Columbia Black Business Students Association’s ELEVATE Conference

Columbia Black Business Students Association’s ELEVATE Conference Robert F. Smith spoke to students at his Alma Mater, Columbia Business School, at the Columbia Black Business Students Association’s ELEVATE Conference on March 25, 2017. Smith, who received his MBA from Columbia in 1994, spoke with Darius Grant (‘17) about his career path and the opportunities that […]

Apollo Theater, Music and Meritocracy

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, […]

Values & Community

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 […]

Giving Back & Liberating the Human Spirit

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 […]

Access, Curiosity & Tenacity

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, […]

The Purpose of “Hour of Code”

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.

The Importance of Diversity in Coding

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.

Champions of Jewish Values Intl. Awards 2020

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 […]