Vera Bradley Co-Founder Patricia Miller will speak at the College of Charleston in Beatty Center’s Wachovia Auditorium on Wednesday, February 16 at 1 p.m. Her talk, entitled “Friendship, Fashion and Philanthropy,” is part of the School of Business’ George G. Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series. The event is free and open to the public.

All attendees will be eligible for a grand prize “Vera Bradley” drawing at the end of her presentation by submitting your name and the name of one of the first patterns introduced by Vera Bradley in 1985. Answers must be turned in at the event and only correct answers will be entered for the drawing. Entry forms will be available as you enter Wachovia Auditorium.

Patricia R. Miller co-founded Vera Bradley in 1982 and has served as a director since then. From 1982 through June 2010, she also served as Co-President. From the outset, Miller has provided leadership and strategic direction to the business, guiding the development of operations and supply chain infrastructure as well as the growth of the employee base. In June 2010, she was appointed as National Spokesperson for the company where she will continue to promote the brand. Miller served as the first Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and the Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation from 2005 to 2006. Her most recent personal awards include the Ball State University Indiana Women of Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship in 2006 and the Indiana Historical Society Indiana Living Legend Award in 2008. Miller serves as a director for the Indiana University Foundation and for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.