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

Robert F. Smith Talks About Student Freedom Initiative at the 2021 Black Business Matters Expo

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 Speaks About Eliminating Wealth “Deserts” in the United States at the 2021 Black Business Matters Expo.

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.

Robert F. Smith Discusses Digital Literacy and Entrepreneurship at the 2021 Black Business Matters Expo

At the 2021 Virtual Black Business Matters Expo hosted by AFRO News, Robert F. Smith and Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper kicked off their discussion by talking about how students and young people today can utilize technological literacy to pursue careers in business.

Robert F. Smith and WEF 2019 Panelists Discuss Growth Inclusion for Small, Poor Economies Among Fourth Industrial Revolution

At the conclusion of the 2019 World Economic Forum “Realizing the Data Economy,” an audience member asks about what implications the Fourth Industrial Revolution has on small, poor economies. How will they be part of this growth inclusion? Robert F. Smith and the panelists present their thoughts.

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.

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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.