Erin Huntington leads Pricing, Reimbursement, and Access strategy and marketing for Lilly USA’s Managed Health Services. She began her career with Lilly in 1997, gaining critical experience through various corporate affairs, government relations and market access roles. From 2010 to 2017, she served in several payer leadership roles, including vice president of international corporate affairs and global pricing, reimbursement and access. Prior to that, Erin completed a five-year assignment in Europe where she was senior director responsible for Lilly’s corporate affairs strategy in Europe, Australia and Canada, as well as the corporate affairs director of Lilly UK.
Before joining Lilly, Erin served on the staff of Senator Richard G. Lugar as legislative assistant with a focus on education and foreign policy issues. She also served as assistant legislative director and staff assistant on Lugar’s Washington team.
Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
She currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and on the board of URBAN ACT Academy of Indianapolis. She has previously served on the board of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis for six years (Vice Chair) and on the board of Gleaners Foodbank of Indiana for three years.
Erin is married to Ramin Kazemi and they live in Carmel, Indiana, with their three children: Isabelle (10), Grace (7), and Nathan (5).
How did you first get involved with Girls Inc.?
“I became involved in Girls Inc. when I was growing up in Madison, Indiana. I had the opportunity to be a “Girls Inc. Girl” participating in programs at our local clubhouse. I remember meeting new friends across age ranges, being exposed to new sports, crafts, and ideas. Especially memorable to me at the time was my mother’s involvement in Girls Inc. She served for several years as the Chair of the Board of Girls Inc. of Madison. During that time the chapter had a goal of purchasing a larger building to serve more girls. My mother was a leader in bringing this dream to life for the organization, even bidding on and buying this new building at a public auction. I was probably around 8 or 9 at the time. Seeing my mother as a leader of such an important community mission made me proud. It tied me to Girls Inc., and emboldened me to envision the same kind of leadership contribution from myself someday.”
What are you most looking forward to in your role as Touchstone Chairwoman?
“I am so honored to be asked to serve in this important role for Girls Inc. Touchstone is a cornerstone event because it brings together a slate of hugely successful female honorees along with amazing girls from our summer camp program. I’m looking forward to walking into a packed room on June 28 with honorees, friends, partners and Girls Inc. girls all inspired and engaged to drive the Girls Inc. mission and vision that day and through the rest of the year.”
How are you strong, smart, and bold?
“I have three young children, a wonderful husband and a challenging and rewarding career. I believe that balancing these things everyday means I have to be strong, smart and bold by default. Like many of us, I’m sure, I don’t always feel strong, smart and bold, so I work on being kind to myself and remembering that the example I set now is one that my daughters and son will remember. I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to get out there and do my best every day at whatever I’m engaged in.”
Is there a strong, smart, and bold woman who influenced you?
“My mother was the first person in her family to go to a 4-year college. She ran the small business that she and my father started together early in their adult lives. My mom embodies grit and determination. She never gives up and she instilled in my sister and I from the beginning that we could be whatever we wanted and we needed to believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve. Hard work and determination were the keys to success. Both of my parents are wonderful but my mother has this special quality of perseverance that I admire. I realize now how lucky I was to have that positive attitude instilled in me every day.”