Leadership Institute

At the Leadership Institute at PNW, we prepare the region’s leaders to excel in an increasingly competitive world.

Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI)

Our 10-month program will help you identify areas for growth to become a more insightful, stronger leader.

Applications Now Open

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Young Leaders Academy

Young Leaders Academy is a program designed for sophomores and juniors in regional high schools with time spent learning about leadership. While practicing useful skills, the program helps to explore best practices in leadership and help guide their career development. 


“Leadership is like a muscle that needs to be worked. It’s using proven skills and techniques; it's life experience. It's making mistakes and learning from them.”

Sheila Matias, Executive Director


Explorer Academy

The Explorer Academy at the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest is a program designed for PNW staff members to help guide their professional development, build upon their strengths, and navigate all that PNW has to offer.  

About Us

The mission of the Leadership Institute is to train leaders at all levels to grow their leadership skills, enabling participants to add their vibrant leadership to our communities. We aim for each participant to become a more confident, charismatic and authentic leader.  


As a donor, your gift helps us to connect emerging leaders with leadership training and collaborative experiences. Our region requires strong leadership to sustained economic and community development and by supporting The Leadership Institute, we are able to serve more young leaders, emerging leaders and region professionals.

News and Announcements

Sheila Matias

Shelia Matias On The INChamber Podcast

Shelia Matias talks with INChamber about bringing common sense to government 20-plus years ago, the importance of effective communications and more

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Purdue Northwest Institute Applications Available

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest, considered the hub for leadership development in Northwest Indiana, is accepting applications for its leadership program.

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Purdue Northwest Institute Developing Leadership With Intention

NWI.com talks with Leadership Institute Executive Director, Sheila Matias about how PNW is developing leadership with intention.