The latest group of 48 professionals, public officials and entrepreneurs from Northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs began its eight-month journey Sept. 12 as the 35th class of Leadership Northwest Indiana.
Each month, the group will spend a day learning about a specific aspect of the region and its culture, politics, history, resources, issues and improvements, and participate in exercises intended to coach class members on how to be local leaders and improve NWI's quality of life.
A mix of developing and experienced leaders, this class will be the first launched under the new corporate entity of the South Shore Leadership Center, which encompasses the LNI program and the new South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement.
Similar to LNI in concept and practice, SLYCE is geared to high school students from throughout NWI's seven counties to encourage and hone their emerging leadership skills.
LNI, which launched in 1982, has grown in size and recognition over the last several years. This year's class includes professionals from business, industry, banking, government, law enforcement, education, academia, health care, nonprofits and the religious community.
To learn more about the South Shore Leadership Center, its programs, projects and events, visit www.southshorelc.org.