Jennifer Hyman

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Jennifer Hyman
Education Harvard University, Harvard Business School
Occupation Co-Founder/CEO, Rent The Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rent The Runway, a retail industry company which makes designer dresses and offers accessory rentals.[1] As of December 2014, Hyman and co-founder Jennifer Fleiss have raised approximately $114 million in venture capital funding for Rent the Runway,[2] and have grown the company to over 4 million members and over 250 employees.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jennifer Hyman grew up in New Rochelle, New York. She received a BA in social studies[3] from Harvard University in 2002 and later attended Harvard Business School, where she met co-founder of Rent the Runway Jennifer Fleiss, and graduated with an MBA in 2009.[4]


Hyman oversees marketing, technology, product, and analytics of Rent the Runway, which has been honored as one of the best places to work in New York State by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management.[5]

Hyman participates in national conferences and panel discussions regarding such topics as the sharing economy, women in business, entrepreneurship, leadership, and company culture. Some of her past speaking engagements include NRF Foundation’s “Retail’s Big Show,”[6] WWD’s Digital Forum[7] and the 99U Conference.[8] Hyman also serves as a company spokesperson for Rent the Runway and has appeared on programs such as NBC’s Today[9] and ABC’s Good Morning America,[10] among many others.

Prior to Rent the Runway, Hyman 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 an online advertising sales team at and was an employee at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, creating Starwood’s first wedding business which was recognized on The Oprah Winfrey Show for its innovation.[4][11]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jennifer has been honored with numerous recognitions including Fortune Magazine’s “Trailblazers 2013,”[12] “Executive Dream Team,”[13] “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,”[14] and “40 Under 40”;[15] Forbes Magazine’s “Disruptors 2013”;[16] Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40”;[17] Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”; Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”;[18] an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” New York Area Regional finalist;[19] and’s “Most Influential People in New York Fashion.”[20]


  1. ^ a b Moore, Booth, "Rent the Runway heads to Vegas' Cosmopolitan in time for New Year's", "Los Angeles Times", December 17, 2013
  2. ^ Rao, Lena, "Crunchbase Company Funding Details", "CrunchBase", December 22, 2014
  3. ^ Roberts, Daniel (2013-12-13). "Holiday party dress central: How we started Rent the Runway". Fortune. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Jennifer Hyman CrunchBase Profile", "CrunchBase"
  5. ^ "Winners of 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State Announced", January 6, 2014
  6. ^ Davis, Ellen, "In their own words: Highlights from Retail's BIG Show Student Program 2013", "Retail's BIG Blog", February 19, 2013
  7. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra, "Making the Right Impression", "WWD", February 14, 2013
  8. ^ "Neil Blumenthal & Jenn Hyman: Why Transparency & Openness Wins", "99U"
  9. ^ [1], "Today", October 24, 2012
  10. ^ "Rent the Runway Opens 1st Store in New York City", "Good Morning America", October 21, 2013
  11. ^ Lapowsky, Issie, "The Way I Work: Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway", "Inc.", January 4, 2012
  12. ^ Fry, Erica, "Trailblazers: 11 People Changing Business", "Fortune", February 8, 2013
  13. ^ "Executive Dream Team: The startup edition", "Fortune", August 22, 2011
  14. ^ Sellers, Patricia, "Fortune's most promising women entrepreneurs", "Fortune", September 13, 2011
  15. ^ Keating, Caitlin, "40 Under 40", "Fortune", October 17, 2012
  16. ^ Carlyle, Erin, "Disruptors", "Forbes"
  17. ^ Pasquarelli, Adrianne, "40 Under 40", "Crain's New York Business", October 12, 2012
  18. ^ Evans, Suzy "The Most Influential Women in Technology 2011 - Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss", "Fast Company", January 10, 2011
  19. ^ "2013 finalists announced", "Ernst and Young"
  20. ^ Sherman, Lauren, "Fashionista 50: The Most Influential People in New York Fashion", "Fashionista", February 8, 2011

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