Christmas special! Andy Shallal, CEO and Founder of Busboys and Poets, entrepreneur who transforms communities

Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal


This is our Christmas special! Interview full of depth with an authentic human being, activist, an artist, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Andy Shallal the CEO and founder of Busboys and Poets, restaurant that unites and educates communities. Andy moved to the United States from Iraq with his family in 1966. He graduated from Catholic University of America and later enrolled in Howard University medical school. Shallal earned his MBA from the University of Maryland. Shallal worked as researcher in medical immunology at the National Institute of Health.

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In this episode, you'll discover:
  • What early experiences shaped the way Andy approaches entrepreneurship and life in general
  • What Andy learned from his sherpa on the way to his climb of Everest
  • Impact he made by running for Washington DC mayor position in 2014 and lessons learned
  • What were the early day challenges of Busboys and Poets
  • How he invests and what criteria are used for his portfolio
  • Andy's decision about involving family members in his business
  • Who Andy finds inspiring and what plans he has for the future
Resources Mentioned:
  • Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Anar Umurzak

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