Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Airbnb’s executive team gets a second woman, a tweet puts the spotlight on L.L.Bean, and Ivanka Trump convenes a power posse for advice. Have a restful weekend.
• Guess who’s coming to dinner? Today’s big news comes to you via a special report from Pattie Sellers, executive director of Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summits:
One week ahead of Inauguration Day, Ivanka Trump is lining up allies to help her on the cause that she plans to focus on over the next four years of her father’s presidency: women’s economic empowerment. At a small, private—and until now, secret—dinner last evening, a very powerful group convened to give Ivanka advice. The gathering included IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Xerox chairman Ursula Burns, Tory Burch, Mika Brzezinski, Tina Brown, Christy Turlington Burns, Time editor Nancy Gibbs, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, National Urban League CEO Marc Morial, and Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell. Lured by Ivanka, Powell just announced that she’ll be leaving Goldman to take a White House job as assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives. Wendi Murdoch hosted the group at her Manhattan home. And I was there. Ivanka explained that she wanted to learn from the efforts of leaders in their fields. We talked about entrepreneurship, equal pay, paid leave, and a lot about where the Trump Administration may have the most opportunity: education. —Pattie Sellers
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Checking in to Airbnb. Fortune‘s Valentina Zarya has the exclusive on new Airbnb hire Beth Axelrod. Previously SVP of HR at eBay, Axelrod joins Airbnb as VP of employee of experience, bringing the total number of women on the 13-person leadership team to two. (The other is chief business affairs and legal officer Belinda Johnson.) She will oversee HR functions, with a strong focus on increasing diversity—or, as Axelrod puts it: “to create belonging everywhere.”
• A Bean boycott. After the news broke that L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean has run afoul of the FEC over contributions to a pro-Trump PAC she created, the purveyor of duck boots and plaid shirts is facing a boycott by a group that encourages shoppers to avoid retailers with ties to the president-elect and his family. Yesterday, Trump entered the fray by tweeting his thanks to Bean for raising money for him during the campaign and urged his followers to patronize the retailer. Whether the president-elect’s missive will help—or hurt—Bean’s empire remains to be seen.
• Dear Sasha and Malia. Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, daughters of President George W. Bush, penned a touching letter to Sasha and Malia Obama. The Bushes shared some words of encouragement (“Explore your passions. Learn who you are. Make mistakes—you are allowed to.”) and advised the Obamas to stay close to those they’ve gotten to know during their time at the White House. “We know it wasn’t always easy—the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks—but they put their lives on hold for us.”
• Clinton v. Comey continues. The Justice Department will open an investigation into FBI director James Comey to inform Congress about a new review in the Hillary Clinton email investigation—a move Clinton has said cost her the presidential election.
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• Courting history? Fortune‘s Jeff John Roberts reports that 7th Circuit judge Diane Sykes is currently the frontrunner to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
• Tune in! This week on Broad Strokes, Val and I discuss Ivanka Trump’s decision to leave her business, the appointment of Dina Powell, the pay gap on corporate boards, and the latest move from Ellen Pao.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Former Time Inc. EVP Evelyn Webster has been named interim CEO of Guardian US. Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley, who most recently covered Donald Trump, has been hired by Salesforce.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Mystery meeting. Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, was seen attending a meeting at Trump Tower as part of a surprise visit to New York. It’s unclear who she was there to see; incoming press secretary Sean Spicer says she was not scheduled to meet with the president-elect or anyone on his team.
• Behind the burger baron. A pair of new revelations about about secretary of labor nominee Andrew Puzder surfaced this week. It seems that his ex-wife, who’d previously walked back allegations of abuse she made against him in the ’80s, appeared in disguise on The Oprah Winfrey Show as an anonymous victim of domestic violence during that time. Meanwhile, a nonprofit workers’ rights group released a survey finding that 66% of women at CKE Restaurants—where Puzder is CEO—reported experiencing unwanted sexual behaviors at work (the rate for the industry overall is 40%).
• Healing pharma? More than 100 biopharma execs from companies such as Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson released an open letter at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference urging the industry to boost gender diversity. Last year at the same confab, a comms firm got into some serious hot water for throwing a party hosted by scantily-clad women intended to “entertain” the largely male crowd.
• Two thumbs down. A new study finds that just 7% of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2016 were directed by women—that’s down 2% from last year. Additionally, 35% of films employed either no women at all, or just one woman director, writer, producer, executive producer, editor, or cinematographer.
• Texting with TyTy. Do you need more emoji in your life? Of course you do! Luckily, Tyra Banks just launched TyTyMoji, so now you can smize (Banks speak for “smile with your eyes”) via text.
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