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Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Announced

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The end of September saw the 2016 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana recognition awards banquet held to recognize the women who are making a real difference in building a positive future for Northwest Indiana.

The awards recognize both an “Influential” and an “Up & Coming” winner in each of 11 categories:

· Business
· Construction
· Economic Development
· Education
· Finance
· Government
· Healthcare
· Law
· Marketing/Media
· Non-Profit
· Service/Tourism

During the ceremony this year, more than 700 people representing over 300 businesses were in attendance. “Many of us are the first women in our organization that broke the glass ceiling to reach the top management rung,” Mary Shacklett (2015’s Influential Woman winner) said of the alumni of Influential Women. “We were able to achieve that status by working hard, proving ourselves and making our companies more successful.


The winners in the category of Economic Development for 2016 are: 

  • Influential:  Lori Tubbs of Commercial Advantage, Inc. Tubbs is president of Commercial Advantage of Chicago, which specializes in commercial, industrial and multi-units realty, as well as site location and investment in both Indiana and Illinois.  
  • Up & Coming: Lorri Feldt of the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. Feldt is the regional director of the organization, and as such she assists clients in business planning and execution; planning, identifying and promoting conferences and workshops that benefit small and start-up businesses; referring small businesses to resources; working with businesses to secure financing for start-up and growth, and coordinating with chambers of commerce and economic development organizations to impact area communities.

Also nominated this year in the economic development category was Heather Ennis, CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum.  Other finalists in the up and coming economic development category were Lisa Dan, administrative assistant at the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF), who has served in this role for the past ten years ( and NIPSCO’s own Cindy Admave.  Cindy is a  project analyst for NIPSCO’s Economic Development department where she coordinates with customers, engineers and local economic organizations, maintains and updates project maps and data, and performs a host of other invaluable duties to support Northwest Indiana (

As an organization, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana has also raised tens of thousands of dollars to donate to local charities and non-profits that focus on helping women and children. For further information about the awards and a complete list of award winners, visit: