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jessica leng

For those that don’t know tell us about yourself. 

Hi Megan! Thanks for speaking with me. I am currently working as an Operations Manager for a digital agency in Manchester. I am passionate about mental and physical health and so spend most of my spare time in the gym, hiking with my dog and my girlfriend or exploring the amazing bars and restaurants that Manchester has to offer. 

What is an Operations Manager?

An Ops Manager is responsible for planning and executing the routine day-to-day functions of a business. Working in the creative industry, it involves bringing together different functions of the business such as resourcing, production and client services to ensure that projects run efficiently. 

So you started the podcast A League of Her Own, what is this about?

A League Of Her Own is a chance for me to sit down with inspiring women from the LGBTQ+ community to learn about their lives, their passions and their careers. I am super interested in what makes successful people tick, so it’s a great opportunity to speak to people who excel in their field; whether that be entrepreneurs, athletes, artists or just someone with an inspiring story and an impressive mindset. 

What drove you to start the podcast?

Over the last few years I’ve become really interested in human psychology and how we can be the best version of ourselves. I am lucky to be surrounded by so many inspirational and impressive women who are achieving amazing things. I was just inspired to give them a platform to tell their story. 

Talk to us about the name how did that come about?

“A League Of Her Own” just stood out to me as a clear title which explains exactly what we do. We speak to women who are in a league of their own! 

When looking for interviewees what do you look for?

It’s important for me to make sure that I have a genuine interest in the person and the subject matter. Authenticity is key and if the interest is genuine then you can feel confident that you wont run out of questions to ask! 

How important is it to ensure women from the LGBTQ+ community are represented in a positive way?

You know the phrase “See it to believe it”? I think this is especially true in the LGBTQ+ community. It’s important to see role models and it’s my belief that LGBTQ+ women do not always platform themselves and shout about their achievements as much as others. Growing up there weren't many LGBTQ+ women on TV or in media, despite there being so many of us achieving amazing things. There are also alot of assumptions and stereotypes about lesbian and trans women, when in reality we are extremely varied, which is something I aim to show on the podcast. 

Do you believe we are nearing gender equality?

This is a huge question, how long have you got? I think in this country, yes, we are nearing gender equality. The last decade has seen a massive improvement in awareness and equality for everyone, but I am concerned by the right-wing response to this shift in the culture. For example there are some extremely aggressive, dog-whistle debates around trans rights which seem to have gathered pace over the last couple of years. It feels like there are sometimes over-corrections on both sides, but hopefully we are able to land somewhere in the middle. Equality and safety for all should not be up for debate, it should be the norm. 

Who is your standout creative?

Jodi Fox, owner of Studio Zenko is amazing. She is a brand consultant who is responsible for bringing the branding of A League Of Her Own to life. She is so passionate about the brands she works with, and has a real talent for listening to someone’s ideas and translating that into visuals. 

For my final question, whats next?

Season 2 of the podcast! I have some amazing guests lined up for Season 2, some of them you will definitely have heard of. I hope to start filming in early summer and I can’t wait to get started. 


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