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Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.  Spaces to feed the mind, body, and soul and where art, culture, and politics take center stage and collide.  With 6 locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few.
Leadership Greater Washington is excited to share the perspective and experience of our outgoing Marketing Communications Intern Jazmin Goines who, over the spring semester, worked closely with the LGW team to learn how to effectively market the organization, its programs, and unique events.  
This week, 400 leaders from around the region joined LGW for our most anticipated event of the year, the 2017 Innovative Leadership Awards Dinner at the iconic Mayflower Hotel. LGW is happy to report this year’s event was among our most successful celebrations of the forward-thinking individuals and organizations helping to deliver positive change to the region.
The Signature Program Class of 2017 came together at 1776 in Crystal City for its Entrepreneurship Day – a program all about taking risks and encouraging diverse growth for the region’s future.
Kristina Bouweiri is President and CEO of Reston Limousine, Washington DC’s premier chauffeured transportation provider and the 10th largest fleet operator nationwide. Starting with only five vehicles in 1990, Bouweiri diversified the business and grew it to a $26 million company today with more than 200 vehicles. As a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by male executives, Bouweiri has been committed to supporting women entrepreneurs over the years and is the founder of the monthly networking luncheon Sterling Women and co-founder of the annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference.
LGW is excited to recognize the efforts of our Signature Program Class of 2016 (Sweet ’16) in helping to raise awareness of important community institutions and in supporting their missions. Over the past 6 months, Sweet ’16 has come together to raise over $40,000 to support multiple community-focused nonprofits.
Yesterday, the LGW Signature Program Class of 2017 gathered at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy for Public Safety Day – our look into some of the challenges and opportunities faced by law enforcement working to ensure safety and the rule of law in the region.
Margarita Rozenfeld (’10) is the CEO of Incite International, an award-winning leadership and organizational development company providing consulting, strategic planning, facilitation and training services to clients such as Pew Charitable Trusts, Melwood, Quality Trust, Washington Humane Society, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Transit Administration, and the World Bank.
Julie Kantor (’00) is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & social impact entrepreneur. Whether in a boardroom with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, & demonstrates an unwavering drive to succeed. Her newest venture and 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC builds on her 24 years in workforce development & building social impact movements.
LGW members gathered for an early Valentine's Day celebration at our first Paint Night, where we found a new way to connect, create, and enjoy the company of other leaders. Following step-by-step instructions, participants embraced their creativity and anticipated the spring by painting cherry blossom trees.