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The Ampersand Manifesto: Multi-Passionate People Dive Deep

The Ampersand Manifesto: Multi-Passionate People Dive Deep

By Jessica Wan, Leadership Coach & Classical Singer

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?
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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.
28:08
October 26, 2022
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
27:27
October 19, 2022
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
26:15
October 12, 2022
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
25:23
October 05, 2022
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.
27:36
September 28, 2022
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
27:01
September 21, 2022
Dr. Arie Perry - Physician and Classical Singer
Dr. Arie Perry - Physician and Classical Singer
This week, Jessica talks with Dr. Arie Perry who is a physician & classical singer.  Arie started singing in a rock band in high school (inspired by Journey and Rush) and then he caught the classical music bug. He's performed as a lyric tenor with a number of ensembles including the San Francisco City Chorus, Oakland City Chorus, and American Bach Soloists. Arie is also a physician and the Chief of Neuropathology at UCSF. Combining his vocal talents and medical expertise, he released an album on Spotify called Neuropathology Songs to help his students remember salient features of common neurological disorders. Check out Arie's neuropathology songs on YouTube 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
26:33
September 14, 2022
Heidi Moss Erickson - Singer and Scientist
Heidi Moss Erickson - Singer and Scientist
Jessica interviews Heidi Moss Erickson, a singer & scientist.  Heidi double majored in biology and vocal performance at Oberlin and went on to grad school to study biochemistry with an emphasis in neuroscience. Her postgrad research on telomeres led to a landmark paper in the research journal Cell.  For over 20 years, Heidi has had an extensive career as an opera singer and concert soloist with a focus on new music. Heidi teaches vocal physiology at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and applied voice at UC Davis. In 2007 she came down with a rare nerve injury which resurrected her passion for how the brain controls singing. Her column “Minding the Gap: connecting research from neuroscience to vocal pedagogy” will be a regular feature in the Journal of Singing starting September 2022. Learn more at heidimosserickson.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 Musical excerpts: Nähe des Geliebten by Henry Mollicone, performed by Heidi Moss Erickson   Hinüber Wall'Ich by Kurt Erickson, performed by Heidi Moss Erickson, pianist Kurt Erickson, and violist Paul Yarbrough
31:09
September 07, 2022
Dominic Lim - Author, Singer, and Storyteller
Dominic Lim - Author, Singer, and Storyteller
Jessica interviews Dominic Lim,  an author & singer & storyteller.  Dominic's debut novel ALL THE RIGHT NOTES, a queer Asian rom-com, will be released in June 2023. Dom is a member of The Writers Grotto and is a co-host of the Babylon Salon reading and performance series in San Francisco. He studied psychology at Oberlin and got his masters from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Dom has sung with numerous professional early music and choral ensembles. As a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he's performed Off-Broadway and in regional productions throughout the US. Listen to the full version of "A Part I Play" performed by Dominic Lim and learn more at dominiclim.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 Music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay
29:28
August 31, 2022
Reichi Lee - Youth Advocate and Fitness Coach
Reichi Lee - Youth Advocate and Fitness Coach
Jessica interviews Reichi Lee,  Youth Advocate & Fitness Coach, this week.  Not only is Reichi an incredible fitness coach, she's a former foster youth attorney and educator who's now running for the Berkeley School Board in November 2022. Straddling these worlds of personal fitness and public education, what brings it all together for Reichi is a deep belief that humans can defy limits. Learn more at reichilee.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 Music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay
29:30
August 24, 2022
David Riemer - Startup Storyteller and Theater Producer
David Riemer - Startup Storyteller and Theater Producer
This week, Jessica interviews David Riemer, a Startup Storyteller & Theater Producer who reminds Ampersands that when it comes to pursuing your dreams, you need to get out there and just do it!  David was Jessica's marketing mentor, and now he's graduated to being her life mentor.  David's business career has taken him from being the VP of Marketing at Yahoo! in its heyday to spending the last 15 years helping hundreds of innovators use storytelling to put their products and businesses on the map.  His book Get Your Startup Story Straight: The Definitive Storytelling Framework for Innovators and Entrepreneurs is an Amazon Best Seller.  Besides his illustrious business career, David also produces theater and he serves as chair of the board of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and he volunteers for Destiny Arts Center, Oakland.  Learn More at davidriemer.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 Music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay
29:12
August 17, 2022
Meika Ejiasi - Google Marketer and Photographer
Meika Ejiasi - Google Marketer and Photographer
Meika Ejiasi is a Digital Marketer at Google & Professional Photographer based in Oakland, CA. As a photographer, she's worked with brands like American Airlines, Target, Peloton, and Starbucks. She's equally at home doing portrait photography as she is styling that delicious dessert centerpiece photo that makes your mouth water. She holds a Master's in Business from the Fox School of Business at Temple University and a Bachelor's in Marketing from Colorado State. Learn more at meikaejiasi.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 Music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay
26:18
August 17, 2022
Shuo Zhai - Architect, Singer, and Pianist
Shuo Zhai - Architect, Singer, and Pianist
Shuo Zhai - Architect & Singer & Pianist Shuo's a double Ampersand —  an architect working for Frank Gehry, AND a professional choral singer in the Los Angeles Master Chorale, AND an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist.  Jessica first got to know Shuo in college in the opera The Magic Flute, where he was the Papageno to Jessica's Pamina. A year later, he was Jessica's collaborative pianist for her senior recital.  After a few years working in finance, Shuo followed his passion for architecture and went to Yale for his masters degree. He now works with Frank Gehry at Gehry Partners, where he's taken on projects ranging from cultural centers and exhibitions to private homes to the recently-adopted LA River Master Plan. Since 2015, Shuo has sung with the GRAMMY-Award-winning Los Angeles Master Chorale. You can see him sing live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and you can also hear him on movie scores such as Star Wars episodes 8 and 9. Learn more @shuoazhai 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 Music by Denys Kyshchuk and Stockaudios from Pixabay Excerpt from The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Shuo Zhai, baritone and piano, Jessica Wan, soprano
27:46
August 17, 2022
Welcome to the Ampersand Manifesto
Welcome to the Ampersand Manifesto
What fuels a multi-passionate life?  In this podcast, I interview the most interesting people at the dinner party. These folks have led double-lives for decades and straddled two completely different worlds. For as long as I can remember, I've led a double-life of the practical and the creative. I've built a career in marketing for almost two decades. And now, I work as leadership and executive coach.  On the creative side I've been a musician since I was a kid playing the piano, violin, and oboe. Music was my thing! And then I kept it up. As an adult, I've been actively performing opera, classical music, and musical theater since 2001.  But for the longest time, I wasn't even sure what we should call ourselves. Renaissance humans? Polymaths? Something-slash-something else?The answer woke me up at 2AM one night. We're Ampersands! We have a big, substantial "and" in what we do. We've poured tens of thousands of hours into our creative endeavors, but we've also risen in our paid professions as leaders in the fields of business, education, technology, medicine, science, and more. 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 and even integrating two big pursuits? And how can our multifaceted endeavors support other Ampersands and the community around us?  This season I interview Ampersands from so many different walks of life. I can't wait to introduce you to these multi-talented, passionate people. Join me for the Ampersand Manifesto, season 1. Music Credits: Haas-in-Place Episode 1: Zueignung with Don Atkins (piano) and Jessica Wan (vocals) 
02:57
July 27, 2022