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More information than you'd ever want to know about Ron Culberson

ExperienceSocial Worker - Manager - Leader

Funny speaker Ron Culberson 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.  Ron’s goal was to create a thriving department while at the same time encouraging his staff to both enjoy the work and to be fulfilled.

Ron 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.  This program was instrumental in training staff in customer service, implementing process improvement projects, and preparing the organization for regulatory certification.


“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


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AuthorWriter - Columnist - Blogger

Ron Culberson is the author of four books:

Ron is a contributing author for:

Ron has written for the Huffington Post, The Herndon Observer, patch.com, and numerous other magazines and journals.

“I have seen Ron speak on two occasions. The first of which was to our leadership team and owners of our franchises. His message was heard loud and clear and received the greatest feedback to date for a guest speaker. Even more importantly, I have witnessed our leadership put his message into action—the ultimate compliment to a speaker.”

– Laura Smith, General Manager, Windermere Real Estate Co, Northwest, Inc.

Hall of Fame SpeakerHumor, stories, and a powerful message

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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®.

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“Ron received a standing ovation from our audience of business leaders. His talk was heart-felt, entertaining, and inspired. Ron really connected with the audience and delivered a talk that engaged everyone. Ron also brought messages that resonated on a business and personal level, giving all of us a healthy dose of laughter, inspiration and a reminderto ‘make it fun’.”

—Jacki Hallerbach, Executive Director, WIN


FunnyA nationally known humor expert

Ron is funny.  Period.

But he also knows about the mechanics of humor. 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. Ron believes that there is much 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 presentations demonstrate the value of humor through hilarious illustrations, stories, and content.

“Your presentation was exceptional. The feedback is unanimous. You were outstanding! Sharing your personal experiences in working with the aging community struck a chord with all of our associates and your message to approach life with humor is one that we all need to follow.”

—Diane Edwards, Senior VP of Operations, Shelter Properties, LLC

VolunteerA commitment to community service

Ron believes in volunteerism and spends a significant amount of time serving his community. He has participated on a number of boards and committees, cut wood for disadvantaged families, and emceed recognition events in addition to other volunteer roles. Also, Ron has been successful chairing committees, overseeing fundraisers, and being president of a non-profit association board. The following are a few organizations in which Ron has volunteered:

  • National Speakers Association (2012-2013 National President)
  • Jefferson Area Board for Aging
  • UVA Club of Charlottesville
  • Rotary International, Herndon, VA Club
  • Rotary International, Abingdon 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
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Miriam’s Kitchen