Vice President

Title: Vice President
Name: Olivia Smith
Firm: Millennium Advisory Serivces, Inc
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Olivia is a Client Account Specialist at Millennium Advisory Services. In her role, her goal is to provide outstanding service to all of Millennium’s clients. She works directly with each department to ensure a seamless onboarding process and continues that level of support and commitment to maintaining and developing strong client relationships.

Olivia joined EWI in 2016 and has served on the EWI board twice as the Communications Director.

A Richmond, VA native, Olivia enjoys spending time with friends and family and her new puppy, Edison.

Ironbridge Sports Park



Ironbridge Sports Park is conveniently located in Chester, Virginia approximately 2 ½ miles East of Route 288 on Route 10. Sitting on 25 acres, Ironbridge Sports Park offers a large variety of fun things to do as a family yearlong. Attractions vary from the Golf Driving Range which is covered and heated, 9 station Batting Cage, 18 hole Miniature Golf course, 2 Go-kart Tracks and Battlefield Live; the newest outdoor laser tag arena which is approximately 37,000 Sq. Ft.

Ironbridge Sports Park is also a great place to have your next event! We can host:

*Birthday Parties              *Child Care Groups

*Corporate Outings          *Team Parties

*Church Outings              *After Prom Parties

*Night Owls*Lock-In’s      *Car Shows and more

The Sports Park has indoor banquet rooms, an outdoor banquet tent and ample parking to accommodate your guests. Groups of 20-1,200 people have be held in previous years. What better way to kick off your event then to get involved with all of our fun attractions. Let us do the work and you have all the fun!!


Legacy of Virginia

Legacy of Virginia logoIn today’s competitive market, it is critical for businesses and non-profit organizations to build strong relationships with employees, clients and donors. Improving loyalty may be the reason your business stays in business! At Legacy of Virginia, we provide crucial solutions to strengthen and build client and employee relationships for organizations of every size, in order to help them differentiate themselves in today’s highly competitive market space. We provide innovative recognition gifts, incentives, and referral thank-you gifts that deliver a memorable experience to the recipient. We look forward to helping your organization continue to grow long-term relationships and delight your stakeholders!

LCAM 2014 – Reading Rally

A special thank you to our member firm Dominion Resources for providing the video team to record this awesome reading rally!

Westminster Canterbury Richmond

One of the most reputable retirement communities in Virginia.

A Northside distinction: Westminster Canterbury Richmond was founded in 1971 by the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches and opened in 1975. Westminster Canterbury Richmond was the first among Richmond-area retirement communities to earn accreditation by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (now CARF-CCAC), the independent authority that evaluates all aspects of a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). We have held that distinction continuously since 1987. Fewer than 15% of all CCRCs in America have accreditation through CARF-CCAC.

What does that mean to our residents and staff? They can live and work in a community that excels in service, financial stability, cultural vitality and spiritual life. They can have confidence in our not-for-profit philosophy, reinvesting all revenues into enhanced services. They can entrust their future to people who believe that everything they do is dedicated to helping all those we serve to Live Life Well.


Title: Sergeant-at-Arms
Name: Cherryll Ellis
Firm: Keiter
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Cherryll is the Financial Statement Coordinator in the audit department at Keiter in Glen Allen, VA. She has been in this role for the past 5 years and previously worked in Keiter’s production department for 3 years. Cherryll has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master’s degree in Materials Management from Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She joined EWI in 2018 and immediately became an active member of the Sergeant-at-Arms committee. She is looking to broaden her skills and get to know her fellow members in her role as Sergeant-At-Arms.

Cherryll is a native of New Jersey, but currently resides in Midlothian, VA with her husband. She loves to travel and has 3 grown children who reside in the Richmond area.

Programs Director

   Title: Programs Director
   Name: Renee Gaines
   Firm: Venture Richmond, Inc.
   Firm Website:

Renee Gaines is the Office Administrator for Venture Richmond, Inc., a non-profit organization that engages business and community leaders in partnering with the city to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly downtown. Venture Richmond promotes the betterment of downtown through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  She organizes correspondences and schedules meeting for both the Board of Directors and Trustees.  She has been champion for downtown Richmond for 20 years and is proud to have been a part of its transformation.

Renee has been a member of EWI since 2019.  She is excited to serve on the EWI board of directors as the Programs Director.

A RVA native, Renee is the proud mother of Morgan and grandmother of Amaya. She enjoys reading, travel, shopping and spending time with her family.

Standing Rules




Approved by Membership Vote 11/08/2018

The Richmond Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI of Richmond) will strive to be a Chapter of Excellence by including in its membership a diverse group of businesses, governmental agencies, non-profit enterprises or associations as defined in the EWI Corporate and Chapter Bylaws.


In accordance with Chapter Bylaws, Article III, Section 1. A (3), EWI of Richmond representatives voted in November, 2018 to adopt subsection (b) regarding transitional status of Representatives after termination of employment with a member firm. The Chapter Board may grant transitional status, including voting rights and service as an Officer or Director, to an individual after termination of employment with a member firm who is in good standing and who has become unemployed due to elimination of job position, merger, acquisition, or other legitimate business reason for a maximum of 120 days.  If after four months the representative has not found employment with a member firm, the individual will have the option to transition into one of the other bylaw membership classes adopted by the Richmond Chapter.  However, transitional status may only be offered after advising the member firm and no objection is received within 10 days from said member firm.

In accordance with Chapter Bylaws, Article III, Section 1. B, EWI of Richmond representatives voted in January, 2015 not to include the Individual Member class of membership.

In accordance with Chapter Bylaws, Article III, Section 1. C, EWI of Richmond representatives voted in November, 2018 to include the Student Member class of membership. The Chapter will not collect initial or annual dues for this class of membership.

When developing a list of prospective firms, we will make a good faith effort to respect a Member Firm’s line of business. However, realizing that in some cases, competitors are also excellent partners and customers, we will engage a myriad of firms to complement the roster of active membership.

ELIGIBILITY OF A FIRM – When considering a prospective firm for membership in EWI of Richmond, the Recruitment and Retention Director, together with the Chapter Board, will ensure that the prospective firm enhances the diversity of the Chapter at the time of the posting. Such considerations shall include, but are not limited to: (1) a recommendation for membership from a Member Firm or Representative (2) use of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to identify the code of the prospective firm (3) a minimum of one year in business, (4) approval by the Chapter Board, and (5) posting the information of the prospective firm as outlined in the EWI Chapter Resource Guide. The Richmond Chapter has voted not to accept individual memberships.

MEETING DATE – The monthly meeting of EWI of Richmond shall be held on the second Thursday of each month.

MEETING RESERVATIONS – Reservations for each monthly Chapter meeting are made through a response to the monthly notice of such meeting. Each Representative must respond to the Sergeant-at-Arms by the date requested as to whether he or she will or will not be in attendance.  In the event of no response, no reservation will be made. If a Representative indicates he or she will attend a meeting, and subsequently does not attend, the Representative will still be responsible for paying the meeting fee.  A Representative who has pre-paid meeting fees, and subsequently does not attend a meeting, will forfeit the fee for that month. Credits will not be issued for future meetings.

ATTENDANCE AT MEETINGS – Each Member Firm is required to be represented by a Representative or an Executive at eight (8) meetings within the calendar year. Attendance at a Spring Conference, Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting, or a monthly membership meeting of another EWI Chapter counts as a meeting attended in lieu of an EWI of Richmond Chapter meeting.  In the event that a Member Firm cannot meet the attendance requirements due to extenuating circumstances, a written explanation by the Representative or Executive should be provided to the Chapter President for consideration by the Chapter Board.

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING (LCAM) – The President and Vice President/President-Elect will be Delegates to the Annual Meeting. Additional Delegates, if any, and Alternates will be selected by the Nominating Committee and submitted to the membership for election. Delegates and Alternates will serve for one year or until otherwise elected by the membership. In the event that the President or Vice President/President-elect or an Alternate is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the Nominating Committee will recommend one of the elected Alternates or another Representative attending LCAM to serve as a Delegate. All proposed nominees will be elected by the membership.

AMENDMENT – These Standing Rules may be adopted without previous notice by a majority vote of the active Representatives (in good standing) present at any business meeting. At any meeting these Standing Rules may be suspended by a majority vote of said Representatives present, or they may be amended or rescinded by a two-thirds vote of said Representatives present.  If notice of the proposed action was given at a previous meeting, or in the notice of the meeting, the Standing Rules may be amended or rescinded by majority vote of said Representatives.

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition

The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) is sponsored annually by EWI, a non-profit international association that has been a champion of education and community involvement since 1938. The ASIST award is a flexible scholarship program that addresses the needs of adults who are working to improve their situation in life through education. The ASIST program benefits students who, for a variety of reasons, are facing work/life challenges. The applicants are either single parents, individuals just entering the workforce or displaced workers.

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