Our Mission

The Leadership Institute aims to be the hub for all things leadership in Northwest Indiana. Among our offerings are the redesigned Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program, the Young Leaders Academy and the Explorer Academy as well as seminars and events such as our Leadership in Action speaker series.

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

We serve the seven counties of Northwest Indiana, helping to prepare great leaders who will help assure the region’s vitality and quality of life in the increasingly competitive global environment.

Our Goals

We aim to design and present professional development programs targeting the needs of our regional community. We provide coaching and mentoring opportunities for our participants to help them identify strengths and areas of challenge to be addressed in their personal leadership development plans. Our approach is research-based, tapping into expertise at PNW as well as from regional leaders and practitioners.

Meet our small but might team: Sheila Matias, Dr. Rachel Clapp-Smith, Dr. Jane Thomas,   Cortney Robinson and Jason Williams.

Sheila Brillson Matias

Executive Director


(219) 989-2800

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Rachel Clapp-Smith, Ph.D.

Academic Director, The Leadership Institute at PNW


(219) 989-3216

Hammond, Anderson 368; Westville, Technology 189

Jane Thomas

Jane Thomas, Ph.D.

Leadership Institute Fellow


(219) 989-2605

Cortney Rose Robinson

Program Manager


(219) 989-2800

Our Location

Portage Meeting Facility
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368

(219) 989-2800


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