As a businessman, engineer, and philanthropist, Robert F. Smith has been invited to speak on a wide range of issues.
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.
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.
Racial Inequality & Robert F. Smith's 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.
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.
Robert F. Smith Discusses the 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.
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.
CARES Mentoring Movement Gala interview with Robert F. Smith
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
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.