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Keynote Speaker Jess Ekstrom

Jess Ekstrom

Founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, Writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post

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  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    North Carolina, USA

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About Jess (in a nutshell):

Jess 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. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated over 100,000 headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States and 6 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Why Clients Love Jess

‘The first time I heard Jess speak at FailFest I was blown away. Blown away by her company, her speaking, her message, but most of all, blown away by her.’
– Jeff Hoffman, Co-founder of Priceline.com

“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 of Hope.”
– Kelly B. Under Armour Innovative Partnerships

“Jess is a total powerhouse. She was a jolt of energy and left everyone in the audience feeling incredibly inspired and motivated. Jess is a hands-down pick for your next event.”
– Leah W. Citrix

More about Jess:

During the summer of 2011, Jess Ekstrom participated in an internship at a wish-granting organization for kids with life-threatening illnesses. During this incredible experience, she quickly discovered that there were so many small things that made such an immense impact. One of the things that impacted her personally was the idea that kids loved to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy, yet all she could find was donations of hats and wigs.

Armed with inspiration, she spent her junior year at North Carolina State University developing her company, Headbands of Hope, a mission-driven brand geared toward both women and children. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. By the time she graduated, she had donated thousands of headbands to kids with cancer and was elected to give the commencement speech at her graduation to 20,000 people.

Along with her business, her message started to spread across America. In just over two years, she’s spoken to over 100 campuses, conferences and businesses totaling over 100,000 people. Jess focuses on increasing workplace engagement and employee empowerment. She also encourages her audience to focus on their personal bottom-line: the underlying or ultimate outcome of their life fulfillment, not just finances. 

In the past year, the company has launched impact initiatives such as hosting proms and children’s hospitals and starting their #BandTogether program where they partner with a childhood cancer charity and donate proceeds from sales to their mission. They’ve also joined hands with art therapy by having the patients create their own headbands with the flower crown kits they provide.

Jess believes that luck is where preparation meets opportunity. She’s passionate about helping others find those collision points and live a more purposeful life. Her most popular audiences are employees, millennials in the workforce, leaders and college students.

Testimonials 6

  • “Jess has an infectious personality and incredible passion for serving others. Her experiences through Headbands of Hope are inspirational and tear jerking. She is a polished public speaker with a vast library of personal stories and experiences that will inspire, invigorate, and focus your team on philanthropy and the power of being intentional in everything you do.”

    Amber Faulk

    Fonville Morisey Realty

  • ‘The first time I heard Jess speak at FailFest I was blown away. Blown away by her company, her speaking, her message, but most of all, blown away by her.’

    Jeff Hoffman

    Co-founder of Priceline.com

  • “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 of Hope.”

    Kelly B.

    Under Armour

  • “Jess is a total powerhouse. She was a jolt of energy and left everyone in the audience feeling incredibly inspired and motivated. Jess is a hands-down pick for your next event.”

    Leah W.

    Citrix

  • “Jess was hands down the fan favorite at Yellow Conference this year. A standing ovation and a line to talk to her was no surprise.”

    Joanna Waterfall

    Director of Yellow Conference

  • “After the program, I waited in line to get a picture with Jess. I want to hang that picture in my office one day and tell people, this is the girl that changed my life.”

    Tonya L.

    Western Carolina University

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