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Vera Jones

Communication and Leadership Trainer; Author & Women's Basketball Analyst

Communication and Leadership Trainer; Author & Women's Basketball Analyst

Travels From Travels From:
Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Vera Jones Biography

Vera Jones is a motivational speaker, communication coach, author, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, and Syracuse University Hall-of-Fame scholar-athlete. Also known for her extensive background in broadcasting, serving over 30 years as a women’s basketball analyst and reporter for various networks, Jones is an MTI Certified Trainer in Conflict Resolution offering individual and group coaching through her Perseverance Speaker’s Academy. She is a relatable and often humorous speaker who thrives on empathy and emotional intelligence to connect and inspire.

Known for her viral platform speech, "Trust Your Vision," Jones commands global recognition, captivating audiences with her inspiring, funny, and relatable style. Drawing from her extensive corporate experience with Fortune 500 companies and coaching in collegiate basketball, she encourages individuals and teams to "Play Through the Foul" using faith, focus, and fortitude. As President of Vera's VoiceWorks, LLC, she leverages her diverse career to help leaders navigate workplace conflicts effectively.

Jones, a single mom with a son facing disabilities, understands life's trials intimately. Engaged in the school improvement committee of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, she was elected as the inaugural board President for Colorful Talks in 2020, advocating for meaningful conversations on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Passionate about uplifting and uniting people, Jones strives to cultivate empathy and collaboration for a better world.

Vera Jones Speaking Topics

  • Now I See

    Vera’s signature story ignites belief that for every piece of pain there’s a powerful piece of purpose! Chronicling the daunting emotional and physical challenges her son faced in being diagnosed with a brain tumor and blindness, Vera reveals critical lessons for resilience, change, and finding significance in the midst of adversity. Sometimes humorous, always engaging, this single mom brings spiritual and mindset transformation, moving audiences “from Blindness to Breakthrough!” Vera’s passionate presentation was adapted by Goalcast in October 2017, instantly going viral to become one of their most watched videos with over 47-million views and counting! The riveting book, NOW I SEE: A Journey of Prophecy, Pain, and Purpose (Oct. 2019) is available to compliment this powerful keynote.

    Vera Graces the Stage with "E'S" Leaving Audiences:

    • ENCOURAGED to cultivate a “winner’s mentality” or positive mindset to overcome life’s inevitable fouls.

    • EQUIPPED with poignant, relatable strategies for resilience and change such as Vera’s Blind Life and Leadership Lessons and The B.E.N.C.H.

    • EMPOWERED to “look into the mirror and see if your purpose is staring back.”

    • ENTHUSED with a greater sense of significance, empathic leadership, and service; to make a boldly positive difference in the lives of our customers, communities, employees, students, teammates....our world!

  • Leadership 6-S

    There is great truth in the adage, “They won’t care what you know until they know that you care.” This is the brainchild behind Vera’s six principles of empathic leadership. Vera stimulates empathy, higher thinking, and laughter with memorable stories like “I Got It!” and her own personal trials with a “bad boss.” The presentation is designed to help participants explore opportunities for growth in their professional capacities supervising, teaching, coaching, or simply relating with others. When you put “6” and “S” together, you get “Success!” That’s just what Vera delivers! This keynote is also available as a breakout session and touches on strategies in various areas including sensitivity, communication, resilience, and employee engagement.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS This presentation invites participants to:

    • lead with clarity and confidence from an engagement and innovation focus of “I Can.”

    • understand the mindset, the “how to,” and the importance of communicating significance and security as primary principles in your organizational, community, or social leadership role.

    • become motivated to lead others through adversity, as this is when true, empathic leadership is needed most. You matter!

  • Girls Don’t Whistle?

    With the help of the Andy Griffith Show theme song, this Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presentation invites audiences to change their relational tunes for the better. Vera believes stimulating greater empathy and building trust are major keys for opening doors bolted by biases, fear, and ignorance. She examines the stages of distrust, and how to communicate truth to dismantle it. Tempering the need for honest self• introspection, Vera sheds light on why we react blindly to differentness and therefore perpetuate stigmas and negative stereotypes. Always geared towards conflict resolution, Vera brings simple solutions to an otherwise tense or difficult subject. Powerful, relatable, enlightening, and entertaining personal narratives, including her unforgettable experience as a country radio DJ named “Bobbi Jones,” are a breath of fresh air in the midst of our current, challenging social realities. This presentation is also available as an interactive breakout.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS After hearing Vera’s keynote, audiences can expect to:

    • learn how to become a positive voice for reconciliation and acceptance simply by valuing differences.

    • identify personal blind spots and biases without all the drama and guilt that binds progress towards unity.

    • learn the empathic, little, three letter word that is a proven strategy to cut through communication roadblocks as it pertains to diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges.

    • determine if a simple theme song stuck in your head can help you open your heart.

  • The Ten Turtle Tenets – A Lifetime Rx

    Vera reveals 10 principles for general wellness and positive living, particularly when faced with overcoming obstacles (like Covid-19!) Her narrative is captivating – creatively weaving mystery, suspense, and humor. Vera throws in her own witty prescription for a “chill pill” that allows audience members to self-assess their wellness needs. Expect to leave inspired and to think positively about the endless possibilities in life instead of succumbing to adversity and anxieties, thanks to theories revealed by Vera’s very peculiar turtle named “Mom.”

    KEY TAKEAWAYS You can expect to walk away from this keynote (or breakout):

    • inspired to prioritize your health and well-being, and those of your family and employees.

    • more performance-equipped to handle stress with Vera’s signature “Speminphsoenfi” work-life balance prescription.

    • prepared with practical techniques and tips for staying positive during challenging times....and a newfound love for turtles.

Vera Jones Videos

  • Vera Jones Demo 2021
    Vera Jones is a Motivational Speaker and Founder of the Perseverance Speakers Academy. Great speakers are confident in who they are and what they...
  • Vera Jones: Blind Can Lead the Blind...Life and Leadership
    With Vera Jones, what you see indeed is what you get, but what you get is something you have never seen! The blind CAN lead the blind…. as long as...
  • This is What a Blind Son Taught His Mother about Vision | Vera Jones
    Vera Jones, a collegiate Hall-of-Fame athlete, learns a lesson from her blind son about the vision needed to overcome life's hardships.

Vera Jones Books

  • Now I See: A Journey of Prophecy, Pain, and Purpose
    Now I See: A Journey of Prophecy, Pain, and Purpose
  • Play Through the Foul - Basketball Lessons for the Game of Life
    Play Through the Foul - Basketball Lessons for the Game of Life

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Vera Jones is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Now I See, Leadership 6-S, Girls Don’t Whistle? and The Ten Turtle Tenets – A Lifetime Rx. The estimated speaking fee range to book Vera Jones for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Vera Jones generally travels from Jacksonville, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lisa Leslie, Elena Delle Donne, Nicole Lynn, Donna Orender and Simone Biles. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Vera Jones for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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