Keynote Speaker 

 Ron Phillips
 Founder and Principal of Essential Insights

Ron Phillips is a highly regarded executive in the field of communications and human resources. His visionary leadership and commitment to excellence has earned him the honor of being selected as one of the Top 100 Executives in America, Top 100 Diverse Executives under 50, and Cable World’s Top Diverse Executive in Human Resources.

Ron is the Founder and Principal of Essential Insights – a coaching and human resources consulting firm. Over the years he has served as a senior executive for three major fortune 500 companies, and has increased the visibility and leadership potential for people of color at all levels. Ron’s leadership extends beyond corporate America and reaches into the lives of children and youth as a mentor, role model and motivator. He is a board member of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., a nonprofit agency that develops programs to prepare underserved children for independent schools and college opportunities. Ron’s commitment to community service is evident in his participation on numerous boards and commissions as he actively pursues opportunities to enhance the lives of underserved populations.

Ron’s recent keynote address at the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Wharton Association captivated the audience with his personal life story. Ron encouraged students to enjoy their undergraduate years while discovering and nurturing personal talents that they could parlay into profitable career opportunities, much like he did in his own undergraduate years where he discovered his personal talents that led to a successful career.

Ron was recently awarded the prestigious National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) 2011 Paragon Award, recognizing him as the top inspirational leader in the field of telecommunications. Ron holds a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia State University, a J.D. degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, a Certificate of Organizational Development from DePaul University and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the National Sales Network (NSN), the National Association of African-American in Human Resources (NAAAHR), the Organizational Development Network (ODNetwork) and the National Black MBA Association.