The Broadsheet: May 14

May 14, 2015, 11:48 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The woman behind Kate Middleton’s maternity style is coming stateside, Frontline gets a new boss, and Tyra Banks is investing in a women-founded career advice startup. Plus, Ellen Kullman won her battle against activist investors–but can she win the war? Have a great Thursday.


Kullman wins, and now what? DuPont shareholders yesterday voted to re-elect all of the company’s board members, ending a four-month proxy battle with activist investor Nelson Peltz. However, CEO Ellen Kullman's headaches aren't over yet, according Fortune's Stephen Gandel, who says she must now improve profits or face other activist challenges in the future. Fortune


Sad news. Rachel Jacobs, CEO of Philadelphia online learning startup ApprenNet, was killed in Tuesday's Amtrak train crash. Jacobs was hired by the company this spring, and was still commuting back and forth from her home in New York City. Our thoughts are with her family. CNNMoney

Maternity á la mode. Meet Cecile Reinaud, the woman responsible for some of Kate Middleton's most enviable pregnancy looks. Reinaud's maternity wear line, which is surprisingly affordable for a brand that made its name dressing celebs, is now making a push into the U.S. Fortune

 Venturing forward. Aspect Venture Partners, the VC firm formed last year by Jennifer Fonstat (previously a partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and Theresia Gouw (previously a partner at Accel Partners), has closed its debut fund with $150 million in capital commitments. Fortune

 No more sausage. The teaser for former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee's new late-night show is a not-so-thinly veiled jab at late night's male domination. It's hilarious. Take a minute to watch. Time

Woman at the front. PBS documentary series Frontline is undergoing a leadership shakeup for the first time in its 32-year history. Founding executive producer David Fanning is stepping down, and Raney Aronson, who joined the show in 2001, is moving into the top job.  New York Times

 A model deal. The Muse, a women-founded website that offers career advice to millennials, just raised $10 million in venture capital. Not so unusual--until you consider that the money came largely from female investors, including model Tyra Banks. Fortune

A big move. Rachel Whetstone, longtime head of Google’s public policy and communications unit, is moving to Uber as SVP of policy and communications. Whetstone will replace David Plouffe, the former President Obama advisor, who will now serve as Uber's chief advisor. Whetstone's arrival is the latest hint that the ride hailing company may have an IPO in its future. Fortune

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Fort Point Capital promoted Christina Pai to partner. Saguna Malhotra will join Adams Street Partners as a partner. She was a managing director of private equity at Stanford Management Company, which manages the university's endowment. SVB Financial Group has appointed Mary John Miller, former under secretary for domestic finance for the U.S. Treasury, to its board of directors.


 Pushing for possibility. Joyus founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy writes at Re/Code that she believes there's been too much emphasis on the negative aspects of being a woman in tech. Using the hashtag #ChoosePossibility, she urges more female entrepreneurs to enter the industry and share their experiences.  Re/Code

The dish on Danica. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tells Fortune that the company cut ties with NASCAR driver Danica Patrick for financial reasons. GoDaddy will redeploy those "marketing costs in ways that we think are more effective for us as a business." Fortune

 Devoted to droids. Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics, has been building robots almost her entire life. Now, after her earlier startup was shut down just as it was preparing to ship its first robot, she is on the brink of achieving her dream.  Medium

Historical Yoko. This video provides a peek inside Yoko Ono's new retrospective at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. Rolling Stone

 The play's the thing. Mimi O’Donnell, life partner of deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, is back at work as artistic director of the Labyrinth Theater Co., where she and Hoffman first met. In this NY Times interview, O'Donnell talks about how theater is helping her cope with her grief over Hoffman's fatal overdose. New York Times

 Gender card. Ruth Marcus argues that Carly Fiorina is unqualified to run for president and that her candidacy is being taken seriously only because she's a woman.   Washington Post

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At nail salons, questioning a beauty rite  New York Times

The risk of crying sexism  Bloomberg

One woman's struggle to survive "too much vacation" in France  NPR

Here's Hillary Clinton in a 1978 Bill Clinton campaign ad  Buzzfeed

Sorry Sex and the City fans, that's not Sarah Jessica Parker filming   E! Online


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