Jessica Ryan is a changemaker, creator, and founder at the intersection of the arts and entrepreneurship. She has written for some of the biggest companies in the world including Amazon and GE, directed digital content with Tituss Burgess (Kimmy Schmidt) and Kirstin Maldonado (Pentatonix), voiced spots for Starbucks and Old Navy, performed at Goodspeed & Berkshire Theatre Festival and once sang a jingle for an adult superstore in North Dakota (true story, Annabelle’s if you want to look it up).
Jess is also the founder of Broadway Unlocked, a startup pushing the boundaries of theatre beyond the footlights, creating innovation for any stage. Set at the intersection of the theatrical skillset and entrepreneurship, its portfolio includes The Giveback Concert, Take Me To Coffee, Full STEAM, Storytelling for Leaders and The Salon, among others. The company is at the forefront of innovation in the arts and delivers powerful collaborations, content, products and partnerships across business, cause and culture.
In case you’re not exhausted yet, she’s an ambassador for the Summit community, member of the Zuckerberg Institute and Creator of the #Giveback Concert, as well as this here podcast. @JessicaRyanNYLA
Episode | October 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
instagram influencer, napa valley, sommelier, sommvivant, wine
Wine always feels fancy, but our guest Amanda McCrossin spends the hour answering our dumb questions and helping us feel like maybe it isn't something that far out of our reach. Plus - we get the top 3 Instagram tips from Amanda, who grew her own following from nothing to 25k, Jess trolls Andrew on their own podcast and we find out good legs doesn't mean the ass is going to be great too.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 56 mins 44 secs
accountability, community, entrepreneurs, goals, mentorship
Today we have coffee with the co-founders of The Zuckerberg Institute, Randi Zuckerberg's new initiative for entrepreneurs around the globe. We hear about Brian Patrick Murphy's biggest failure in business and what he learned from it, what it was like for Michael Littig to start a non-profit in a conflict zone, and we do a lot of talking about why the struggle is what to love the most when you're building something.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
idealism, non-profits, social entrepreneurship, social justice
Ami Dar, founder of Idealist.org, has always had one mission in life: connect the people who want to do good, and make it easier to do that good. Never was there such an inspiring episode as talking with he and their Director of Organizing, Abby Graf Subak about how they that happen through a job board, grad fairs and Idealist Days around the world.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 56 mins 34 secs
entrepreneurship, fitness, ninjas, systems
It seems like every Broadway friend of ours (including Andrew's wife!) keeps in shape at Mark Fisher Fitness. On our coffee date with the man himself, we found out that's because he is one smart dude, in addition to being a whacky, dada-loving unicorn. We chat about why Mark reads two plus books a week, how the Snatched emails have changed over the years, the ways in which running a business is like a rehearsal room and why Andrew and Jess now say "Skill Aquisition" every fourth sentence.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 12 mins
academia, censorship, india, the mughal empire, twitter
Audrey Truschke has created a name for herself on Twitter but it's probably not for anything you'd guess. She's an academic and author whose specialty is Muslim & Hindu conflict, The Mughal Empire and Sanksrit. We get down and dirty to learn about the role of academics in censorship, why people are so upset about her research and who was a better cheater at games as a kid, Audrey or Jess?
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 7 mins
empowerment, fashion, instagram, lifestyle, sportscasters, zara
Even though Jess and Andrew did a bit of birdwalking at the top of the episode, things got back on track quickly and we got to hear about Laura Behnke's incredible journey from television sportscaster who was owned by everyone else to entrepreneur and fashion icon who owned it all herself! This episode is a must-listen for anyone who is starting to think there's a better life out there but is scared to make a move.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
4 hands brewery, beer, boulevard brewing company, craft beer, improv, sales
What didn't we talk about on this date coffee with Kansas City beer geek Jeremy Danner? We hit what it means to sewer a batch of beer, what Jeremy thinks a brewery needs to do to go from good to great to amazing, and most importantly we invented the Shut Up And Drink Your Beer Beer (tm) during a really fun hour.
Episode | September 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 36 mins
advice to actors, body positivity, curvycon, fat tax, justice4jc, nsync
theCURVYcon founder CeCe Olisa helps kick off our brand new podcast! We sip on some tasty coffee and talk about why following your feelings can lead you to the place you want to go, CeCe's advice for theatre kids who don't fit in and why CeCe is obsessed with Episode 7 guest Brian Patrick Murphy of The Zuckerberg Institute.