Keynote Speakers

Special thanks to our dynamic keynote speakers at the 2019 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference!

Cynthia I. Newbille

President of Richmond City Council and Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Cynthia I. Newbille is an Advisor to the President of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for Special Projects, and serves as the Council representative for the Richmond City Council’s East End 7th Voter District in Richmond, Virginia. First elected to City Council in 2009, Cynthia is currently serving her third term (2017-2020), and is also currently the Vice President of the Richmond City Council.

As a servant leader, Cynthia has more than 25 years of experience managing and administering local, regional and national non-profit organizations, and working in local government, academia, and foundations. She has earned a reputation as a dynamic consensus builder and a catalyst for collective community change. Her career includes such diverse positions as Consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Chief of Staff to the Richmond City Manager, Associate Director of the VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Executive Director of the National Black Women’s Health Project, and Executive Director of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Head Start Program. Cynthia earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University (Concentration: Health Policy). Cynthia also serves on numerous boards and commissions in the City of Richmond, and is a founding member of the SisterFund Giving Circle.

Ron Culberson

Speaker, Author and Humorist
Ron Culberson has been speaking professionally since 1996 and has presented programs to more than 240,000 people in over 1,300 organizations. In 2001, he received the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA). The CSP is their highest earned designation and is based on expertise, quality, business success, and professional ethics. In 2014, Ron was inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®. This prestigious award is given to individuals who excel in the following seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. To date, only 250 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

Ron began his career by working with people at the end of their lives as a home care social worker at Hospice of Northern Virginia (now Capital Caring). After several years, he became Manager of Counseling Services where he ultimately supervised a large department of social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors. He eventually became the Director of Quality Service, a senior management position. After being trained at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, he developed and managed the first quality improvement and customer service program for Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Ron believes in volunteerism and spends a significant amount of time serving his community. He participates on a number of boards and committees, cuts wood for disadvantaged families, drives an ambulance, and emcees recognition events in addition to other volunteer roles. Also, Ron has chaired committees, run fundraisers, and was president of a national association board.