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Keepin’ it 100 in NC: Jess Ekstrom


Meet Jess Ekstrom, creator of Headbands for Hope.


Success is not what it looks like to others; it’s what it feels like to you.

Recent success?

I launched Mic Drop Workshop to help aspiring female speakers have their voices heard.

Most rewarding experience?

In 2016, when we had officially donated headbands to every children’s hospital in America.


While interning at Make-A-Wish, one girl was told she couldn’t have her wish trip to Disney World, so I dressed up as Sleeping Beauty.

Are you a native North Carolinian?

Yes, I grew up in Cornelius by Lake Norman.

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