Jess Ekstrom to Speak at Keller Williams – AVL Technologies-Andrew Institute Leadercast May 5th

On Friday, May 5th, Keller Williams Realty, AVL Technologies, and the Andrew Institute for Leadership and Public Service will again be bringing some of the finest voices of leadership in the world to western North Carolina for the Seventh Annual Leadercast at Biltmore Church in south Asheville. The day long event will again be broadcast from Atlanta and will feature ten of the world’s most influential leaders. This year’s speakers include:

Jess Ekstrom CEO of Headbands for Hope

Jess Ekstrom is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States.
Jess is also a speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post. She believes age should never stop anyone from going after their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities. By sharing her experiences, Jess inspires listeners to crush stereotypes, identify their purpose and create their own definition of success.
Other speakers for Leadercast -Asheville include: Tyler Perry, Donald Miller, Suzy Welch, Molly Fletcher, Daniel Pink, Jim McKelvey, Andy Stanley, and Dr. Henry Cloud.
Eblen Charities is once again honored to be teaming up with Gary Gallagher and Express Employment
Professionals as they present a leadership event that will precede Leadercast.

Last Wednesday Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College once again hosted Express Employment Professionals Refresh Leadership Simulcast as they presented a half-day leadership event to individuals, companies, and organizations.

This year’s speakers included: author and leadership consultant Patrick Lencioni, two-time Super Bowl Coach and Fox Sports Analyst Jimmy Johnson, and World Champion Adventure Racer Robyn Benincase.

Our thanks to this year’s sponsors: Keller Williams, AVL Technologies, Biltmore Church, Chick-fil-A, Biltmore Oil, Beverly-Hanks and Associates, Mission Hospital, First Citizens Bank, Dixon Hughes Goodman, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Roger Aiken, Dewey Andrew, Wells Fargo Advisors, Buncombe County Schools, Park Ridge Health, Express Employment Professionals, WLOS-TV 13, Wilson Art International, The Biltmore Company, Simply Home, Asheville Radio Group, Duke Energy, A-B Tech, Asheville Independent Radio, Applied Solutions, and North American Business Services.For more information and to purchase tickets please contact Bill Murdock at 828-242-2848, via email at [email protected], or visit

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