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April 19 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York City


No. 24 | Eli Lilly and Company | DiversityInc Top 50

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Eli Lilly and Company moves up three spots this year, under the solid diversity leadership commitment of Chairman, President and CEO John Lechleiter. The pharmaceutical company uses best practices such as formal, cross-cultural mentoring and sponsorship.

Diversity goals are part of executive-performance reviews and senior executives are evaluated for their roles as cross-cultural mentors and their involvement with external multicultural organizations.

Lechleiter personally signs off on compensation tied to diversity, meets quarterly with employee resource groups and communicates frequently about the business benefits of diversity.

The company also uses employee resource groups to identify and train talent to increase retention and engagement of women. Almost half of top-level executives (CEO and direct reports) sponsor a resource group.

The company has remarkable work/life benefits, utilized by a large percentage of employees, including on-site childcare, telecommuting, adoption assistance, paternity leave, floating religious holidays, on-site medical services and dependent-care referrals and leaves of absence.


John Lechleiter
Chairman, President and CEO

“At Eli Lilly and Company, embracing diversity is at the core of our long-held value of respect for people. It is the lens through which we are able to understand and respond to the unique needs of the millions of individuals who depend on our medicines.”
Monique Hunt McWilliams
Chief Diversity Officer

“Ensuring that diversity is sought, valued and respected is critical to our company’s success. Our focus is finding innovative medical solutions for people, and we can only do that with a workforce that brings a wide variety of perspectives.”


U.S. Headquarters: Indianapolis
Global Employees: 39,316
U.S. Employees: 16,890
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 27


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