2015 WILA Keynote Speaker


Jennifer Fleiss

 
Co-Founder and Head of Business Development
Rent the Runway


Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss founded Rent the Runway in 2009 to give women a chance to wear designer garb without the huge price tag. These days, the company has expanded to a nationwide storefront presence. The company even has stylists on-hand to answer questions via phone, email and live chat. Rent the Runway received $54 million in venture capital in March 2013, and since then, has grown to accommodate more than 4 million customers, 250 employees and 200 designer partners.
—Inc. Magazine, “15 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015,” December 2014.

She started her career at Morgan Stanley in the Strategic Planning Group crafting long-term company strategy. She then moved on to Lehman Brothers’ Asset Management Group where she was responsible for analyzing business growth opportunities through acquisitions, international expansion and new product strategies. A natural entrepreneur, Jenny founded an essay-editing and coaching service for college applicants, and built the company into an online tutoring service. In 2007, Jenny began at Harvard Business School where she met fellow co-founder and friend, Jennifer Hyman. As sectionmates, the two women would meet frequently to discuss entrepreneurial ideas, one of which was Rent the Runway.

Jennifer Fleiss is the
 
Co-Founder and Head of Business Development at Rent the Runway, a business that has transformed the retail industry by making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. Rent the Runway is pioneering an apparel business in the new sharing economy with the overall mission to democratize luxury for women everywhere.

Jenny has been honored with Inc.’s “30 Under 30” and “15 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015″; Fortune Magazine’s“40 Under 40” and “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”; Forbes “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business” and Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology.” She was also named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Rent the Runway was named to the CNBC “Disruptor 50″ list and Fast Company’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 In Style.”

She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 2005 graduating Cum Laude and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2009. Jenny is a member of the New York Economic and Development Corporation and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council.

 

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