Uber well-rounded

By Kristen Bellstrom
May 23, 2017

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Ivanka Trump’s paid leave policy will soon be put to the test, women are in the driver’s seat in the auto industry, and Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky shares how having female editors shaped his new book on Uber. Have a terrific Tuesday.


EVERYONE'S TALKING

• Uber well-rounded. Fortune‘s Adam Lashinsky shares a tale this morning about the way diverse perspectives can deepen and improve our work. He writes that when he first turned in the manuscript for his new book, Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for Domination (out today!), he felt like the text adequately addressed Uber’s complicated relationship with women. But his editors, Stephanie Frerich and Merry Sun, disagreed. According to Adam: “As young women who take taxis, Ubers, and the like in New York City, they pushed me to consider another perspective—that many women fear getting into an Uber.”

So he went back to work, expanding that section of the book and adding the chilling experience of Boston.com writer Allison Pohle, whose Uber driver propositioned her while they sat inside his locked car. Not only did the revision add perspective, says Adam, but when former Uber engineer Susan Fowler dropped her bombshell accusations about sexism at the company, he had a meaty place to insert her story.

To read how Adam—with the help of his editors—ultimately tackled this portion of his book, click here:  Fortune


ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Policy pipe dream? The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman calls the official reveal of Ivanka Trump’s $25-billion federal paid parental leave plan—expected today—the first daughter’s “first real political risk” and weighs the chances that the proposal will gain support from a conservative House majority hostile to any new government mandates. New York Times

• A tale of two carmakers. Mary Barra became CEO of GM just six months before Mark Fields took the top job at Ford—and both chiefs have seen their stock price languish. But while Fields was ousted from Ford on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports that Barra “continues to enjoy broad support from GM’s board and presides over a unified executive team.” WSJ

• Upward mobility. In related news, James Hackett was named as Ford’s new CEO—and Marcy Klevorn will take over his former duties as head of the automaker’s smart mobility unit. Klevorn has been at Ford since 1983 and rose to become the company’s first female CIO in 2015. Fast Company

• Puny punishment. After John Joseph Boswell pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting a maid in his D.C. hotel room, Judge Michael Ryan ordered him to pay $50 into the crime victims compensation fund. Boswell, who was in Washington for Donald Trump’s inauguration, is the CEO of wine-and-whiskey barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Company and a millionaire. Infuriatingly, such assaults aren’t rare: About half of hotel employees say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a guest, according to union surveys. And many incidents go unreported because the housekeepers—often immigrants or women of color—fear losing their jobs. Washington Post

• Fearless women. Fortune‘s Annalyn Kurtz talks to a group of top women from State Street Global Advisors—the firm behind the Fearless Girl statue—about the state of gender diversity in their own company and in the financial industry as a whole.  Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Nordstrom has appointed TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot to its board. Barnard College has hired Sian Beilock to be its next president. She is currently executive vice provost at the University of Chicago. Longtime ABC executive Jana Winograde has joined Showtime, where she will serve in the newly created role of president of West Coast business operations.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Sundays with Megyn. NBC sources have revealed that Megyn Kelly’s new show, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, will debut on the station June 4th at 7 p.m.  Fortune

• Three more. Roger Ailes may be gone, but the drama at Fox News continues: The network has been hit with three more discrimination lawsuits. Kathleen Lee, a shift editor at Fox News Radio; Naima Farrow, a former accounts payable coordinator; and Vidya Mann, a former accounts receivables specialist, have joined the 20 other current and former Fox employees represented by New York employment law firm Wigdor LLP.  Bloomberg

• Merch maven. Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is tasked with helping her studio make up for dropping ticket sales by coming up with irresistible movie-themed toys, clothes and home décor. It seems to be working: Last year, her unit’s profit increased 47% compared with 2015. New York Times

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ON MY RADAR

Afghan magazine, a sisterhood of ideas, hopes to counter men’s sway New York Times

Mothers are paid less than fathers in every state and at every education level  New York Magazine

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix  EW

Billy Bush on the Access Hollywood Trump tape: ‘I wished I’d changed the topic’  Fortune


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