Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview draws critics, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company settles its second lawsuit in a week, and Fortune’s MPW International Summit heads into day 2 in London.
• Swinging London. Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women International Summit got off to a roaring start yesterday. A few highlights:
Naomi Campbell told the London Summit audience about convincing Donald Trump to contribute to Fashion for Relief, her charity fashion show, by telling him how much other bigwigs had pitched in. (“I know something about ego,” said the super model.) On a more serious note, she also talked about her struggles with addiction and her decision to take the Mirror to court after the tabloid exposed that she was in treatment for drug use (she won).
Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon said she felt compelled to leave the iconic luxury shoe brand because she was “just burnt out” and felt like she was “selling my soul.” A big reason she went on to start her own brand, she told the audience, was to prove “that Jimmy Choo wasn’t an accident.”
Notoriously press-shy beer heiress Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken recalled having just days to take on a leadership role at the family business after her father’s death—and shared details of her succession planning.
The London Summit continues today, with on-stage appearances by Director General of the Confederation of British Industry Carolyn Fairbairn, Facebook EMEA VP Nicola Mendelsohn, singer and activist Annie Lennox, and a host of other headline-making women.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Number two taps out. As expected, Emil Michael, Uber’s SVP for business and Travis Kalanick’s second in command, left the company yesterday. His departure was apparently recommended by the Eric Holder-led report on the massive cultural problems at the startup. No update yet on whether Kalanick will be forced into a leave of absence while he quietly amasses even more control than entrepreneurs typically enjoy at their start-ups. As the dominoes continue to fall, it’s worth considering the headline of this story by Pando’s Sarah Lacy: “Susan Fowler Did This.”
• Kelly’s shine theory. Megyn Kelly is in the hot seat over her upcoming interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones. Some are criticizing Kelly for giving a platform to a conspiracy theorist who has called the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax. The NBC host defended the segment, noting that Infowars has been given a White House press credential and that “our job is 2 shine a light.” Most advertisers have remained quiet—with the exception of J.P. Morgan Chase, which has asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from all NBC news programming until after the show airs.
• A big promise. Fortune‘s Ellen McGirt has the scoop on a new CEO-led alliance that is the largest-ever commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Some 175 companies have signed on, including Walmart, Target, HP, Cisco, and PwC, whose U.S. chairman Tim Ryan first proposed the idea.
• Honestly! Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has settled a lawsuit in New York claiming that it fraudulently labeled dozens of home and personal care products as natural, plant-based or chemical-free. The accord comes just one week after Honest reached a $1.55 million settlement in a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming it sold cleaners containing a skin irritant it had pledged to avoid.
• Going for a run. This Politico investigation digs into one of the biggest reasons why women haven’t achieved parity in politics—they “don’t want the job”—and asks whether, in the wake of President Trump’s election, that might soon change.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Wieden & Kennedy has promoted Susan Hoffman to co-chief creative officer, alongside Colleen DeCourcy. The Associated Press named Julie Pace, formerly the AP’s White House correspondent, as its White House bureau chief.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Meet Manning. In this interview, the first in-person, in-depth one she has given since her release, Chelsea Manning talks about why she leaked that massive cache of classified information and what her life has been like since.
New York Times
• The other 500. Since 2014, the H&M Foundation has donated a total of $14 million to Care, an NGO, to provide assistance—including seed capital and skills training—to female entrepreneurs in developing countries. Now, the Foundation has released a list of 500 impressive women who were helped by the program.
• The art of justice. Art collector and patron Agnes Gund sold her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” for a breathtaking $165 million—and has used $100 million of that money to create the Art for Justice Fund, which will support criminal justice reform and seek to reduce mass incarceration in the U.S.
New York Times
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