George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series

(formerly Johnson & Strachan)

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Fall 2018

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series
Featuring Jennifer Hyman
Co-Founder & CEO
Rent the Runway

An Interactive Presentation on Entrepreneurship & Marketing

Wednesday, November 14
6:30 - 8:30 p.m
Registration opens at 6:30 p.m.
Presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.

Harris Theatre, Center for the Arts
George Mason University Fairfax Campus


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Jennifer Hyman HeadshotRent the Runway is a a company that has disrupted the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives. In her role, Jennifer Hyman 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, and hundreds of designer brands. As the CEO, Hyman 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.

Hyman 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, 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 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, Hyman 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. Hyman lives in
Brooklyn with her husband and daughter Aurora.