Governor to join in honoring 125 influential women finalists

CROWN POINT – The 125 finalists for the 10th-annual Influential Women Awards Banquet are scheduled to be celebrated for their achievements on September 30th, 2021 at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville. The list includes women from leading companies like Franciscan Health, NIPSCO, MonoSol, Centier Bank, and many others. Also, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is scheduled to start the celebration with opening remarks.

“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.

Two winners will be selected in 12 different industry categories – one up and coming and one influential woman. Additionally, three special awards will be given for empowering businesses, leadership, and individual support.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Those wishing to attend are advised to register early, as the popular banquet typically sells out quickly. Sponsoring this event is a great way to gain high-visibility opportunities to showcase your company’s support for women.

The 2021 finalists were chosen from a pool of over 300 nominees. They were nominated by their peers and other members of the public for the impact they’ve made on their companies, industries, and communities. Nominations were evaluated by Influential Women alumni from their respective fields.

Past winners come from all kinds of different professional backgrounds, including educators, corporate leaders, hospital officials, government officials, nonprofit heads, caregivers, and others.

A full list of the 2021 finalists can be viewed by visiting

NWIIWA will be holding this event in accordance with all local, state, and federal health and safety standards. Officials have been communicating closely with authorities to ensure a safe and memorable evening.

About NWIIWA: The Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association (NWIIWA) is the leading regional group for the professional development of women and their careers.