Margaret Richardson is Chief of Staff to the President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community. As Chief of Staff her primary responsibilities include: providing critical, high-level support and guidance to Raj Kumar, the President & Editor-in-Chief, and assisting in Devex’s external affairs and communications, engaging and managing key influencers and business development opportunities, and developing and executing special projects as needed. Margaret also manages and supports efforts to ensure staff in various departments are aligned and that the culture of Devex is maintained. Margaret received her B.A. in Political Science and Government at Smith College in 2014. Prior to joining Devex, she was a legislative intern in the office of Senator Angus King an Independent senator from Maine.
Naren Aryal co-founded Mascot Books, where he is CEO & Publisher, in 2003 with a single self-published book about about a collegiate mascot and zero experience in the publishing industry. When that book took off he was more than happy to quit his job as a corporate attorney and dive headfirst into the dynamic world of books. Since then Mascot Books, a full-service hybrid book publishing company, has published more than 3,000 fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and cookbooks and has established itself as one of America’s fastest growing and most respected independent publishing houses. Today Naren leads a team of 25 professionals who provide authors a platform and the know-how to get their books out to the general publish. Naren is also the author of: How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 SECRETS of Building a Killer Author Platform. Naren has a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and earned his J.D. from the University of Denver. He practiced law for seven years before publishing his first book and establishing Mascot. He’s never looked back.
Sarah Robb O’Hagan is the CEO of Flywheel Sports*, the fastest growing indoor cycling company. She learned the hard way why professionals who thrive must ‘step up’, ‘stand out’ and ‘kick ass’. And, oh yeah, why it’s essential to repeat all of the above if you want to succeed! Sarah is on the cutting edge as a leader in the fitness industry which is currently experiencing a major transformation through digital content and services. Prior to becoming Flywheel’s CEO, O’Hagan served as the global president of Gatorade, where she successfully led that business through a tough repositioning and turnaround. She’s also been the global president of Equinox, another luxury fitness company, where she reinvented their brand through a notable tech transformation. An executive, entrepreneur, and activist, O’Hagan is a high-energy combo of a strong business leader, fitness fanatic, mother of three, and has been listed as one of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” She’s also the author of the terrific book Extreme YOU: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. a kind of manifesto equipping people of all ages to take big risks, manage big failures and kick ass all the way to a successful career.
Arthur Brooks is President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. where Dr. Brooks works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success. Dr. Brooks’ path to the nation’s capital was anything but typical. At 19, he left college to play the French horn, professionally. He toured internationally and recorded several albums, eventually landing in the City Orchestra of Barcelona. In his late 20s, Brooks’ returned to the US and completed his bachelor’s degree by correspondence at Thomas Edison State College majoring in Economics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in public policy, focusing on microeconomics and mathematical modeling. After completing his doctorate, he spent 10 years as a professor of public administration. Described by NBC News as “the Republican Party’s poverty guru,” Dr. Brooks has helped make poor and vulnerable Americans a key focus for AEI and for the conservative movement. AEI scholars have emerged as an unrivaled source for creative thinking on poverty, opportunity, and free enterprise.
Ali Breland is the technology reporter covering disinformation on the internet at Mother Jones. In this role Ali reports on Russian trolls, conspiracy theories on social media, surveillance tech, A.I. bias and general malfeasance and accountability reporting in tech. Prior to moving to MJ, and at the time of our T4C interview, Ali was a technology reporter at The Hill newspaper where he wrote and reported 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week. Not bad for someone who just graduated from UT Austin in 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get to where he is now, Ali cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huff Post. Ali also dabbled in a wide variety of other interests including winemaking as a Harvest intern (didn’t realize this was a job title) at Patz & Hall Winery and snowboarding. His love of journalism and technology landed him a bunch of different jobs along the way, including one at POLITICO as a web producer. Tune in to this episode of T4C to learn how this Java Junkie juggles the stress and demands of being a young journalist.
Sanam Rastegar is a Senior Associate at McLarty Associates in the field of strategic advising. She received her B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University in 2016. Before graduating, she had the opportunity to intern at Independent Talent Group Limited in London, Maclaren and Hermès. In these positions, she tried her hand at marketing, merchandising, and assisting employees in important tasks. Sanam learned the basics of how to succeed at a well known organization before she even received her college degree. In addition, besides her hard work in the academic and work environments, Sanam spent all four years on the Yale Sailing Team. Despite earning valuable recognition in this aspect as well, Sanam says that this experience taught her to be a leader and how to work as a member of a close knit team. She even planned a sailing regatta that gave her useful skills to help plan the McLarty 20th Anniversary Party in 2018. Once she had her degree in hand, Sanam applied for an entry level associate position at McLarty Associates and was hired. Her time spent as an assistant to the Chairman gave her the chance to soak up valuable knowledge from her boss and learn the ins and outs of the industry. Two years into her professional career, Sanam has already been promoted to a Senior Associate position at the firm and continues to be passionate about the company. Tune into this episode to learn how you can be successful right out of the university gate!
Ladan Davia is the CEO and Founder of BEEYA, a meta-search engine and employee matching platform that has partnerships with Zip Recruiter, Indeed and Nexxt. She graduated from Chapman University in 2014-- yes, 2014-- with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Ladan’s dream, or so she thought, was to become a hard news reporter. Fortunately, she realized before she graduated the lifestyle wasn’t for her. After landing a job at Entertainment Tonight she decided to scrap the TV thing altogether. It wasn’t until she started searching for another job online that Ladan realized something was missing. She spent hours browsing multiple job search sites and still couldn’t find a good fit for her professional interests. Instead, she got recommendations for jobs to be a gardener or nanny. So, being the bad-ass 20-something that she is, Ladan decided to do something about it! She decided to use DATA to match job seekers with the jobs they actually want. What a concept, right? With her past experience as a co-founder of the test prep company Excelerate Test Prep and the help of some engineers, Ladan founded Beeya in 2015. So, press PLAY and learn how you can search for the jobs you WANT or even start your own business in your 20’s!
Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness with 10 million monthly unique visitors. He is also the author of Wellth: How to Build a Life Not a Résumé. Before founding MBG in 2009, Jason launched 3 other startups that ended up failing. He also worked as an equity trader on Wall Street. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue. Jason has a BA in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and loves German Shepherds, Chuck Taylors, and guacamole.
April Rinne is a global citizen in every sense of the word — she is an adventurer, a lifelong learner, and an inspiration to those around her through her global ethos and mindset. She has helped startups, policymakers, and even international organizations identify social and economic trends and become more responsible as a result. Although April’s experienced a great deal of obstacles and challenges in her life, her work and life have brought her deep satisfaction and joy because they’ve truly bridged borders and boundaries. A self-proclaimed travel junkie who ‘belongs to the world’, April works in more than 20 countries each year and has some incredible career advice every Java Junkie should hear. Spoiler alert: April believes (and has the data to prove it) that the days of staying at one company, or in one career your entire life, are behind us. So grab your mug and take a chug, and get ready to the world as you know it flipped upside down!
Liza Goodspeed is an Analyst at Accenture Strategy with a strong interest in the healthcare industry. During her time at Accenture (she started in August 2017) Liza has assessed the current state of a call center and assisted with designing a transformation strategy through agent observations, stakeholder interviews and analysis of call patterns, call types and FTE data. The findings were then translated into several business cases with corresponding implementation charters and an integrated roadmap. Liza has also worked on things like patient access and revenue cycle transformation and clinical variation reduction strategies. She didn’t get interested in this field, until her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, where she’d been pre-med and expected to go into medical school, not into the business world. Liza graduated from U Penn in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Societies and Healthcare Markets and Financing.
Mark Metry, 21 years old, is nothing short of a prodigy. The child of Egyptian immigrants who moved to the US when he was a baby, Mark first became an entrepreneur at age 12 when he started a hit Youtube channel focused on Call of Duty. Today Mark is the founder of VU Dream, a marketing agency focused around virtual reality and mixed reality worlds. He took to the internet at a young age and taught himself both the technical skills and management techniques to grow successful businesses. At age 15, he had created and was profiting from the world’s most popular Minecraft server, something he developed after simply playing the game and thinking he could improve on it. In addition to founding VU Dream, Mark also hosts the Top 100 podcast Humans 2.0, the aim of which is to help people conquer their inner demons and live a life free from mental and emotional setbacks. He became passionate about this after escaping his own self-proclaimed “socially anxious prison”. Wise beyond his years, Mark Metry joins us for an honest and insightful conversation about finding the life you want to live and how he hacked his way to professional and personal happiness.
Scott Williams didn’t expect to end up in the nonprofit world when he was in college studying International Business & Marketing, but that’s exactly where he is and he couldn’t be happier about it. As a Senior Corporate Partnerships and Product Manager at Global Giving, Scott works with for-profit companies around the world to develop philanthropic programs and use Global Giving’s platform as a way to do good, such as through grants or employee engagements. His position has made him well versed in navigating the charitable nonprofit industry, whether through cold-calling or building relationships with companies around the world. He’s an expert in the field, but Scott will be the first to tell you that all you need to get started is to jump in and get some first-hand experience. So, what are you waiting for? Take the plunge and press play!
Acacia Betancourt is the Senior Creative and UX Designer at GlobalGiving. She is responsible for the visual integrity and growth of the GlobalGiving brand, and uses her love of design to create awesome products in various mediums that resonate with the GlobalGiving audience. Prior to working at GlobalGiving, Acacia got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Upon graduation, and after an exhaustive job search, she found a job on the west coast working with brands like National Geographic, Newseum, WTOP, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Harry Potter Exhibition. After honing her branding, print, web, user experience, packaging, advertising, and video editing skills, Acacia joined the ranks of the nonprofit world to continue using her experience and expertise for good. When she's not obsessing over fonts, she can be found kayaking, hiking, or buying yet another houseplant.
Courtney Eskew is the Senior Manager for Vetting and Grants at GlobalGiving where she spends her days helping nonprofits access the tools, training, and support they need to make the world a better place. As the largest crowdfunding community in the world, Global Giving is a mission-driven organization that connects nonprofits with donors in nearly every field of philanthropy and all across the globe. In her position, Courtney leads a team working to ensure that every nonprofit that posts a project on GlobalGiving is a legitimate charity run by people who care about philanthropy. A graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee Courtney utilizes her unlikely double major in International Affairs and French Language & Literature to thrive in her multifaceted position. She joins us on this episode of Time4Coffee all the way from London (drinking an English Breakfast tea) to chat about the exciting and rewarding field of development and philanthropy.
Data Scientist Nick Hamlin uses statistics and programming, along with his own curious brain, to ask and answer intriguing questions in the non-profit or social sector at GlobalGiving. Under the slogan: “Donate to charity and see your impact with regular updates,” GlobalGiving has become the largest crowdfunding community in the world. Nick works on a diverse array of projects, including measuring the on-the-ground impact of the organizations his nonprofit supports through crowdfunded donations. On his own, Nick has developed GlobalGiving’s ETL system, which allows his colleagues to better manage the data most relevant to their work, on their own. Nick graduated from the University of Rochester with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and History and eventually went on to earn a graduate degree in Information and Data Science. After spending time in the private sector, Nick began working for GlobalGiving. In this ‘caffeinated conversation’ Nick tells us about his interesting life and career - from his experience in the data industry to his experience as a troubadour on the National Mall.
Donna Callejon is the Chief Business Partnerships Officer at GlobalGiving, a nonprofit organization and the largest global crowdfunding community. GlobalGiving connects other nonprofits, donors and companies across the globe to put money and other resources where they’re needed most. Donna’s role at GlobalGiving consists of developing corporate and other strategic partnerships, as well as working directly with partners like the Ford Motor Company Fund to help them and their employees better help others. Before joining GlobalGiving in 2003, Donna spent 15 years building her career at Fannie Mae where she worked her way up to become a senior executive. During her college years at UC Davis, Donna played on several intramural teams and studied Agriculture and Managerial Economics and took classes in Statistics and Finance which she really enjoyed. By the way, Donna did not get a graduate school degree and doesn’t feel she needed one. Donna also gets personal and shares how she navigated her career as a gay woman during a period of time in the US when a person’s sexual orientation wasn’t valued, let alone celebrated. And she has some wise words for young LGBTQ professionals.
Emily Schaefer is a Policy Advisor at the global humanitarian and development organization, Mercy Corps. But that was far from her first job at Mercy Corps. In 2013, Emily got her foot in the door as an intern on the Policy and Advocacy team. Following her internship she got another break when a job opened up for the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Global Engagement & Policy (spoiler alert: Andrea was in that role) and Office Administrator. Emily held those 2 positions for 2 years before getting promoted yet again to become an Associate Policy Advisor. Since then Emily has steadily climbed the ladder at Mercy Corps on the Policy team. Prior to her time at Mercy Corps, Emily interned at the U.S. State Department in the Office of the Senior Advisor for Innovation. Emily attended McDaniel College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and double major in Political Science and International Studies, with a focus in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Dr. Alan Rosenblatt is a political and digital strategist, researcher and professor and probably the most social media-savvy non-millennial you’ve ever met. He is currently a Principal at turner4D and the Director of Digital Research at Lake Research Partners, where he uses his social media expertise to assist Democratic and progressive campaigns. Alan’s goal is to show people not just how to work social media, but how to use it strategically to build an engaged audience and influence changemakers. After graduating from Tufts with a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Alan continued his studies in political science, earning an M.A. at Boston College and his Ph.D. at American University in the field. He began his work in digital strategizing and analysis back in 1995, when he created and taught one of the first-ever classes on the politics of cyberspace at George Mason University. Since then, he’s held many jobs relating to his research, teaching at the college level, running political blogs, and creating social media strategies. He says he is active on just about every social media platform that exists, so you’ll have an easy time finding him on Twitter at @Dr.Digipol.
Ambassador Rick Barton currently teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as the co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiatives and Ullman Fellowships. He has served as an American ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the United Nations, and he was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations under former president Barack Obama. He has led conflict management initiatives in crisis zones across the globe, in countries as diverse as Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria and Turkey. Ambassador Barton is dedicated to advancing peaceful democratic change. In business, politics and government service, he pursues this challenge by building organizations and partnerships that are: driven by mission and principles; committed to learning and mutual respect; and measured by impact. He believes leadership is most likely to be effective if there is a sincere effort to develop a common understanding of what is most important, a clear set of priority actions, an integrated team, independent measures of progress and tireless communication. Over the past twenty years, Ambassador Barton has worked in 40+ countries, engaging with local people and opportunities to catalyze progress. When you expand trust, seek innovation, and encourage ingenuity, risk taking is rewarded.
Madeline Rose is a Senior Global Advocacy Advisor at Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development NGO, where she works to create and implement public policies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. She’s a policy expert and advocacy strategist with innovative problem-solving skills, evidenced by her success in designing Mercy Corps’ first globally coordinated advocacy campaign, which she now leads. Her current focus is passing a bill called the “Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018” in the U.S. Congress that will help end violence in Guatemala, Nigeria, Iraq and many other conflict-affected countries. Madeline travels frequently and works with her Mercy Corps colleagues in countries around the world to find out what may be driving violence in their countries in order to identify solutions to stopping it. Madeline studied Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College and during her time there, interned with the United Nations. After graduating, Madeline moved to D.C. and worked in the Capitol Hill office of former Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) as a Legislative Correspondent and Staff Assistant. It was in Rep. Honda’s office that Madeline learned the value of mentorship and truly kicked off her career. Since then, she’s worked her way up at Mercy Corps, moving from policy advisor up to her current title. Where others focus on finding problems, Madeline focuses on creating solutions to make the world a better place.
Larry Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Axis Promotions, a full-service marketing agency, based in New York City, focused on brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Larry started Axis Promotions in 1992 at his kitchen table, after he saw a need for disposable binoculars for the NBA, and managed to sell the NBA on that idea. Larry graduated from Duke University as pre-med with a B.A. in Political Science because he thought he was going to head off to medical school. But after a conversation with a college mentor his senior year, Larry decided to change course and eventually went to the University of Pennsylvania law school. Today, Axis Promotions is an award-winning agency with five locations across the country serving clients from Zappos to Nickelodeon to Jet Blue to the USA Network. Axis Promotions specializes in brand development in the promotional products marketplace. Axis has been named Counselor Magazine’s Top 40 Distributors 5 years in a row, Promo Marketing Magazine Top 40 Distributor, and PPB Greatest Companies to Work For.
Dylan Gambardella is the co-founder of Next Gen Summit and previously co-founded Students4Students. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and activist. The 22-year-old Duke University alumnus has addressed global audiences at events including TEDx, Yale University, and UCLA, and is passionate about supporting young people in creating lasting, positive impact in our world. Dylan was born and raised in Westchester, New York and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class. While at Duke, he majored in Economics and Public Policy and was named a Melissa & Doug Scholar and was elected as Senator for the student body. Dylan was also a member of the Duke Basketball Practice Team and a Director of Campus Enterprises, Duke’s oldest student-run company. Dylan was the 2017 recipient of the New York Wunderkind award. But Dylan’s entrepreneurial journey began at age 17 when he co-founded Students4Students, a higher-education consulting firm designed to provide applicants an advantage in the collegiate admissions process. After successfully helping over 120 clients in the first two years, Dylan co-founded Next Gen, where he aims to support innovation by providing the resources young entrepreneurs need to change the world. To date, Dylan and Next Gen have hosted thousands of attendees at more than a dozen events across the country - including the international Next Gen Summit - and have attracted an online network of over 5,000 young entrepreneurs.
Rena Greifinger is the Senior Project Lead on MaverickNext and advises on Population Services International's (PSI) global youth strategy. Over the last five years as Youth & Girls Advisor, Rena helped establish PSI as a technical expert and thought-leader in private sector approaches to improving sexual and reproductive health systems for adolescents and young people. She spearheaded the organization's work in design-thinking, playing a lead role in its flagship project Adolescents 360. Rena has published and presented extensively on adolescent health globally. In 2009, she published a World Health Organization report on the psychosocial needs of adolescents living with HIV, inspiring her to start an award-winning program that builds leadership, life-skills and mentoring support for young people living with HIV in the U.S. She has served as Chair of the Youth, Health and Rights Coalition and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, and currently sits on the board of Next Step. Rena holds a Master’s of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health where she was presented the Albert Schweitzer award which is given to the graduating students whose past work and current activities have been marked by a “reverence for life.” If you’re interested in public health or international development or just how to be a maverick in your life press play and enjoy!
Johanna Thoeresz combines her love of philanthropists and philanthropy in her role as Oregon Community Foundation’s Chief Development Officer. She brings 30 years of development experience to lead a statewide team of highly qualified philanthropic advisors who help individuals and families create legacies of giving through donor advised funds, scholarship funds and testamentary gifts. Past read more>>>
Simon Jacobsen is a founding partner of the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Jacobsen Architecture, LLC with his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen, F.A.I.A. Simon operates a company of nine architects and works throughout the United States, Caribbean, Europe and Asia. The primary focus of his work is custom residential, commercial and institutional architecture, interiors, furniture and lighting design. Simon Jacobsen’s work is widely published in print and television such as The Wall Street Journal, Casa VOGUE, HGTV's Extreme Homes, Architectural Digest, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, DC Modern Luxury, Home & Design, Design Bureau Magazine, HGTV, Entra Magazine and the hundreds of internet publications and design blogs. Residential Architect Magazine listed Jacobsen Architecture in the top 50 design firms in the US and Architectural Digest lists Hugh and Simon Jacobsen in the top 100 of architects and designers internationally. Simon Jacobsen is a recipient of many prestigious awards in architecture and design from The American Institute of Architects, The Society of American Registered Architects and he is also an inductee of Architectural Digest’s AD100. Press play on this episode to hear from one of the great’s in this industry!
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a journalist, author and marketing professional currently working in the technology industry at Shield AI as the Chief Marketing Officer. Her two NYT’s bestselling books: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield tell the stories of unsung heroes who showed bravery and resilience in the face of adversity in the midst of violent conflict. These stories of grit and determination especially resonated with Gayle as she was raised by her single mother, a blue collar worker who juggled jobs to pay the bills, and by her grandmother after her mother died, when Gayle was only 12 years old. After graduating magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Journalism, Gayle began her professional journey covering presidential politics and politics for ABC News’ Political Unit. After 10 years as a journalist, Gayle decided to take her life in a different direction and go to business school. When her first attempt to get accepted at Harvard Business School was unsuccessful, Gayle prepared for a year. It paid off. And it was during her time at HBS that Gayle began the research on women’s entrepreneurship in the midst of conflict zones that would lead her to write her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. Following her graduation from Harvard Business School, Gayle served as a Vice President at the global investment firm PIMCO. Most recently, Gayle has moved into a new role as an executive in the technology and AI world at Shield AI an artificial intelligence company focused on using networked robots to protect service members and civilians. Gayle is also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sree Sreenivasan is the co-founder of Digimentors, a digital consultancy working with some of the world’s most important brands to get them smarter and better on social and digital. But this wasn’t the field Sree started out in when he graduated from St. Stephen’s College in India in 1991 with a B.A. in History. After dreaming of becoming a journalist since he was 12, Sree started his career by living out his childhood dream. He wrote for The New York Times, reported for NBC and WABC TV, and even helped found the site DNAinfo.com. Eventually, Sree moved into academia and began to teach and mentor students at the Columbia School of Journalism where he worked for 20 years as a professor and then Dean of Student Affairs. It was while he was teaching at Columbia that Sree identified the digital revolution that was underway and started dedicating his energy and smarts to becoming a thought leader on the digital world. In August 2013, he was hired at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) as its first Chief Digital Officer. Then one day in June 2016 he was suddenly fired. But rather than hiding this fact, Sree took to social media and asked his followers for their help in finding his next job! He heard back from over a thousand people with their suggestions. With all of this experience, and his many successes, Sree Sreenivasan has some amazing stories and tips to share! Press play on this episode and get ready to learn a ton about how to use the digital world to your advantage.
Sarah Smith is a Special Counsel with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC -- with an expertise in commercial real estate, construction and business transactions. Since January 2013, Sarah has provided advice in connection with real estate, construction and general business contract matters. Sarah leads negotiations in connection with settlement of contract disputes and structuring of agreements. She also oversees outside counsel and consulting experts in various matters. Sarah’s responsibilities also include briefing senior management, the general counsel and members of the Board in connection with contract and policy matters. Sarah brings great insights to position at the Fed that she attributes to the outside experiences she gained before starting there which included spending 10 years at Venable law firm. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Communication, before attending law school at Emory University. She made partner at Venable LLP where she worked for 10 years before transitioning to her career with the Fed. She is a dedicated mother of three with a passion for giving back to the community.
Lucy Helm is Starbucks Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Officer. A partner (employee) since 1999, Lucy previously served as Starbucks Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for more than five years, and served as the interim leader of the Partner Resources organization (PRO) from March to July 2017. She is part of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Kevin Johnson. In her work in Law & Corporate Affairs, Lucy proved to be a trendsetter in the legal profession through diversity and pro bono work, and gained a reputation as an incomparable leader and advocate for the communities Starbucks serves. Lucy was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel in 2014, received Legal Momentum’s Woman of Achievement award, and was honored with the Washington Appleseed Bradley C. Diggs Outstanding Service Award for leadership in social justice in 2015. She is a member of the board of directors of the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps, and also serves on the board of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program. Lucy received her B.A. in political science with highest honors from the University of Louisville and is a cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Her favorite Starbucks beverage is a Nitro Cold Brew.
Tom Knox is a Partner and Strategic Advisor at the law firm, Morrison Foerster, where he counsels clients on corporate, financing, technology transactions and sourcing matters, serving as a strategic advisor to companies in the technology, media, life sciences, transportation, manufacturing and government services sectors, and to investors in such companies. Today his career is the perfect bridge between his personal interests and his professional skills. As a technology lawyer in northern Virginia, Tom spends time supporting tech startups and planning their financial steps to success. In his senior year of college at Middlebury, Tom Knox knew he would embark on one of two paths: he would follow many others and take the timeless position of a lawyer, or he would break the mold by becoming a computer scientist and entering the then-budding world of Silicon Valley. Instead, Tom found a way to traverse both worlds. Unsurprisingly, Tom’s masterful balancing skills extend to his family life, where over the years he has juggled brokering deals at work with spending meaningful time with his four children. He may not be the flashy courtroom prosecutors we see on TV, or the jean-sporting Silicon Valley entrepreneur, but that’s because Tom has always marched to his own drummer. And so, in his own down-to-earth way that is at once supremely self-confident, modest and exceptionally talented -- Tom has carved out a niche and found his passion.
Fueled by a mug of ginger tea, this ‘caffeinated career conversation’ is presided over by Judge Julie Breslow, who serves as Magistrate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Breslow was appointed to the court in 2002 and in her impressive 16 years on the bench has taken on exclusively family court cases. These include cases dealing with juvenile delinquency, adoptions, domestic relations, and more. On top of this, Judge Breslow presides over all matters of neglect in the District of Columbia that involve unaccompanied refugee minors in foster care. She takes a particular interest in the intersection of family law and immigration law. In preparation for her extensive career in law, Judge Breslow studied Liberal Arts at Union College as part of a six year law program in conjunction with Albany Law School. In this episode of Time4Coffee Judge Breslow tells Java Junkies all about why she enjoys her job, as well as the courtroom moments that keep her awake at night.
Francis Hoang — aka France — is a veteran entrepreneur who has used his impressive skills and experience to build companies across the industries of law, aerospace, and technology. Born into war, France fled Vietnam as a refugee to the United States in the 1970’s and eventually attended West Point, where he graduated in the top 1% of his class. As a Partner with FH+H, France represents, advises, and counsels middle market companies on a wide variety of matters, including sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, corporate compliance, corporate governance, and government contracts law. Holding an active security clearance, France has unique and extensive experience with the defense, intelligence, and homeland security industries. He has over 20 years of national security experience, including positions in every branch of the US government. Now, France uses his knowledge to help a variety of organizations grow, develop, and function, and has even applied his wide-ranging skill set to establish two of his own startups — Chisel co-working for lawyers and Boodle AI. France is an entrepreneurial star with a heck of a lot of sage advice on being your own boss.
Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he's been a part of nine presidential campaigns and was a co-founder of a successful financial information company. Raj saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and promptly dropped out to build it. He has been profiled in Forbes, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Raj is also an active investor in ground-breaking startups, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is the former chair of the World Economic Forum's humanitarian council.
Ann Mei Chang is the Executive Director of Lean Impact at Lean Startup Co., a company that encourages all organizations, especially ones seeking solutions to social problems, to think like startups. She is also the author of the new book LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, which takes a closer look at the idea of applying entrepreneurial thinking to social problem solving and explores examples of how these theories have played out in advocacy organizations around the world. Ann Mei came to this work through a winding path of both social and technological innovation. After graduating from Stanford with a degree in computer science, she went to work in Silicon Valley as a software engineer, and quickly climbed her way up the management ladder as she moved between tech startups. But after 20+ years in fast-paced Palo Alto, Ann Mei decided it was time to use her skills as an engineer and innovator to truly make the world a better place. More specifically, she set out to end global poverty. She began a career in government work and again climbed the management ladder quickly, becoming the Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and later the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab. She also served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and, after moving from government to NGO work, Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps. Today, Ann Mei combines the skills she’s developed over her two illustrious careers to bring a new approach to solving global social issues by thinking like the innovator and engineer she always will be.
Dennis Whittle has worked for the past 30 years in philanthropy and aid. He is currently the co-founder and CEO at Feedback Labs a consortium which aims to change the norms in development, aid, and philanthropic policy to be more responsive to the people that those policies aim to help. Dennis also co-founded and was the CEO of GlobalGiving, a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects. Forbes magazine called GlobalGiving “one of the 10 startups changing the world.” Before those ventures, Dennis worked for 14 years at the World Bank where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on projects and issues including: agriculture housing reform, structural adjustments, innovation, and energy efficiency. Dennis Whittle has an incredible breadth of experience within the world of nonprofits, philanthropies, as well as the startup world. He hopes to encourage Java Junkies to push themselves outside their comfort zones and learn how to embrace failures as the key to unlocking their true potentials.
Christina Lukeman is Head of Investor Relations at Agora, an organization founded in 2005 as a modern-day “public square” that brings together key stakeholders to accelerate social entrepreneurship -- in order to create a positive social impact. Christina’s job is to play a kind of a “cupid” role by building relationships with social entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to put their money towards a worthwhile cause. Agora is among the first impact focused investment funds in Latin America, and serves entrepreneurs in that region. Since its founding in 2005 this organization has been at the forefront of the venture capital world. Christina is a multilingual MBA who has traveled all over the world - even once hula hooping her way across Latin America. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Christina spent a few years traversing the world before earning her MBA and filling out hundreds of job applications to find the career that fit her best. For this ‘caffeinated career conversation’ Christina joins us all the way from sunny California, rather than Mexico City where she’s now living, to share the story of how she got to where she is today, and what its like to work in the influential and exciting world of venture capital.
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments where she is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. She is also the author of the new book: LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs. In LEAPFROG, Nathalie provides her readers and aspiring entrepreneurs with 50 read more>>>
Florence William’s career as a journalist, author, podcaster, and reporter has frequently focused on the environment, health and science. On this episode of Time4Coffee, Florence discusses the health benefits of spending more time in the great outdoors, and how just one hour a week in nature can heighten your mood, improve your health, and ultimately make your life much better. She has gleaned these insights from her time investigating outdoor health therapies around the world including in Japan and Finland. All of this is documented in most recent, of two bestselling books, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. A graduate of Yale University, Florence works as a freelance writer for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Outside Magazine, and National Geographic. She joins us on this interview from a cozy office ‘shed’ in her urban backyard, in Washington, D.C., where she is able to get a nature fix every day!
Emily Fletcher is founder of Ziva and the creator of the Ziva Meditation Technique, which combines mindfulness, meditation and manifesting to promote high performance. A former musical theatre performer on Broadway, Emily came to the practice of meditation when she realized that she’d achieved her dream of acting on Broadway, and yet she was miserable. She was experiencing extremely high levels of stress, and they showed on her body: she kept getting sick and injured, making it hard to perform; she even started going gray at 26; and she had chronic insomnia. It wasn’t until she began meditating that she was able to stop the harrowing effects this career-induced stress had had on her body. And the practice had fast results. In the first night after trying meditation, Emily slept through the night for the first time in 18 months. Since that fateful turnaround in her life, she decided to dedicate herself to sharing the practice of meditation with as many people as possible. Ziva meditation was the first company to offer online meditation training. Today, Emily is a new mom and an extremely successful CEO who leveled up her life thanks to just 20 minutes of meditation twice a day. Her new book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, is about the Ziva technique and its potential power to change human consciousness. The book comes out in February and can be preordered here.
Harvard medical school’s Dr. Steven Schlozman, the co-director of MGH's Clay Center for Healthy Young Minds, has been obsessed with zombies since he was in elementary school. He loved sneaking into the movie theater and watching suspenseful, gory zombie films-- especially without his parents’ permission. It wasn’t until his 20s that Dr. Schlozman realized his second passion: psychiatry. He loved analyzing things that didn’t have a specific, textbook solution. He didn’t want to answer obvious questions like: “What’s wrong with my femur?, or “Why does my tooth hurt?” instead, he wanted to study the most abstract type of conditions: psychological. Halfway into his career as a physician, his wife got quite ill and understandably Dr. Schlozman had trouble sleeping due to the stress he was experiencing. He decided to distract himself in the best way he thought possible: zombies. After watching Night of the Living Dead late one night, Dr. Schlozman decided to write a fake medical analysis of the illness that made zombies well, zombies. He published it online and it went viral. A publisher approached him soon after to offer him a book deal. His novel, The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse, has won numerous awards and continues to entertain zombie lovers to this day. Needless to say, Java Junkies, this episode is filled with tons of expert advice on how to improve your mental health, with some heebie jeebies sprinkled in to keep you on your toes…
Dr. Ellen Vora is a board certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher, who takes a functional approach to mental health treatment. She believes in looking at her patients holistically, and addressing challenges at the source rather than with medication. Ellen specializes in depression, anxiety, insomnia, women’s mental health, adult ADHD, bipolar, autoimmunity, and digestive issues. After graduating from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in English, Dr. Vora continued on to Columbia University medical school, although she consistently felt reservations about the profession she was entering. On this not-so-caffeinated career conversation (Dr. Vora recently kicked her caffeine habit) she addresses our society’s struggles with mental health from a holistic psychiatry standpoint, and gives Java Junkies tools to reflect on their own physical and mental health, and what lifestyle changes you can make to feel like your best self. Tune in to this episode of T4C and find out how to better take care of yourself, and why your afternoon snack of Doritos might just be what’s making you depressed.
Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson are the co-authors of The Self-Driven Child: the Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. The main thesis of this incredible book is that the best thing you can do for your child is to give them the freedom to fail. Don’t be fooled by the term “child” though, the advice in this episode is extremely relevant to 18-25 year old Java Junkies! Dr. Stixrud is a neuropsychologist who is specifically focused on the adolescent brain and the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety and technology on our brains. Johnson works with students and their families to prepare young people for tests like the SAT, ACT, GMAT, etc. and to help them manage the stresses that comes with this phase of life at his highly-regarded test prep company: PrepMatters. Together, the two experts speak in depth about how young people can practice the self-care habits necessary to be healthy, happy, and successful in a time and place (college) where exhaustion and stress have become the status quo. In this super important caffeinated conversation, Andrea dives into some of the most important information that Java Junkies in college need right now in order to become the best versions of themselves.
Elise Gaston Chand has held a number of titles in a few different fields, since she graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College (now Randolph-Macon College). She started out as a reporter working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. Elise then fell into the human resources field, where she worked for 3 decades for companies like Starbucks and Yum! Brands-- owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. She felt she had found the perfect career when, out of the blue, she was laid off. Elise felt this was a sign that she needed to be following her true passion, not just for the paycheck, but to have fun and work from home! She started her podcast -- Because of Horses-- in October 2017 and soon after and to this day, it doesn’t feel like work. Elise now gets to spend way more time with her loved ones and talk to people in the horse industry that she’s admired and adored since childhood. From journalism to HR to horses, Elise really knows her stuff! Plus, her amazing podcast Because of Horses can be found right here -- check it out! Press Play and listen to Elise share some valuable information and amusing anecdotes.
In his teens and early 20s, Levi Meeuwenberg was flipping off of walls, somersaulting over railings, and performing impossible stunts across the US as a professional parkour and stunt man. His extraordinary acrobatic skills helped him land gigs as a parkour dancer on one of Madonna’s World tours, as a star competitor on Japan’s Sasuke Ninja Warrior, and even as a stunt man in The Avengers (he briefly doubled Captain America) and in the movie The Bourney Legacy (he doubled Jeremy Renner)! But after all of this success, Levi grew disillusioned with his parkour career and decided to pursue a lifestyle that he felt could produce something of more lasting value. Enter: permaculture. Leaving his parkour career behind, Levi developed a deep concern about climate change and discovered permaculture — the development of self-sustaining agricultural systems. Levi moved back to his hometown in Michigan and applied his new love for ecology and sustainable living, and has since become successful enough to share his knowledge with others. Supplementing his permaculture lifestyle with his own web design business, Hog the Web, Levi is on a mission to show other Americans the importance of living sustainably in communities in which neighbors not only regularly support one another but also eschew the trappings of so-called successful lives in order to build truly happy lives.
Peter Loge is an expert in the realm of politics in public policy, serving in senior positions for three members of the House of Representatives, the late Senator Kennedy, and under the Obama Administration. In his impressive career as a strategic and communications consultant, Peter has worked as a senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a position which was created for him. Drawing from his experience, he penned the book Soccer Thinking For Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World’s Game. In this work Peter demonstrates to readers, through comparison with the sport of soccer, how working as a team towards a common goal can lead to a business’ success in the present day fast-paced working world. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Peter is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University school of Media and Public Affairs Students, sharing his wisdom on communications, politics, and management. On this episode of T4C, we bring all that and more to you!
Joe De Sena has always been guided by his entrepreneurial drive. Before applying to Cornell University, Joe had already built a multimillion dollar pool business in his hometown New York City. After his studies at Cornell, where he majored in Textiles, Joe’s passion took him to Wall Street and then to Vermont, where his business acumen helped him operate and manage an organic farm among other ventures. It was here where Joe first developed his idea for the Spartan Races – the international fitness phenomenon that’s gaining popularity in more than 30 countries across the world. These races are rooted in his own mantras of motivation. In an age of luxury and technology, it’s important that people stay active and embrace the Spartan lifestyle. Two-time New York Times bestselling author of the cultural hits Spartan Up and Spartan Fit, Joe has a thing or two to say about getting off the couch, on the move, and to a better future. Listen up, Java Junkies!
Eve Rosenbaum is the Manager of International Scouting for the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros. It’s a dream come true for this baseball lover who played ball most of her life, including playing softball in college. Shortly after graduating, her childhood dream came true. Today, Eve scouts baseball stars around the world, frequently travelling to Colombia and the Dominican Republic to watch up and coming international teenagers test their baseball chops. She also manages the international scouting team, making decisions about which players outside the US and Canada to sign to play in the US minor leagues. Eve was directly involved in signing Venezuelan Jose Altuve, the Astros’ second baseman and the 2017 American League MVP. Before working for the 2017 World Series champs, Eve attended Harvard College, where she studied Psychology and Philosophy and earned a summer internship with the Boston Red Sox.
George Leon is the CEO and founder of Cakewalk Entertainment, a full-service promotional marketing entertainment agencies which pushes entertainment properties and brands beyond the silver screen and into consumers’ everyday lives. With more than 25 years of experience, Leon is a one-of-a-kind specialist in global promotions and franchise development in the entertainment space. As EVP of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Leon pioneered a new franchise strategy by bringing promotions, consumer products, and product placement under one fully-integrated roof. Today he carries that global-scale studio approach everywhere he goes to create tailor-made promotional campaigns that elevate world-renowned icons and innovate new brands.
Hope Greenberg is the co-Founder of Soapbox Strategists a digital media agency that helps clients capture hearts (and dollars) in the online world. But Hope’s journey to where she is today began in the analogue world. She spent nine years as the fashion director at Lucky Magazine, prior to which she was the fashion director at Self Magazine and an editor at Mirabella and Harper’s Bazaar. Most recently, Hope worked as an editorial, product, partnership, marketing and public relations consultant for established and emerging brands including Kate Spade, Joe Fresh, Target, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and Shae NY.
Chris Luecke is a Sales & Marketing Account Manager at Rockwell Automation, and the host of Pubcast Worldwide podcast. When he graduated from Marquette University 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Marketing was the farthest thing from his mind. When he started college, Chris thought he wanted to be a roller coaster engineer, but eventually realized that being stuck behind a desk solving problems wasn’t quite what he wanted to do. After graduating, Chris spent a short time working with Anheuser-Busch helping them engineer their aluminum cans to be more efficient. But, after they were sold to a foreign company, Chris left AB and fell into a position at Rockwell Automation. Once there, he found his passion.
Becky D’Anna is the Executive Director of International Theatrical Promotions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and has been obsessed with movies since she was a child. By the time she was 15 she knew exactly what she wanted to do: market movies. She figured her best bet was to go to a university in the Los Angeles area. So, she applied to USC and got in. During her studies in LA, Becky interned at two different film-related companies-- first, at a literary management company and then a film production company. While these were amazing opportunities that gave Becky the chance to experience many sides of the industry, she knew that her dream was still to market movies.
Jonathan Sackett is the President & CCO of Allscope media and communications. He attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in Marketing and Public Relations and minored in Psychology-- and was one of those lucky people who knew from the start that breaking into advertising was his professional dream. He took a brief detour when he went to law school for a year, but --at the end of the day-- advertising was his calling and that’s what he has continued to pursue. He’s been an executive at some of the top Ad and Marketing agencies in the world including: Ogilvy, DDB and Arnold Worldwide. And he’s worked on advertising campaigns for marquee products and companies: Skittles, GEICO, and Mars Wrigley. Needless to say, Jonathan loved and thrived in his career from the very beginning. But that’s not to say his stellar career didn’t hit a bump or two along the way. Want to know the ins and outs of the advertising and marketing world and why Jonathan loves it so much? Press Play!
Fatima Doman is a best selling author, speaker, executive coach and CEO of Authentic Strengths Advantage who has motivated audiences across six continents to leverage their authentic strengths for transformation. Fatima is passionate about empowering people for sustainable high performance—at work and in life. Her experience fleeing Angola on the eve of its civil war, informs her work to help people build resilience in the midst of their challenges. Fatima shares innovative, evidence-based tools rooted in the groundbreaking science of Positive Psychology—engaging audiences to bring out the best in themselves and in those they seek to positively influence.
Hugh Byrne has practiced meditation for 30 years and completed a four-year meditation teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and other senior Insight Meditation teachers in 2000. Hugh also teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is a certified practitioner in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma. Hugh has a law degree from London University and a PhD from UCLA, and worked for more than two decades in the field of human rights and social justice. He is the lead meditation teacher in the Garrison Institute’s Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) training for Syrian refugee aid workers in Jordan.
Elise Museles is an attorney turned Certified Eating Psychology & Nutrition Expert. She helps women stuck in a motivation-to-frustration cycle adopt a more joyful & positive approach to nourishment that starts with the food on the plate, but ultimately extends to all areas of their lives. Elise is the creator of Food Story and the wildly popular blog, Kale & Chocolate. Her advice and recipes have been published in countless books and publications, and will soon reach an even broader audience with the debut of her podcast, “Once Upon A Food Story.”
Ulrik Nerløe is the founder of Unified People, a Danish consulting firm he started in 2010 that provides executive mentoring and coaching to train CEOs and C-suite executives how to express their feelings and find their inner strength. At the start of his professional life, Ulrik worked in the Danish fashion industry for a couple of years before he decided that that path wasn’t quite the right fit. He then went to work for Dell Inc. as a Key Account Manager, but still found himself unhappy. One day, while he was picking up his 5 year old son from school, that’s when it clicked! His son noticed that Ulrick was unhappy asked him a pointed question.
Life Coach Lauren Zander makes Time4Coffee to teach Java Junkies that it’s not just about what you want out of life, but how you get there as well. Lauren is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group, an international consulting and life coaching company that prides itself in improving its client's personal and professional lives. She also developed the Handel Method, which is taught in over 35 educational institutions around the world including MIT, NYU, Stanford, and the New York City Public Schools. Using the knowledge gleaned from years of coaching, Lauren penned the highly acclaimed book Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap, Face your Fears, Love your Life, a no-nonsense manual to getting what you want out of life.
Provash Budden is Regional Director for the Americas at Mercy Corps, with 20 years of experience in international development, leading programs on land rights, access to education, economic development, violence prevention, natural resource management and support to displaced communities affected by conflict. Provash has designed and implemented programs for Mercy Corps in Colombia and Sudan read more>>>
Dr. Deepmala Mahla is Country Director in Iraq for the global humanitarian and development NGO, Mercy Corps. Prior to working in Iraq, Deepmala was Mercy Corps’ Country Director in South Sudan. During her 20 years in international development, Deepmala has worked for a constellation of top NGOs including Marie Stopes International, Oxfam, CARE and the Louis Berger Group. And while she can’t imagine doing anything else, that wasn’t the case when she was an undergraduate in her native India and a triple major. Yes, that’s right -- a triple major! Back then, Deepmala thought she was going to become a bureaucrat. In fact, it was while she was studying to complete her PhD in Anthropology, specializing in Reproductive Health, that she realized she wanted to dedicate her career to helping improve the lives of the world’s most underserved communities.
Joe Bubman is the Technical Lead for Integrating Approaches in Complex Crises at one of the world’s largest humanitarian and development NGOs, Mercy Corps. Previously, Joe served as Acting Director of Peace and Conflict and as a Senior Peace and Conflict Advisor where he supported the development and implementation of conflict management programs in Africa, read more>>>
David Nicholson is the Senior Director of the Environment, Energy & Climate Change Technical Support Team (TSU) at Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development organization. This team is responsible for honing Mercy Corps’ technical sector approaches and enhancing uptake across a global portfolio of development programs. Prior to joining Mercy Corps in 2012 David worked in Uganda as an energy project specialist working for the Uganda Carbon Bureau. He has also worked at Development Alternatives Inc (DAI) supporting a Climate Change knowledge platform called InfoSpring, an integrated ICT based innovation and knowledge sharing tool for development practitioners.
Chris Walker is the Director of Social Innovations at Mercy Corps, where he manages the Innovation Investment Alliance, a partnership between the Skoll Foundation and USAID that finances the scale-up of social enterprises. He also advises Mercy Corps’ Social Venture Fund, which invests in and accelerates impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. Prior to joining Merc Corps in 2015, Chris directed the Innovative Finance Program at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an international organization dedicated to ending malnutrition. He designed and built innovative initiatives that attracted investment capital to address malnutrition, including impact investment partnerships that provide equity and debt financing to companies having a positive impact on nutrition.
Spencer Bokat-Lindell is an Associate Editor at the new online media outlet Axios, Greek for “worthy.” But well before he was simplifying expert opinions to make them worthy of the public’s time, he was peeling white asparagus at Colicchio & Sons restaurant in Manhattan where he interned one summer during college. Spencer has worn many hats since he began his collegiate career at Yale University: he started his freshman year as a Chemistry major and aspiring chef, then, realizing neither was the right fit for him, switched to a French major with a heavy load of writing and extracurriculars.
Eric Weiner is a journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss. His most recent book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful” and has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 countries -- from Iraq to India to Indonesia -- covering some of the biggest stories of the day.
Ben Wittes is the Editor-in-Chief and co-Founder of the Lawfare blog, an online publication dedicated to national security issues, published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. It was started in September 2010 by Wittes, a former editorial writer for the Washington Post, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Texas at Austin law professor Robert Chesney. What started out as a fun little project in 2010, quickly turned into a massive news source for those interested in national security law.
Kelly Wallace is an Editor-at-Large and Digital Correspondent at CNN where she spearheaded CNN’s multiplatform women’s digital content initiatives and created “Women’s Watch” e-newsletter. She’s also worked as a White House correspondent, Mideast correspondent and National Correspondent for CNN covering some of the biggest news stories of the day. During her career as a top-notch journalist, Kelly has also worked as an Executive Editor and Chief Correspondent at iVillage.com where she was the network’s first-ever spokesperson.
Robert Draper has been a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, for the last decade, where he covers domestic politics. He's also worked as a contributing writer to National Geographic since 2007. For the latter, Draper has traveled to the all-male monastic community of Greece’s Mount Athos as well as to volatile corners of the world like Somalia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya.
Brian Solis left college before graduating so that he could pursue his passion. He had always been interested in technological advancements and their influence over both businesses and individuals, so he decided to combine them into one job description. Brian is a Digital Analyst and Digital Anthropologist. He studies the trajectory of disruptive technologies and evaluates how they will affect humans and their businesses. He has written numerous books on the subject-- most recently X: The Experience When Business Meets Design-- as he hopes to spread the word to the public about the future of tech.
Vivek Wadhwa researches exponentially advancing technologies that will soon change our world. These advances--in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine and nanomaterials--are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health and security. Vivek Wadhwa is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, engineer, computer software programmer, author and professor. Professor Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley.
Mike Steep is the Executive Director of the Digital Cities Program at Stanford University and an adjunct professor. He works in the field of disruptive technology where he analyzes innovation in the tech industry and its ability to change and improve life in urban centers. He got his B.A. in American Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School in the late ‘70s and then went on to receive his M.B.A. in General Management and Finance from the University of Virginia Darden Business School. After graduating, he worked at Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Apple, Microsoft Corporation, PARC, and a variety of other tech companies and startups.
Lindy Morris Fishburne is the Managing Partner of Breakout Ventures, a venture capital fund, or in layman's terms, the pot of “seed” money that investors give startups to get their ideas off the ground. Lindy, who specifically works with STEM startups, focuses getting budding science and tech companies out of the lab and into the market. Lindy is also the Executive Director of Breakout Labs which is re-shaping the way early-stage science is funded so that independent researchers and early-stage companies can advance their most radical ideas.
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, an international production company and creative think tank representing some of the world’s leading design/director collectives. He is also the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an online crowd-sourcing platform instigating the creation of low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Not Impossible Labs (NIL) was founded based on Mick’s firm belief that ideas that once seemed impossible turned out to be possible.
Hold onto your coffee cups …the Time4Coffee summer interns are loose in this special episode of T4C showcasing the insights, lessons learned and behind the scenes experiences of the freshman class of T4C interns: Julia Pekala (Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Class of 2019), Alexandra Radifera (University of Oregon, Class of 2021) and Michael Ellick (Elon University, Class of 2020).
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live"
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live”
Betsy West is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and educator and the co-Director & co-Producer of the film RGB about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A producer and executive for over two decades at ABC News, West received 21 Emmy Awards and two DuPont-Columbia Awards for her work on “Nightline” and “Prime Time Live” read more>>>
Jose Castaneda is the Communications Manager for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) the trade association for the high tech sector -- from hardware to software to services -- representing the most innovative technology brands in the world. In this role Jose drafts blog posts for ITI’s policy teams, manages media relations with reporters and leads ITI’s social media efforts. It’s not what he thought he’d be doing when he graduated from the University of Florida, in May 2015, with a double major in Economics and Political Science, but fortunately for Jose, it’s a job that plays to his strengths: lots of writing, networking and public speaking.
Entrepreneurs and digital marketing experts Michael and Marc Guberti have been driven to achieve their dreams since they were teenagers. Now, as successful young men, they hope to spread their message: Age is NOT a limit to success. Michael is a social media strategist and the founder of SmartBizPeople a full-service digital marketing agency, who just graduated from the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business in May 2018 with a degree in Marketing. While his brother, Marc who is 20-year old has just started his junior year at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business majoring in Finance.
Gabriel (Gabe) Sebastian is a Program Manager in Mexico at Population Services International (PSI), a global health organization who has spent his entire life surrounded by philanthropists and social entrepreneurs all over the globe. He was born in Bolivia, and spent much of his childhood in Mozambique. His parents were involved in philanthropy and founded a large social enterprise in Bolivia. So when it came time to go to college, Gabe thought nothing of traveling to the Netherlands to study International Business at Maastricht University.
Ali Breland is the Technology reporter at The Hill newspaper where he writes and reports 3-5 news stories a day, in addition to grinding out 1-3 more analytical, deeply reported stories a week. Not bad for someone who graduated from UT Austin in just 2014 with a B.A. in Plan II and minors in English and Philosophy. To get there Breland cut his teeth at The Alcalde (UT Austin Alumni Magazine) as an editorial intern and hustled outside of classes to interview artists and celebrities for CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huff Post.
Rob Karp has been passionate about the travel industry, and building his own business, since he founded the high-end luxury travel company, MilesAhead, the day before his 15th birthday. Today, Rob is 20 years old, and has just started his senior year at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. As CEO of MilesAhead, a luxury travel concierge in partnership with the Valerie Wilson Travel, Rob is the youngest travel advisor in the Virtuoso network.
Unlike most 11-year olds, when Corie Walsh was still a little girl she decided she wanted to become an aid worker. Flash forward a dozen years, and today she's much closer to achieving her dream. But when she was still in high school, Corie thought her professional dreams were unraveling. She was rejected from 9 of the 12 colleges to which she applied. One of them included her top school -- Georgetown University. Instead, Corie ended up going to Colorado State where she worked her butt off her freshman year and got a 4.0 which she used to transfer to the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill as a sophomore. While at UNC Corie continued to work her butt off and double majored in Peace, War and Defense as well as Global Studies.
Hannah Braaten has read her way through the publishing industry all the way to the top where she works as Editor at St. Martin’s Press. Hannah discovered her love for publishing at Wellesley College-- where she initially thought she would pursue a career in politics-- but switched to English after taking a class with an incredible English professor. She'd always loved book stores and in fact, worked in them during high school and college.
Marie Appel grew up in a town of 300 in a lower, middle class family. She was the first in her family to go to college and scored a scholarship that allowed her to go to Harvard for only $8,000 for her entire four year education. While she was at Harvard, Marie earned extra money during various breaks by cleaning the dorms, specifically the showers, using a credit card to scrape off the soap scum on the walls. But she also participated in amazing experiences at Harvard, like the sailing team, which she believes helped her develop resilience, organization and teamwork -- life skills.
Sanam Rastegar speaks 5 languages -- 3 of them fluently. She also had 3 interesting summer internships at Independent Talent Group Limited in London, Maclaren and Hermès that she believes helped her hone skills that she's putting to use now in her job as a Senior Associate at McLarty Associates, a boutique firm specializing in international strategic consulting. In those internships, Sanam got to try her hand at marketing, merchandising and assisting other full-time employees in important tasks.
Ladan Davia graduated from Chapman University in 2014-- yes, 2014-- with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Her dream, or so she thought, was to become a hard news reporter. Fortunately, she realized before she graduated the quality of life (there isn't any) of an entry-level hard news reporter wasn’t for her. After landing a job at Entertainment Tonight she decided to scrap the whole TV thing altogether. It wasn’t until she started searching for another job online, one that would ideally match her interests, that Ladan realized something was missing. She spent hours browsing multiple job search sites and still couldn’t find a good fit for her professional interests. Instead, she got recommendations for jobs to be a gardener or a nanny. So, being the bad-ass 20-something that she is, Ladan decided to do something about it!
Before he had “Dr.” in front of his name, Art Shaffer was a college student at the University of Delaware trying to figure out his path just like so many undergraduates. Eventually, he decided to take his love for Science and double down on it -- first, getting his BA in Biology, then signing up for grad school at Johns Hopkins U School of Medicine to pursue his PhD.
Professor Cal Newport is a proud Millennial and a computer science professor who has never owned a social media account. Yup. You read this right. Newport has his PhD in computer science from M.I.T and has deliberately eschewed Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. because his research shows it’s bad for your brain and your ability to do deep thinking.
Seth Goldman, co-founder of Honest Tea, dipped his tea bag into the world of entrepreneurship when he started Honest Tea with one of his Yale Business School professors, Barry Nalebuff. That was way back in 1998 in the kitchen of Seth's Bethesda, Maryland home. Today, 20 years later, Seth is a multi-millionaire and Honest Tea is owned by the Coca-Cola company and is sold nationwide in 170,000 retailers and is expanding globally ...
Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.
If you’ve never heard Vivek Wadhwa speak, or read his articles and books, and even if you have, this is a T4C episode you won’t soon forget! Professor Wadhwa’s advice to parents who ask him what their kids should study in college to be guaranteed a job when they graduate? Let them study what makes them happy.
Sarah Robb O’Hagan learned the hard way why professionals who thrive must ‘step up’, ‘stand out’ and ‘kick ass’. And, oh yeah, why it’s essential to repeat all of the above if you want to succeed! As CEO of Flywheel Sports, the fast growing indoor cycling company, O’Hagan is on the cutting edge as a leader in the fitness industry which is currently experiencing a major transformation through digital content and services.
Arthur Brooks is an impressive guy. He is a NYT’s bestselling author, a social scientist, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a non-partisan public policy think tank in Washington, D.C where Brooks works with top scholars, policymakers, and elected officials to fight for for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success. He's also a guru on how to build a happy work-life balance.
NPR's Guy Raz is the man behind the microphone -- and the magic -- of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows: How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World. In 2016, he became the first podcast creator to have 3 shows in the Apple Podcast chart's Top 20 shows -- at the same time. However, as he tells T4C host Andrea Koppel, before he made it to the pinnacle of his profession, Raz had to deal with professional disappointments, and even rejection, and had self-doubts like all of us.
Pull up a demitasse of espresso 'cause NPR's Guy Raz -- the creator and host of 3 top-ranked Apple Podcast shows: How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World -- shares his wisdom with T4C java junkies about how to break into journalism and podcasting. In this mini-podcast, java junkies learn the most useful skills Raz looks for in the people he hires. Hint: it's two qualities and one of them is ....kindness. He also shares the most important life experiences you will need to break into this industry and the best career advice he's gotten.
Time4Coffee is a podcast (and website: Time4Coffee.org) where the professionals in the jobs that matter most to you, always have time to grab coffee 24/7, no matter where you live. Time4Coffee’s mission is to help 18-25 year olds: college students, recent graduates, grad students and those still looking for the right professional fit, navigate a rapidly changing global job marketplace.