Rebecca O. Goss


IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (1998)
McKinney School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award (1996)
J.D. 1975


Rebecaa O. Goss is the former senior vice president and general counsel of Eli Lilly and Company. She was offered the position in 1994, and had already spent two decades with the company. In the role, Goss led up a 130 attorney legal department and a budget in the tens of millions of dollars. In addition, she was often the only female executive with the company.

She first joined Lilly after graduated from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1975. At the time, there were only two other female attorneys. In 1978, she was named attorney for environmental affairs. Goss later left in the same year to care for her children and returned in 1981 as an attorney in the industrial relations division. In 1983, she was named general counsel and secretary of the agricultural division, now called Elanco Animal Health. From 1988 to 1993, she was secretary and general counsel for the pharmaceutical division. That division accounted for approximately sixty percent of Lilly's worldwide sales.