Finalist: Lilly Pride
Award: Employee Resource Group on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company
Connect with Megan and Juan on LinkedIn:
Megan Klopchin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-klopchin-157ba73/
Juan Granados-Zuniga: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juan-granados-zuniga-5932ab1a/
Lilly Pride is a three-time ELEVATE finalist in the Employee Resource Group category. Lilly Pride’s key community engagement efforts focus on fostering awareness and engagement for issues pertinent to LGBTQ+ individuals. We sat down with Megan Klopchin and Juan Granados-Zuniga to hear about why they engage with Lilly Pride and what being an ELEVATE award finalist means to them.
Q: How did you react when you found out you were an ELEVATE Awards finalist?
A: JG-Z: We are incredibly humbled and honored to be nominated. This is our 3rd time to be a finalist, and we do intentional work not only inside of Lilly but also within our community, so it would be great way to be recognized for our work.
Q: If you were to meet someone that had just moved to Indy, how would you describe what you do for the community?
MK: Well, first I would say, Welcome to the Heartland! In my day job I work at Lilly to understand how our medicines are being used by patients every day. In my “gay job” as I call it, I help with Lilly Pride, specifically focusing on our community engagement externally and liaising with our sites that are not in Indianapolis.
Q: What is your vision for Central Indiana?
A: JG-Z: That Indianapolis is seen as almost the Austin of the Midwest. I would love for this to be a place where I can tell my friends that we have such an inclusive community, where awesome work is happening and you can aspire to something very big and achieve those goals. While this may sound aspirational, it is also very achievable.
Q: Finish this sentence “Being a great volunteer means…”
MK: Finding a fit that works best for both you and the organization that you are volunteering with.
Q: What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic and how has it affected your job, volunteering, etc.?
A: JG-Z: I’ve learned a lesson in how resilient humans can be. In fact, I’ve come up with a word for it – flexillience. It means applying a level of excellence to a condition, while still being flexible. We’ve all had to adapt and not everything can matter as much. From a resilience perspective, it is amazing how adaptable people can be, even if it may not be in a way that we would normally have done.
MK: Even in 2020 and 2021, technology is still a challenge, and I totally miss human interactions—not only with people in my neighborhood, but also at work. However, I’ve found some great ways to still connect with community partners during the time of COVID-19.
Time for some favorites:
Q: Favorite spot in Indy?
A: JG-Z: White River State Park for live music
MK: Indiana Youth Group
Q: Mountains or Beach?
A: JG-Z: Beach, for sure.
Q: Favorite vacation song?
A: JG-Z: “Vacation” by the Go-Go’s and “Vacation” by the Mowglis
MK: “Country Road, Take Me Home” by John Denver
Q: Where will you travel to once it is safe to do so?
A: JG-Z: Japan. I had tickets to attend the Olympics this past year, so hopefully it will be safe to go and still attend soon!
MK: New York
Q: Favorite podcast or book?
A: JG-Z: “Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien
MK: “This American Life” podcast
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