Jess Ekstrom lives by three words: inspiration from frustration.
Whenever she's frustrated, she usually finds inspiration in a business idea to solve the problem. Hence, she’s a 2x successful social entrepreneur.
In 2012, she took a $300 grant and launched Headbands of Hope, a company that provides headbands to kids with illnesses.
Since then, her company has donated millions of headbands all over the world and has become the official headband provider for the NBA, WNBA, and are now sold in all Kohl’s locations.
Jess is a Forbes Top Rated speaker with past clients like Zappos, Priceline, Netflix, Canva, Edward Jones, Magnolia, Under Armour, Newell Brands, Leadercast Live, SAS, Harvard, TEDx, and more.
But her career goals are not just about getting herself on stage, she wants to help more women get on stages as public speakers. And in 2018, she founded Mic Drop Workshop®️, a company with the mission of empowering more women to share their message as a public speaker and author.
Jess is a 2x bestselling author of Chasing the Bright Side and Create Your Bright Ideas. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, Forbes, and People Magazine ran an exclusive piece about her when her book was released. You've most likely seen Jess on your TV whether it was an interview on your favorite morning show, shopping on QVC, or watching her run her business from her Airstream in a global Canva commercial.
Some of her recent badges of honor…
Chip Gaines said, "Jess Ekstrom is leaving her mark on this world and it's amazing to watch her do it."
Jess was dubbed The Ultimate Game Changer by Women’s Health Magazine
The co-founder of Netflix said, "Jess is a very poised and polished speaker- confident, funny, great connection with the audience and left them inspired."
Jess was tapped to interview the First Lady of Iceland on women’s equality issues
Linkedin Learning and TED Education have asked Jess to host courses on the art of public speaking
Forbes named her a Top Motivational Speaker
Arianna Huffington put her on her 99 Female Disruptors List
Becoming a new mom to a little girl and advocating for moms in the workplace
And Business Insider said Jess is a “Woman to Watch”
Jess brings humor, inspiration, and entertainment to every group she addresses. Her motivational, edge-of-your-seat storytelling and infectious energy is a refreshing experience for audiences looking to improve their culture, purpose-building, and fulfillment.
THE GROWTH MINDSET: CHANGE YOUR MIND SO YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR FUTURE
The quality of your future is entirely dependent on the quality of your mindset. The first step to achieving influence and massive success is editing your thought patterns and the negative feedback loops that are holding you back, then finding the growth mindset that will take you to the next level.
Jess Ekstrom knows this better than anyone. She’s started two multi-million dollar social enterprises that have helped women and girls all over the world, but not without a few trips and falls (okay, maybe more than a few!) on her climb to the top.
This keynote will help audiences identify the five core mindsets we have and how to use them: The Reactor (happens in times of pressure), The Student (happens in new territory), The Lawyer (happens in conflict), The Dreamer (happens on the edge of opportunity), The Evaluator (happens when we reflect on our life and progress).
If you’re looking to motivate your people to get out of their own way, outplay their imposter syndrome, and feel fulfilled at the end of a work day, this is your keynote.
- Feel confident in their career so they can increase productivity and overcome challenges and change.
- Understand how we talk to ourselves in moments of pressure, new territory, conflict, opportunity, and self-evaluation.
- Learn how to reflect and evaluate their progress without judgment or comparison so they can avoid burnout and workplace anxiety.
- Develop a toolkit for their thoughts so they can articulate their ideas and communicate with influence
CHASING THE BRIGHT SIDE: PURPOSE-DRIVEN THINKING LEADS TO UNSTOPPABLE GROWTH
This keynote is perfect for: workplace engagement, overcoming burnout, adapting a more positive mindset at work, employee retention, increasing fulfillment, navigating change and hardships, startup struggles and culture building.
Nowadays, it’s so easy to get warped into negative thoughts and constantly feeling like you’re moving from problem to problem.
A recent study at the American Academy of Neurology found that prolonged negative thinking diminishes your brain’s ability to think or reason clearly and it quickly drains your energy.
You’d think the solution to negativity would be to tell yourself to “just be positive!” but we all know that doesn’t trick your brain, it only frustrates it.
In Jess’ bestselling book, Chasing the Bright Side, she talks about how optimism isn’t about eliminating the negativity, it’s about using it to create something better. Even the spark of her business, Headbands of Hope, was started because of a problem she saw: kids with cancer wanted to wear headbands after hair-loss. Now, her company has donated over one million headbands to kids with illnesses and has reached every children’s hospital in the United States and 22 countries.
But it all began because there was a problem. Problems are where a lot of great ideas begin if we let them.
If you’re looking to find a keynote speaker who can deliver inspiration infused with humor and entertainment, then Jess is your choice. In this keynote, she aims to inspire audiences to not just envision a better future for their life, work, and community, but go create it.
Edward Jones, Zappos, Leadercast Live, Newell Brands, Inman Connect, Economic Development conferences
- Finding the overlap between passion and profit
- Why optimism is the key to positive growth
- How to turn setbacks into comebacks
- A better future starts with a brighter mindset
MEANINGFUL WORK: HOW TO BE FULFILLED...RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE
This keynote is perfect for: purpose building, audiences seeking fulfillment, hitting goals + targets, improve retention rates, improving connections to customers/clients, recentering your career to remember why you started.
Let’s get one thing straight: meaningful work is not assigned to you, it’s created by you.
Most of the time we believe that in order to do something meaningful, we have to do something else: live somewhere else, work somewhere else, do something else, be someone else.
But what if we didn’t have to change our circumstances to do something meaningful, but changed our mindset around it?
So according to the Chapman University Survey, why do most people fear public speaking more than they fear sharks?
Nowadays, people don’t want to just clock in and clock out. People want to feel like what they’re doing matters- it’s human nature. We want to know that all of the tasks are building blocks to something greater than themselves. We want to zoom out and say, “Yes! I’m a part of something that matters.”
When employees, leaders, and entrepreneurs can create meaning in their work:
They show up with more passion
Their hustle muscle is activated
They’re more engaged in the big picture
And the ordinary tasks now have an extraordinary purpose
When we build meaning in our work: A single sale becomes a fist pump of forward progress. A customer service call becomes a deeper connection to a future customer. An end of quarter review becomes an impact report….
In other words, our jobs are no longer jobs…they’re a service to humanity.
Jess’ keynote is certainly not a namaste, save the world, love-what-you-do-and-you-never-have-to-work-a-day-in-your-life manifesto. She uses her experiences, market research, and improv comedy classes to make an inspiring yet entertaining experience.
Magnolia, Micron, Sharpie, Citrix, Ignite Tupelo, Catalyst University, National Association of Realtors, Banker Associations
- Fulfillment is not a destination we hit one day, but a choice to how we live today
- Develop an entrepreneurial mindset to increase your agility and handle what's thrown your way
- It’s not about the task, but what you make the task mean
- Learn what is success (purpose) and what is achievement (reward)
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID: POWERING OUR INNER DIALOGUE SO WE CAN LEAD THE WAY
The perfect keynote option for any women’s group or women-focused event!
There was a study that asked men and women in their last moments of life what they regretted.
Women said, “I cared too much about what others thought of me.”
Men said, “I worked too hard.”
In other words, women had regrets over their thoughts and perception…men didn’t.
Whether or not we recognize it or hear it, we have this voice in our head: the voice in our head that tells us we’re not ready. The voice in our head that makes our failures louder than our wins. The voice in our head that compares us to the woman beside us. The voice in our head that tells us someday, but not today.
So what happens when we change the story?
Opportunity. That’s what happens when we change the voice in our head to tell us that there’s good and we can bring it. It opens up a whole other world that maybe we thought was beyond reach before. Everything we want is within reach if we’re willing to throw perfection out the door and embrace the messiness of the journey.
But first, we have to learn to recognize the voice in our head and train it to be our biggest cheerleader, instead of the coach that keeps putting you on the bench. In this keynote, Jess will use her entrepreneurial story to show how she actively trained the voice in her head through times of inspiration, chaos, failure and purpose.
Leadercast Women, Wine and Design Franchisee Conference, and Carquest Women’s Summit
- Recognizing the voice in our head and what it tells us
- The path to leadership begins with giving more airtime to our inner cheerleader than our inner critic
- Learning that confidence is a voice, not a skill
- Understanding that we are always in control of our story
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