Friday founder Night

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Leslie Voorhees Means, CEO & Co-Founder, Anomalie

Leslie Voorhees Means is the CEO and Co-founder of Anomalie, the first direct-to-consumer custom wedding dress company. Founded in December 2016, Anomalie's vertically integrated supply chain can create dresses to fit all styles, sizes, and budgets, and is currently serving thousands of brides across the country. Prior to founding Anomalie, Leslie managed international manufacturing engineering and supply chain operations at NIKE in the Sportswear and Running Footwear teams, and at Apple, launching the Apple Watch 2. Leslie received a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 2008 and her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015.

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Maggie Winter, Co-Founder & CEO, AYR

Maggie Winter is the Co-Founder and CEO of digitally-native womenswear brand AYR.  AYR, which stands for All Year Round, launched online in 2014 as a collection of elevated essentials in the affordable luxury space. It was originally incubated by Bonobos, one of the first digitally-native consumer brands of the 21st Century. AYR capitalized on Bonobos’ infrastructure and belongs to the new wave of digital retailers.

AYR is based in New York City. It is guided by a new philosophy of considered consumption. The company produces season-less products and sells direct-to-consumer. AYR’s mission is to make women feel confident through clothing.

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Kit Hickey, Co-Founder Ministry of Supply

Kit is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kit is co-founder of Ministry of Supply, which is a pioneer in fashion’s performance-professional category. The company uses technology and advanced manufacturing to reinvent what people wear to work. As Chief Retail Officer, Kit spearheaded the company’s expansion into retail, opened 10 stores, managed a team of 50, and conceptualized and developed the company’s revolutionary 3-D print-knit experience. In this innovative store experience, customers could design and create blazers on demand, which are then 3-D printed in the retail store, changing the conversation on traditional retail supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, and customer experience.