I worked for Lilly for 19 years, living in Indiana and across the globe in multiple international assignments, rounding out my career at Corporate headquarters as Information Technology (IT) Director for Mergers and Acquisitions. In this role, I led the IT and manufacturing process automation deal terms and transition plans for the sale of our biochemical manufacturing plant in Lafayette – a significant move in Lilly’s long term strategy to stay independent and protect Indiana jobs. (http://m.evonik.com/inm/evonik/?lang=en&jumpto=/en/company/locations/north-america/tippecanoe/pages/default.aspx).
As an openly gay man in the 1990’s, I was also involved in changing the conversation internally around domestic partnership benefits. Because I saw positive change on the horizon for gay, lesbian and transgendered employees, I stayed with Lilly and made a successful career and final home in Indiana.
I thank John Lechleiter, Sidney Taurel, Frank Deane and Maria Crowe for their leadership and visible commitment to both what is right and what is economically wise for the State and the Company in the long run.
I’m an example of the real talent in this State that we must attract, retain and promote by REJECTING HJR-3. Any other course would be a step backwards, undoing much of the progress we’ve made in both civil rights and in sustaining and expanding our local economy.
C Todd Fuqua
Candlestick House and Engagement Center