Good morning Broadsheet readers. The inaugural Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit got off to a great start last night with a riveting talk from Mellody Hobson on race and gender in the workplace. Today, starting at 8:45 a.m. PST, you can watch the event live by clicking here and follow along on Twitter with #FortuneMPW. I hope you have a great Wednesday!
• No more apologies. Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and a board member with such companies as Starbucks and Estée Lauder, shared at MPW Next Gen the decade-old moment she stopped tiptoeing around who she really is. “If you are a person of color it’s hard to explain what we deal with on day-to-day basis,” she said. “I’ve been apologizing for being a woman. I’ve been apologizing about being black. Today it stops.” Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Nancy Snyderman’s big return. The chief medical editor for NBC News will be back on TV today, more than a month after breaking a voluntary Ebola-related quarantine. NBC executives reportedly were torn about whether to put Snyderman back on the air or fire her. Fortune
• How the real Piper Kerman got through prison. The Orange is the New Black author said at MPW Next Gen that relationships with fellow prisoners were essential to her survival. What stuck with her the most was “the incredible ability of women to step up for each other, and to be resilient and to share their resiliency with other people.” Fortune
• A self-made heiress. When Charlene de Carvalho inherited control of Heineken at 47 years-old, she was a stay-at-home mom with five kids and no business education. Thirteen years later, she has helped Heineken remain independent in a rapidly-consolidating beer market, with an impressive $43 billion market cap. You’ve probably never heard of de Carvalho because she had never spoken to the media before sharing her story with Fortune’s Pattie Sellers. A must read. Fortune
• ‘Silicon Valley’s Martha Stewart’ nabs media exec. Emily Smith, a former exec with Tribune Publishing and Disney, has joined Brit + Co as president. Expect a deeper focus on the three Cs: Content, commerce and community. Fortune
• Out the fast lane. Andrea Stanford, one of One Kings Lane’s longest-serving executives, abruptly left the online furniture seller. Re/Code
The moment Sallie Krawcheck got hooked on social
To be sure, Krawcheck added that leaving Wall Street helped her build her own brand as opposed to focusing on company culture. Yet building an audience on social media has been essential to her ability to become a great networker, she said.
“Know your company, know what the culture is and align to that culture. If you can’t align to that culture, get yourself out of there,” she said. “Networking is the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business.”
What social media platform is the best for networking? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Plus-size funding. Eloquii Design Inc., a clothing company focused on plus-size and trendy women, just secured $6 million in Series A funds. “They are tremendously underserved,” says Greycroft Partners principal Ellie Wheeler of Eloquii’s target demo. WSJ
• Martha’s baristas? Martha Stewart reportedly is preparing to open her first namesake cafe in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. AdAge
• A win for women in comedy. Parenthood’s Lauren Graham will co-write and star in an upcoming sitcom on NBC produced by Ellen Degeneres. The show’s premise will touch on the lack of gender diversity in late-night network TV. Deadline
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Can you really be friends with your boss? HBR
The week that I came home from prison, I started work at a marketing firm that was mostly dudes. I've got to say, it was a little refreshing.<em>Orange is the New Black</em> author Piper Kerman jokes about the refreshing change in gender diversity at her first job after leaving women's prison.