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Lilly's Connecting Hearts Abroad Program Sends Employees on Global Service Assignments
Date:3/31/2011

four categories:

  • Health Care: Observing and assisting local health professionals, working with people affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Caregiving: Caring for the elderly, infants and children, and people with disabilities
  • Teaching: Assisting teachers of special education, teaching children and teaching conversational English
  • Community Development: Sharing professional skills and experience, working toward women's empowerment.

  • The Ambassadors will share their experiences with Lilly's 38,000 employees while on assignment and when they return through internal blogs and other communication channels. The goal is to start conversations and involve the entire organization in the experiences of the Ambassadors to spark new ideas about how Lilly can better meet people's needs – now and in the future.

    More than 1,800 Lilly employees from 52 countries applied to Connecting Hearts Abroad; 200 were selected in February for the inaugural year of the program. Each service assignment will have 8 to 9 Lilly employees from a variety of global business functions – including lab technicians, marketing associates and manufacturing specialists. Ambassadors include management, hourly and salaried non-management employees.

    "Connecting Hearts Abroad is another step toward Lilly's vision of improving global health in the 21st century," said Lechleiter.

    Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS)Lilly is partnering with Cross-Cultural Solutions, an international not-for-profit organization that operates short-term volunteer programs in 12 countries. CCS is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering with a strong track record of supporting volunteers in developing countries and creating professional, safe, life-changing experiences.

    "CCS and Lilly have strikingly similar missions – to serve and to improve lives," said Steven C. Rosenthal, founder and executive director
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