The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council, Cobb Chamber’s leadership group that promotes economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion for all Cobb County residents, named the 2018 winners of its first Diversity and Inclusion awards at the D&I holiday reception hosted by JE Dunn Construction on Dec. 17.

The 2018 recipients were Elaine Armster of Linkscape360 and Neera Bahl of One Path Legal. They were selected for their contributions to and support of the Diversity and Inclusion Council.

“I can’t thank Neera and Elaine enough for all of their hard work on behalf of the Cobb Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee,” said Lee Johnson, D&I Council co-chair. “They have such a positive outlook that is reflective in all that they do. Their engagement and input has allowed the committee to make substantial progress this year.”

Armster, a founding member of the council, was selected for the 2018 award for her contributions to the council’s strategic plan, as well as her involvement with the government relations and membership committees. Linkscape360, with Armster as chief sustainability officer and managing partner, develops innovative program management systems and guides the strategic planning process for non-profits, grass-root initiatives and local governments. She was selected for the 2018 class of Leadership Cobb and serves on the board for a number of organizations, including the Florida A&M Foundation, the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders and the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre.

Bahl was selected for the 2018 award for her integral role with the D&I Council, government relations committee and her involvement with Georgia diversity groups and championing of clients mired in the U.S. immigration process. She is a managing partner with One Path Legal, where she specializes in immigration, family and business law. She is the current president of the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Southeast Chapter and volunteers actively with several cultural, community and need-focused organizations.

The Diversity and Inclusion Council was founded in October 2016.

For more information, contact Monica Gonzalez at 770.859.2361 or mgonzalez@cobbchamber.org.

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