Vera Jones is a motivational speaker, professional development trainer, author, award-winning television and radio broadcaster, and 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 her current 11-year remote and studio analyst tenure with the Big Ten Network. Her broadcast experience also includes ESPN, Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden Network, and NBA-TV. While Vera still enjoys a career broadcasting sports, she passionately pursues her purpose by empowering individuals and teams to "Play Through the Foul" of adversity and win in this game of life!
Real Woman, Real Adversity, Real Victory and Inspiration!
A single-mom with a special needs son, 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. She is on a mission of fidelity 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; New Best Friend – A Little Book of Faith; and The Only Sun, a children's book, and personally narrated audiobook, which encourages us all to embrace the beauty and significance of our unique differences. Vera has also co-authored The True Champions 30-Day Challenge, a Christian sports devotional with AJ Ali. These literary works complement her ability to empower, enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages.
Kathy Cope has been leading, training and developing leaders, teams, and people for more than 25 years. She is a passionate, motivated, and talented speaker, who travels nationally and internationally. Her passion is teaching businesses, organizations, and people how to maximize their potential, and fulfill their purpose. Kathy is the CEO of Elite Life and Leadership, and Executive Director of Grace for Glory Global Ministries. She has been a missionary to the country of Haiti since 2004, where she continues to rescue, feed, clothe, and educate the least in God's kingdom.
Elaine Anderson – is rooted in God, country and family, raised in Iowa the “heartland” of America. She says “I’m nothing special, just a patriotic American and a child of the most high God who loves the Lord and loves serving Him through the years in women's ministry, children's ministry, small groups, local and foreign missions - especially Ukraine and Dominican Republic.” Elaine has always had a heart for foreign missions, but thought because she was an accountant she had nothing to offer. The wise leader of the mission said she had everything. It is called friendship evangelism. Offer yourself. Elaine’s spiritual gifts include giving, hospitality and teaching. A zest for life, and a positive attitude are crucial. Her number one rule is "you've got to have fun"! Elaine’s personal mission statement is four-fold: “I want God's best for my life, and I want Jesus Christ to be the head of my home. I want others to see Jesus in me, and I want to make a difference in someone's life for eternity.”
Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Isaiah 6:8, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
2 Timothy 4:7-8, " I have fought the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."