Leadership Northwest Indiana

Leadership Institute

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

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2023 Northwest Indiana Women on the Rise

The 2023 Women on the Rise list includes leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are making an impact across Northwest Indiana. These are the women shaping business, guiding communities, and encouraging economic growth in our region’s communities. They achieved success in 2022 and are bringing that dynamic momentum with them into the new year.

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ATTEND THE RECEPTION (March 7)

Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI)

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

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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

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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.  

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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

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2023 Northwest Indiana Women on the Rise

Meet the 2023 Women on the Rise! This list includes leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are making an impact across Northwest Indiana.

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The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest Announce Fall Lunch and Lead Speaker Series

The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest (PNW) have announced the Fall 2022 Lunch and Lead Speaker Series.

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2022-2023 PNW Explorer Academy Cohort

The Explorer Academy at the Leadership Institute has developed into the premier staff leadership development program for PNW faculty and employees. We are ready to accept applications for the 2022-2023 cohort.

Upcoming Events

Mar 07

2023 Northwest Indiana Women on the Rise Reception

Join us as we bring together and celebrate the women shaping business and encouraging economic growth in our region’s communities.

Mar 14

Lunch and Lead: Women’s History and Leadership with Danita Johnson

In this month’s Lunch and Lead, we will sit down with Danita Johnson to discuss how woman leaders can help inspire and teach us to live our best lives.

Apr 11

Lunch and Lead: Youth Innovation with Don Wettrick

This month’s guest is working with high school students across the state of Indiana, presenting them with opportunities to explore entrepreneurship as a way to prepare them for an uncertain future.

Sep 14

2023 Northwest Indiana Women’s Leadership & Innovation Summit

Now in its second year, the Women’s Leadership and Innovation Summit brings together 250 diverse women leaders each fall for inspiring presentations and panel-style conversations, with a focus on authentic leadership, innovation knowledge, the power of networking, and personal empowerment.