Good morning, Broadsheet readers! I’m Leigh Gallagher, Fortune assistant managing editor and co-chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women, and now it’s my turn to sub for Kristen Bellstrom, who’s still on vacation (and we can only hope is at a tapas bar in Barcelona). This is a packed day: Intel launches a diversity-focused venture fund, McDonald’s gets a new global CMO, and it’s not just Caitlyn—transgender will be all over TV this summer. Read on—and while I have you, be sure to tune in to Fortune Live, our weekly video show on Fortune.com, each Friday at 3pm, hosted by yours truly. Enjoy your Wednesday!
• All hail Mr. Soldana. Actress Zoe Saldana reveals in the latest issue of InStyle that her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego, took her name after the two secretly married in 2013—even though Saldana tried to talk him out of it, fearing he’d be emasculated by artists, Latin men, and others. His response, according to Saldana: “Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a sheet.” The magazine cover is Saldana’s first since giving birth to twins last fall.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Thanks but no thanks: GM CEO Mary Barra says she has no interest in a merger with Fiat Chrysler, despite some public wooing from Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne.
• How Huma became Huma. In the latest installment in her excellent series on the women behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Fortune MPW co-chair Nina Easton chronicles how longtime Clinton advisor and campaign vice chair Huma Abedin became the former Secretary of State’s confidante and “‘translator,” not to mention a master of the “velvet no.”
• Intel’s $125 million diversity push. Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s venture arm, launched a $125 million “Diversity Fund” to invest in companies run by women or underrepresented minorities. For my conversation with Intel president Renee James about the fund and more, tune into Fortune Live this Friday.
• McDonald’s marketing makeover. The beleaguered burger giant has named Silvia Lagnado global CMO, a role that’s been vacant since Mary Dillon left in 2010. Lagnado previously was global CMO of Bacardi, following 20-plus years at Unilever.
• Blythe Danner to play Ruth Madoff. The actress will play the wife of Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff in an ABC miniseries to air next year. (Richard Dreyfuss will star as her swindling husband.)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former Juniper Networks EVP Gerri Elliott has launched Broadrooms, a website for executive women who serve—or want to serve—on corporate boards. (Elliott says that 54% of Fortune 500 companies are actively looking for female board members, and 27% of board seats will likely change hands in the next five years, teeing up opportunity.) Susan Credele, who was chief creative officer of Leo Burnett U.S., is FCB’s new global chief creative officer. And vision care conglomerate VSP Global named its CMO, Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care, the largest U.S. provider of vision insurance.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Take this job and... Linda Addison, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright, has advice for the female lawyers who said in a recent American Lawyer study that they’re treated like assistants.
• Designing women. Doreen Lorenzo, former president of Quirky and design firm Frog, has launched a new column in Fast Company that each month profiles a different woman in design. First up: Katie Dill, head of “experience design” at Airbnb.
• The problem with a big “back end.” Oscar-winning actress and producer Frances McDormand talks to The Hollywood Reporter about sexism and gender discrimination in entertainment. Don’t miss the short clip on the pay gap.
The Hollywood Reporter
• Women and the Fortune 500. I talk with Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers and Geoff Colvin about the number 24—the total number of women CEOs of the 2015 Fortune 500—on Fortune Live.
• Getting past getting fired. Fox News anchor, Stanford grad/violin prodigy and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson offers advice and solace from the humiliation of getting fired earlier in her career. (Note: This is a repost from yesterday, with a working link.)
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ON MY RADAR
|Women are still only 5% of the Fortune 500 CEOs, but some of these are very prominent companies... where, if we can just be frank, 'guys' were always supposed to run those companies. I mean, those are 'guy' businesses in the popular imagination, but well, no, they're not and there are women running them.|
| -- Geoff Colvin, |