Ladies of London
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Uber’s chief may take a forced leave of absence, Ivanka Trump is on damage control duty, and our Most Powerful Women community gathers in London. Have a great Monday.
• Ivanka’s other job. On Saturday, Ivanka Trump announced that this coming week will be “workforce development week,” an initiative being read by some as an attempt to draw attention away from Comeygate.
The week will kick off with Ivanka and her dad traveling to a community college in Waukesha, Wisc. Then, on Wednesday, she will lead a discussion at the White House with a group of 15 CEOs on the topic of workforce development. Meanwhile, President Trump will talk about actions the administration can take to further its goals to close the skills gap. The next day, the two will hold another round table discussion at the White House, this time with governors who have made progress on jobs retraining in their states.
That Ivanka is stepping into the spotlight during a contentious time in the Trump presidency follows an already well-worn White House playbook. She introduced her father on stage at the Republican National Convention at a moment when he desperately needed to appeal to female voters. She conducted interview after interview in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape. Now, it seems that she’s on damage-control duty once again. Vanity Fair
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Ladies of London. Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women International Summit kicks off in the U.K. capital this afternoon. Among those scheduled to appear today: Lloyd’s of London CEO Inga Beale, Tamara Mellon Brand co-founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, Heineken heir and board member Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, and super model Naomi Campbell. Fortune
• Not-so-sweet 16. Only 16 Fortune 500 companies share detailed demographic information about their employees, but from the data that is available, we know that 80% of high-ranking executives are men and 72% of those men are white. While the workforce of 16 companies isn’t necessarily a predictor of the other 484, the numbers never the less paint a pretty bleak picture. Fortune
• Uber shuffles. Three pieces of news about Uber over the weekend: (1) The board met on Sunday discuss a leave of absence for CEO Travis Kalanick (2) Kalanick’s right-hand man, chief business officer Emil Michael, is planning to resign as soon as today and (3) Nestlé SA executive Wan Ling Martello is joining the company as a director (the third female hire in a week).
• Bustos’ big moment. Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, the only Democratic Party leader from the Midwest, is helping her party craft a strategy to win the 24 House seats needed for a majority in 2018. Her advice: Don’t write off small towns or counties that have gone Republican for the last several elections. And perhaps more importantly: “Don’t talk down to anybody.” WSJ
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Megyn Kelly has hired legendary producer Jackie Levin to helm her new NBC morning show.
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network—an online community of prominent people in business and beyond—for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• Spice up your cover letter. “One of my biggest hiring pet peeves is when I see a cover letter so generic it could be sent to any company for any position,” writes Gina Argento, president and CEO of Broadway Stages. Don’t just talk about your experience; tell your prospective employer why you’re the ideal candidate for the role. Fortune
•No prima donnas. Tara Carraro, EVP and chief corporate affairs officer at Nestlé Waters North America, says that employees only focused on their own career advancement are toxic for companies. Steer clear of them, and find “the kind of players who recognize how to get the job done—no matter how big or small—with grace, humility, and care.” Fortune
• Banishing boys’ clubs. Room to Read CEO Erin Ganju remembers what it was like when male colleagues would get credit for her ideas just because they were part of the “boys’ club” at work. If this happens to you, or if you see it happen to other women, call it out, she says. Fortune
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Conway’s new Twitter account. A new Twitter account with the handle @KellyanneLeaks was created Thursday. Over the weekend, the mastermind behind it (reportedly a Politico source) has posted alleged quotes by the presidential counselor in which she mocks White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Legislative Director Marc Short. Slate
• State of the female-owned startup. The New York Times‘ Claire Cain Miller delves into two new studies on female entrepreneurship. One report, by the think tank Third Way, finds that just 36% of small businesses are owned by women, who are half as likely as male founders to employ anyone other than themselves. Another new paper by Harvard researchers honed in on tech specifically, finding that fewer than 10% of startups in that industry are owned by women. New York Times
• Women of Google. Google is a bright spot for gender diversity in tech; women make up nearly half of the company’s 13-person management team. The women at the top are: SVP and CFO Ruth Porat, SVP of Google Cloud Diane Greene, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, global communications SVP Jessica Powell, SVP of global marketing Lorraine Twohill, and SVP of Geo, Local and Maps Jen Fitzpatrick. Business Insider
• Why you’ve got nothing to wear. This story goes deep into the age-old dilemma of having a closet full of clothes yet nothing to wear. The problem, according to Quartz‘s Marc Bain, is that the line between what is and isn’t appropriate for the office continues to blur and traditional brands are no longer the ones calling the shots. He writes: “Workwear brands are in a difficult position. The retail market moves faster than ever. If they don’t keep up, they may miss out on attracting new customers. But change too much, and they risk alienating old ones.” Quartz
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