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

Robert F. Smith Discusses the Trust Index at WEF 2019

Today, most people trust their employers with their personal data but not companies or the government. Robert F. Smith, Dr. Joanna Bryson and Brian Duperreault of AIG discuss this predicament and how to establish trust at the 2019 World Economic Forum “Realizing the Data Economy.”

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Joanna Bryson Discuss AI Software at WEF 2019

At the 2019 World Economic Forum “Realizing the Data Economy,” Robert F. Smith and panelist Dr. Joanna Bryson discuss the importance and practicability of artificial intelligence (AI) software. AI, Bryson states, has been and can continue to be used in the initial stages of the hiring process to help extinguish prejudice or racial bias.

Robert F. Smith Addresses the Fourth Revolution and Data Economy at WEF 2019

Before introducing the panelists of the 2019 World Economic Forum panel “Realizing the Data Economy” in Davos, Robert F. Smith speaks about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implications of the data economy and data security.

Robert F. Smith Speaks at Virtual Eagle Academy Town Hall

On January 22, 2021, Robert F. Smith was the featured speaker at a Town Hall meeting with the inspiring young men of Eagle Academies, located in challenged, urban neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Smith joined the students in their daily affirmations, and answered thoughtful questions from student representatives from each of the six schools. He spoke about his own experiences in the Denver Public Schools, his work ethic and provided words of wisdom to inspire the young men of Eagle Academies to strive for excellence.

Cradle to Greatness | Fund II Foundation

Fund II Foundation’s Cradle to Greatness framework provides the tools to prepare those traditionally overlooked, underestimated and underserved for career success and unlock leadership potential. The architecture of the plan prioritizes strategic grantmaking aligned with outcomes focused on ensuring the next generations of top talent are prepared for achieving the highest levels of corporate and nonprofit culture.

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.