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These restaurant leaders are ensuring everyone has a seat at the table


Sanjiv Razdan has spent much of his career in the restaurant industry, beginning as a training manager in India before landing a role at Yum Brands and progressing through various positions around the globe.

He then served for as COO at Applebee’s and Sweetgreen before landing at his current position as president, Americas and India, at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. During a recent interview, Razdan reflected on the opportunities he received throughout this journey.


Razdan wanted others to have the same experience he had and Covid provided the necessary spark to figure out how. In April 2020, Razdan posted on LinkedIn about his desire to “pay it forward,” and the post received over 30,000 impressions almost immediately.

“There was so much interest. It was overwhelming to see how many people were just as passionate about mentoring. It made me realize that we were onto something,” Razdan said.

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