Meet Vera Morris

Vera Morris

Yardi Systems, Inc.

An introduction: I’m a consultant with Yardi Systems, Inc., a professional model, a motivational speaker, and the reigning Miss Cary for America 2020.

I’ve run 5Ks for the last five years for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and I became an Ambassador in 2015. Last year, I was asked to emcee the Lilly Pulitzer, On the Bright Side Fashion Show benefiting Susan G. Komen, Triangle to the Coast. I got to speak at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser, about the importance of early detection and the loss of one of my best friends to breast cancer. I’ve also been a judge at the Miss Pink Pageant fundraiser in S.C.

I was involved with Models for Charity for the last two years, in which we hosted events and fashion shows to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

I was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for S.O.A.R Outreach. This nonprofit in Raleigh provides hygiene kits to homeless or low-income kids in over 27 schools within Wake County. The goal is to empower kids, decrease bullying, and increase classroom success.

During Read Across America Week in March, I read books to students at Brier Creek Elementary and Bethesda Christian Academy. I’ve spoken about Mental Health Awareness and Overcoming Obstacles at N.C. A&T State University, Johnston Community College, at the Women’s Health Awareness Day in Raleigh, and at other events.

Inspiration: I thoroughly enjoy helping people through community service. I’m blessed to have wonderful parents who love me, and who taught me the importance of giving back to others. My friends and family are extremely supportive, which keeps me motivated to do more.

Knowing my purpose, having support and loving what I do help fuel the passions that I have and make me want to do even more.

Core values: Diligence, accountability, perseverance and self-confidence are all core values that align with my work.

Regardless if I’m training a client on property management software at Yardi, being in front of the camera as a model, speaking to people about overcoming obstacles, or making appearances as Miss Cary for America, all of these jobs align with my core values and require me to push and work that much harder.

Greatest challenge: Being sick for three years prior to being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease was really tough. I was still trying to work and maintain normalcy in my life. It was difficult explaining to my employer, friends and family that I was sick, but didn’t know why. Finally being diagnosed at UNC Hospital was bittersweet. I knew what was wrong with me, but I had to face the challenge of accepting my diagnosis. Becoming an Advocate for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation helped me embrace what I had.

On success: Falling down, time and time again, and finding a way to get back up, is the reason why I am who I am today. My determination to never give up and the willingness to continue to grow have made me appreciate my successes that much more.

Fun fact: I was Miss North Carolina USA 1998, and was awarded Miss Congeniality during the Miss USA 1998 pageant. During my reign, I had the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles and appear on the television game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” Despite not making it to the bonus round, I still had so much fun. I also enjoyed meeting Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

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