populations with solutions to strengthen the economic future. Sorrell asks Smith to talk about unconscious bias in the workplace, solutions for access to broadband, such as the “Latimer Plan,” and ending student debt.

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this second video segment, the two business leaders discuss the digital divide and industry solutions to counter systemic racism.