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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.