As a businessman, engineer, and philanthropist, Robert F. Smith has been invited to speak on a wide range of issues.
Robert F. Smith | University of Denver Commencement Speech June ‘17
Denver native Robert F. Smith, who is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was invited to give the commencement address at the University of Denver’s Spring 2017 graduation ceremony held on June 9, 2017. Smith’s speech included messages reminding graduates that their education has given them the qualities necessary to inspire change, and quoting Frederick Douglass, “education … means emancipation.” He encouraged students to use the knowledge and power they have gained while earning their degrees to be purposeful, hopeful, and stubborn in their values. In addition to being a hometown hero in Denver, Smith is also the son of a University of Denver graduate. His father received his EdD from the University of Denver.
Robert F. Smith | Champions of Jewish Values Intl. Awards 2020
Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was honored at Carnegie Hall for the World Values Network’s 8th Annual Jewish Awards Gala Dinner. In his speech, Smith, who has been the Chairman of Carnegie Hall since 2016, touched on the importance of allyship between African American and Jewish communities, the shared values between those communities, and how the history of each of those heritages has shaped the history of the United States.
Robert F. Smith on the Importance of Diversity in Coding
Robert F. Smith of Vista Equity Partners discusses the importance of increasing diversity in the coding and programming fields. Smith walks viewers through Code.org’s approach to accessing diverse communities.
Robert F. Smith on the Purpose of “Hour of Code”
Robert F. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, gives an overview of Code.org’s “Hour of Code” events. He explains why the event exists and how it can inspire students to further their education in programming.
Robert F. Smith on Creating Opportunities Through Coding
Robert F. Smith explains how a working knowledge of how to code can be taught at a proficiency level in less than a year, and can subsequently create a lifelong career and open many doors for the individuals who learn to code.
Robert F. Smith on Access, Curiosity & Tenacity
Students at the Epic Day of Code event ask Robert F. Smith what advice he has for students as they prepare their pathway for college and careers. Smith encourages students to explore and investigate their curiosities. As current students in this day and age, Smith explains students have access to resources, access to computing power, and access to some of the greatest minds on the planet. It is a matter of deciding to tap into that and then take that to move forward.
Robert F. Smith on Giving Back & Liberating the Human Spirit
Robert F. Smith answers a question from a student at the Epic Day of Code event. Smith shares how he has used his platform to give back in ways that help education and youth in America. He discusses how his mother instilled a value for philanthropy in him from a young age and his InternX program for matching STEM students with companies looking for interns.
Robert F. Smith on the Internship that Changed His Life
During the Epic Day of Code event, Robert F. Smith answers questions from students on his internship experience with Bell Laboratories. Smith discusses educational opportunities, and how he learned about hard work, resilience and “the joy of figuring things out” at his life-changing internship at Bell Laboratories.
Robert F. Smith on Values & Community
At the Epic Day of Code event, Robert F. Smith answers questions from students. A Colorado native, Smith describes how his childhood neighborhood in Denver was such an integral part of his journey to success. The encouragement and dedication of his family and community have inspired him to give back to other communities so more individuals can have access to the same opportunities he had.
Robert F. Smith on the Apollo Theater, Music and Meritocracy
Robert F. Smith discusses the cultural impact that the Apollo Theater has had on the community in Harlem and music fans around the world. Smith’s love of jazz music has led his company, Vista Equity Partners, to a partnership with the Apollo Theater. For more information about the Apollo Theater, visit its website at: https://www.apollotheater.org/