African American Network (AAN)

Monique Hunt-McWilliamsThe African American Network (AAN) is Lilly’s longest-standing employee resource group, with a history dating to 1980. The AAN works to promote the professional and personal development of its 900-plus members. In addition, members serve as valuable consultants for Lilly internal and external initiatives.


  • Help employees reach their full potential by providing professional development opportunities.
  • Build and enhance relationships among African American colleagues through coaching, mentoring and training.
  • Encourage employee advocacy through community outreach, recruiting and retention, and educational activities.

Events & Initiatives

African American Forum - The event, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2013, is planned by African American associates and brings together more than 700 employees annually from around the United States, including senior leadership. The event is open to all employees, but supervisors who work with diverse individuals are personally invited. The program provides employees with career development tools, encourages networking and mentor connections, promotes personal accountability for diversity and increases awareness and engagement of African American talent at Lilly. The forum takes pride in the fact that some speakers are external, which allows the forum to bring in different perspectives that may challenge the status quo at Lilly.

To view the African American Forum photo gallery, click here.

Black History Month - The AAN also sponsors a robust Black History Month program with special programming offered throughout the month of February.

Additionally, the AAN offers development workshops every other month focused on professional development as well as community service development.


Lilly is committed to identifying and attracting top diverse talent who can help the company fulfill its mission. Lilly maintains a significant campus recruiting initiative at many of the country’s top colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Additionally, to gain exposure to diverse talent, Lilly aligns with the following organizations: Black Data Processing Associates, National Black MBA, National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management.

Forum Gallery

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