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

Robert F. Smith Q&A at 2021 Presidents Summit

The 2021 Presidents Summit Masterclass with Robert F. Smith closes out with Mr. Smith answering a range of questions. He shares the best advice he’s received, inspiration and aspects of his life during the pandemic.

the Evolution and Future of Investing

Robert F. Smith considers the future of investing and the goals of growing business quickly, at scale and with more profitability. Mr. Smith also emphasizes the need to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of businesses. He references the importance of Vista’s employees and the Vista “ecosystem.”

Insights on Shared Knowledge

Robert F. Smith expresses the importance of sharing knowledge throughout an organization, citing the success of information sharing at Vista Equity Partners. He notes the benefits of putting individuals from all levels of an organization together to discuss problems and share solutions.

ESG and Businesses Going Green

Robert F. Smith discusses solutions for allowing businesses to grow and expand, while being conscious of greenhouse gas footprints and taking action to improve the impact on the ecosystem. Mr. Smith provides examples based on those within the Vista Equity Partners portfolio.

Investing Today at the Presidents Summit

Robert F. Smith shares his opinion on the current state of investments. Mr. Smith considers changes over the past decade and the evolution of businesses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presidents Summit Masterclass Introduction

Robert F. Smith introduces himself and Vista Equity Partners before beginning the Presidents Summit Masterclass Principles for Excelling in the Future of Investing. He discusses his background and more about Vista.

MSNBC India Conversation Hits on Digital Equity

Robert F. Smith participated in a discussion on MSNBC India, with Rev. Al Sharpton, about the state of accessible technology, specifically broadband in the United States. In this clip the subject under discussion is the lack of broadband in cities affecting urban minorities. The topic closed on President Biden’s infrastructure bill and how it could close the digital divide.

Robert F. Smith Advocates for Broadband Solutions

Robert F. Smith spoke on MSNBC India, with others including Rev. Al Sharpton, advocating for a solution wherein private and public sectors to work together to close the digital divide facing students and workers in the U.S. Smith talks about providing affordable quality access to broadband for all.

2021 Black Business Matters Expo: Educational Materials for Business Owners

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper closed out their virtual interview at the 2021 Black Business Matters Expo by discussing how Smith uses his own business expertise to provide free educational materials for Black business owners, entrepreneurs and students. This event was hosted by AFRO News.

2021 Black Business Matters Expo: Robert F. Smith's Best Career Advice

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper continued their virtual interview at AFRO News’ 2021 Black Business Matters Expo, where Smith spoke about the best piece of advice he was given by a business mentor, and the advice he hopes to give current entrepreneurs and business owners.