10 Annual Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Winners Announced

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Published on October 05, 2021 with No Comments

NWIIWA celebrates over two dozen women for their impact on companies and communities. 

The 10th-annual Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Banquet welcomed a new group of women into an elite class of groundbreaking award recipients. During the event, the Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association (NWIIWA) honored the region’s top female professionals for the impact they’re making on companies and communities. 

“These award recipients, and all the nominees, have made incredible differences in their fields and communities. They inspire other women, empowering them to dispel gender roles and achieve successes they’d previously only dreamed. In its tenth year, the Influential Women’s event has touched so many lives and recognized so many outstanding women. I look forward to another decade of growth and outreach to professional women in Northwest Indiana. Together we can achieve great things,” said Erica Dombey, NWIIWA board chair. 

In total, there were 27 awards given to individuals and other leaders or organizations that promote the advancement of women. Winners come from all kinds of different professional backgrounds, including educators, corporate leaders, hospital officials, government officials, nonprofit heads, caregivers, and others.

Two winners were announced from 12 different industry categories – one Up-and-Coming winner and one Influential Woman winner. Other special awards were given to the overall Influential and Up-and-Coming Women of the Year, the Empowering Business of the Year, the Community Leader of the Year, and the Supporter of the Year. 

The 2021 overall Influential Woman of the Year winner is Denise Conlon, public affairs manager with NIPSCO, and the overall Up-and-Coming Woman of the Year winner is Anne Anderson, director of economic development with the City of Hammond. 

Winners were chosen from a group of 125 finalists selected from a pool of over 300 nominees. Nominations were submitted by peers and other members of the public and were evaluated by Influential Women alumni from various industry sectors. 

Moving forward, NWIIWA and the Influential Women alumnae will be collaborating as a regional network focused on advancement and professional development for women. NWIIWA’s leadership is consistently seeking out new ways for people to network, learn from one another, hear the advice of experts, and work together to make NWI a better place for women. 

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

2021 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Award Winners

Overall Influential Woman of the Year

  • Denise Conlon, Public Affairs Manager, NIPSCO

Overall Up & Coming Woman of the Year

  • Anne Anderson, Director of Economic Development, City of Hammond 

Supporter of the Year Award 

  • Lisa Kuehl, Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager, Horizon Bank

Community Leader of the Year Award 

  • Tammi Davis, Manager of supplier and Workforce Diversity, The Obama Foundation


  • Influential Woman: Pamela Anderson, President/Owner, Color Room Salon & Day Spa
  • Up & Coming: Bridget Covert, Director of Exhibitions, South Shore Arts


  • Influential Woman: Gloria Morris, Enterprise Account Executive, Google
  • Up & Coming: Heather McColly, Director of Career Development, McColly Real Estate


  • Influential Woman: Laura Small, Project Architect, Holladay Properties
  • Up & Coming: Lyndie Walton, Project Manager, Continental Electric

Economic Development/Government 

  • Influential Woman: Sarita Titus, Commander of Support Services, Gary Police Department
  • Up & Coming: Laura Shurr Blaney, Porter County Commissioner


  • Influential Woman: Raida Abuizam, PhD, Associate Dean, Purdue University Northwest
  • Up & Coming: Katrina Alexander, High School Teacher, School City of East Chicago


  • Influential Woman: Mary Wright, Vice President, Treasury Management Officer, Horizon Bank
  • Up & Coming: Stephany Leonard, Service Center Manager, Teachers Credit Union


  • Influential Woman: Michelle Resendez, Center of Hope SANE Coordinator, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Franciscan Health Crown Point
  • Up & Coming: Olivia Flaherty, RN, Northwest Health LaPorte Hospital


  • Influential Woman: Tara Worthley, Attorney, Langer and Langer
  • Up & Coming: Tara Tauber, Attorney/Owner, Tauber Law Offices


  • Influential Woman: Jennifer Cosenza, Community Builder/Chief Marketer, Acorn Marketing by Design
  • Up & Coming: Charlotte Liss, Marketing Manager, CARSTAR Liss Auto Body


  • Influential Woman: Prophetess Burgess Peoples, Executive Director, Guaranteed Income Validation Effort (GIVE)
  • Up & Coming: Stephanie Trendowski, Mental Health Ambassador/Professor, Mom Congress

Service & Tourism 

  • Influential Woman: Kiki Encarnacion, HR Manager, Hard Rock Casino
  • Up & Coming: Orlee Glazer, Owner, Barre+Beyond


  • Up & Coming: Maureen Carroll, R&D Lab Technician, Monosol

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