Q&A with Sara Corya
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I'm a born and bred Hoosier and grew up in Indianapolis near Eagle Creek Park. I attended IU in Bloomington and then IU Med School and residency in Indianapolis before practicing psychiatry and then joining Eli Lilly in 2000. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. My husband Doug is from Scotland and we have 7 kids between us (ages 11-22). We all love to travel and to be very physically active. I like to run, play the cello and garden.
Q: Are you involved elsewhere in the community?
A: The primary organization in which I participate is the United Way. I also enjoy raising funds for other organizations, including those supporting Alzheimer's Disease. The rest of my community involvement is through support of my children and their schools, including sports and music programs.
Q: How long have you been connected with Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and in what roles?
A: I first joined Women's Fund at the beginning of this year as a member of the Advisory Board and serve on the Grants and Changemakers committees.
Q: What first drew you to Women’s Fund?
A: I was approached by a Lilly colleague who previously served on the WF board and was retiring. She knew my passion about women's issues and that I was seeking additional community involvement because my youngest child entered high school this year.
Q: Who are/were your role models for "giving back" to the community and how did they influence you?
A: Truthfully I didn't have a lot of role models for this as I was growing up. My mother is a physician and didn't have a lot of free time after practicing cardiology and raising four kids, and we lived sort of out in the country so I didn't have much "neighbor" influence either. I was probably most influenced by listening to NPR, by the community focus at Lilly, and by the great need I saw for community services when I was practicing psychiatry. I'm also proud to say that my oldest daughter, Olivia, has been a role model for me since she was a teenager. She has always been passionate about serving our community as well as those in other countries and she has demonstrated a commitment to that passion through many activities and endeavors.
Q: What issues impacting women & girls are you most passionate about? Do you have any personal connection to any of these issues?
A: I am probably the most passionate about helping women and girls recognize, grow and leverage their own independence and power throughout their lives. I believe women have great power to take care of themselves and others and to make the world a better place. My personal connection might be that I am a daughter, sister and mother of four girls (2 of my own and my 2 step-daughters) and I want my daughters to carry on the legacy of strong and powerful women in the generations of our family before us. I have also been an active advocate and mentor for women at Lilly and believe that the collective voice of women can change not only companies, but also the world.
Q: What would you tell other women and girls about Women's Fund to encourage them to get involved?
A: Women's Fund is a unique organization that supports women and girls in Indianapolis and surrounding areas to lead healthier and richer lives by funding organizations which help women and girls help themselves and each other.
Q: What aspirations and hopes do you have for women and girls in central Indiana?
A: I would love for the women and girls in central Indiana to see and reach their potential, as individuals and collectively.
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