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About vera

Vera Jones is a Motivational Speaker, Communication 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 inspire. She is also known for her extensive, veteran 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. Today Vera can be seen inspiring others on BEE TV Flix streaming Perseverance Live, an interview-style show that spotlights ordinary people with extraordinary stories of perseverance to inspire and enlighten the world.

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Vera became an MTI Certified Trainer in Conflict Resolution, founded the Perseverance Speaker’s Academy, and was elected Board President to a non-profit organization called Colorful Talks.  Vera deeply understands the personal trials of life. She has become a notable force in her faith-based mission to “help people blinded by life’s fouls trust their vision.”


With the emergence of Vera’s signature, platform speech, Trust Your Vision, in a 2017 Goalcast viral video of 47-million views and counting, Vera has commanded global recognition as an inspirational phenom.  Her style is best described as “Inspiring, funny, and relatable” as she 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.


Vera is an MTI Certified Trainer in Conflict Dynamics and Workplace Conflict Resolution.  She earned her master's degree from the prestigious Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University where she first developed an interest in 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 help leaders manage seemingly unmanageable workplace conflict.


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. Now with her own television show, Perseverance Live,  Vera continues to use her talents to amuse and uplift a world with an unquenchable thirst for entertainment.


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, which provides educational tools for families to facilitate meaningful conversations and activities regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion with their school-aged children. She is passionate about her mission to uplift and unite by helping all people to become more empathic and collaborative.


Vera continues to educate, entertain, and inspire diverse audiences and teams in the areas of:


  • Corporate and Government Leadership

  • Behavior, Styles, and 360 Assessments

  • Workplace Conflict Resolution

  • Executive and Managerial Coaching

  • Empathic Communication Training

  • Disabilities Education and Advocacy

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Sensitivity

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Public Speaking Training

  • Community Empowerment Forums

  • Athletic Leadership and Team Building

  • Women's Initiatives

  • Wellness and Mindset Coaching

  • Youth Leadership



Vera has a special heart and message to speak for education and disability related events. Her penchant for captivating audiences lies in her genuineness, insightfulness, relatability, and her ability to make presentations interactive and fun!


*All services are adaptable for VIRTUAL PRESENTATION!