Join the Workshop to Learn the 9 Secrets to Become a Paid Speaker!


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

A LIVE 9-week training program presented by Jess Ekstrom

Founder of Headbands of Hope and Bright Pages, 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 me started on the discrepancy of PAID speaking engagements.

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.

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

      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

      HI I’M JESS!

      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’ team


      Hi, I’m Kristine! I’m Jess’ 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’ 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 speaking agent 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.


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

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      Here’s the format…

      Live Group Coaching

      We’ll meet for our group coaching session every Thursday at 7–9pm EST. Spring Session start date will be announced in January 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 the application button on this page. 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 speaking agent!). 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 spring applications must be submitted by February, 15th. You will be contacted by Michelle, Jess’ booking agent, 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 my offerings, if you do the work and it doesn’t work for you, I’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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