ABOUT T4C

Time4Coffee is a podcast and website dedicated to helping college students, and recent graduates and those still looking for the right fit, navigate a rapidly changing global job marketplace. Let’s face it, for a young person today, let alone an older job seeker, what is unquestionably exhilarating about these changes and endless possibilities, can also be downright paralyzing and overwhelming.

As the Time4Coffee name implies, these in-depth interviews and related blog posts will explore many of the same topics covered when people meet, in person, over a cup of coffee to ask for career advice. However, without personal connections and geographic proximity, most students wouldn’t have entrée to meet these professionals in person. Therefore, the Time4Coffee podcast will leverage social media and other cutting-edge tools and technologies, like Facebook Live, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social platforms, to generate unique insights, practical advice and meaningful engagement between students, and recent graduates, and professionals, at various stages of their own careers, around the country and the world.

In addition, Time4Coffee will also focus on providing information and inspiration as to how to achieve, or maintain good health, self-care and all around wellness. What good does it do anyone to get the job they want, if their physical and/or mental health ends up deteriorating? And stress isn’t unique to people in the working world. Students, of all ages, feel incredible pressure to do well in school, as they position themselves to achieve high grades and one day, get into the college or university of their choice, and eventually the career they choose. This is why Time4Coffee’s mission will include a 360º focus on helping young people develop the skills they need to build a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.

During her 30+ years as a working professional in journalism, public affairs, public relations and the non-profit worlds, Andrea Koppel routinely provided free advice, over countless cups of coffee, to scores of young people trying to build their careers. She sincerely hopes Time4Coffee will be able to replicate, at scale, what she and so many others do every day but on a one-on-one basis, to help hundreds of thousands of aspiring Gen Z, iGen and Millennial professionals achieve their wildest dreams.

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ABOUT ANDREA

Andrea is a serious java junkie, and tea tippler, who spent 20 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist – the last 14 with CNN – before reinventing herself in 2008 as a Public Relations and NGO (non-profit) executive.

During her time at CNN, Andrea spent 5 years as a foreign correspondent based in Japan and China and 8 years as CNN’s State Department correspondent reporting on American foreign policy. (Check out the photo of Andrea below in Tripoli getting an exclusive interview with Libya’s former dictator Muammar Qaddafi in December 2003 while she was EIGHT months pregnant with her son.) And last, but certainly not least, she finally put her Political Science degree to use (!) – chasing down members of Congress for on-camera interviews as Capitol Hill correspondent.

In 2008, she began her Goldilocks-like journey to reinvent herself — first, as a Senior Vice President of Communications at M & R Strategic Services –- a cause-oriented Public Affairs firm. This “bowl of porridge” was too cold. Then, in 2010, at the American Red Cross where she took on her new job as Director of International Communications –just two weeks after the massive earthquake in Haiti that left 220,000 Haitians homeless! This “bowl of porridge” was way too hot.

A year later, Andrea spotted a job posting at Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development organization, and was hired in 2011 as Vice President of Global Engagement & Policy. One of the best parts of this job was that she got to travel all over the world, including to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, where she and a colleague trekked the Annapurna circuit and climbed to the top of Poon Hill at 10,531’ (see photo below) to watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest. In case you’re wondering, this “bowl of porridge” was just right!

Most recently, in June 2017, Andrea listened to her heart and quit her job at Mercy Corps in order to become a stay-at-home mom. After traveling the world, she wanted to invest in deepening her relationship with her then 13-year old son before he decided she was just a figment of his overactive teenage imagination and refused to admit they are actually related. Now Andrea and her husband are taking advantage of their time together to travel the world, as a family, and took a trip to Morocco in the spring of 2018 (and yes, those are real goats in that argon tree!). In fact, it was while Andrea was at home being a mom and cooking, cleaning toilets, vacuuming and scrubbing the kitchen floor, and still meeting up with young people over cups of coffee, that she conceived of Time4Coffee as a way to help many more college students, and aspiring young professionals build successful, healthy, and happy lives!

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