Jennifer Hyman Profile

  • Jennifer is the 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, one of only 20 female-led "unicorn" companies in the U.S. to achieve a $1B valuation, went public.

  • She 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.
  • Jennifer Hyman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the trillion-dollar fashion industry and changing the way women get dressed through the Closet in the Cloud, the world’s first and largest shared designer closet. Jennifer co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009 and its mission has been the same ever since: to power women to feel their best every day. The brand offers women the ability to subscribe, rent items a-la-carte and shop resale from over hundreds of designer partners, driven by a two-sided discovery engine that connects deeply engaged customers and differentiated brand partners on a powerful platform built around its brand, data, logistics and technology. Under Jennifer’s leadership, RTR made history as the first company to go public with a female founder/CEO, COO, and CFO.

    Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies and Zalando, and also is a Founding Member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, a Member of the Advisory Board and a Member of the Launch with GS Advisory Council for Goldman Sachs. She received her BA from Harvard University cum laudeand MBA from Harvard Business School and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters Aurora and Selene.

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    Using AI to Deepen Your Competitive Moat--and Your Customer Relationships

    E-commerce is poised to benefit from the rapid rise of AI technologies by helping to narrow the “endless aisle” problem of shopping in the 21st century. By focusing on the unique customer data advantage and fashion curation capabilities of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman is unlocking an even greater opportunity to leverage AI in her business. Hyman will discuss how businesses can effectively harness emerging technologies like AI to deepen the competitive moats of their business, enhance customer satisfaction, and ultimately improve business outcomes.

    To Hell and Back: Leading with Resilience

    In February 2020, Rent the Runway had just come off their biggest sales year ever. Not only was it a $1 billion business—it was a valuation fewer than 20 women-owned companies in the U.S. have ever reached.

    Suddenly COVID hit the U.S. and people sheltered at home. With no need to get dressed for work, special events, or anything for that matter, nearly 70% of RTR customers paused their subscriptions overnight.

    From the stage, Jennifer shares the story of how she saved her company, positioning the business strategically, financially, and culturally for a post-COVID world. She went on to successfully take Rent the Runway public just a year later, in the first-ever IPO led by a female CEO, COO, and CFO.

    Jennifer managed to keep her team together and united with deep resilience and passion for the business, fighting against macro factors outside of the their control. Her story is loaded with leadership lessons that can help any team overcome even the most difficult times.

    How to Grow in Recessionary Times

    The companies that win during difficult macroeconomic climates have an extreme focus on the customer experience. This speech will dig into how to create a customer experience mindset across every division of your company.

    High Stakes Decision Making

    Every executive is faced with countless decisions to which there are no good answers and often the business lies in the balance. As a founder and CEO, Jennifer Hyman will share her insights and will review some of the biggest decisions she had to make as a leader, how she made them, and the lessons she learned in the process. Through anecdotes and clear cut takeaways, she gears this conversation towards anyone thinking deeply about how to be a better leader.

    How to Have a Big Career AND a Big Life

    There is countless debate about work-life balance and whether it is possible as an executive. We’ve recently seen more women leave the workforce than at any point in recent memory. As a founder of a high-growth company, CEO of a public company, and Board member of three public companies, Jennifer Hyman will discuss how she managed to do this while also getting married, having two kids, raising a family, and building a community.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Jennifer Speak

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    “Jennifer is a terrific speaker. She is thoughtful, poised, intelligent and well-spoken as well as being very compassionate.”
    – Bryant University

    “Jennifer was great! She was a real hit with our clients. We loved hosting her for our event.”
    – JPMorgan Chase Bank

    “We loved having Jenn. Her message really resonated with our audience. She was a polished and poised speaker.”
    – Northwestern Mutual

    “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.”
    – World 50, Inc.

    “She exceeded our expectations in her keynote presentation to our 1,000+ participants and captivated the entire room. In fact, she was, hands-down, my favorite speaker to date.”
    – Girls in Tech

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