Motivational Speaker and Communications & Leadership Trainer, Vera Jones is an author, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, and Syracuse University Hall-of-Fame 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 the Big Ten Network, ESPN, Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden Network, and NBA-TV.
A naturally gifted communicator, Vera has been an on-air personality at several radio stations from New York to Florida, earning the prestigious South Carolina Broadcaster's Association "Personality of the Year" in 1994 as a Country Radio Morning Show Co-Host. Her "Bobbi Jones" Country Radio DJ impression has become a hilariously popular character with audiences everywhere! Other entertainment endeavours have included acting with the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company and stand-up comedy. Her athletic endeavours have included collegiate coaching at the University of Dayton, Indiana University and Florida Atlantic University. Corporate experiences and presentations include working for Fortune 500 Companies such as Procter & Gamble, Pulte Homes, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.
Grounded with diversified career and life experiences, today, as President of Vera’s VoiceWorks, Vera engages and energizes audiences across the country conducting various public speaking and leadership training forums. A single-mom with a special needs son, Vera deeply understands the personal trials of life. She is on a faith-based mission to uplift people to overcome adversity with the power of faith, unity, perseverance and purpose. Vera is the author of Play Through the Foul – Basketball Lessons for the Game of Life and New Best Friend – A Little Book of Faith. She has also co-authored The True Champions 30-Day Challenge with AJ Ali, and anticipates the release of her first children’s book, The Only Sun in 2014. These literary works complement her ability to empower, enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages.
Vera continues to educate, entertain and inspire diverse audiences for athletic team building workshops; corporate leadership and communication training; educational conferences; small business seminars, school and community empowerment sessions; women's and African American special interest conferences; Christian seminars; diversity forums; book clubs; scholastic youth programs and camps; and so much more! Vera serves as the parent representative on the sub-committee of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and has a special heart to speak for education and disability related events. Her penchant for captivating audiences lies in her genuineness, insightfulness and her ability to make presentations interactive and fun. Here are just a few of her speaker topics:
- Play Through the Foul (Vera's Signature Keynote/Training on Overcoming Adversity and Winning at the Game of Life)
- The Only Sun (A Gifted and Disabilities Empowerment Ministry on Being Uniquely Created)
- New Best Friend (A Lesson on Vision and Faith)
- Leadership "6-S" (Prelude to Vera's next book citing 6 Principles of Effective, Empathic Leadership)
- Passionately Play Your Position (A HIT for Athletic, Education and Corporate Motivation)
- P.E.T.E.R. (Christian Principles of Effective Communication in Leadership)