Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Hopefully like many of you, I am going on vacation for the next two weeks. Anne VanderMey, a reporter here at Fortune, will be writing the newsletter early next week, and you can follow her on Twitter here. The Broadsheet will go on vacation as well starting December 24th. Happy holidays to all, and on to today’s top stories.
• Help wanted. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is laying the groundwork and hiring staff for an “imminent” presidential campaign, people familiar with the matter told the National Journal. Fiorina, who would be a clear underdog for the Republican nomination, said earlier this year that “it would be great if we had female candidates—or candidate.” National Journal
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• It’s time for a female Stephen Colbert. TV’s King of Satire taped the final episode of The Colbert Report last night, and he will be replaced by comedian Larry Wilmore. It’s time to get a woman into a late-night spot because “funny ladies… are important not just because they are hilarious and smart, but because they make feminism palatable to a general public that, unfortunately, still thinks feminism is a word so dirty it should be banned,” writes Marcie Bianco for Policy Mic. Policy Mic
• She sees the future. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman has turned her 212-year-old charge into much more than a chemical company. Some $10 billion of its $36 billion in revenue comes from products that didn’t exist five years ago, Kullman told Fortune’s Alan Murray in a one-on-one discussion. Fortune
• The ring leaders. Nicole Feld, vice president of Feld Entertainment, is one of the three sisters who run day-to-day operations at the company behind Disney on Ice Presents Frozen. “We had to get extra ushers so they didn’t rush the performers,” Feld said about little girls crowding the stage after Princess Elsa lip-syncs Let It Go. Businessweek
• Under the covers. Christie Smith, regional managing director at Deloitte Consulting, spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet about the shocking number of employees who don’t share their true identity at work in order to fit in. “What we need in our organizations today are… emotionally mature leaders who have the capacity and the capability to have conversations across difference,” she said. TEDxBeaconStreet
• Fortune’s going LIVE. Today at 3pm EST, Leigh Gallagher will kick off Fortune’s live weekly show streamed on Fortune.com. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest, because I’ve never actually done this before,” Gallagher wrote in a piece previewing the program. Those who know Leigh understand that her nerves are for naught, and I hope that you all get a chance to tune in. Fortune
What’s a maternity coach?
In 2012, longtime Deutsche Bank employee Kathryn Burdett was promoted to head of diversity and inclusion for the Americas. A month later, the 38-year-old Smith College graduate found out she was pregnant with her first child.
“I was nervous about telling my manager that I was pregnant and nervous about what the bank itself would think,” Burdett said in an interview. “It ended up being a good conversation.”
Only 11% of private-industry workers have employer-paid family leave, but Burdett is one of the lucky few: Deutsche Bank offers 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Not only that, Deutsche Bank is one of a growing number of companies offering another perk: maternity coaches. Working with Talking Talent — a coaching and research firm committed to developing the female talent pipeline — employers like Deutsche Bank provide pregnant employees and their managers with coaches who advise them on what they can expect before, during and after maternity leave. Talking Talent also offers paternity coaching and has seen an uptick recently in requests for that service.
The coaching services offered vary by employer, with sessions ranging from five hours of group coaching to one-on-one coaching that lasts a full year. Burdett went through individual maternity coaching after finding out she was pregnant, and she said it had a huge impact on her ability to envision what her future life as a female executive and a mother would look like.
“So often we are forced to compartmentalize our lives,” she said. “At work, you are just about work. Maybe you talk about your family and friends and weekend plans, but you don’t have the space to talk about these different dynamics in your life. Maternity coaching allows you to do just that.”
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• More money, bigger gap. Among the 10 highest paying U.S. jobs, women earn 76 cents for every dollar that men earn. The Atlantic
• Mannequins making moves. Retailers are just starting to work with mannequins that can communicate electronically with your smartphone, in the hope that they will get you into the store. NYTimes
ON MY RADAR
Fortune’s 20 favorite books of 2014 Fortune
The best city in America for women entrepreneurs Inc
How a nuclear budget analyst became the Barefoot Contessa Vox
3 ways to hire (and keep) the best employees Fortune
25 things we learned from Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2014 Buzzfeed
How to pick your workplace battles WSJ
I don’t hire based on pedigree, I hire based on perspective. The best talent aren’t looking to show off their resume or polish their awards trophies in an interview. They want to demonstrate how they think, how they see the world, and prove how their perspective can help grow your business. When you invite that kind of meeting, you often get great ideas before they’re even hired. That’s the kind of person who will help future-proof your company.Karen Kaplan, chairman and CEO of advertising firm Hill Holliday, shares hiring tips with <em>Fortune.</em>