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The Broadsheet: October 26th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina Zarya (@valzarya) here. A mostly female team saves Best Buy, Lululemon is back on track, and Hillary Clinton celebrates her birthday. Enjoy your Monday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

Women of Best Buy. Three years ago, Best Buy looked like it would go the way of its now-defunct competitors, Circuit City and CompUSA. But the electronics retailer ​has rebounded thanks to its largely female leadership team (women run operations accounting for 90% of total revenue). CFO Sharon McCollam, head of e-commerce Mary Lou Kelley, and U.S. retail president Shari Ballard are three women key to the electronic giant’s turnaround. Fortune

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

Carly’s convenient truths. The New York Times spoke to 25 of Carly Fiorina’s former Hewlett-Packard colleagues in an attempt to better understand her time as CEO of the company, which the paper calls her “biggest credential as a candidate.” The story reveals an executive determined to transform HP, who clashed with employees over the scale and pace of change. Meanwhile, TIME took a look at Fiorina’s campaign track record, noting that she has repeatedly been called out for stretching the truth. Yet, that doesn’t seem to bother voters. What matters to them is “her ability to make the case for the GOP and for herself.”

Lulu plays offense. Lululemon took a hit back in 2013, when founder Chip Wilson said that some women’s bodies don’t “work” for its clothes. Now, under the leadership of new CEO Laurent Potdevin, the Canada-based athletic retailer is moving from defense to offense with a two-pronged strategy: grow the men’s business and expand globally.  New York Times

Donna Karan 2.0. Earlier this year, Donna Karan stepped down from her eponymous fashion label and announced a new venture called Urban Zen. She spoke to Fortune about her career, the direction of fashion, and her recently released memoir, My Journey.  Fortune

Happy Birthday, Hillary. In this tongue-in-cheek editorial, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wishes Hillary Clinton a happy birthday, pointing out that “the [Democratic] debate, Joe Biden’s non-candidacy announcement and then the total meltdown of the Benghazi Committee” are the best presents Clinton could have hoped for. Plus, Bloomberg‘s Mark Halperin argues that Clinton is the most likely next president.

No end to Kirchnerismo. On Sunday, Argentines cast ballots in a presidential election after 12 years of rule by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband. But while Kirchner’s term is ending, her hold on the country is not. Her party’s candidate is widely seen as the front-runner, and one of her closest aides is his running mate. Her son and her economy minister are running for Congress, too. And if they don’t win, a new law prevents whoever replaces her from undoing one of her signature economic policies.  New York Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Martha Nelson, the former Time Inc. exec who in August joined Yahoo as SVP and global editor-in-chief, is now in charge of Yahoo’s overall media strategy.

MPW INSIDER MONDAYS

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.

Be like Tina. Kim Getty, president of Deutsch LA, says that leaders should try to be more like Tina Fey: vulnerable, relatable, and not afraid of making mistakes.  Fortune

• EQ > IQ. Intelligence is not all that’s required of a leader. Much more critical is the ability to connect with people on an emotional level, writes Dominique Jones, VP of human resources at Halogen.  Fortune

Think positively. After getting fired, it’s easy to start thinking negatively about yourself. Instead, take being let go as an opportunity to take stock of your strengths, and make a plan for improving on your weaknesses, says DeLisa Alexander, chief people officer at Red Hat. Fortune

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Desk to dinner. Clothing startup Of Mercer promises to help women with the impossible: looking cool at work. Now, the online company is opening its first brick-and-mortar store, which will double as a place for female entrepreneurs to network and hang out.  Fortune

Why AI needs women. The world of artificial intelligence is driven by men. As a result, “research has become very narrowly focused on solving technical problems and not on the big questions” that women typically ask, says Marie desJardins, a CS professor whose research focuses on machine learning and intelligent decision-making. Quartz

Meet rum’s first lady. Joy Spence of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is the spirit’s first female Master Blender—a title for those leading the creative efforts in the spirits industry. Fortune

Not-so-appetizing jobs. Women and minority workers often are pushed toward the worst jobs in the food industry, according to a new report from labor advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.  Fortune

• See them in Rio. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team has qualified for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, although its performance was “marred by uncharacteristic errors.” WSJ

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ON MY RADAR

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Hollywood diversity is a special effect Time

How British suffragettes radicalized American women  Time

The history of pantsuits shows why we care so much about female politicians’ style Quartz

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden: unlikely alliance of working fathers New York Times

QUOTE

I don’t want my girls to grow up saying, ‘Oh wow, yeah, she really worked hard, but I didn’t see her.’ I want them to be like, ‘I don’t know how the hell she was there for all those things, and she still worked!'

Actress Drew Barrymore, on prioritizing work and family