Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest

We contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana.

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Join the Society of Innovators to receive exclusive benefits—and support robust regional economic development that drives a culture of innovation in Northwest Indiana.

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From monthly workshops to our masterclass series, the Society of Innovators offers programming that connects you with the people, tools and resources that drive growth.




Since 2005, the Society of Innovators annually recognizes and celebrates the spirit of innovation across the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana.



Updates from the Society of Innovators and stories of Northwest Indiana innovation.


Help catalyze Northwest Indiana’s innovation community and reach our region’s talented problem solvers

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Chancellor Tom Keon

NWI Forward: COVID-19 Questions with Chancellor Thomas Keon

Thomas L. Keon, Ph.D. serves as chancellor of Purdue University Northwest. Chancellor Keon’s leadership centers on positioning Purdue Northwest as a key player in Northwest Indiana’s economic development, educational advancement, environmental sustainability and cultural enhancement.

Sheila Matias

NWI Forward: COVID-19 Questions with Sheila Matias

Sheila Matias is Executive Director of the Society of Innovators and Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest. In addition, she serves as President of the La Porte County Commission.

A lion statue on PNW's Westville campus

NWI Forward: COVID-19 Questions with Richard Shields

Rich Shields is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Chester Inc., northern Indiana’s exclusive Architectural & Construction, Information Technologies and Agricultural Systems firm.