Erin Huntington serves as Senior Director, Payer Strategy and Marketing at Eli Lilly. She leads Pricing, Reimbursement, and Access strategy and marketing for Lilly USA’s Managed Health Services. In this role, Erin is charged with setting Lilly USA’s overall strategy for engaging with payers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and wholesaler partners in order to ensure that patients can access Lilly medicines.
She currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and is the Vice Chair of 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.
We are grateful to Erin for sitting down to talk with us a bit about her history with Girls Inc. and current involvement today!
Tell me a bit about yourself and how you first got involved in Girls Inc.
I grew up in the southern part of the state in Madison, Indiana. We were lucky enough to have a Girls Inc. chapter in Madison. My mother was passionate about Girls Inc. and she served on the Board of the Madison chapter when I was a little girl. She was instrumental at the time in buying a new building for the Girls Inc. organization. At the time this building was purchased at a public auction. I can remember my mother being so nervous about being responsible for bidding on and securing the purchase of the building. She was successful in her efforts though and I recall that this gave me such a feeling of pride that my mother did something valuable for the community and for an organization I was able to be involved in. I always saw her as a leader and that inspired me (whether I knew that at the time or not). This is the first thing I remember about Girls Inc.
Would you share a memorable experience during your time in Girls Inc. programming? What values did it instill in you and/or how do you feel it prepared you for your career and personal life?
I was able to participate in several classes at Girls Inc. when I was younger – in photography, cooking and nature. I don’t remember the content of these at all. What I do take with me was how much I looked up to the older girls who volunteered and led these classes. For me it was so important to form a bond with other girls and at the time high school and/or college age girls volunteered to lead some of the programming. These were young women I could look up to and emulate.
What makes you strong, smart, and bold?
My daughters make me strong, smart, and bold. Any time I feel challenged or down I think of them and how I want them to grow up to be wonderful, happy, and empowered women. I try to be the role model for them that my mom was for me. I hope they’ll see in me and in all the women they encounter as they grow up that they have it within them to do great things whatever they choose.
What would you say to others who are thinking of volunteering or investing in Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis?
I know there are many other women in the Indianapolis area like me who have had limitless positive reinforcement and access to resources to reach our full potential. Every girl deserves the same opportunity. It’s critical that each of us pave the path for other young girls who are looking for support, encouragement, and leadership. Girls Inc. works on a relatively small budget for the meaningful programming they provide. If more of us get engaged, we can amplify that impact!
More about Erin Huntington:
Erin 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.
Erin is married to Ramin Kazemi and they live in Carmel, Indiana, with their three children: Isabelle (12), Grace (9), and Nathan (7).