Indiana University Northwest's Institute for Innovative Leadership recently named 42 students to participate in its Leadership Development Program. In a partnership between the Institute and Northwest Indiana business leaders, the program is designed to link educational experience with leadership skills.
New Leadership Development Program participants include: Terri Bennett, Gary; Claude Chandler, Chesterton; Justin Copley, Griffith; Alex da Silva, Gary; Patty Dunham, Highland; Constance El-Amin, East Chicago; Beth Eldridge-Crown Point, Taneya Fuller-Gary, Jesus Gonzalez-Portage, LaToya Green-Gary, Diana Hammer-Merrillville, Chris Huerta-Portage, Julie Johnsen-Cedar Lake, Ernestine Johnson-Merrillville, Paulina Johnson-Highland, Alan Jones-Valparaiso, Mary Jones-Gary, Mike Jorden-Hammond, Rosalinda Lawrence-Gary, Dyke Lee-Gary, Raven Lightsey-Gary, Crescendo Lobdell-Gary, Melinda Lunghofer-Valparaiso, Miranda Luttell-Chesterton, Sandra Martinez-Hammond, Lisa Morrow-Hammond, Geneva Osawe-Gary, Michael Paulson-Schererville, Jill Pietroski-Valparaiso, Josh Powers-Crown Point, Rachel Powers-Crown Point, Nate Remaly-Crown Point, Jennifer Schulte-Merrillville, Betty Sparks-Bullard-Gary, Pamela Stalling-Gary, Carol Underwood-Gary, Bill Vargo-Highland, Audra Vaz-Valparaiso, Betty Villareal-Portage, Rhonda West-Norman-Chicago, Tamara Williams-Merrillville.
"These are some of IU Northwest's very best people who are seen as current leaders, or as future leaders in the community. They are an outstanding group of individuals who have not only chosen to be involved academically, but are also committed to make a positive impact in their profession and community through the enhancement of their leadership skills," says Keith Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership. He adds that acceptance into the program is the result of a submitted nomination by faculty and/or staff members at IU Northwest. There is also an application screening process, and interview selection process.
As part of the Leadership Development Program, students meet in weekly two-hour sessions for two consecutive semesters to hear and participate in a variety of presentations and panel discussions. They are also assigned to a community leader who serves as a mentor, and are given opportunities to serve on committees, boards and short-term projects in the community. All participants also meet in a small group setting every other week to discuss leadership and personal growth experiences. More information on the Institute for Innovative Leadership is at (219) 981-5631.