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Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Rent the Runway

New & Noteworthy Jennifer Hyman is named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2019

Jennifer Hyman: Biography at a Glance

  • Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, an 11 million member startup that pioneered dynamic ownership in the fashion industry by enabling women to rent designer clothing.
  • Rent the Runway is one of only 20 female-led "unicorn" companies in the U.S. to achieve a $1B valuation.
  • Leads a team of 1800 people that is 93% female and non-white, honored as a top company to launch one's career and identified as one of "The Best Places to Work" in New York.
  • One of the most accomplished startup leaders in the U.S. having raised over $525M from top venture capitalists and honored with recognitions like the TIME "100 Most Influential People in the World", Forbes "12 Most Disruptive Names in Business", Fortune's "Most Powerful Female Entreprenuers", "Trailblazers", "40 under 40" and Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business."
  • Under Jennifer's leadership, Rent the Runway has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list multiple times.
  • Frequent guest on television - The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox Business and at major industry events and as a university lecturer.
  • Founded the Rent the Runway Foundation, a non-profit organization to empower and scale female entrepreneurs; serves on the Board of Directors of The Estee Lauder Companies, the Women.nyc Advisory Board, and is a Founding Member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council. Advisor and Investor in many high-growth startups throughout U.S.

 

Biography

Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by pioneering dynamic ownership and powering women to feel their best every day. Valued at $1B, Rent the Runway is one of the few female-founded, female-led companies in history to reach this milestone. In her role, Jennifer sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009 and has since raised over $525 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 11 million members, 1,800 employees and 600+ designer brands. Jennifer is a mission-driven leader and as the CEO, has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.

In 2015, Jennifer co-founded the Rent the Runway Foundation to help female entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. build scalable, high-growth companies. She is an investor and advisor to a diverse group of startups throughout the U.S. and is passionate about diversifying entrepreneurship. 

Jennifer has been honored with recognitions like the “TIME 100” most influential people in the world and Fortune’s “40 under 40.” Rent the Runway has been named to CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” list five times in the past ten years. Her proudest accomplishment has been to equalize benefits for her salaried and hourly workers and to become a national advocate of business leaders' responsibility to become moral leaders.

Prior to Rent the Runway, Jennifer was the Director of Business Development at IMG, a sales leader at WeddingChannel.com and an intrapreneur at Starwood Hotels. She recognized the “experience economy” early and created the country’s first honeymoon registry, which was recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show for its innovation. 

Ms. Hyman serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, on the Women.nyc Advisory Board and is a Founding Member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council. She received her BA from Harvard University cum laude and MBA from Harvard Business School and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters Aurora and Selene.

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CESSE

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World50, Inc.

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Chase Bank

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