A View From a Top Philanthropist and Investor on Backing Worthwhile Efforts
Speaker: Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners
Interviewed by Stephanie Mehta, CEO and chief content officer, Mansueto Ventures
Growing up, Robert Smith watched his parents continually take their limited financial resources and donate them to charities, in the spirit of building a better world. Commitment to philanthropy and equity remains a core value to Smith, the chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, who made a bold move to pay off the student debt of Morehouse College's entire 2019 graduating class. But it has presented him with challenges as well. What are the factors Smith takes into account when deciding where to invest and commit funds? In this fireside chat, he'll offer up a unique perspective on innovation, including keys to identifying and supporting it to greatest effect.