The Broadsheet: October 28th

October 28, 2015, 11:40 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! A leadership conference gives new meaning to the term “inappropriate,” the FDA contradicts Elizabeth Holmes, and Carly Fiorina—who will appear in the third GOP debate tonight—swears she’s not booking paid speaking gigs. Enjoy your Wednesday.


 Naked networking? The Young Presidents' Organization booked strong female speakers like Carly Fiorina and mountaineer Alison Levine for a leadership and networking conference earlier this month. So why did some of the "entertainment" consist of near-naked women? Fortune


 FDA vs. Theranos. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released inspection reports declaring the container that Theranos uses to collect finger-pricked blood an “uncleared medical device." The reports also indicate that the FDA pressured Theranos to stop using the vials for all but one of its blood tests. This appears to conflict with founder-CEO Elizabeth Holmes' claim that her startup reduced its use of the "nanotainers" voluntarily. WSJ

 Investigating IBM. The SEC is investigating IBM, led by CEO Ginni Rometty, over how it recorded revenue on certain deals in the U.S., Britain and Ireland. Both Rometty and Holmes will be at Fortune Global Forum, which takes place Nov. 2 to 4 in San Francisco. Fortune

Pre-debate distraction. Carly Fiorina is denying reports—sparked by an email from a speakers bureau advertising her “limited availability” amid a crammed campaign calendar—that she is booking paid speaking gigs while running for president. Fortune

 Calling off the game. SXSW, the popular gathering for tech and media entrepreneurs, has cancelled two panels on videogame culture—both of which would likely have discussed harassment of female gamers—because of threats of violence. The backlash has already begun. WSJ

 Win some, lose some. General Motors, led by CEO Mary Barra, is recalling 1.4 million vehicles that could catch fire due to oil dripping on hot engines. The negative announcement comes on the heels of cheerier one: GM is giving its U.S. factory workers raises for the first time in nearly a decade.

 Bravo, Abby! Abby Wambach, international soccer's all-time leading scorer, announced her pending retirement. Her last game will be against China on Dec. 16 in New Orleans, the final stop on Team USA’s World Cup victory tour. Time

 Warren's wisdom. In today's video from the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett talks with Fortune's Carol Loomis about Hillary Clinton's presidential chances, his "zero" desire to join activist investors, and his outlook on the American economy. YouTube

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Kate Lanphear will exit on Nov. 13 as editor-in-chief of Maxim, roughly one year after she took the job.


Serena gets Wired. Serena Williams will guest edit next month’s issue of Wired. Why? Williams puts it this way: “We need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech. That’s the reason I wanted to do this... I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. And while tennis isn’t really about the future, Silicon Valley sure is."  Wired

 Lenny partners up. Girls creator Lena Dunham signed a deal giving publisher Hearst Media the rights to distribute and monetize her new email newsletter, Lenny Letter. Fortune

 Watch the gap. YouTube star Issa Rae partnered with advocacy group Make It Work to create this cute video—it stars four precocious kids—that explains everything that's not cute about the wage gap. Fortune

 Toy story. Heeding parents who worry about toys that perpetuate gender stereotypes, retailers such as Target, Amazon and Disney are creating gender-neutral and androgynous labels for children’s items.  New York Times

 The gift and the curse. Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison writes about how being an iconic food company in a fast-changing industry can be both a blessing and a curse.  Fortune

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Fox News asked a panel of men to decide if women should be allowed to wear leggings  Quartz

The world needs this Maya Angelou documentary  New York Magazine

Meet Ali Stroker, the first actress in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway  YouTube

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski: Hillary's sexism attack on Sanders was pathetic  Mediaite


This team taught all of America's children that 'playing like a girl' means you're a badass.

President Obama, honoring the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national soccer team