14 episodes

What fuels a multi-passionate life? Jessica Wan interviews “the most interesting people at the dinner party,” who for decades have led double lives and straddle two completely different worlds, such as science & music, technology & art, medicine & dance.

The goal of this podcast is to collectively design The Ampersand Manifesto. Why do we continue to lead these double lives? What does it look like to be balancing two big pursuits? And how can our multifaceted endeavors support other Ampersands and the community around us?

The Ampersand Manifesto: Multi-Passionate People Dive Deep Jessica Wan, Leadership Coach & Classical Singer

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

What fuels a multi-passionate life? Jessica Wan interviews “the most interesting people at the dinner party,” who for decades have led double lives and straddle two completely different worlds, such as science & music, technology & art, medicine & dance.

The goal of this podcast is to collectively design The Ampersand Manifesto. Why do we continue to lead these double lives? What does it look like to be balancing two big pursuits? And how can our multifaceted endeavors support other Ampersands and the community around us?

    Jessica Wan - Leadership Coach and Singer

    Jessica Wan - Leadership Coach and Singer

    For the season one finale episode of the Ampersand Manifesto, producer Naomi Tepper interviews Jessica Wan, creator and host of The Ampersand Manifesto who is a leadership coach & singer.

    Jessica's first Ampersand journey was as a double major in Product Design and Music, Vocal Performance as an undergrad at Stanford.

    She started her musical journey playing piano, violin, oboe, and the bass drum in marching band.  Today, as a singer, Jessica enjoys performing opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, and pop music. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

    Jessica's career as a marketing leader has spanned the worlds of design, tech, startups, arts nonprofits, and education. For the past decade, she built and grew marketing teams, and it was through team leadership that she realized that coaching was her true passion. 

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    Music excerpts


    "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" (Shepherd on the Rock) by Franz Schubert. Jessica Wan, soprano, Natalie Parker, clarinet, Laura Dahl, piano.
    "O mio babbino caro," from Giacomo Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi. Jessica Wan, soprano, Kevin Korth, piano.

    • 28 min
    Sara Wampler - Writer and Tech Executive

    Sara Wampler - Writer and Tech Executive

    This week, Jessica talks to Sara Wampler, a writer & tech executive. In her corporate life, Sara has spent almost fifteen years at Google, leading teams focused on customer success, community operations, and support strategy. In her creative life, she writes under the pen name Sara Ramsey and has published seven Regency romance novels. Sara is currently taking a break from the corporate world to focus on writing full time. After living in the Bay Area and in Denver for two decades, she now splits her time between rural Iowa and wherever her travels take her.

    Check out Sara's website at sararamsey.com. Or you can follow her on Instagram: @sarawrites.

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    • 27 min
    Don Atkins - Ed-Tech Entrepreneur and Classical Pianist

    Don Atkins - Ed-Tech Entrepreneur and Classical Pianist

    This week, Jessica talks with Don Atkins, ed-tech entrepreneur & classical pianist. Don is passionate about fostering individual and social flourishing through education, the arts, and creativity. He's been recently focused on product marketing in the EdTech space and also has worked in program management, policy, strategy, and operations in the agricultural and food innovation industries. Early on in the pandemic, he founded an ed-tech startup, Studious, which is an online platform that connects music teachers with students.

    Don wrote a short piece many years ago on why Das Wirtshaus is his favorite song. You can read it here on Substack!

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    Music excerpts from the Winterreise song cycle:


    Der stürmische Morgen
    Das Wirtshaus

    Featuring Corey Grigg, baritone and Don Atkins, piano

    • 26 min
    Laurel Sprigg - Singer and Former Small Business Owner

    Laurel Sprigg - Singer and Former Small Business Owner

    This week, Jessica talks to Laurel Sprigg, singer and former small business owner. 

    For 30 years, Laurel ran her business Laurel Sprigg Inc., providing couture quality sewing of soft furnishings for the designed interior — custom-made draperies, shades, bed covers, pillows, and more. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest and California Homes magazines. Since retiring earlier this year from her business, she's been focusing on putting more time into her Ampersand: singing and performing as a dramatic soprano. She currently sings with the SF Choral Society and has performed opera, art song, and choral works with numerous organizations around the Bay Area.

    You can check out Laurel's work at laurelsprigg.com and laurelspriggsoprano.com.

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits 

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    • 25 min
    Tim Eischens - Singer, Pianist, and Executive Assistant

    Tim Eischens - Singer, Pianist, and Executive Assistant

    This week, Jessica interviews one of her closest friends, Tim Eischens a singer, pianist, & executive assistant. Tim and Jessica met almost 20 years ago in their voice teacher Susan Gundunas's studio. She saw that he was the only male singer in the room and made a beeline for him, thinking, ooh a potential duet partner! Their first duet grew into a lifelong musical collaboration and a deep friendship. 

    By day, Tim works at Autodesk, the maker of AutoCAD, Maya, and Sketchbook. As an executive assistant, he's supported the CTO and now supports the VP of global brand and communication. As a singer and collaborative pianist, Tim has performed with the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Urban Opera, and SF Choral Society.  Tim earned his BS degree in Music Education and Performance from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, The Mozarteum Conservatory, and The University of Salzburg, Austria.

    Learn more about Tim on LinkedIn

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    Music credits: 

    "Die Forelle" by Franz Schubert and "A La Caza, Sus, a Caza" by Arne Dørumsgaard as performed by Tim Eischens, tenor and Daniel Lockert, piano.

    "Pa...Pa...Pa" from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Singers: Jessica Wan and Tim Eischens. Piano: Dmitriy Cogan.

    • 27 min
    Stephanie Wu - Marketer and Cellist

    Stephanie Wu - Marketer and Cellist

    This week, Jessica talks with Stephanie Wu, a Marketer & Cellist. 

    Steph has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As one of 101 musicians selected from 33 countries, she performed in the YouTube Symphony at the Sydney Opera House in 2011, a life-changing experience that inspired her to get an MBA from UC Berkeley and become a marketer at Google. 

    Today, Steph works at Coursera, where she helps others to re-skill as she did. Steph graduated from Harvard with a double major in social studies and music. She also holds a Master’s degree in cello performance from the Royal Northern College of Music.

    Learn more about Stephanie Wu on LinkedIn

    Are you a high achiever, a leader in your workplace, a person with many interests, maybe even an Ampersand? Well, guess what? Jessica works with people just like you. Jessica can help you navigate change, stay true to your values, and thrive as a leader. Learn more at jessicawan.com. She reads every single message.

    Credits 

    Produced and Hosted by Jessica Wan

    Co-produced, edited, and sound design by Naomi Tepper

    Theme music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Donsey85 ,

Thoughtful and inspiring podcast for creatives!

There’s been a lot of conversation around bringing your whole self to work over the last few years, but Jessica explores this idea through a whole other lens. She takes this clear thesis around multi-passionate individuals and asks thoughtful questions to explore the ways in which diverse passions inform one another and even intersect. Especially poignant for creatives and those who work with creatives!

CPPCEO ,

Uplifting, inspiring and encouraging!

Jessica Wan gets wonderful answers from some very interesting people who successfully manage to juggle two different worlds such as art and science while make a good living at it. I recommend it highly!

mori_kun ,

Inspiration from everyday people

This show sparks so much joy! Jessica really goes deep in her conversations with guests on their many passions. I feel more motivated to explore other facets of my own life after listening to each episode.

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