When I was asked to help with the Indiana Black Expo (IBE) I was not sure what to expect. Having never attended in the past I pictured an event filled with food and live music, but as my involvement has continued to increase it is evident that IBE has a message beyond a family reunion for the African American community. IBE is about the past, the present, and the future. For over 40 years African Americans have been gathering at the Indiana Black Expo to discuss economic, political and social issues that drive the community. Starting as a small networking event IBE has grown into one of the largest Black Expos in the nation, drawing more than 300,000 people who attend workshops and speakers regarding youth education, entrepreneurship, and health.
Lilly has supported the Indiana Black Expo from its first event and has participated in the IBE Black and Minority Health Fair for almost 20 years. However, Lilly’s interest is beyond health. The interest stems from wanting to back a community through its mission to continue to develop and prosper, whether that is through education or supporting the growth of small businesses. That is why this year the African American Network will be partnering with Lilly’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Office, as well as the team from the Diabetes department, to cover not only information about leading healthy lifestyles but helping to support the message of community.
As my first Expo approaches I look forward to experiencing the excitement of diverse cultures as well as the chance to better serve our community. Visit me at booth #128 for more information on diabetes and how to live with or prevent the disease, as well as a wide range of healthy living information – from fast food calorie guides to material on starting an exercise program.