Terry Morris serves as Eli Lilly and Company’s Advisor for Racial Justice and National President of National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Organization. After 20 years in IT roles, he recently took a D&I job on improving job opportunities and experiences for blacks. Terry not only embodied what hard work and values ingrained in faith and family can do professionally – he has reinvested his strengths back into the community through volunteerism and intentional impact – something he considers his life motto.
Morris graduated from Florida A&M University in 2000 with a degree in computer and information systems and obtained a master’s degree in policy analysis from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in 2010.
Terry has always had a passion for serving the community and teaching. Still, when an opportunity presented itself for him to visit Indianapolis to participate in a career planning conference for college students at Lilly, he followed the chance, which quickly ignited an ongoing journey in the sciences. That journey included many professional achievements in seven other positions before his current role at Eli Lilly. He wasted no time integrating his passion for service in education with his IT background and skills, a fusion that would also open doors to his involvement and volunteerism with BDPA, now as National President. Under his leadership, the organization continues to stick to the mission “Advancing Careers, From the Classroom to the Boardroom” by equipping young African American students and professionals with the tools, resources, and network to be successful contributors in STEM.