Erin Miller is a communications manager at Caterpillar Inc., in Peoria, Illinois, where she has been responsible for communications, change management and graphic design for several major areas including HR strategy, compensation and benefits, continuous improvement, human rights and joint IT/HR projects.
She revamped the company’s Environmental Health & Safety Assurance Manual and led change management efforts in the recent introduction of major global compensation plan design changes and people strategy changes, resulting in a suite of communications that has made complex topics easier to digest across the world.
Prior to her work at Caterpillar, Erin received her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, serving as editor-in-chief of the Bradley Scout student newspaper, then working as a reporter for the Peoria Journal Star and Washington Times-Reporter. She earned her master’s degree in leadership and human service administration from Bradley and worked at the university for four years in publications and speechwriting for the university president. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Bradley and Midstate College.
Erin was elected president of the Peoria Players Theatre board of directors in 2017, the youngest in the theater’s 100-year history. Just in time for their centennial season, she secured a donation to replace the theater’s 300+ seats when a survey of patrons revealed that as their top complaint. In addition, Erin managed a project to help guide the organization in pay, hiring and budgeting decisions; overhauled the theater’s strategic plan and mission statement; and helped to nearly double its annual income.
In 2018, Erin was named to Peoria’s 40 Leaders Under Forty and in 2017 received Caterpillar’s Law and Public Policy Key Contributor Award. She has also received three awards for her service to community theater.