Lilly Recognized for Fifth Straight Year on NAFE's 'Top 50 Companies for Executive Women'

   Lilly Recognized for Fifth Straight Year on NAFE's 'Top 50 Companies for
                               Executive Women'

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 5, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
has been named to the NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list for 2013.

Compiled by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the list
recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women's
advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate
that commitment.

The NAFE Top Companies survey evaluates companies on every aspect of women's
advancement, including succession planning, profit-and-loss roles, gender pay
parity, support programs and work-life balance.

Lilly submitted an extensive application to be considered for the "Top 50,"
answering more than 200 questions on female representation at all levels, but
especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss leadership ranks. The
application also tracks access and usage of programs and policies that promote
the advancement of women, as well as the training and accountability of
managers in relation to the number of women who advance. To be considered,
companies must have a minimum of two women on their boards of directors as
well as at least 1000 employees in the U.S.

"Lilly's inclusion on NAFE's list for the fifth consecutive year is a great
honor," said Shaun Hawkins, the company's chief diversity officer. "It is
vital to attract a diverse workforce that reflects our diverse business
environment, and we are confident that efforts to promote the professional
growth and development of executive women will lead to better company results
and innovative approaches to our work for patients."

Lilly's senior leaders are committed to diversity progress, including
developing diversity workforce performance objectives such as career path
planning for women and diverse employees. The company's succession-management
process identifies leaders and managers assess employees to determine
potential to take on more senior roles. Additionally, employees are provided
many development and leadership training opportunities such as conferences,
mentoring and networking programs and talent assessments.

Indianapolis-based employee Camellia Poplarski has participated in various
programs, including the Lilly Global Women's Network and its satellite group,
Women's District Sales Managers.The Women's Network, the largest of Lilly's 10
employee resource groups, works to enable women's development, connect women
with the external resources and conferences and provides networking and
mentoring opportunities with Lilly employees around the globe. Lilly's female
executive committee members and other female leaders are involved in the
network and in mentoring women.

"The broad nature of Lilly's women leadership development programs has helped
me think outside my immediate role," said Poplarski, a vice president in
Oncology sales. "Recently, I completed a three-week certification program in
inclusive leadership that was the single-best leadership growth experience
I've ever had. I find that Lilly leaders have supported genuine leadership
development for me. Of course now it is up to me every day to make those
experiences pay off."

Lilly is frequently ranked as one of the best companies to work and has
received several workplace honors. Recent recognition includes Top 100 Best
Places to Work/Working Mother magazine, Top Company for Working
Families/DiversityInc magazine, Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces and
receiving a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Best Places to
Work Corporate Equality Index.

The NAFE Top 50 list is being published in the February/March issue of Working
Mother magazine. NAFE also will honor each of the top companies at a gala
luncheon in New York City on March 20.

About NAFE
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves
20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen
and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the
annual NAFE Top 50 list. provides up-to-date information, community
for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of
Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers –
through medicines and information – for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at C-LLY

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