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Fran Hauser (Keynote)
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rent the Runway

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate. The Myth of the Nice Girl deconstructs the negative perception of “niceness” that many women struggle with in the business world and will resonate with smart, professional women who are looking for real advice to take their career to the next level.

Fran has held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and AOL. Now a startup investor who largely invests in female founders, Fran was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Women In Venture Capital to Watch in 2018.” Fran and The Myth of the Nice Girl have been featured on a wide range of outlets including NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, PEOPLE, Fortune, TIME, Fast Company, Oprah.com, Business Insider, Elle, and many more. She is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and writes a regular career advice column for Refinery29.