Vera Jones

Vera Jones is a top motivational speaker, author, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, and a Syracuse University Hall-of-Fame Scholar-Athlete. She is most widely known for her extensive background in broadcasting, serving as a Women’s Basketball Analyst and Reporter for various networks over the past two decades, including ESPN, Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden Network, NBA-TV and her current 10-year stint with the Big Ten Network.

  • Vera Jones`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Vera Jones`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Florida, USA

  • Vera Jones`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Vera Jones`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Florida, USA

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Play Through the Foul™ Team Building and Communication Training

PTTF is more than just a brand, it is a life mantra for Vera Jones, who began playing basketball at the age of 5. The life lessons sport has taught Vera in her endeavors as a player, a coach, and a broadcaster set the stage for her becoming the thought leader and orator she is...

PTTF is more than just a brand, it is a life mantra for Vera Jones, who began playing basketball at the age of 5. The life lessons sport has taught Vera in her endeavors as a player, a coach, and a broadcaster set the stage for her becoming the thought leader and orator she is today. It was learning to play through so many of life’s fouls that inspired Vera to share those lessons with the world in her first book “Play Through the Foul – Basketball Lessons for the Game of Life,” and on stage to audiences across the globe. They are lessons grounded in faith, vision, unity, passion, perseverance, and purpose. Vera will customize the message for the client’s specific needs.

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Diversity Training with the "Diversity Duo"

Vera Jones has joined forces with Dr. Rebecca Heiss to enhance Play Through the Foul Team Building and Communication Training.  Known as The Diversity Duo, these incredibly talented ladies combine Coach Jones...

Vera Jones has joined forces with Dr. Rebecca Heiss to enhance Play Through the Foul Team Building and Communication Training.  Known as The Diversity Duothese incredibly talented ladies combine Coach Jones’s sports-infused, empathic leadership training platform with Dr. Heiss’s scientific brain research to provide organizations a training team like no other! Specifically designed to overcome the “fouls,” stressors, and biases inherent in interpersonal relationships, Vera and Rebecca  have brought their “Win Twin” powers together to provide highly informative, engaging, and empowering training workshops and presentations.  Topics include empathic and scientific grounded solutions for understanding implicit biases, workplace fears and distrust, and communication style conflicts. If you are looking for serious strategies and solutions for tackling tough relational issues like racial, gender, sex, or disabilities biases and insensitivities that tend to permeate and debilitate even the greatest organizations, call the Diversity Duo in black and white to make things go right!

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Trust Your Vision

The riveting story of life and leadership lessons a mother learned from her son who lost his sight due to a brain tumor. This is Vera’s signature story of the physical and emotional challenges of a 12-year old son who endured everything from medical trauma to bullying. It is...

The riveting story of life and leadership lessons a mother learned from her son who lost his sight due to a brain tumor. This is Vera’s signature story of the physical and emotional challenges of a 12-year old son who endured everything from medical trauma to bullying. It is also the daunting, yet sometimes humorous, adventures of a single mom trying to faithfully coach him to overcome his obstacles to win. Guaranteed to leave no dry eye, no untouched heart, this is the biggest reason why Vera is in such high demand as an inspiring motivational speaker. First titled “The Blind CAN Lead the Blind,” in an INBOUND16 speech, it was adapted by Goalcast in October 2017 in a video that instantly went viral. Vera’s passionate presentation has been seen worldwide by tens of millions of viewers and counting! She continues to stir up multiple, powerful emotions in convincing audiences you can overcome adversity if you “Trust Your Vision and Play Through the Foul.”

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The Ten Turtle Tenets

“A Keynote for Healing, Health, and Happiness”  ...

“A Keynote for Healing, Health, and Happiness”

 Grounded in great anticipation of the release of her new book, “The Ten Turtle Tenets” (Summer 2018) Vera commands the stage to extended standing ovations documenting every wild, crazy, incredulous, and divine encounter with her mother, who Vera happens to believe comes back to life to advise her from time to time as a turtle! Vera weaves principles for life balance and general wellness into ten breathtaking personal narratives, captivating her audience members and leaving them awe-inspired about the endless, fascinating possibilities in life, (including her mother really being a turtle!) Most importantly they are left inspired by how they too have the opportunity to follow the Ten Turtle Tenets to find healing, health, and happiness in their own lives, and to be great messengers and servers of encouragement in the lives of others. It all began with Vera’s prophetic instruction from her mother to “give up basketball, get on the speaker’s circuit, and get on Oprah!” Based on her life’s journey to date, she has every reason to believe in The Ten Turtle Tenets, and her audiences, once they are done laughing and crying, find themselves believing too! Get on board the Turtle Tour! You’re in for the joyride of your life!

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About Keynote Speaker Vera Jones

Vera Jones is a Motivational Speaker, Professional Development Coach, Author, Award-Winning Television and Radio Broadcaster, and Syracuse University Hall-of-Fame Scholar-Athlete. She is a relatable and often humorous speaker who thrives on empathy and emotional intelligence to connect and encourage. She is also known for her extensive background in broadcasting, serving over 30 years as a Women’s Basketball Analyst and Reporter for various networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden Network, NBA-TV, and the Big Ten Network.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

With the emergence of Vera’s signature, platform speech, Trust Your Vision, in a 2017 Goalcast viral video of over 46-million views, Vera has commanded global recognition as an inspirational phenom.  VERA passionately moves her audiences towards empathy, significance, service, and purpose. In line with her sports experience and philosophies, she helps individuals and teams “Play Through the Foul” with the power of faith, focus, and fortitude. An accomplished author, Vera’s books also reflect these powerful themes.

COACH AND CORPORATE TRAINER:

Vera is a Certified Trainer in Workplace Conflict Resolution via the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College. She earned her master’s degree from the prestigious Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University where she first developed an interest in understanding the psychology of interpersonal communication. She also excelled as a scholar-athlete. Laboring several years coaching collegiate basketball with stops at the University of Dayton and Indiana University, the groundwork was set for Vera to develop a sports-principled, communication coaching and training platform. Additionally, working in the corporate sector for Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo and Procter & Gamble, grounded Vera with empathic understanding for the many fouls that can occur in the workplace. Today, as President of Vera’s VoiceWorks, LLC, she applies her diversified career experiences in leadership training platforms via Play Through the Foul Team Building and Communication Training to coach, empower, and energize individuals and organizations to overcome conflict to achieve success.

ENTERTAINER:

Vera’s resume includes over a decade as a radio personality at several radio stations from New York to Florida.  She was tabbed the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association “Personality of the Year” in 1994 as a Country Radio Morning Show Co-Host. Her comical “Bobbi Jones” Country Radio DJ impression has become popular with audiences everywhere and makes for a unique perspective on diversity. Other entertainment endeavors have included acting with the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company and stand-up comedy. She is currently working on her first screenplay based on the story of her life.

REAL WOMAN, REAL ADVERSITY, REAL VICTORY AND INSPIRATION!

A single mom with a son with disabilities, Vera deeply understands the personal trials of life. Her empathic leadership approach has been aided by working on the school improvement committee of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. In August 2020, Vera was elected as the inaugural board President for Colorful Talks, an initiative to help educate parents to facilitate critical conversations with their children about race and the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusiveness. She is passionate about her mission to uplift and unite by helping all people to become more compassionate and collaborative.

Testimonials

Vera has a unique, direct style that captures attention and keeps the audience engaged throughout. She is a joy and inspiration to hear!

Heroes Campaign Chairman

American Red Cross

I’ve asked Vera to speak in various settings: at the Academy of Finance Workshop educating young business minds; in the classroom empowering high school students;, and in a gym of young athletes. I keep calling her to speak, and she keeps delivering the wisdom, humor and encouragement that is always perfect for the occasion.

Teresa Waters

Department Chairwoman Career Technology and Education Howard County Public Schools

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