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

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.

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper continued their discussion at AFRO News’ 2021 Virtual Black Business Matters Expo, speaking about Student Freedom Initiative, which helps students access educational opportunities with an initial focus on HBCUs. Smith discusses how this can reduce the racial wealth gap and boost the GDP by an estimated 6 percent.

Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper spoke at the 2021 Virtual Black Business Matters Expo, hosted by AFRO News, about how Black business owners can help drive capital into their communities by utilizing new applications for technology in their businesses. He discusses the need for bank locations in minority neighborhoods and how that can help small business owners.

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.”

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.

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.

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