Eyes to See, Hearts to Care

Amazing. That’s how Karen Wurster with Lilly Diabetes describes her experience as a volunteer with the Lilly NCD Partnership in India last fall.

Karen has devoted most of her career to helping people with diabetes. But after serving as a Connecting Hearts Abroad ambassador in a rural village north of Delhi, the eyes of this seasoned diabetes professional were opened wider as she viewed the unique challenges of managing this chronic disease through a different lens.

In this video, Karen and her fellow ambassadors talk about the many insights they gleaned from their volunteer service with our NCD partners in India—new perspectives they’re now sharing with Lilly colleagues and customers.

That’s what Connecting Hearts Abroad is all about. It’s about challenging our assumptions, looking at global healthcare challenges with different eyes, and using these experiences to become better partners and problem-solvers.

Last week we opened applications for the 2015 Connecting Hearts Abroad program. Each year, the global employee volunteer program draws more than 1,000 applicants from Lilly operations around the world. One hundred employees will be selected this year to embark on the experience of a lifetime. We’ll share more of their stories here, so stay tuned!