My name is Jess Ekstrom and I’m on a mission to help you step into your growth mindset
Why? Because after starting two 7-figure social empires that have helped millions of women and girls, I realized our GROWTH MINDSET is the key to making change happen.
I have a rooted belief that has helped me build two successful social enterprises, become a Forbes top-rated speaker, 2x bestselling author, standup comedian and I want to share it with you…
When we improve the inner voice of our thoughts, we can amplify the outer voice of our ideas.
all of this began with my own story of Imposter Syndrome.
When I was in college, I had an idea after an internship at Make-A-Wish to deliver headbands to kids with illnesses.
With an idea, no experience, no budget, and no clear direction, my Imposter Syndrome started to kick in: But I don’t know what I’m doing? I’ve never started a business before. What if I fail? Where do I even begin? Clearly someone else is more qualified to do this.
This moment was the spark of a curious relationship with my own thoughts. Without realizing it at the time, I created my Imposter Mindset Map that helped me identify the 5 types of imposter voices we experience and how to outplay them. I now teach this Mindset Map to audiences all over the world to help them:
With an idea and $0 in the bank account (actually, -$10,000 but that’s a long story you can read in Chasing the Bright Side), I started to speak to any audience that would allow me to hold a microphone.
two things happened when I started speaking:
I also made the unfortunate discovery of how male-dominated speaking is as a skill: on stages, in meetings, in leadership. Only 32% of public speakers are women. Less than 3% of venture capital funding go to women led companies. Studies show even the auditory level of women’s voices are softer than men, making it harder to hear them!
My mom, my sister, me (with the bowl cut) and my dad on our family camping trip!
In 2018, I founded Mic Drop Workshop: a company that exists to help women and non-binary people to be seen and valued as thought leaders on stages and at work.
To date, we’ve helped over 2,000 women amplify their voice for maximum impact.
But our outermost voice starts with our innermost thoughts.
I’m here to guide you through the journey from improving your inner thoughts to amplifying your outer voice.
I do this for companies and events as a sought-after public speaker who’s shared the stage with President Joe Biden, Tyler Perry, Magic Johnson, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush-Hager, with raving testimonials from Chip Gaines, Netflix, Canva, Edward Jones, and more.
And I do this for individuals through Mic Drop Workshop who want to become professional public speakers or through Mic Drop workFORCE for anyone who wants to become a better communicator and presenter at work.
If you’re ready to STEP INTO YOUR GROWTH MINDSET so you can amplify your voice, you’re exactly where you need to be.
Take this quiz to begin!
Watch Jess’ Canva Commercial!
When I was in college, I interned at a wish-granting organization for kids with life-threatening illnesses. I discovered that a lot of kids losing their hair to chemotherapy loved to wear headbands after hair loss, but they were only given wigs and hats. I searched Google to see if there was any business or organization donating headbands to kids with cancer and came up dry.
So I thought: WHY NOT ME?
I could figure this out- I can give headbands to kids with cancer.
So I started Headbands of Hope. For every headband sold, one is donated to a child with cancer. After a few missed swings, running in circles, a loan from a family member, losing that loan to a fraudulent manufacturer which turned into a lawsuit, crickets on the other end when I launched it…
Headbands of Hope was born!
Hey, I never said things were easy, but they should be worth it.
Now, Headbands of Hope has been endorsed by celebrities like Lauren Conrad, Khloe Kardashian, a bunch of people from the Bachelor franchise (because I’m obsessed with that show). We’ve been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The View, and I’m a regular guest on QVC.
But most importantly, we’ve donated over 650,000 headbands to kids with illnesses all over the world.
But none of this would have happened if I didn’t have two things:
Optimism to make the world better
Belief in myself that I could be the one to do it (even if I didn’t have a lot of shiny skills)
As Headbands of Hope grew, so did my story.
My first speech was at my graduation at NC State for 20,000 people
My second gig was for a slice of pizza
And my third gig was for $2,200
I like to help women
move past the slice of pizza and get paid as professional speakers and authors. I do this through:
my guided online journaling service for doers
Business on the Bright Side
my top 25 entrepreneurship podcast
My online courses
for women to learn how to tell & sell their story through public speaking and book publishing
Make a Living, Make a Difference
You should know I believe that:
An inclusive world is a better world here are some free email templates I created for speakers to refer women of color for the next speaking event.
Everything I create is to help women monetize their story and feel good about what they have to offer the world.
I’ll leave you with my values that myself and my team believe in. Because I’m not just some influencer on the internet that promises you the world and doesn’t give a crap after your card is swiped.
Take one step in my community and you’ll see I’m here to do one thing: help you make a living and make a difference at the same time.
ROI: anything you purchase from me I want to be sure it will make you that money back.
PURPOSE: let’s be aligned about the future and our place in it.
TRANSPARENCY: I’m not just going to cherry pick things that went right, you’ll hear it all.
FUNNY BUSINESS: because if we’re not having fun, what’s the point?
Sometimes the home-run product you're looking to launch, is the story you already have.
I am here to help you tell it.
My guided online journaling service for people who DO