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Angie's List founder to speak Sept. 28

Friday, August 31, 2012

Angie Hicks Bowman, a 1995 DePauw University graduate, is greeted by DPU President Brian Casey on a previous visit to campus.
Angie Hicks Bowman, founder of Angie's List and a 1995 graduate of DePauw University, will return to her alma mater on Friday, Sept. 28, to deliver a 175th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Lecture.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. in Meharry Hall, located within historic East College. The lecture will be among the featured events of Family Weekend and is free and open to everyone.

An economics major and Management Fellow at DePauw, Angie Hicks started her business shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree. The company began in 1995 with 1,000 members in Columbus, Ohio.

Today more than 1.5 million subscribers across the U.S. submit more than 65,000 monthly reports about their consumer experiences and use Angie's List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie's List magazine, the Angie's List complaint resolution service and information about how to make the most of their home improvement projects.

In her role as founder and chief marketing officer, Hicks regularly contributes to national and local consumer news stories across the country, including for CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Good Housekeeping and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

In October 2009, Hicks was honored with DePauw's Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.

Hicks also serves on the board of directors of the Gov. Robert Orr Fellowship Program, which she helped found in 2001.

Also scheduled to deliver Distinguished Alumni Lectures in DePauw's 175th anniversary series are:

-- ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, Class of 1954, 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

-- Kent Family Chronicles and "North and South" author John Jakes, Class of 1953, 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

-- Pollster Scott Rasmussen, son of Bill Rasmussen and founder and president of Rasmussen Reports and the polling site Rasmussenreports.com, Class of 1986, Feb. 20.

-- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ferid Murad, whose work involving the effect of nitric oxide on the cardiovascular system helped create Viagra and related drugs, Class of 1958, March 2013.

-- Fox News Channel anchor Brett Baier, Class of 1992, date TBA.

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