Leadership Northwest Indiana

Leadership Institute

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

Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI)

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

Applications Now Open

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 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.  


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

Leadership Northwest Indiana participants engage in a hands-on teamwork exercise during a recent session.

Applications Open for the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest’s Leadership Northwest Indiana Program

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest has opened applications for the 2022-23 Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program.

High school students engage in hands-on learning during a Society of Innovators youth innovation program.

The Society of Innovators and Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest announce new Youth Summer Innovation Experience

The Society of Innovators and Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW) will host the Young Leaders Academy 2022 Summer Innovation Experience at the PNW Westville campus June 22-24.

Campagna Academy logo with Leadership Institute PNW logo

Customized Leadership Workshop Series

The Leadership Institute is proud to partner with Campagna Academy to deliver customized leadership workshops for the non-profit organizations mid-level management team. Northwest Indiana Business Magazine shares the full story.

Upcoming Events

Jun 22

2022 Summer Innovation Experience

We’re calling all future leaders to join a free three-day innovation and leadership development experience for rising high school freshman and sophomores.