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Society of Innovators 2021 Innovators Awards Luncheon

November 17, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest’s annual celebration of innovators from across the seven-country region of Northwest Indiana.

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest will host the 2021 Innovators Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 17 at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center in Merrillville, IN from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. US Central.

The annual celebration of innovators brings together business and community leaders from across the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana to celebrate all of the people across Northwest Indiana who see things a little differently while making our region a better place to live, work and play. The 2021 Class of Inductees into the Society of Innovators will be presented during the event.

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Blair Milo

Blair Milo, Founding Director, Center for Talent and Opportunity at Sagamore Institute, will be the guest speaker at the 2021 Society of Innovators Awards Luncheon.

Guest Speaker

This year’s luncheon will feature special guest speaker, Blair Milo, Founding Director, Center for Talent and Opportunity at Sagamore Institute. Milo previously served as Secretary of Career Connections and Talent for the State of Indiana and was the mayor of for the City of La Porter, Indiana from 2012 to 2017. In her new role with the Sagamore Institute, Milo is focused on closing the wealth gap for women and minorities through entrepreneurship.

“There’s such power in celebration, and I look forward to gathering with leaders from across Northwest Indiana to celebrate our rich history in innovation, the array of visionaries paving paths toward a brighter tomorrow, and the joy in exploring the art of the possible,” said Milo.

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest

Now in its 17th year, the Society of Innovators celebrates the spirit of creativity and ingenuity by discovering, honoring, and celebrating innovators from across the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana. Dedicated to the idea that anyone can be an innovator, the Society recognizes that innovation is the key to 21st Century competitiveness.

Individuals and teams are nominated via an online application. Inductees are selected through a rigorous process by regional leaders that form a Selection Committee selected by the Board of Directors of the Society based upon criteria established by the Board.

Nominations for the 2021 Innovators Awards are open through Friday, September 10. Learn more and apply at www.pnw.edu/innovators-awards.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.