Rent the Runway Co-Founder

Jennifer Fleiss

USAF Colonel & NASA Astronaut

Terry Virts

Rent the Runway Co-Founder

Jennifer Fleiss

Jennifer Fleiss is the Co-Founder and Head of Special Projects 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. With over 5 million members, 300 employees and 300 designer brands, Rent the Runway is the largest rental platform in the world, democratizing luxury for women everywhere.

She co-founded the company in 2009 with Jennifer Hyman and has since raised $125 million in venture capital. Jennifer has been honored with numerous recognitions including: Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30”; Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs”; and Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology”.

Prior to Rent the Runway, Jennifer was with Lehman Brothers’ Asset Management Group where she was responsible for analyzing business growth opportunities through acquisitions, international expansion and new product strategies. Before that she worked at Morgan Stanley as part of the Strategic Planning Group crafting long-term company strategy.

She received her BA from Yale University, Cum Laude, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Jennifer is Co-Founder of The RTR Foundation, a guest lecturer at Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Harvard Business School, an advisor to several female founded start-ups and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, daughter, son and dog.

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USAF Colonel & NASA Astronaut

Terry Virts

Terry Virts put his mind to become an astronaut at the age of 2, when he saw the video of the men on the moon and announced, “I gonna do that”. He graduated from Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland, and then graduated with Academic Distinction from the United States Air Force Academy. He has logged over 4,300 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft and was selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000. Virts was assigned to Expedition 42/43, he served as commander for Expedition 43, which launched on a Russian Soyuz in December 2014. Virts conducted three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 2 minutes to configure the wiring for the upcoming delivery of the International Docking Adapters. Virts returned to Earth on June 11, 2015 logging in 212 days in space on two flights.

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