Today, Vera Bradley Inc. (Nasdaq: VRA) is the fourth largest handbag company in the U.S., with annual revenues of more than $540 million. But the Fort Wayne, Ind., manufacturer - which trails only Coach (NYSE: COH), Michael Kors (NYSE: KORS) and Dooney & Bourke - had modest beginnings, recalled co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard.

She highlighted some of the milestones of the company's growth and charted her company's progress over three decades during a fireside chat conducted by Mergers & Acquisitions editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn at the Harmonie Club, during an event hosted by ACG New York Women of Leadership as part of its Entrepreneur Series.

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