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Krannert Executive Forum - Lynda Houk

Lynda Houk

Lynda Houk

Executive Director
Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer

Lynda Houk graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a minor in Industrial Engineering.  After college, Lynda started her sales career in the telecommunication industry and held a number of sales, management and consulting positions. In addition to these roles, Lynda began volunteering in the community with the Jaycees, Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as Entertainment Chair and Board Member for the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Being active in her community has always been a passion for her. Lynda joined the non-profit world full time in 1998 as the Executive Director for Rod Woodson Charities; planning his annual football camp and scholarship program for 10 years. She also worked at the American Red Cross as a Development Specialist where she raised funds for their local and national emergency and educational services.

Lynda joined Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer in May of 2010 as the Foundation Events Coordinator.  The Vera Bradley Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Her focus was on planning, promoting and managing all Foundation events, including the Vera Bradley Foundation for

Breast Cancer Classic, the largest amateur women’s golf and tennis charity event in the country. Lynda was promoted to Executive Director in 2015 and has been instrumental in raising over $25.7 million for breast cancer research.

Lynda has a passion for creating a lasting impact on others through her work in the non-profit world and enjoys sharing her experiences in the areas of event planning, marketing, management, and volunteer leadership.