A new, diverse, and bright future for women thought leaders starts here.

A LIVE 9-week training program presented by Jess Ekstrom

Founder of Headbands of Hope and, Author of Chasing the Bright Side, and Professional Public Speaker

this needs to change….

  • Only 32% of speakers are women, down from 33% in 2017 (*Bizzabo).
  • 76% of people said they are more likely to attend a conference that features a woman as a keynote speaker or panelist.
  • Only 25% of all technology keynote or stand alone speakers are women (*Ensono 2018).
  • 70% of women who have spoken on a panel report being the "lone woman" among participants.

…and don’t even get us started on the discrepancy of PAID speaking engagements.

Even though I have been speaking for years, I got so much out of this course. I joined because I wanted to discover the formula of how to get paid and booked consistently and they literally gave it to me. I feel more confident and more prepared to negotiate contracts and really get the gigs that I’ve always dreamed of. If you’re hesitating with taking this course, just take it. Just go for it. Invest in yourself because it will pay off.

the world needs more diverse voices out there…

Hi, I’m Jess! I’m the founder of Headbands of Hope, author of Chasing the Bright Side, and a professional public speaker.

Every day I meet so many amazing women with incredible stories. I’m passionate about helping women monetize their story so they can make a living and make a difference at the same time.

That’s why I am launching Mic Drop Academy.

After going through the program and looking at all my materials, I’m able to command more than double the fee I was getting before and it actually puts me into a different level of professional speakers than I was before. I am so so happy I made the leap and invested. So if you are on the fence, you want to take your speaking career to the next level, you want to have that kind of hands-on attention for really crafting the perfect keynote for the perfect audience and delivering the most insane transformation possible for people, definitely check out Mic Drop Academy, you will not be disappointed.

If you are ready to change the speaking industry, you’ve come to the right place.

And before we get into the details…know that if you’re accepted into the academy –

we guarantee your investment back.
yup, we’re serious.

mic drop academy

A live 9-week program designed to get you booking more speaking gigs for more MONEY, consistently.


Join us for live, intimate coaching sessions with Jess and her team

  • EWEEK 1: Nail Your Niche
  • EWEEK 2: Up-level Your Current Keynote
  • EWEEK 3: Sharpen Your Slides and Delivery
  • EWEEK 4: Craft Your Personal Brand
  • EWEEK 5: Intensive Week
  • EWEEK 6: Create Your Website and Demo Strategy
  • EWEEK 7: Develop Your Marketing Game Plan
  • EWEEK 8: Activate Your Outreach and Pitching
  • EWEEK 9: Optimize Your Negotiating and Contracting Skills

      It’s not just what you get from Jess, Kristine, and Michelle. It is the camaraderie and the networking that you get from the amazing women that are in your class. They have all of the tools, they give you everything you need and all the support you need to really get out there and start being a paid, successful speaker.

      100% money back guarantee

      As with all my offerings, if you do the work and it doesn’t work for you, I’ll give you a 100% refund.

      what you’ll get after 9 weeks:

      • N9 weeks of training and LIVE Zoom group coaching sessions
      • N3 one-on-one Zoom coaching sessions with Jess, Kristine, & Michelle
      • N100 leads custom to your industry/ideal audience
      • NBonus sessions with subject matter experts
      • NA tight group of #SpeakerSisters for future feedback and referrals
      • NA high-value keynote talk
      • NYour “up-leveled” slide deck
      • NYour press kit
      • NYour "About Me" page
      • NSales scripts for no guesswork
      • NYour marketing game plan to start booking more gigs for more 💰

      additional add-ons:

      • A speaker website optimized for bookings
      • A solution to make your website a 100% ADA compliant and digitally inclusive
      • A demo video

      I have left this program with tangible tools on what to do next, an entire list of contacts and events that I can actually speak at, and just so many connections and contacts. It has entirely changed my public speaking business. I’m blown away, it was the greatest investment I made this year.

      HI I’M JESS!

      My first speaking gig was for a slice of pizza and now I’m a 7-figure speaker & author.

      Everything I create is to help you tell & sell your story…so you can make a living and make a difference at the same time. Let me be straight with you – I’m not that perfectly filtered influencer on the internet that promises you the world and doesn’t follow through after that credit card is swiped.

      My mission is to guarantee you two things 👇

      Enough about my story, let’s help you monetize your story by consistently booking more speaking gigs for more 💰 !

      meet jess’s team


      Hi, I’m Kristine! I’m Jess’s CMO. As a woman speaker, your story matters now more than ever! You started your speaking career because you want to help others and now, you would like the tools to tell & sell your story. You don’t have to do this alone. I’m here to help. I came from a successful corporate marketing career where I’ve helped fuel the growth of household brands across the globe. Now, I’m here to help you grow your speaking business with great marketing and craft your personal brand. Your story matters and I’m here to help you tell it.


      Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m Jess’s booking manager. I’ve been a booking manager & speaking consultant for over 20 years. I’ve helped speakers build their business and bring their message to hundreds of stages. I pride myself on being able to open doors for speakers to new industries/events as well as building & managing pipelines.My favorite part of being a booking manager is building long lasting relationships not only with my speakers, but with clients, so they can maximize their goals & impact as many people as possible through their mission and message.

      I knew the fun side of speaking, what I didn’t know was the business side of speaking and that is where Mic Drop Academy dives way deep. I figured out how much to charge, who to pitch to, where I should be speaking, who my audiences are, how to nail my niche, all of those things. It was 8 weeks, such a great investment. I know for a fact that I’ll make that investment up because I’m charging more than I have and I’m pitching to the right people.


      You have nothing to lose and everything to GAIN.
      We are here to help you book more speaking gigs for more 💰💰💰

      hear what people are saying

      Mic Drop Academy is everything I wanted and needed in a speaking course. I’d followed Jess on Instagram for years and jumped at the chance to learn from her LIVE. The incredible trifecta of Jess, her VP of Marketing and Booking Agent delivered a course that not only elevated my keynote, but gave me detailed turn-key tools to build a speaking business. Fear and disorganization have been replaced by excitement, confidence and a clear plan. Thanks to Mic Drop, I am finally prepared to get the gig that puts me on stage where I belong.
      Jill Andersen






      Here’s the format…

      Live Group Coaching

      We’ll meet for our group coaching session every Wednesday at 7–9pm EST. Fall Session start date will be announced in June 2022.

      Homework to Stay on Track

      Each week you’ll have homework to complete by the next session to ensure you’re staying on track. We will mail you a workbook so that all of your homework is in one place!

      Pair up with a
      Speaker Sister

      Meet a new Speaker Sister each week – during a Zoom coffee – date where you can practice your talk, share tips, refer gigs and more.


      One-On-One Coaching Sessions

      Throughout the Academy, you will have three, 30-minute, one-on-one coaching sessions: one with Jess, one with Kristine, and one with Michelle.

      Collaborative Community

      During the 9 weeks, you’ll be in a closed community with the other speakers and coaches in the program so you can communicate along the way.

      All group sessions are recorded if you can’t make them live!

      Get your questions answered here

      how do I apply for mic drop academy?

      It is easy to apply! Just click this link to apply. You will be directed to the application form and it takes less then 3 minutes to fill out. After you submit your application, you will be contacted by Michelle (Jess’s booking manager!). She will learn about your speaking goals and determine if Mic Drop Academy is a good fit for you. Our goal is to help every attendee book more speaking gigs for more money! There is no risk to apply, so be sure to fill out your application today.

      When is Mic Drop Academy?

      Mic Drop Academy is a live 9-week coaching and community to help women book more speaking gigs for more money. We host a live Zoom session, each week, led by Jess and her team. These are intimate, small group coaching sessions where you have the opportunity to ask questions and interact directly with the coaches and your fellow Speaker Sisters. Can’t make one of the live sessions? No problem. All sessions will be recorded and provided to you.

      When are applications due?

      All Fall applications must be submitted by February 20th, 2023. You will be contacted by Michelle, Jess’s booking manager, to discuss if Mic Drop Academy is a good fit for you.  

      How much does it cost to attend Mic Drop Academy?

      Growing your speaking business is important to you and it requires a financial investment. We are here to help you book more gigs for more money, consistently. By filling out an application and meeting with Michelle, together, we can determine if Mic Drop Academy is a good fit. As with all of our courses, we have a 100% Money Back Guarantee. If you do the work and it doesn’t work for you, we will refund your money. Yup, we’re serious.

      100% money back guarantee

      As with all our offerings, if you do the work and it doesn’t work for you, we’ll give you a 100% refund.

      The most valuable product you can sell is the story you already have.

      After I released my book… I got more speaking engagement requests, I could charge higher rates, I got more press and podcast requests, my social media audience grew, I got verified on my social channels, but most importantly…
      I was able to tell my story in a way that helps people through their story. I want to help you do the same thing.

      Mic Drop Workshop® helps women tell and sell their story as paid keynote speakers and authors.


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