NWI Women’s Leadership and Innovation Summit

Hosted by The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest, the Women’s Leadership and Innovation Summit brings hundreds of diverse women leaders together for inspiring presentations and panel-style conversations, with a focus on authentic leadership, innovation knowledge, the power of networking, and personal empowerment.

Summit participants enjoying the keynote experience.


Leadership is highly valued for both business and personal success, and strong leadership skills are important now more than ever!

The Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest is the hub for leadership development in Northwest Indiana. This annual event gives attendees evidenced-based learning experiences to strengthen their leadership skills and give them strategies to be better leaders in their careers, communities and personal lives.


Unforeseen challenges are inevitable in both life and business. As a result, today’s ever-changing landscape relies heavily on innovation. Business and community leaders must constantly look for new ways to innovate because you can’t solve many problems with old solutions.

The Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest aims to contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana. The summit encourages attendees to rethink their commitment to innovation and help them blend their leadership with innovation to foster robust and agile problem-solving at all levels.

Click the video to see what participants had to say about the 2023 event:

Photo Highlights

DJ Infa Red
Mimosa reception
fun in the audience
Improv Keynote Experience
She Changes the Narrative panel
Dr. Amanda Zelechosky
captive audience
Mekisha Richardson
Mary Ann Ahern as the keynote speaker.
Katie Holderby
captive audience
Carnessa Carnes delivering a powerful spoken word piece.
captive audience
Chelsea Whittington as the emcee.
Dr. Rachel Clapp Smith delivering the opening remarks.
Attentive crowd