Scott MacGregor’s official title is Director of Corporate Communications for Eli Lilly and Company, one of the world’s leading developers of innovative medicines. But he prefers the nickname “storytelling guy,” a job description he takes to heart.
MacGregor began telling stories as a kid growing up in Champaign, Ill., writing about a group of 12-year old boys trying to save the world. While it never turned into the Great American Novel, it fostered his lifelong love of storytelling and curiosity for understanding the world through the power of stories.
As a writer, MacGregor has chronicled such diverse topics as major professional sports, victims of 9-11, Amish farmers-turned-factory workers and inner-city revitalization. He began his newspaper career as a sportswriter before moving into news, with a resume including the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Cincinnati Enquirer and Indianapolis Star.
When he moved into health care communications, MacGregor brought a unique storytelling approach to business that landed him at the Tribeca Film Festival, where the Lilly-sponsored documentary Life for a Child premiered in 2008. Showing the struggles of children with type 1 diabetes in developing countries such as Nepal – and the life-sustaining health care provided by the Life for a Child program, supported by donations from Lilly – the film was featured in seven festivals around the world and won Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival. MacGregor envisioned the project from the start and served as executive producer, filming a second documentary in the Congo two years later, In the Hearts of Africa.
In his current role, he continues to bring a storytelling perspective to help audiences understand Lilly’s purpose to develop innovative new medicines that give new hope to people with serious health care challenges. In 2015, he spearheaded Lilly’s efforts to support the James Keach-directed documentary I’ll Be Me, about Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and Keach’s second Alzheimer’s film, Turning Point, about the quest to find a breakthrough medicine for Alzheimer’s.
Through his 15-year career at Lilly, he has led communications efforts across Alzheimer’s, neuroscience, immunology, pain, osteoporosis, men’s health and diabetes. He also serves as an executive speechwriter and corporate spokesperson for Lilly, based in Indianapolis.
MacGregor, 45, graduated from DePauw University with a degree in English in 1995. Among the greatest days in his life, he counts his 27th birthday, when he met his wife, Sara; sunny days at Disney World with their three kids; and the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series Championship. He spent eight years on the board of the Arc of Indiana, a disability advocacy group, and is an Eagle Scout currently serving as Scoutmaster of his son’s Boy Scout troop.