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Leadership Institute

At the Purdue University Northwest Leadership Institute, we prepare great leaders of all ages to excel in an increasingly competitive global environment.

Meet the 2024 Women on the Rise

The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at PNW have named the 2024 Women on the Rise. The list includes leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are making an impact across Northwest Indiana.

A reception will be held on Thursday, March 21 to encourage networking and connection among the honorees, other regional leaders and the individuals, companies and organizations who are contributing to a stronger Northwest Indiana where leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation is a valued focus.



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Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI)

Our 8-month program will help you identify areas for growth to become a more insightful, stronger leader.

About the Program

“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 Purdue University Northwest Leadership Institute 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.  


Your gift helps us to connect emerging leaders with leadership training and collaborative experiences, building the strong leadership that’s needed to serve our region and support sustained economic and community development.

News and Announcements

John Davies

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest to Host Author John H. Davies for Book Signing

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest will host John H. Davies, the author of “Extraordinary Ordinary Innovators,” for a book signing and networking event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 12 at Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard, 430 E. U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso, IN.

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Congratulations to the 2024 PNW Explorer Academy Participants

The Leadership Institute at PNW would like to send a big congratulations to the newest PNW Explorer Academy participants for successfully completing the 6-month leadership development course!

left to right: Uthiverse co-founder Nicole Barry, Munster High School students Nabeel Rabie and Josephine “Fifi” Pirok and Uthiverse co-founder Ken Barry.

Munster High School’s Scent Seal Wins Inaugural Uthiverse StartUp Madness Pitch Tournament at Purdue Northwest

A team of Munster High School students took first place in the 2024 Uthiverse StartUp Madness Business Pitch Tournament hosted at Purdue University Northwest.

Upcoming Events

Jun 10

2024 Summer Innovation Experience at Purdue Northwest

Calling all creative leaders! The Summer Innovation Experience day camp provides an engaging introduction to leadership and innovation for rising high school freshman and sophomores.

Jun 12

Extraordinary Ordinary Innovators: Meet the Author John Davies

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest will host John H. Davies, the author of Extraordinary Ordinary Innovators, for a book signing and meet the author event at Anderson’s Winery and Vineyards.