Spartan Speaker Series: Headbands of Hope, March 2

February 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

EkstromJoin us at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Campus Life Center Ballroom for the next Spartan Speaker Series event featuring Jess Ekstrom.

Jess will talk about Headbands of Hope and how she refused to wait to make a difference!

During the summer of her junior year, Jess worked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As she interacted with children facing life-threatening illnesses, she discovered that young girls loved to wear headbands instead of wigs after losing their hair to chemotherapy.  Armed with inspiration to do good beyond her internship, she founded Headbands of Hope (HOH). HOH creates fun, fashionable headbands, and for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to childhood cancer research.


Since launching the organization in 2012, HOH has been featured on The Today Show, Seventeen Magazine, Forbes, and more. Most importantly, thousands of headbands have been donated to girls coast-to-coast fighting cancer. So many college students want to make a difference, and plan to do it “someday.” Jess is living proof that a college student with an amazing idea and a willingness to act on it need not wait. College students can build companies, affect change, and solve problems before graduation, if they have the commitment.