Events

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

Q&A at the ELC 2021 Conference

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the sixth video of a series, Smith fielded questions from conference participants as well as Hyter. Smith’s remarks touched on mentoring, the importance of internships and understanding investments from the point of view of investors.

The 2% Solution: ELC 2021

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the fifth video of a series, Smith describes The 2% Solution and how corporations have the power to effect systemic change in one generation.

Scaling Philanthropy: ELC 2021

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the fourth video of a series, Smith talks about using philanthropy to solve systemic problems at scale. Smith highlights the Student Freedom Initiative as an example of a solution to the problem of Black intergenerational wealth.

Expertise and Risk: ELC 2021

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” During the virtual event Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. In this video clip, which is the third video of a series, Smith talks about expertise and risk assessment from the perspective of a business founder.

Importance of Ownership: ELC 2021

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners spoke at the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” In this second video clip of a series, Smith answered questions from Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter. During the virtual event, Smith spoke about the importance of business ownership and the nature of capitalism.

Black Community Discussion: ELC 2021

Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners was interviewed by the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) President and CEO Michael C. Hyter during the “Value. Vision. Voice. Black Men in Leadership Conference 2021.” In this video clip, Hyter asks Smith, an entrepreneur recognized by Forbes on its list of the greatest living business minds, to explain how his formative years in Colorado directed the course of his life. Smith talks about the tight-knit Black community in which he was raised and the values of his own beloved community.

Q&A on Leadership

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this fourth video segment, Smith takes questions from the S4 Capital virtual audience. Topics ranged from “inclusive leadership” to the efficacy of the World Economic Forum.

Public & Private Coordination

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this third video segment the two business founders discuss private and public coordination to provide solutions to reach Black and minority populations with solutions to strengthen the economic future. Sorrell asks Smith to talk about unconscious bias in the workplace, solutions for access to broadband, such as the “Latimer Plan,” and ending student debt.

Industry Solutions to Systemic Racism

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April 2021. In this second video segment, the two business leaders discuss the digital divide and industry solutions to counter systemic racism.

Early Influences with Sir Martin Sorell

Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital PLC interviewed Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners in April, 2021. In this first video segment, Smith talked about his early influences, such as family and community. Sorrell asked Smith to talk about his personal experiences of racism in America and how that impacted his choices in business and philanthropy.