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Ditching the Hustle in the Morning with Jess Ekstrom

The Lauren Boyd Show

This episode is LIKELY not the first to mention journaling as part of your daily routine. So many of us know the benefit of journaling or starting the day with a gratitude list, but finding that quiet time to write can feel harder to put into practice. In this episode, we are so excited to chat about what inspired our guest to create the online journal, Bright Pages. Jess Ekstrom is an author, speaker, founder of Headbands of Hope, and creator of Bright Pages. Being a serial entrepreneur, constantly thinking forward can be a gift and a cause for anxiety. Jess shares how this helped her create an online journal for doers that is easy to use, reference, and gather your thoughts and big ideas! With all of the businesses Jess juggles, along with adventuring with her husband and dog in their airstream, there is so much to learn from Jess on how to work on your own big ideas while ditching the hustle and enjoying the journey. 00:50 Meet Jess Ekstrom! 02:15 The inspiration behind Bright Pages, the online journal for doers! 06:45 How journal prompts can help you find the answers you already have within you. 10:00 How much time do you set aside for journaling? 11:40 Benefits of being able to search your own entries on Bright Pages online. 13:30 What is the best thing that has come from journaling? 15:20 Get 1 free month of Bright Pages! Follow Jess Ekstrom | @jess_ekstrom Text BRIGHTPAGES to (844) 928-1095 for 1 Month Free Bright Pages Check out Headbands of Hope on Instagram | @headbandsofhope …………………… Work with Guide My Business Connect with Lauren on Instagram | @thelaurenboyd Join the our Facebook Community


2 Aug 2021

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The Business of Social Good with Guests, Jess Ekstrom & Megha Desai| Ep. 51

SheSpeaks: How She Does It

In this episode, we're talking about social good and have two incredible guests and women in business who are also doing things to help others. Our first segment features Jess Ekstrom, CEO of Headbands of Hope and author of, "Chasing the Bright Side." Listen as Jess shares countless insights about success and making a difference. You'll learn how an experience with failure at the beginning of her career made her into the businesswoman she is today.  We are also joined by Megha Desai, President of the Desai Foundation a global foundation dedicated to improving the health and livelihood of women and children through community programs in the U.S. and India. Megha shares how her team is helping those in rural communities in India and how businesses can and should make doing good part of their model. You can find Jess Ekstrom at and Megha Desai at


20 Jul 2021

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How to Get Paid to Speak with Jess Ekstrom

Negotiate Anything

In this episode, Jess Ekstrom, Founder of Headbands of Hope and Bright Pages and Author of Chasing the Bright Side, discusses how to use negotiation to get paid for speaking events.Request a Custom Workshop For Your CompanyGet Free Access to Over 15 Negotiation GuidesGet $200 off of the Mic Drop Workshop with code: LIVE520Jess's WebsiteHeadbands of HopeFollow Jess on LinkedInFollow Kwame on LinkedInIf you've been a listener of the show and you've gotten a lot out of our programming, you can click here to Support Negotiate Anything.Kwame Christian with Jess Ekstrom Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/negotiate-anything.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Jul 2021

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38. Ditch the 5 Year Plan for an Impact Driven Business with Jess Ekstrom

The Shine Online Podcast

Jess Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company that donates headbands to kids with cancer with every headband sold. Headbands of Hope has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, QVC, The View and worn by celebrities like Kelsea Ballerini and Khloe Kardashian. More importantly, Headbands of Hope has donated over 600k headbands, reaching every single children's hospital in America and 22 countries. Jess is also the bestselling author of Chasing the Bright Side and creator of Mic Drop Workshop, an online course and community for women to become paid keynote speakers. Jess lives and travels full-time in her Airstream with her husband, Jake, and their 70 lb dog, Ollie. In today’s episode I’m with my fellow yellow girl, Jess Ekstrom. Jess shares her inspiring story about starting Headbands for Hope and how it led to her becoming a speaker, writer, and founder of Bright Pages. We also chat about why she’s not a fan of the 5 year plan, letting go of “founder syndrome”, learning to be patient with business growth, the many positives of virtual events, her 4 criteria for booking a speaking gig, what surprised her about recording her audiobook, and her journey of living in an Airstream. I loved this conversation and I know you will too! SHOW NOTES Join the Course Waitlist! Connect with Jess on IG @jess_ekstrom CONNECT WITH ME My website: shinewithnatasha.com On Instagram @shinewithnatasha


19 May 2021

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Headbands of Hope with Jess Ekstrom

The Give Back Model

Show Notes:Christine is thrilled to welcome her dream guest and one of the reasons she started this podcast, Jess Ekstrom. Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, where for every item sold, her company donates a headband to a child with an illness. She is a rockstar entrepreneur, an inspirational public speaker, and she has her own Mic Drop Workshop that helps bring more female speakers into the industry. To hear her incredible story and the journey of how she started this Give Back company, pick up her book, Chasing the Bright Side, where she dives deep into her journey and gives you a look of what it takes to grab hold of your passion and just do good.  Jess tells Christine about her experience working with Disney and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and what inspired her to launch Headbands of Hope. She speaks about the importance of believing in yourself and your idea wholeheartedly, being motivated by other people’s entrepreneurial journeys without comparing yourself to them, and overcoming Imposter Syndrome. Jess explains why she loves the term, “It’s just business,” and encourages entrepreneurs to remove their ego and self-worth from what they’re creating so they can focus on solutions objectively. She shares how a gut wrenching setback early on actually drove her to become more resourceful, resilient, and optimistic. And you’ll hear about the many fun products, partnerships, and fundraisers Jess has underway to help children with illnesses feel confident and beautiful during such a difficult time. You can learn more about Jess, purchase some fantastic headbands, and get involved with her important cause by visiting HeadBandsOfHope.com or JessEkstrom.com. For more information, and other episodes on companies and entrepreneurs who give back, please visit www.TheGiveBackModel.com. That’s where you can also let Christine know about companies you’ve found that give back. Thanks for listening! Episode Highlights:Jess’s Airstream adventures and her passion for traveling Christine’s moving experience of hearing one of Jess’s speeches for the first timeJess’s background with Disney and Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the inspiration behind Headbands of HopeHer revelation that your career can be more than just clocking in and out - it can build up to something bigger than usThe importance of believing in yourself and your idea wholeheartedlyAsking for help and opinions, and using the promise of free food as compensationBeing inspired by other people’s journey rather than comparing yourself to themOvercoming Imposter SyndromeRemoving your ego and self-worth from the thing you’re creatingEmbracing the expression, “It’s just business”Jess’s gut wrenching setback with a manufacturer early on, and how it led her down the path of optimism and resilience rather than giving upLearning from mistakes and doing better in the futureThe idea for Headbands of Hope, and giving headbands to children who have lost their hair due to cancerThe company’s fun products and websiteJess’s idea for the Worst Fundraiser Ever, a no-money fundraiser that raises gifts of kindness in place of dollarsCurrent collaborations with Under Armor and Sharpie, and personally supporting women business ownersJess’s touching story of helping a little girl gain the confidence to go back to Kindergarten after losing her hair Quotes:“From the moment you started talking, honestly, until the end - I could probably give that speech. I mean, I have just soaked it up. I laughed. You took us through experiences. You took us through your journey. And I cried. You got me hard. I’ve really enjoyed your transparency of your journey, and just being so open and honest.” “I worked in the Magic Kingdom at Hollywood Studios, and I was a PhotoPass photographer. So I got to take pictures of people from all over the world. And I got to learn a lot about business and parks. But my favorite thing that I got to do, was I got to take pictures of kids that were there on their Wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.” “I realized all the things that I was doing, no matter how small or tedious they were, it made sense to making a wish come true.” “That’s why it’s so important to believe in your idea in this really rooted way, because you’ll never work that hard if you don’t believe in it.” “It’s when you’re just like, absolutely, This is going to make the world better. People need this. There is no problem too big to stand in your way.” “I used food as so many forms of compensation, especially in the beginning!” “Everyone has their own path. Everyone has their own timeline. And you really just have to be inspired by people without comparing yourself to them.” “Everyone has these rocky stories and no one really knows what they’re doing. They’re just not posting about it. We see all the highlights, but we don’t see what’s really happening behind the scenes.” “The other part of it is removing your ego and your self-worth from the thing that you’re creating.” “If you can separate your worth as a person from the things that you’re creating, you can become kind of obsessed with the problem that you’re trying to solve instead of riding this emotional rollercoaster, which is natural in starting a business. There’s going to be so many ups and downs. You don’t want to be strapped to that roller coaster all the time, or else it will break you down.” “That kind of set the tone for my resilience. It happened so early on in the business - it showed me that if I can get past this, there’s nothing too big that’s going to stand in my way.” “Optimism is really like the gasoline to your grit.” “I think that we make mistakes in our life in one way, that prevents us from making those mistakes in a bigger way as our life progresses.” “Failures in your life are really just research to do better in your future.” “For every headband sold, we donate one to a child with an illness. And we’ve reached every children’s hospital in America… We are really, really close to donating one million headbands.” “[The Worst Fundraiser Ever] is a really great way to reinvent what giving really is, and think about, What do I have to offer?” “To have something like that story or those moments that really anchor you - it’s just so important when it comes to your grit and just being able to push through it.” Links: The Give Back Model website www.TheGiveBackModel.com Follow The Give Back Model on Instagram @thegivebackmodel Headbands of Hope website www.HeadBandsOfHope.com Jess Ekstrom’s website www.JessEkstrom.com


6 May 2021

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Ep 55: Jess Ekstrom's Gift of Confidence

Team Peri Step Out of Line

Jess Ekstrom, founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope & Bright Pages, began her journey as an entrepreneur as a college student. As an intern for Walt Disney World, Jess fell in love with Make A Wish America kids as she photographed their wishes and created long-lasting memories for both the child and the family. It was this experience that sparked her interest with interning with the Make A Wish.Jess’s experience with the Make A Wish foundation inspired her to create headbands for kids undergoing chemotherapy and fulfilled this dream by creating Headbands of Hope, where with every item purchased, one headband in turn is donated to a child with an illness. To date, they have donated 850K headbands, with a goal of reaching 1 million. Headbands of Hope represents a sense of hope, courage and bravery. As a female entrepreneur, Jess has experienced both highs and lows throughout her career and stresses the importance of realizing that failure is not everything. The process is simply a reflection of growth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


31 Mar 2021

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Want To Give Up? Don't. Choose OPTIMISM When Entrepreneurship Gets Tough. Become A Paid Speaker with Jess Ekstrom

The Angie Lee Show

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15 Aug 2020

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132: Everything you need to know about attending, hosting and speaking at virtual events in 2020 with Jess Ekstrom.

Powerhouse Women

I’m sure, like me, you’re looking forward to the day when live events and real hugs will resume, but right now a lot of events are going VIRTUAL...including the Powerhouse Women event! We’re doing something we’ve never done before and bringing the event to YOU in a virtual experience unlike any other. You can check out all of the details and grab your ticket at www.powerhousewomenevent.com! Today’s episode is all about virtual events. I’m chatting with my friend Jess Ekstrom - founder of Headbands of Hope, author of Chasing the Bright Side, and host of the Bright Side Conference...which (as you’ll hear in today’s episode) she had to pivot really quickly and turn into a virtual conference due to Covid-19. What was supposed to be a live event with 350 attendees turned into a virtual conference with over 3500 in attendance and she’s sharing all of her tips with us. If you already host events or have been considering it for the future, you are going to love this episode! Join our FREE Girl Gang connection calls, every Tuesday! Register HERE Purchase your Powerhouse Women Virtual Experience Tickets HERE In this episode we talk about: Jess’s quick pivot to turn The Bright Side Conference virtual due to Covid-19 Why you shouldn't wait until after Covid to create opportunities for connection  The benefits of taking your event virtual and all the tips you need to get started || CONNECT WITH JESS || instagram.com/jess_ekstrom Register for the Virtual Summit course HERE Check out the Mic Drop Workshop HERE || CONNECT WITH POWERHOUSE WOMEN || instagram.com/powerhouse_women instagram.com/llindseyschwartz facebook.com/groups/powerhousewomencommunity www.powerhousewomen.co www.powerhousewomenevent.com


23 Jul 2020

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[INTERVIEW] Choosing OPTIMISM even in the TOUGH times w/ Jess Ekstrom


In this episode: Making optimism a strategy & leaning into failure Diagnosing the difference between nerves & excitement Starting even when you’re really scared Thinking positively rather than brewing in negativity I am so excited you are here for today’s episode because on the show we have Jess Ekstrom. She is a powerhouse entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker, and author. She’s been featured in major publications like Forbes, The Today Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, People and the list keeps going. What I really love, is the company that she is the founder of called Headbands of Hope. It’s a headband company that donates a headband to a child with cancer for every one purchased, and they have already donated over 600,000 headbands to children’s hospitals across the nation & globally. Jess started her company in her college dorm room! She also has an incredible speaking career & created the Micdrop Workshop to help get more female speakers paid & on stages. In addition to all of that, the main reason I wanted to bring her on the show is her new book called ‘Chasing the Bright Side’ and it’s all about embracing optimism. Jess is quirky, fun & very tactical which I just know you will really love! Can’t wait to hear what you think of this episode! PUMP-UP JAM: Treasure by Bruno Mars Quotes: “I think we get clarity in the process and not in the planning. And sometimes those little things that you do start to add up.” “Make the possibilities bigger than the fear, get excited about the unknown.” “One of the things that I think brings the most clarity around optimism is that optimism is not a mood, it’s a strategy… it’s a strategy for good & we need that most when times are bad.” “It took someone, or some group, or some idea that had this glimmer of optimism in it to spark that movement, to bring it forward. When you look at the facts, any advancement, progress, innovation, in history started with optimism.” “Failure will always feel better than regret. And you’re going to have more information, you’re going to have more data, more research, you can make better decisions moving forward but not everything’s going to be a homerun when you’re a beginner.” Resources: Hey girl, have you joined our email list yet? Subscribe now Connect with Jess on Instagram: @jess_ekstrom www.jessekstrom.com


25 Jun 2020

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#261: The Importance of Finding Your Why with Jess Ekstrom, Founder of Headbands of Hope and Author

Boutique Chat

Today Jess Ekstrom, Founder of Headbands of Hope and Author, joins us for The Importance of Finding Your Why. Jess's journey in becoming an entrepreneur will inspire and motivate you in so many ways. She goes over why she started her company, what it was like sourcing materials for the first time, and how important it is to have a purpose behind your business. With Jess's inspiring words and humbling experiences she shares, you won't want today's episode to end! Tune in to hear all the details. 


26 May 2020