Up and coming
Less than three years out of Krannert, Tina Livingston is already moving up the ladder at Eli Lilly and Company.
Graduating in 2003 with a BS in economics, Livingston began her career at the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company as an information analyst providing application support within the Information Technology (IT) organization. Her success in this role soon led to an additional assignment as application transition coordinator.
“When new applications are created and/or bought, or existing applications need support, Lilly employees come to IT for assistance,” says Livingston. “I’m responsible for transitioning all the applications, including creating processes for each group to follow, ensuring the appropriate staffing, creating project plans, and being the business integrator between the application/development team and our support organization.”
Livingston credits the Society of Minority Managers (SMM) career fair for getting her foot in the door. “It helped me to reconnect with recent Krannert graduates who worked for Lilly,” she says. “That led to an interview, an internship at Lilly during my junior year, and my first full-time job after college.”
Her experiences at Purdue — both inside and outside the classroom — are still making an impact, adds Livingston. “Krannert prepared me for my career in many ways,” she says. “Moreover, many of the contacts I made among fellow students, faculty, and alumni remain strong and help me to continue being successful.”
— Eric Nelson