Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. We wrap up MPW Next Gen, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global goes live, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi is staying put as leader of the House Dems. Happy 1st of December!
• Jewel’s new jam. Singer-songwriter Jewel is best-known for her music. A multiplatinum artist, she’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. But the 42-year-old is ready for the next chapter. “I love music, but my energy isn’t there right now,” she said at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference in Laguna Nigel, Calif.
Her new focus is on entrepreneurship, or more specifically, JewelNeverBroken.com, a website she launched last month that is dedicated to inspiring emotional fitness. She has teamed up with Judson Brewer, one of the leading experts in mindfulness research, to help with her new venture. One of her biggest plans will be to work with companies to change corporate culture; she’s already working with the Zappos staff thanks to her connection with CEO Tony Hsieh.
NEWS FROM THE MPW NEXT GEN SUMMIT
• Burnishing a brand. Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer of WWE, told Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., yesterday what every brand can learn from the WWE. McMahon is a fourth-generation wrestling promoter and the most recent McMahon to rise through the ranks of the wrestling empire. The company now has $700 million in annual revenue and delivers content in 25 languages to fans in 180 countries.
• The power of parity. Katie Telford, chief of staff to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, told the Fortune confab that the PM’s move to name Canada’s first cabinet with gender parity at first raised ire. “Many people said this was an attack on meritocracy,” she said. “Then we announced who they were and they have not said that since.”
• Awaiting a verdict. Although the main focus of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer is on Steven Avery—a Wisconsin man unjustly imprisoned who was exonerated, only to be charged again—filmmakers and co-creators Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi said that the criminal justice system is really the one on trial. “We think we have the best system in the world,” Ricciardi told the Fortune audience. “But if you get pulled into it…it’ll be so clear what’s working and what’s not working.”
• Letting go of Gawker. Heather Dietrick, president of the Gizmodo Media Group at Univision—which eventually bought Gawker Media Group—talked about what it was like to tell the company’s employees over the summer that Gawker was filing for bankruptcy and would be put up for auction. “I had hundreds of terrified faces staring back at me,” she recounted on the Fortune stage.
• Sailing past gender barriers. Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a luxury cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean. Her on-sea counterpart, Capt. Kate McCue, is the first American woman to captain any mega-ship. The two trailblazers spoke on stage about how they’ve managed to make significant progress on gender equality at sea.
• Better than big bucks? Jennifer Berrent, general counsel and chief culture officer of WeWork, said that the best way she’s found to get her millennial-heavy workforce fired up is to recognize them for their work. “It’s not ‘everyone gets a trophy,’” she clarified. Instead, the company now offers a concrete reward that honors “hard work, a job well done.”
• Getting onboard. Veteran board members shared advice on the Fortune stage on how to land a private or public board seat. Their top tips: 1) Create a value proposition 2) Engage your network and business leaders and 3) Get experience speaking and presenting in front of your company’s board.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Sheryl shares her shares. Sheryl Sandberg is transferring $100 million of her Facebook stock holdings to a fund for charitable causes. The money is expected to go to grief support groups, anti-poverty charities, and organizations focused on empowering women. Sandberg also recently renamed her foundation the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Fund after her late husband.
• Arianna’s next avenue. Yesterday morning, Arianna Huffington officially launched her new venture, Thrive Global. The company is tapping into tools for promoting emotional and physical well-being in the workplace: training companies how to measure and promote employee wellness; serving as a new media hub for conversations about wellness; and selling a bunch of stuff designed to help people along that path—including sleep aids, meditation guides, and smartphone-silencing accessories.
• Pelosi stays put. House Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) as their leader yesterday despite the party’s disappointing performance in elections earlier this month. She has led the party since 2002.
• Where’s Elle Woods? New research indicates that female law students tend to go to lower-ranked schools, and fewer women are enrolled in the country’s most prestigious institutions. This could help explain why, despite the fact that half of law degrees are held by women, they hold fewer than 20% of partnerships at law firms.
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• From the court to the page. Tennis star Serena Williams wrote a poignant open letter about the barriers that still hold women athletes back. “People call me one of the ‘world’s greatest female athletes,'” she writes. “Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer?…We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.”
• Palin at 1600 Penn? Donald Trump is reportedly considering tapping former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as his secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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