Patricia R. Miller

Patricia Miller and Barbara Baekgaard founded Vera Bradley Designs in 1982, which quickly grew into an internationally recognized brand. Today, Vera Bradley is sold through 3,300 specialty stores and 80 Vera Bradley stores nationwide. Vera Bradley accessories, handbags and travel, and paper & gift items have recently been spotted on Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Entourage and Modern Family, and in more than 20 feature length films. Vera Bradley’s fiscal 2011 sales were $366 million.

2012 Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Dean’s Advisory Board
2012 William L. Haeberle Entrepreneurship Legacy Award
2010 to Current – Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council (Founding Member)
2010 to Current – Indiana University Varsity Club National Board
2010 Indiana University Foundation President’s Award
2010 Indiana Fever Inspiration Award
2008 National Philanthropy Day Award, Outstanding Philanthropist
2008 Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Living Legend Award
2008 James R. Jordan Foundation Advisory Board
2008 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Board
2007 Northeast Indiana Corporate Council Board
2007 Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award for Business
2006 Ball State University Indiana Women of Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship
2006 to Current - Indiana University Foundation Board
2006 Received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award
2006 Inducted into the Junior Achievement Greater Fort Wayne Hall of Fame
2006 Boys and Girls Club Brilliant Women Award
2003 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board Member
2003 to Current - IU Distinguished Alumnae Service Award / Board President 2006-2008
2003 Fort Wayne Parks Foundation Board
2002 Northeast Indiana Alumni Award
2002 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award
2002 Virginia Jenckes Award presented by Indiana Commission for Women
1999 YWCA Helene R. Foellinger Award
1999 The Ove Jorgensen Spirit of Leadership Award – Junior Achievement
1997 Honoree of Beta Gamma Sigma – Indiana University/Purdue University
1997 Kappa Delta National Sorority Woman of Achievement
1997 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year
1987 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the state of Indiana from Arthur Young/
         VENTURE Magazine
Miller took a leave of absence in 2005 to serve as Indiana’s first Secretary of
Commerce for the State of Indiana and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development
Corporation.  She returned to Vera Bradley in early 2006.  Currently Pat is also
serving as a board member of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.  In the
past she has served as a board member on more than 15 boards.  Patricia and her
husband, Mike, enjoy golf, bicycling, traveling, reading, lake activities, and spending
time with their three sons, five grandchildren and their families.
About the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer: In 1994, the personal loss of a dear friend to breast cancer inspired Patricia and Barbara to add a new dimension to Vera Bradley. They established the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.  To date the Foundation has contributed more than $17.7 million to the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, and has pledged a total of $20 million.