In an effort to expand our thought leadership, highlight Experts, and engage our Expert Community, we reached out to YourEncore Expert, Marcia Ellett, to help pilot a Q&A series as a part of our broader initiative to serve the Expert community. In this series, we will seek to find out what motivates our Experts and how their relationship with YourEncore has been beneficial to them and their career as they navigate the gig economy.
Marcia Ellett is an experienced writer with a background in publishing who has been partnered with Eli Lilly & Co. through YourEncore for eight years. You can learn more about her background and connect with her here.
Q: What brought you to YourEncore?
A: I left a full-time job in publishing and was freelancing as a writer and editor while looking for other opportunities. I heard about YourEncore first through my father, who retired early from the pharmaceutical industry and had worked on several projects with YourEncore, and then through a colleague of his, John Barnard, who co-founded YourEncore. Though my educational background (Master’s degree in writing) and professional experience (publishing) weren’t typical of the YourEncore experts with whom I was familiar, they both encouraged me to join the YourEncore network and keep an open mind. It took a number of months, but I was eventually offered the opportunity of a short-term contract at Lilly to help with communications support in the then Clinical Development Organization. I took a leap of faith and said yes.