2021 Influential Women Awards Banquet – September 30, 2021

For In-Person Tickets please call for availability – 219-226-0300

Virtual tickets are still available!

Influential Women of Northwest Indiana awards banquet celebrates the achievements of women that have redefined their companies, industries, and communities through their examples as leaders and innovators.

“Across every Hoosier industry, women are making incredible contributions to the advancement of our state, our communities, and our economy. Evenings like this help shine the spotlight on all of their achievements, and it’s an honor to join in recognizing Indiana’s Influential Women,”  Governor Holcomb said.

The annual banquet honors both established professionals and up-and-coming women in 12 industry categories in Northwest Indiana, as well as companies that have demonstrated outstanding support for women. Categories include: Arts, Business, Construction/Manufacturing, Economic Development/Government, Education, Finance, Healthcare, Law, Marketing/Media, Nonprofit, Service/Tourism, and STEM. Additional awards are given for the Empowering Business of the Year, Community Leader of the Year, and Supporter of the Year.

Mark your calendars for this year’s event and join us in celebrating the next generation of inductees as they continue to shape the future of our region’s economy and way of life. Participating in the awards banquet is one of the best ways to showcase your company’s commitment to supporting the success of women in our region. In addition to the awards, the evening features plenty of networking opportunities with representatives from many leading companies in addition to drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Not Just For Women

The Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards is not just an event for women. This event celebrates the joint efforts of women and men, working together to improve women’s businesses and the community in which we live.

Sponsorships & Tickets

Sponsorships and Tickets:

  • Over 850 men, women, and businesses will be in attendance. It will be a packed house!
  • There are typically two ways finalists attend the banquet:
    • The finalist’s company can purchase a sponsorship, table, or tickets. One of those tickets will be utilized for the finalist. Some companies may also invite family members to be a part of their table. That is at the discretion of the company. Please thank your company on behalf of Influential Women of Northwest Indiana for their sponsorship. It truly makes a difference.
    • The finalist can purchase his or her own individual ticket. We will make certain if you have purchased an individual ticket, you will be seated with other individual finalists!
  • Sponsorships are what make this event possible but in no way determines winners.
  • Children are welcome with a ticket. This is a great opportunity to show how hard work and perseverance pays off. However, only a small number of children are generally in attendance.

Don’t wait! We sold over 850 tickets last year and packed the Avalon, don’t be left out!

Sponsorships & Tickets

Nominations and Finalists:

  • Last year, there were over 200 nominations!
  • All nominations received a congratulatory letter along with a nomination packet.
  • After nomination packets are received, they’ll be narrowed down to the finalists.

Just being a finalist is an achievement!

View the 2021 Finalists


  • The nomination packets are reviewed and judged by our Alumni in their respective categories. For example, the Healthcare Alumni reviews and judges the Healthcare nomination packets.
  • Alumni submit their rating sheets. Once all rating sheets are calculated, an Influential Woman and an Up and Coming Woman in each category are selected.

Disclaimer: We do not judge the nomination packets! All judging is done by Alumni panels. Information about finalists and winners in any category will not be shared. We do not accept bribery of any form – not even puppies!

What to Expect:

  • The evening is structured with delectable food and networking.
  • You will be awarded your finalist medallion when you arrive and are able to wear your medallion that evening. The medallion allows others to easily congratulate you and network with you.
  • There will be a photo staging area where you can have your picture taken with your colleagues, family, and friends. You will be emailed complimentary photos from the evening within a few days of the event.
  • Last year’s Alumni will receive their alumni medallion at registration, so you can meet and congratulate them as well. All alumni at the event will be wearing their medallions for easy identification. Be sure to thank them for judging!
  • Networking will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • We ask that you take your seats at approximately 6:30 p.m. where desserts will be waiting for you.
  • During the program, each category will be announced separately. Every name is announced, and you are asked to stand. Winners will be announced that evening.
  • There are additional special awards (Empowering Business Award, Community Leader of the Year Award, and Supporter of the Year Award) awarded that evening.
  • The evening will end with the announcement of our Overall Up and Coming and Overall Influential Women of the Year.
  • Networking will continue following the program until 9 p.m.
  • Any dietary requirements should be sent to info@nwiiwa.org at least 2 weeks before the event.
  • Requests for refunds must be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled event. Tickets are not refundable within two (2) weeks before the scheduled event date. Sponsorships are non-refundable.

The Influential Women awards banquet will be held with all applicable pandemic safety precautions in place, in accordance with local regulations. Masks are encouraged for all attendees, but are not required for vaccinated individuals per state recommendations. Unlike previous years, this event will have a plated meal instead of a buffet-style menu out of an abundance of caution. Social distancing is encouraged when and were possible throughout the ballroom.

Sponsorships & Tickets


Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor

Premium Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Jack Gray

Bar Sponsors


Social Sponsors

CARSTAR Liss Auto Body Schererville/Crown Point

Performance Plus

Clarity Clinic

St. Jude House


Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services

Anthem BC/BS

Napoleon Brandford II