ABOUT T4C

Time4Coffee is a social enterprise — the centerpiece of which is a podcast — dedicated to helping college students, grad students and young professionals still looking for the right job in the right career, navigate a rapidly changing global job marketplace. 

As the Time4Coffee name implies, these in-depth ‘caffeinated career conversations’ and related blog posts, 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 young people wouldn’t have entrée to meet these professionals in person. Therefore, Time4Coffee’s mission is to level the playing field so that no matter who you know (or don’t know) and no matter where you live, you can still have access to the same amazing career advice 24/7 just by pressing play.

Time4Coffee also aims to leverage social media platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram to generate meaningful engagement between young people and professionals, from the entry-level up to the C-suite, around the country and the world.

In addition, Time4Coffee’s mission also includes providing young people with the information and inspiration they need to help them achieve and maintain good health, self-care and all around wellness. Because what good is it to get the job you want, if your physical and/or mental health ends sucks? 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 want. This is why Time4Coffee’s mission includes a 360º focus on helping young people develop the skills they need to build a healthy, happy and truly fulfilled and balanced 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 younger and older 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 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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