STORY OF THE WEEK

2013-10-27T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK nwitimes.com
October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Utility company summit focuses on leadership roles of women

About 180 NiSource women managers were back for more learning at the third annual Women in Leadership summit at the Hyatt in Chicago.They came to hear speakers including Jan Fields, former president of McDonald's USA, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and University College of London Business Psychology Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic speak about the future of business.

Port at highest pace since Great Recession began

Shipments at the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor are on pace to hit a new high since the recession, as the navigation season is winding down. Last month's total tonnage that passed through the port in Portage jumped 16 percent, largely because of a bustling steel trade. The deepwater port on Lake Michigan's southern shore is on pace for its highest annual total in more than six years.

State park 's 'off season'

It's often assumed work at the Indiana Dunes State Park slows down when temperatures drop. That thought, however, couldn’t be further from the truth, park officials say. Brandt Baughman, property manager at the state park, said what is traditionally considered the off-season – late fall through early spring – is actually quite busy for staff members.

GAMING: Casinos battle for market share

The gaming market has largely stabilized in Northwest Indiana, with the immediate impact of Illinois moves like slots in bars and the Rivers Casino opening there now fading.

Methodist Turnaround: CEO Ian McFadden on leadership and transformation

During his five years as CEO and President Ian McFadden has seen Methodist Hospitals become a leader in change and innovation.

Economy improving slowly, but shutdown dragged on growth

Members of The Times Board of Economists reported at their October meeting the area economy keeps moving slowly forward and should see a boost because of holiday spending.

Strack & Van Til investing in stores, stocking more organics

Stroll through the aisles of a recently renovated Strack & Van Til, and you can find organic cucumbers, fair trade-certified blue agave syrup, a well-stocked salad bar and more than a dozen types of extra virgin olive oil, including a truffle-infused version. There's almond butter, gluten-free bread, craft beer and blinking electronic price labels on the shelves.

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