Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The final day of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit brought scoops and exclusive interviews: Ivanka Trump dished on her dad’s presidential run, Attorney General Loretta Lynch detailed a new strategy to clamp down on corporate crime, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman admitted her mistakes during the Ebola panic. Plus: a riveting—and critical—look at Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos. Enjoy your Thursday.
• Ivanka: It’s complicated. Is Ivanka Trump happy that her father is running for president? “That’s a complicated question,” she told Fortune‘s Pattie Sellers at the Most Powerful Women Summit on Wednesday. Revealing how she feels about her father’s presidential run, the retail entrepreneur (who also is EVP of her dad’s real estate company) made clear that she’s not loving the scrutiny of her family, but she’s proud of how he’s dominating the Republican race: “Politicians have been talking but have not taken a lot of action,” she said. “My dad is known for action and he’s actually addressing the real issues ahead. He’s unguarded with his opinion.”
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• Snyderman’s scars. Former NBC chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman found herself to be public enemy No. 1 when she returned from Liberia late last year, after covering the Ebola outbreak. “People wanted me dead,” said Snyderman, speaking in a public forum for the first time about her ordeal—during a session about resilience at the Fortune Summit. She explained the mistakes she made when she violated her voluntary quarantine, adding that the pain of her struggle lingers.
• Hillary jilts Joe? Hillary Clinton is so dominating the conversation following Tuesday’s Democratic debate that it’s now unlikely that Joe Biden will enter the race. That’s the view of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, who spoke at the MPW Summit on Wednesday.
• Lynch’s tough new plan. Six months into her job as U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch is pushing a new approach to hold corporate criminals accountable. In a rare sit-down interview, she explained to Fortune‘s Nina Easton that her office plans to go after individuals who actually committed the wrongdoing—rather than settle for fall guys or big fines from malfeasant companies.
• Power point on Iran. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, told MPW Summit attendees that the long-range missile tests Iran conducted over the weekend likely violated an international ban. Nonetheless, the international community will move forward on its landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
• Slaughter’s crusade. “Those guys are breaking the mold for men,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter about stay-at-home dads. The author of the recently released Unfinished Business used her role at the MPW Summit to continue her campaign for paid maternity and paternity leave nationwide.
• Evolve—or else. What does a company need to do to stay relevant? Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert offered the Fortune Summit audience five tips. Our favorite? Hire more women.
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• Testing Theranos. Theranos, the $9 billion blood-testing startup founded and run by Elizabeth Holmes, may be misleading patients—and investors. An investigation by the Wall Street Journal reveals that the company does just a fraction of its tests using its own device and questions the accuracy of Theranos’ test results.
• Barra’s appeal to girls. General Motors CEO Mary Barra writes about mentoring high school students—all young women interested in STEM—during a session at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Her advice to the MPW-to-be: “Start by assuming goodness—that men and women will be treated the same. However, accept nothing less than being treated well.”
• Women give to women. Only about 30% of big political donors are women. But of the few members of Congress who receive more than half their contributions from female donors, all are women (and Democrats). Hillary Clinton is a major beneficiary.
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• Go, GoDaddy. According to an internal salary audit of web hosting company GoDaddy, the company’s female employees are actually paid slightly more than their male counterparts.
• New look. Birchbox has launched an in-house makeup line called LOC (Love of Color). Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp sees the product line as an extension of her startup’s core business: giving customers the freedom to test-drive each season’s beauty trends.
• Draft (in)equality. With most branches of the military now expected to allow women to serve in combat roles, women may eventually be required to register for the draft, according to Army Secretary John McHugh.
• Dems on parental leave. A roundup of the Democratic presidential candidates’ stances on parental leave finds that Bernie Sanders would likely support the most generous paid leave policy.
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|I'm a female executive at (Donald Trump's) company, and I wouldn't be here if he didn't believe in equality for women.|
|-- Ivanka Trump, EVP of The Trump Organization, speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit|