The Broadsheet: February 17th

February 17, 2015, 12:48 PM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers. Since launching this newsletter in July, I have filled you all in on the career moves of powerful women in business. Today I am sharing some job news of my own: I’ll soon be joining LinkedIn as the New Economy editor based in San Francisco (click here for more details). As a reporter interested in how gender plays in business decisions, I can’t think of a better place for me to be than Silicon Valley, which seems to have become the discussion’s epicenter. Never fear: The Broadsheet will continue (details to come soon). It has been my privilege bringing this newsletter to your inbox every morning and I want to stay in touch: Follow me on LinkedIn by clicking on the blue button on top of this post and email me at Now on to today’s top stories.


 Obama talks women in STEM. In an interview with Re/Code's Kara Swisher, President Obama spoke about the importance of getting more American children -- particularly girls -- interested in STEM education. "It can’t just be a handful of kids. It’s got to be everybody," he said. Obama added that he has encouraged his own two daughters to learn to code, but he thinks "they got started a little bit late." Re/Code


 15% more. Following a year of massive vehicle recalls and an ignition-switch scandal that is responsible for at least 56 deaths, GM CEO Mary Barra will receive 15% more shares in the company than she was given in her first year on the job. Other top GM execs are getting restricted stock awards as well.  WSJ

 New look. Apple is beginning an entire retail store redesign that will be led by Angela Ahrendts, the company's SVP of retail and online stores, and head product designer Jony Ive.  Re/Code

 Watch out, SherylMika Brzezinski, the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, is taking the message of her best-selling book, Knowing Your Value, on the road via a series of live events across the U.S. She's looking to build a national movement to advise ordinary women about how to succeed. Watch out, Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg.  Fortune

 GSK shakeup. Deirdre Connelly, GlaxoSmithKline's president of North America pharmaceuticals, is stepping down. Connelly will retire as GSK's U.S. drug sales continue to decline. After six years in the post, she will be replaced immediately by one of her deputies, Jack Bailey.  Bloomberg

 A first in Oregon. Kate Brown will be sworn in this Wednesday as Oregon's next governor and America's first openly bisexual governor. WaPo

'Assume nothing.' Nasdaq president Adena Friedman writes for Fortune's MPW Insider network that women have a unique ability to change Wall Street because they often can balance risk-taking with risk mitigation. "Assume nothing, question everything, and open your eyes to all possible opportunities. Frankly, this advice will help you succeed on Wall Street or anywhere else," she says.  Fortune

Men write the rules. Joanne Kim, CEO of CBB Bank in Los Angeles, said that, in the banking industry, "the rules — if there are any — are set by guys." She got to the top by establishing herself as an effective banker and biting her tongue when inevitably falling victim to sexist jokes.  LATimes

 MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Poppy Harlow, a New York-based correspondent for CNN, is now anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend.

 Correction: Tuesday's Broadsheet misidentified the CEO of HP. Of course she is Meg Whitman.


A fresh Weekend Update. Saturday Night Live recently celebrated forty years of comedy with a star-studded anniversary special. The show's Weekend Update sketch featured Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Jane Curtin as anchors, plus Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy as guests. Perhaps one of these women could take over Jon Stewart's spot on The Daily Show?  Time

Same problems. Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) told The New York Times that there is a camaraderie among the women in Congress, joking that they "all suffer from the same problems: shoe problems, hair problems and, depending where you come from, it’s either really cold or it’s going to be too hot." NYTimes

 Taylor gets snapped? Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat, is considering buying Big Machine, the music label that's home to Taylor Swift.  NYPost

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A Fifty Shades of Grey think piece roundup  Slate

The one word that will boost your career  Fortune

The case for diversity in financial planning  WSJ

What actually makes people trust you  Fast Company

How 3 married couples run businesses together  Bizwomen


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Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter who authored 1960s hits like <em>You Don't Own Me</em>, died yesterday at the age of 68.