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About Amy O'Connor

Amy O’Connor leads the Digital & Social Media Communications team at Lilly. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame - Go Irish! - and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University - Hoya Saxa!

 Amy’s goal is to develop Lilly's engagement on public policy issues to promote solutions that foster innovation and ensure that patients have access to the medicines that help them live longer, healthier lives. Since 2011, she has launched and led Lilly's digital public policy effort with LillyPad in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union; the Campaign for Modern Medicines, a coalition to improve patient access to medicines; and Patient Access to Cancer care Excellence (PACE), an effort to accelerate cancer innovation.

Amy splits her time between Indianapolis, IN, and Washington D.C. In her spare time, Amy enjoys exploring with her dog, cheering on her favorite teams, trying new restaurants, and bringing friends together at her favorite places. With her finger on the pulse of the political and advocacy worlds, Amy will share her experiences and blog about these issues on LillyPad.

4 Things We Loved from 2014

For anyone following along with us throughout this year, it’s easy to see we have covered a lot of ground. From conferences, to awareness months, to international trade, and sports, 2014 was a full year. While we could not possibly recap everything, I thought I would share my four favorite themes from this year:

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Promoting Gender Diversity at Lilly

Making lives better starts with understanding and inclusion. If we want to succeed, we need to work to integrate diversity into every aspect of our business. Diversity must act as “the lens through which we’re able to understand, test ideas, challenge assumptions, and respond to patients’ needs”, as our Chairman and CEO, John Lechleiter, Ph.D stated.

We see

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What We Can Learn from the Fight against HIV/AIDS

A version of this post originally appeared on the Campaign for Modern Medicines website. Click here to learn more about the Campaign’s work to ensure that people around the world have access to the safe and effective medicines of today and tomorrow.

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Thankful for Trade

Thanksgiving is here! Although we've got a lot to be thankful for, we've also got a lot to look forward to. In particular, 2015 could represent a banner year for the future of trade. So while you may be focusing on what's going on your plate tomorrow, here's a look at what America's got on it's plate for next year:

Across the Atlantic - Specifically, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would add more than $100 billion a year to the combined GDPs of the ...

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How Much Do You Know About Alzheimer’s Disease?

In 1983, when President Reagan declared November National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, less than 2 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s. Today, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s exceeds 5 million. But the community impacted by Alzheimer’s extends beyond the patient, it transforms the life of the families, friends, and 

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The Great American Tradition of Innovation

Where will you be next Thursday? Will you sit at the dining room table with your loved ones and give thanks? Will you huddle around the television to watch the parade or a football game? No matter how you celebrate, Thanksgiving acts as an important reminder of the power of tradition. Earlier this week I was reminded of another great American tradition: innovation.

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The Her-Story of Women at Lilly

More than 135 years ago, Eli Lilly opened the doors of his small manufacturing facility in Indianapolis for the first time. Among his first three employees was Miss Caroline Kruger, bottler and finisher for the plant. Women have a long, rich history at Lilly filled with amazing achievements and important professional milestones.

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What the Mid-Term Elections Mean for TTIP

After the eventful midterm elections, the dust is finally settling in Washington D.C., leaving many speculating about the implications for the 2015 and beyond. Having a Democratic President and a Republican Congress can be tricky, but one thing many analysts think ...

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What Does Healthy Mean To You?

Throughout history, small epiphanies have led to big changes. Sometimes these moments represent the tiniest sliver of years of research that led to a pivotal change. Other times, they come from simple conversation. Either way, they require collaboration to introduce them to the world.

Recognizing the role of collaboration, Devex and a coalition of 

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History Inspires Alzheimer's Discovery

Winston Churchill once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” When considering this quote, I am reminded of the ways in which history can inspire innovation. From the launching of a company whose heritage drives our passion for progress, to the partnerships that help change the world, the past can connect us to a drive for discovery.

 In 1995, Lilly ...

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