About Ron

Ron Has Experience Doing Things Well

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 was hired as Manager of Counseling Services where he ultimately supervised 26 staff that included social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors.  He worked hard to create a thriving department while at the same time creating an environment in which his staff had fun.

Ron also served as 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.  This program was instrumental in training staff in customer service and preparing the organization for regulatory certification.

Nationally Known Humor Expert

Ron is funny.  Period.

But he also knows about the mechanics of humor. For instance: Funny + Audience = Laughter.

Ron has been studying and teaching about the benefits of humor since 1984. In fact, his graduate thesis focused on the relationship between humor and depression. He believes that there is more to humor than a punchline and that when coupled with a foundation of excellence, humor can help us manage stress, reduce conflict, become more creative, improve problem solving, and ultimately achieve a higher level of productivity and contentment in life and work.  He not only teaches this concept, his funny presentations demonstrate it.

“Ron Culberson ranks among the very best speakers that I have had the pleasure of meeting. He provides a refreshing educational experience that draws attendees in and keeps them engaged.”

-Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, VP of Professional Development, Nebraska Healthcare Association

Author & Keynote Speaker

Ron has been speaking professionally since 1996 and has spoken to more than 140,000 people in over 1000 organizations. In 2001, he received the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association which is their highest earned designation. Ron was also the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association.  He delivers programs for all types of organizations but has significant experience with healthcare, education, government, and other non-profit organizations.

In 2014, Ron Culberson was inducted into the National Speakers Association 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, 224 men and women have been inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®.

Ron is the author of four books:

  • If Not Now, When? Making the Most of Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your Work
  • Do it Well. Make it Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between
  • Is Your Glass Laugh Full? Some Thoughts on Seeing the Humor in Life
  • My Kneecap Seems Too Loose: 365 Random Thoughts to Inspire Deeply Shallow Thinking.

He is a contributing author for: Humor Me, Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul II and has written for the Huffington Post.

Volunteer Service

Ron commits a significant amount of his time to volunteer service.  He has served on a number of boards and committees and contributed significantly to the following organizations:

  • National Speakers Association (2012-2013 National President)
  • Jefferson Area Board for Aging
  • UVA Club of Charlottesville
  • Rotary International, Herndon, VA Club
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
  • Capital Caring
  • Vienna Presbyterian Church
  • Rockfish Presbyterian Church
  • The Art Gliner Center for Humor Studies
  • The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic