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Women’s Leadership Luncheon

March 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Women’s Leadership Luncheon recognizes incredible examples of leadership among the women of PNW, and celebrates the inspirational careers of our student leaders in particular.

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The luncheon will consist of networking and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a buffet lunch with opportunities to discuss experiences with your peers as well as PNW faculty and staff, and to hear from an alumna keynote speaker.

Attendance is by invitation only.

Meet the Speaker

Chelsea WhittingtonChelsea Whittington

Chelsea (Stalling) Whittington is a native of Gary, IN and proud graduate of West Side High School (salutatorian), Howard University (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Magna Cum Laude) and Purdue University (M.A. Organizational Communications, Summa Cum Laude).

Her career in Public Relations and Communications spans more than 25 years having worked for the Peace Corps Recruiting Office in Arlington, VA, the Office of Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), JWA Boys and Girls Club, Lake Area United Way, Horseshoe and Trump Casinos, the Gary Community School Corporation, and Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet Magazines.

In 2009, Chelsea joined the executive team at U.S. Cellular Corporation as Communications Manager. There, she managed 4 of the company’s public relations firms while promoting the brand of the nation’s sixth largest wireless phone company.

From January 2012 to July 2015, Chelsea served in the administration of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, the City of Gary’s first female mayor and the State of Indiana’s only female African-American mayor. As Director of Communications, Chelsea oversaw media relations, crisis communications, special events, branding and marketing for her hometown.

In the fall of 2015 to spring 2019, Chelsea was employed by the Chicago Urban League where she served as Director of External Affairs and Special Events. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest teaching courses in Communications, Social Networking and Special Event Planning.

Since 2015, Chelsea has operated her own PR Consulting firm, C WHITT, where she develops public relations and social media strategies for clients as well as presents workshops and trainings on social media and public speaking. In spring 2019, she made the big leap into full-time entrepreneurship while expanding her clientele to service small businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.

A long-time member of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Chelsea sings in the choir, is a member of the G.E.E.K Squad, assists with social media and serves as a church hostess. She volunteers for the J.W.A. Boys and Girls Club, Sojourner Truth House, is a member of the Black Public Relations Society of Chicago, the iHeart Media Local Advisory Board and NBC 5 Chicago’s Community Outreach Board. Whittington resides in Gary with her husband Terrell and their lovable dog Pepper.

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This event is part of PNW’s Women’s History Month celebrations!

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.


March 19
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Alumni Hall, Student Union Library Building (SULB)
2233 173rd St.
Hammond, IN 46323 United States
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