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Founder of Headbands of Hope

Jess Ekstrom

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< $25,000

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New York, NEW YORK

At a glance:

Jess Ekstrom shares her own inspirational story of how optimism helped her overcome multiple challenges, and the dynamic ways her mind-set propelled her as a young entrepreneur, international speaker, and philanthropist.

Jess Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer.

Her first brush with success was selling all of her toys on eBay when she was twelve. Since then, Jess has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Hallmark Channel, Inside Edition, Vanity Fair, Forbes, and People Magazine ran an exclusive on her when her book released. Jess is a regular guest on QVC.

More importantly, Headbands of Hope has donated over half a million headbands reaching every children’s hospital in the United States and in fifteen countries.

Her book Chasing the Bright Side debuted as a #1 New Release on Amazon and Apple picked her audiobook as their Must-Listen of the month. She thinks it’s because of her Bill Nye the Science Guy impression she did when she was narrating.

Jess is also a professional speaker and founder of Mic Drop Workshop, an online course with the mission of empowering more women to share their message as a speaker.

Some of her career highlights have been…

•  Hosting proms at Children’s Hospitals
•  Being dubbed “The Ultimate Game Changer” by Women’s Health Magazine
•  Making the Under 30 Women to Watch list by Business Insider
•  Being named a “top motivational speaker” by Forbes
•  Donating over half a million headbands to every children’s hospital in America and 15 countries
•  Making it on CNN when she finished The Krispy Kreme challenge (where you eat a dozen donuts and run 5 miles)
•  and teaching her dog to sit, stay and shake

Jess and her husband, Jake, travel around the country in their Airstream with their dog, Ollie.

  • Chasing The Bright Side: Why Optimism is The Secret Ingredient to Success

    Jess encourages her audience to use optimism as a tool to not just envision the good, but create it. When we think optimistically in our careers and in our lives, we’ll feel more confident, creative and empowered to go for it. And forward mobility is contingent upon our optimistic mindset coupled with the willingness to go for it.

    By using her story of creating a million-dollar company from her dorm room, Jess talks about the three essential tools to practicing optimism: confidence mindset, failure management, and purpose activation.
  • Who Do You Serve? Connecting Our Work to Our World

    Having a sense of meaning is one of the top 3 most important factors cited by employees when it comes to job satisfaction and engagement. Engaged and loyal employees will allow companies to remain innovative, impactful and competitive in their industry.

    In this keynote, Jess will debunk the idea of bouncing around searching for your ‘calling,’ and instead find alignment between your work, purpose, and greater mission of the company.
  • That's What She Said: Making Our Internal Dialogue our Biggest Cheerleader

    Jess uses her story of Headbands of Hope to show how she actively trained the voice in her head through times of inspiration, chaos, failure and purpose.
Jess is a very poised and polished speaker– confident, funny, great connection with the audience and left them inspired.

—Marc Randolph, Co-founder of Netflix

When Jess is on stage, she is a confident and natural storyteller, she knows how to frame the story of her journey in a meaningful and impactful way for an audience to feel engaged with her story and her business, Headbands for Hope.

—Kelly B., Under Armour Innovative Partnerships

She was so engaging and interactive with the students in her keynote address, even at 9 in the morning! This keynote left our students touched and ready to start following their passion for service!

—Corey, President of Georgia Association for Student Councils

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