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Yale INSPIRE: Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder and Director of Rent The Runway

Jennifer Fleiss

Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder and Director of Rent The Runway and Yale College alumna, Class of 2005, will speak at Tsai CITY as part of the Yale INSPIRE speaker series in partnership with the Yale Entrepreneurial Society. Jenniffer will discuss her time at Yale, her journey as an entrepreneur and innovator, and her work with Rent The Runway.

*Refreshments will be served after the talk.


About Jennifer Fleiss

Jenny is a Partner at Initialized Capital focused on seed-stage investing with a focus on e-commerce enablement, consumer and AI. Jenny is an entrepreneur and intrapreneur, founding two scaled digitally native businesses from scratch: Rent the Runway and Jetblack. Jetblack was the first portfolio company within Walmart’s technology incubator, disrupting traditional e-commerce with a personal shopping service over text message and voice.  Previously, Jenny Co-Founded Rent the Runway, a business that has transformed the retail industry by making designer clothing rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women. Jenny is on the board of Rent the Runway (RENT), The Lanvin Group (LANV), Shutterfly, and Yale Ventures and is an adviser to and investor in various businesses, many with female founders. Jenny 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.” She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated Cum Laude from Yale University. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and three children.