Meghan Brown

2020 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader

Operations Manager, Device Assembly and Packaging
Eli Lilly and Company

Every day I work with a diverse, cross-functional team with a unified mission to make medicines for our patients. I enjoy discovering innovative ways to overcome challenges and deliver clear results. Manufacturing affords me the opportunity to do this in a high-speed and dynamic environment

After joining Eli Lilly and Company in 2013, Meghan quickly established herself as a talented engineer with deep technical skills. From delivering projects for plant sites globally to earning her Six Sigma Black Belt certification, Meghan has been key to several critical projects that improve efficiencies and increase results at the company’s plants around the world.

Today, in her first official leadership role, she leads a 24×7 operations team of more than 100 employees. Her team is responsible for the global device assembly and packaging supply of two of Eli Lilly and Company’s newly launched products. Meghan’s team has successfully improved production line throughput to deliver 20 percent over design capacity.

Meghan’s leadership skills have made her a sought-after mentor, both formally and informally. She’s been a mentor since day one to two engineers who joined the plant a year ago, and she continues to support their onboarding and overall success. She also currently supports two lead engineers, guiding them on demonstrating leadership among less experienced colleagues. Given her success as a leader and the strong relationships she maintains, it is clear that Meghan coaches, grows and develops people daily.

As a volunteer leader with Young Life, Meghan works with students at a local inner-city school, Arsenal Tech, to provide guidance, attention, care and hope. Through her work with Young Life, she has earned the trust of the students and served them in both profound and personal ways. Whether she was leading a troubled teen to seek the inpatient care needed or opening her home to support a young woman in need, her heartfelt guidance has been felt by many.