August 22, 2019

Panel discussion with Lilly leadership to highlight 4th Lilly Day at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A panel discussion with five Eli Lilly and Co. leaders, who are all Purdue alumni, will highlight Lilly Day at Purdue on Wednesday (Aug. 28). 

The multifaceted event is designed to introduce Purdue students to Lilly and the career opportunities that exist within the pharmaceutical company.

Panelists are Tori Brown (civil engineering ’02), senior director, brand marketing; Tim Coleman (industrial management ’90), vice president, information technology; Brandon Paschal (chemical engineering ’02), site head, Indy Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients; and Utpal Singh (chemical engineering ’95), senior director, quantitative biology. Melissa Stapleton Barnes (political science ’89), chief ethics and compliance officer, will facilitate the discussion.

From 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom, the leaders will share an inside look at what is happening across multiple business areas at Lilly. Doors open at 3:45 p.m., and the discussion and Q&A are free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

"Lilly is eager to be back on campus for our fourth Lilly Day at Purdue," said Coleman, Lilly and Co. vice president and information officer for medicines development information and digital solutions. "It will be exciting to see leaders from Lilly’s different business areas share their stories during our main event. These panelists, all Purdue alumni, exemplify how well Purdue prepares Boilermakers to become leaders."

Students from all class levels will be able to learn about Lilly and its more than 130 years of hiring Purdue graduates in areas such as engineering, science, information technology, statistics, finance, human resources, marketing, procurement, supply chain and sales.

Lilly employs nearly 1,700 Purdue graduates — more than graduates from any other university. 

Purdue students will be able to learn more about the university’s connection with Lilly at information tables set up between the Purdue Bell Tower and the Wilmeth Active Learning Center from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

After the panel discussion, students will be able to explore specific career opportunities with Lilly in breakout sessions beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, rooms 202, 204, 206, 214, 218, 278 and 279.   

Media contact: Brian Peloza, 765-496-9711,

Source: Tim Coleman, Eli Lilly and Co. vice president and information officer for medicines development information and digital solutions

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