Robert F. Smith on Realizing Racial Equity – Together
Robert F. Smith talks about coming together to make the changes we need to ensure that America truly works for everyone.
Robert F. Smith on Building a New & Diverse Generation of Leaders
Overcoming racism was the hardest part of Robert F. Smith’s career. Now, hear his thoughts about ensuring the next generation of leaders can get ahead.
Robert F. Smith on Investing in African American Communities
African American communities are under invested in and have been excluded from wealth. Robert F. Smith shares his thoughts on investing in and valuing African American communities, so they not only recover from COVID-19 but thrive.
Robert F. Smith on Racial Inequality & His Parents’ Legacy
Robert F. Smith discusses the lessons he learned from his parents, the civil rights movement, and how he channels those lessons to create a society that works for everyone.
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
Black Technologist Robert F. Smith gave the commencement address at American University’s Spring 2015 graduation ceremony, which was held on May 10, 2015. Smith spoke about opportunities that are widely available to students today that would have been impossible to comprehend for their parents or their grandparents, and he discussed the technological advancements that have created never-before-seen career path opportunities for this graduating class.
Robert F. Smith | University of Denver Commencement Speech June ‘17
Investor and Denver native Robert F. Smith gave the commencement address at the University of Denver’s Spring 2017 graduation ceremony, which was held on June 9, 2017. Smith, whose father is a graduate of UD, spoke to graduates about how their education has opened doors for them to inspire change and to use their knowledge and power to be purposeful and hopeful, yet stubborn in their values.View Transcript
Robert F. Smith | Champions of Jewish Values Intl. Awards 2020
Robert F. Smith was honored at Carnegie Hall for the World Values Network’s 8th Annual Jewish Awards Gala Dinner. Smith, who has been the Chairman of Carnegie Hall since 2016, spoke about the importance of allyship between African American and Jewish communities, the values these communities share, and how the history of each heritage has shaped the history of the United States.
Robert F. Smith on the Importance of Diversity in Coding
Robert F. Smith speaks about how increasing the amount of diversity in the coding and programming workforces is necessary to create upward economic mobility for minorities. Smith gives an overview of Code.org’s method to reach children and adolescents who are growing up in diverse communities.
Robert F. Smith on the Purpose of “Hour of Code”
Watch Robert F. Smith’s overview of the “Hour of Code” events that Vista Equity Partners has hosted in partnership with Code.org. Learn how the innovative program came to be and how it can inspire children and adolescents to pursue careers in technology.
Robert F. Smith on Creating Opportunities Through Coding
Robert F. Smith discusses how coding careers can be actualized in under a year and can set graduates of coding programs up for a lifetime of success. He talks about how helping young people begin careers in technology fields can create many career and economic opportunities that may not be otherwise available for these students.
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 for college and careers. Smith encourages students to explore and investigate their curiosities. Smith explains students today have access to resources, computing power, and 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
While attending an “Epic Day of Code” event, Robert F. Smith answered a student question on how he has used his platform to give back. Smith says how his position has allowed him to help many communities, such as expanding access to and provide educational opportunities to minority communities in the US. He also discusses how seeing his mother’s charitable giving instilled the importance of community in him from a young age.
Robert F. Smith on the Internship that Changed His Life
Robert F. Smith answers students’ questions during the Epic Day of Code event. In this answer, Smith talks about his experience in a collegiate internship at Bell Labs that he completed in high school. Smith tells students about educational opportunities that are available to them and about how he learned to work hard and be resilient.
Robert F. Smith on Values & Community
Robert F. Smith answered questions from students at the “Epic Day of Code” event.
He talks about his upbringing in Denver, Colorado, how his neighborhood’s sense of community contributed to his success as an adult, and how this has inspired his own philanthropic giving.
Robert F. Smith on the Apollo Theater, Music and Meritocracy
Robert F. Smith talks about the important contributions the Apollo Theater has made to the jazz music community, the Harlem community, and the Black community in the United States. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which is a partner of the Apollo Theater.
To learn more about the Apollo Theater, please visit its website: https://www.apollotheater.org/
Robert F. Smith on the Power of Internships
Robert F. Smith discusses an internship he had with Bell Labs as a teenager. He talks about how the internship changed his life, and how he wants to pay that forward by creating internship programs that will provide students with opportunities to learn skills and grow their professional experience from a young age.
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