GNFCC Leadership North Fulton (GNFCC 400 Insider, Episode 83)
Three graduates of Leadership North Fulton, Margaret Shiver, GNFCC Leadership Programs Coordinator, Lalitha Alladi, Senior Associate with JMG Law Firm, and Ben Huard, Managing Partner at GO Agency, joined host Carisa Turner, GNFCC Sr. Director of External Affairs and Economic Development, to share their experience, highlights, and what benefits they’ve seen from the program. They also talked about what the future of LNF might look like as the community grows. They concluded with advice for others who might be interested in the program as well as where to apply.
Lalitha Alladi, Senior Associate with JMG Law Firm
Lalitha Alladi is an immigration attorney whose practice areas include family based and employment-based cases. Prior to joining JMG Law Firm, where Lalitha provides more personal attention to her clients, Lalitha practiced at a nationally renowned immigration firm and at international Fortune 500 corporations. In addition to focusing on bringing families together, she provides businesses with solutions to bring employees to the United States and maintain short-term and long-term work authorization.
Lalitha received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 2002 and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in 2005. She is licensed in both Florida and Georgia. Lalitha is the current President of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia and Past President of the Florida Chapter.
Her involvement in these organizations has allowed her to serve as a Co-Chair during the Annual Naturalization Drives as well as lobby for policy change in Washington D.C. on issues such as H-4 dependent Employment Authorization. Additionally, she serves on the board of the non-profit, Shakthi US, which assists South Asian women who are survivors of domestic violence and empowers future generations of women and children. Lalitha is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Ben Huard, Managing Director of GO Agency
With over 15 years of creative experience in the Atlanta market, Ben brings leadership, communication and a wide network to GO Agency. He is a highly motivated and accomplished creative professional. His vast experience includes over-delivery in CPG, startups and overseeing projects while successfully collaborating with clients & partners. He is proud to say that he believes in heart count, not head count.
Ben graduated from Keene State College with a BS in Graphic Design with a dual minor in Visual Communication and Art History. Ben believes that in order to do good work, a great attitude is crucial.
Margaret Shiver, Leadership Programs Coordinator with GNFCC
Margaret Shiver joined the Greater North Fulton Chamber as the Leadership Programs Coordinator in 2022. In this role, she oversees the organization’s leadership programming, including Leadership North Fulton, Emerging Leaders Program, LNF Alumni Association, and Mentor Match.
Before joining the Chamber, she spent 15 years in the education and mental health field, including working as a high school counselor at The Cottage School, building her own private counseling practice, and working with kids in DFCS, foster care, and various hospitals in Metro Atlanta.
She is a graduate of the Leadership North Fulton Class of 2018 and has held various leadership roles in the community, including serving on the Young Professionals Advisory Council at The Drake House and leading volunteer groups with local churches and nonprofits. In addition, Margaret has spoken at many workshops for parents and local church leaders, using her counseling experience to help people build upon their personal and professional growth.
Margaret earned her B.A. in Psychology from Georgia College & State University, her M.S. in
Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the
state of Georgia. She was born and raised in Lawrenceville, and currently lives in Alpharetta.
About GNFCC and The GNFCC 400 Insider
The GNFCC 400 Insider is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) and is hosted by Kali Boatright, President and CEO of GNFCC. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of over 1400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. Their service area includes Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs. GNFCC is the leading voice on economic development, business growth and quality of life issues in North Fulton County.
The GNFCC promotes the interests of our members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision-makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live.
For more information on GNFCC and its North Fulton County service area, follow this link or call (770) 993-8806. For more information on other GNFCC events such as this North Fulton Mayors Appreciation Lunch, follow this link.