Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women’s everyday lives. In her role, she sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, product, logistics and analytics. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009 and has since raised over $190 million in venture capital, growing the business to over 6 million members, 1,100 employees (which is over 60% female and 70% minority) and hundreds of designer brands. As the CEO, Jennifer has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company valued at nearly $1B and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.
Jennifer has been honored with recognitions like 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.” She is also a frequent guest on television, serving as Rent the Runway’s spokesperson on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox Business News, Bloomberg and at major industry events.
Rent the Runway was named one of the “25 Most Disruptive Brands” by Forbes, one of the “50 companies disrupting the status-quo” by CNBC, one of the “10 Most Innovative Fashion Companies” by Fast Company and one of the “50 Best Websites” by TIME.
Prior to Rent the Runway, Jennifer was the Director of Business Development at IMG where she focused on the creation of new media businesses for IMG’s Fashion Division. She also ran the advertising sales team at WeddingChannel.com and was an in-house entrepreneur at Starwood Hotels, creating Starwood’s first wedding business and the industry’s first honeymoon registry, which was recognized on the Oprah Winfrey Show for its innovation.
She received her BA from Harvard University cum laude and MBA from Harvard Business School. 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 in and advisor to a diverse group of startups throughout the U.S. and is passionate about diversifying entrepreneurship. Jenn lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter Aurora.
"Jennifer was great! The members had a great time thinking about supply chains from a disruptive point of view. Controversial in all of the right ways. She’s fantastic and the members really enjoyed it. Thanks so much!"- World50, Inc.
"Jennifer was FANTASTIC. Totally on point and in the end her presentation helped tie everything together. Survey results on her look really good (maybe even highest rated plenary session speaker)."- CESSE