Recruiting for 2024 LEAD Academy

February 22, 2024
LEAD Academy participants receive their completion certificates

Dear PNW Deans, Chairs, Faculty and Staff,

Here at the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest, we are looking for emerging young leaders and we need your help. Perhaps you know a PNW student who has demonstrated leadership potential or a student who would benefit from the opportunity to add to their leadership skillset.

The 2024 LEAD Academy program is recruiting those special young people who are ready for growth and development; we are asking you to encourage them to participate in the 2024 LEAD Academy.

What is the LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development) Academy program and what is the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest? Our mission at the Leadership Institute is to provide robust training to help our participants grow as leaders. Our team, with the guidance of the College of Business, blends research-based leadership theory with applied leadership practices to guide PNW young adults on their journey to become more charismatic and authentic leaders. Building a toolbox of practical and useful skills, the LEAD Academy provides a customized leadership approach designed exclusively for PNW students.

We are excited to offer our program on both the Hammond and Westville campuses!

The Westville LEAD Academy will meet in DSAC 1021 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, and 4/16

The Hammond LEAD Academy will meet in NILS 306 from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays: 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and 4/18

How can you help? Please encourage students to apply for the LEAD Academy. Consider forwarding this message or this link to the application to any student whom you believe would benefit from leadership development. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15th. If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Leadership Institute’s menu of programs for participants of all ages, please check out The Leadership Institute at PNW or contact us at

Warm regards from the Leadership Institute team,

Rachel Clapp-Smith, Academic Director

Jane Thomas, Assistant Academic Director

Mekisha Richardson, Assistant Director

Sheila Matias, Executive Director