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The Broadsheet: September 14th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Saudi Arabia’s most powerful female CEO is promoting women en masse, Yahoo loses its top marketer, and one of Harvard’s boys’ clubs opens up. Plus, Fortune reveals the Most Powerful Women in International Business.


• MPW goes global. Fortune‘s lists of the Most Powerful Women in International Business are out. A full 19 countries are represented, with executives from China and the UK dominating the rankings. Chanda Kochhar, the CEO of India’s giant ICICI Bank, is No. 1 on the Asia-Pacific list, while Ana Botin, who heads Spain’s Banco Santander, tops the ranking of businesswomen in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


• Saudi sisterhood. When she joined her father’s Olayan Financing Co. in 1983, Lubna Olayan was the only woman employed by the Saudi Arabia-based conglomerate. Now, Olayan is CEO and leading a charge to bring Saudi women into the workforce. Fortune

Yet another ex-Yahoo exec. Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt, a close ally of CEO Marissa Mayer, is leaving after three years at the company. She’s one of a series of senior leaders to depart in recent months, which is cause for concern at the already-struggling tech company. Savitt will join STX Entertainment as president of digital content. Fortune

Business Buddhist. Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario has two goals—sell more outdoor apparel and help save the world. And those aims aren’t as disparate as they might seem. Fortune

• The good lifeAfter Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian and close friend Roberta Vinci in the US Open women’s singles final, Pennetta shocked Vinci—and the tennis world—by announcing her impending retirement. “Sometimes we are scared to take the decision because we don’t know what we like or what we are going to do after, how life is going to be,” Pennetta said. “But I think it’s going to be a pretty good life.”  New York Times

Clubs go coed—sort of. The Spee Club, one of Harvard’s all-male social clubs, has invited female students to join for the first time in its 163-year history. In related news, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Club still bars female performers, but a group of women is fighting to change that outdated policy.

Nashville’s new boss. Megan Berry, who is about to take office as Nashville’s first female mayor, is an outspoken advocate of abortion rights, same-sex marriage, a higher minimum wage…and along with such liberal cred, she’s seen as strongly pro-business. New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Gerri Elliott, former Chief Customer Officer of Juniper Networks, joined the board of Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software.


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

• Everyone’s a critic. Feedback is vital—but no one likes having their work torn apart. Val DiFebo, CEO of Deutsch New York, has five tips for giving effective, yet gentle, criticism.  Fortune

Raw material. Got a new idea to pitch to the team? Don’t wait. Letting your colleagues chime in when the concept is in its rawest form will help give everyone some ownership, says Jodi Cerretani, senior director of marketing at MobileDay Fortune

Perfecting the pitch. When it comes to selling yourself or your ideas, enthusiasm is key, says Kristin Kaufman, founder and president of Alignment, Inc. “If you believe your offering is the bees knees…let them see and feel that unbridled passion,” she writes.  Fortune


• She’s spacey. Mae Jemison was the first woman of color to travel into space. To mark the 23rd anniversary of her flight aboard the Endeavor shuttle, she spoke to Fortune about what its like to be an African-American woman in STEM, how we can encourage more girls to follow in her footsteps, and why she’d be first in line for a trip to Mars. Fortune

Better late than never. Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage last night—this time as a judge. Miss American CEO Sam Haskell took the opportunity to offer Williams a public apology for the way the organization treated her in the wake of a nude photo scandal.  CNN

Calling it. Eva Asderaki-Moore of Greece served as chair umpire for yesterday’s Federer-Djokovic match—a first for a woman at a US Open men’s final.  USA Today

• Finding fierceness. Former Gates Foundation CEO Patty Stonesifer is now the CEO of Martha’s Table, which provides of food and clothing for low-income people in Washington, D.C. Here she talks about what she learned growing up with eight siblings, how she measures the fierceness of potential hires, and why she thinks “zigzagging” is a good career strategy. New York Times

• Will she or won’t she? International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde says she hasn’t decided whether she will seek a second five-year term after her current term expires next May. Bloomberg

• One goal, two theories. Harvard law professor Janet Halley and University of Michigan law professor Catharine MacKinnon have represented opposing poles of feminist thought for decades. Now, the focus on preventing sexual assault on campus has once again brought their conflicting ideologies to the fore. New York Times

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Female soldiers post photos of themselves breastfeeding in uniform  Time

This designer sends real women down the runway at New York Fashion Week  Fortune

OITNB’s Poussey is the new face of Christian Siriano  Racked

These women turn the cliché of the drunk writer on its head  The New Republic


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