A Friend-Raising, Leadership Think Tank.​​


Our mission is to engage skilled and collaborative leaders who stimulate vibrant communities. And to inform and involve leaders who are committed to advancing the quality of life in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana.


Participants enrolled in SSLC programs represent a wide variety and diverse spectrum of leaders in Northwest Indiana. Everyone from high school students to the most experienced and established are present in our programs. Participants are presented with opportunities to become more deeply educated and then they are charged to go out and be change agents in their personal and professional lives.


Members of the SSLC community are invited to join with a cohort of other leaders in order to be informed and involved in creating quality of place.






Our Story.


The South Shore Leadership Center traces its roots to the early 1980s, when a Lilly Endowment initiative was created to form community leaders. Northwest Indiana first experienced this initiative in the form of Leadership Calumet.


Over time different iterations have existed with LNI being focus of growth since 1990. The LNI program is now one of multiple leadership development programs under the auspices of the broad-based South Shore Leadership Center. In October 2016, SSLC became an affiliate of Purdue University Northwest through a collaborative partnership intended to jointly provide leadership development programming that enhances the economic, social and cultural well-being of residents from across the seven-county area of northwest Indiana. 


The evolution continues as SSLC offers a new set of programs and opportunities for people to be informed and involved. Every program offered through SSLC endeavors to accomplish the following - offer opportunities for networking, present the most current thinking and information on critical topics facing the region, present specific opportunities to build leadership skills and always present an invitation to act to improve the community. 




Meet Harry Vande Velde and Michelle Aerts. Together, they bring the vision and operations of the SSLC Board of Directors and donors to life.

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© 2018 South Shore Leadership Center is a not-for-profit, section 501(c)3 corporation. 

6100 Southport Road., Portage, IN 46368

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