PERSONAL BIO


Educate yourself when no one else will. – Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews

A native of Henrico County, Virginia, Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from George Mason University and a Masters in Adult Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Education, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is the author of Forever Friends, released in 2020, Images of America: The Richmond 34 and the Civil Rights Movement, released in 2020 and Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters, released in 2017. 

Her projects focus on empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and leadership, with the goal to engage and educate a new generation to the sacrifices of our ancestors and to encourage a continued quest for empowerment and equality for all. 

Playing teacher and writing stories were her two favorite childhood pastimes. She is currently writing a book of poetry.  Dr. Kimberly A. Matthews is the aunt to six wonderful nieces and nephews.

CAREER/LIFE MILESTONES


  • February 2021 Received the Black History in the Making Award

  • June 2020 Completed Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM)

  • June 2020 Book Release

    Friends Forever
  • February 2020 Books Released

    Images of America: The Richmond 34 and The Civil Rights Movement
  • December 2019 Graduate of Going Online@VCU

  • November 2019 Poem featured in the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Conference Program

  • August 2019 Graduate of the Leadership Education Academy

    International Leadership Association
  • July 2019 Community service trip to Belize

  • July 2018 Community service trip to Belize

  • November 2018 Presenter at Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute Conference

  • July 2017 Community service trip to Belize

  • June 2017 Book Released

    Images of Modern America: The Richmond Crusade for Voters. The book was also selected as a finalist in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
  • June 2014 Graduate of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

    HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program
  • May 2012 Doctor of Philosophy

    Virginia Commonwealth University

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ME

  • Linda S. Kennedy, DTM Club Growth Director, District 66
    I got to know Dr. Kimberly Matthews after she joined SPBC Toastmasters in 2011. Over the years, I have seen her grow from a quiet speaking person into a polished and confident speaker.  She has taken on projects with dedication and enthusiasm. Her most recent accomplishment is her book, “Images in Modern America: The Richmond Crusade of Voters,” which has become widely acclaimed and a best seller. One thing I like about Kimberly is her calm nature and her ability to look at situations fairly and clearly.  She is thorough in everything she does and tackles all with diligence. I have found the experience of knowing and being on a team with Kimberly both inspiring and delightful.
    Linda S. Kennedy, DTM Club Growth Director, District 66
    Toastmasters International

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