Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eli Lilly and Company Named 'Top Company for Blacks in Technology'

National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com announced that Eli Lilly and Company was the winner of the 2010 Epsilon Award as the 'Top Company for Blacks in Technology'. Eli Lilly earned the award for its ability to promote a workplace and environment that support the advancement of Blacks in the information technology industry.

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions that Lilly has made for Blacks in Technology," said National BDPA President, Yvette Graham. "In this economy, many African Americans in technology are concerned about opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is important to recognize those exceptional companies that have provided African Americans with challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in Information Technology."
BDPA corporate sponsors and supporters were asked to complete a comprehensive survey that rated their performance in the areas of Career Path Programs, Community Outreach, Minority Vendor Programs and Tenure/Promotions.

2010 Epsilon Award finalists (shown in above photo) were: Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Compuware, Eli Lilly, Health Care Service Corporation, IBM, Intel, Merck, Prudential Financial, State Farm Insurance, US Navy, Wal-Mart Stores, WellPoint and Wells Fargo.

Other 2010 Epsilon Award winners are:
  • Career Path Programs: Health Care Service Corporation
  • Community Outreach Programs: State Farm Insurance
  • Minority Vendor Programs: IBM
  • Tenure and Promotions: US Navy
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is very proud of Eli Lilly for winning this award. Eli Lilly has funded multiple BETF scholarships over the past few years.  In addition, the president of our BDPA chapter in Indianapolis, Wilhelmenia Ravenell, is a member of the Eli Lilly team.

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