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The Broadsheet: October 20th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The Most Powerful Women Summit has wrapped and we have highlights from Ivanka Trump, Anita Hill, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat, Intel’s Diane Bryant, and crisis management guru Judy Smith. Have a terrific Thursday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• Trump clash. Looks like Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka might not be on the same page.

Appearing at the 2016 Most Powerful Women Summit yesterday, Ivanka Trump told Time editor Nancy Gibbs that her father will accept the result of the election even if he loses, saying he’ll “do the right thing.”

But last night at the debate in Las Vegas, her father took a very different tack when asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether he will accept the results of the election: “I will look at it at the time… I will keep you in suspense.”

Hillary Clinton, calling her opponent’s response “horrifying,” said Trump cries “rigged!” every time he loses — including when The Apprentice was passed over for an Emmy. Trump’s response? “Should’ve gotten it.”

The room where I was watching responded with guffaws. And why not — it was a funny line. Still, comedy is not what I’m looking for in a presidential debate. Fortune

NEWS FROM THE FORTUNE MPW SUMMIT

• Jarring Ivanka. Ivanka Trump also said that she found her father’s remarks about using his celebrity to kiss and grope women without their consent to be “offensive.” She said that he apologized to her, adding, “That’s not language consistent with any conversation I’ve ever had with him certainly or any conversation I’ve overheard, so it was a bit jarring for me to hear, and he was very sincere in his apology.” Read more

• No regrets. Anita Hill, who famously accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment in 1991, said that despite the costs, she would do it all over again. Read more

• Smith on Stumpf. Judy Smith, CEO of Smith & Company and the inspiration for Scandal character Olivia Pope, said Wells Fargo should not have been surprised when CEO John Stumpf, who stepped down last week, was called to testify on Capitol Hill. Read more

Skillful swearing. Intel executive vice president Diane Bryant explained how she attempted to fit into what she called a “very rough and tumble era” at her male-dominated company 31 years ago. Bryant, who started as a junior electrical engineer, said she “started swearing a lot.”  Read more

• Defining discrimination. Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google parent Alphabet, said she believes that Hillary Clinton has faced gender discrimination in both the primary and general election. Porat has first-hand experience with the issue, having been referred to as “the lady CFO” at her company’s annual meeting this summer.  Read more

• Board prep. Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon, who has served on eight corporate boards, said “getting oriented and up to speed quickly” is “one of the most important things” for a new director. “You want to understand the company, the dynamics and economics,” she added. Read more

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Ivanka and Anita. When Fortune‘s Nina Easton tweeted a photo of Ivanka Trump and Anita Hill meeting in the greenroom at the MPW summit, Twitter went into a “tailspin,” as The Daily Beast put it, on speculation that the two were having a confrontation. In reality, it was a friendly encounter. Even so, the pub dubbed the image an “arresting meeting of feminist flashpoints.” Daily Beast

• Model behavior. How Kathy Ireland, one of America’s richest self-made women, transformed herself from a model to a mogul. CNBC

• Friends forever. Sheryl Sandberg writes why, based on her own experience with the friends she made in the seventh grade, women are “powerful allies at work and beyond.”  Cosmopolitan

• Mining talent. At its shareholder meeting Thursday, BHP Billiton execs are expected to set a goal of a 50% female workforce by 2025. Currently, the percentage of female workers at the miner stands at about 17%. Financial Times

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Debra Crewpresident and COO of RJ Reynolds Tobacco, Reynolds American’s largest subsidiary, has been named CEO of Reynolds American. 

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ON MY RADAR

Donald Trump’s “nasty woman” comment at the debate sets off social media firestorm  Fortune

This is how to triple the number of girls who code  Fortune

Can this woman save consumer banking at Wells Fargo?  Wall Street Journal

Tyra Banks talks about her beauty biz  Racked

“Ladies First” documentary looks at the first female vote in Saudi Arabia  New York Times

QUOTE

I am dismayed about women being blamed and called liars without evidence or proof to back that up. Blaming alleged victims is not okay, no matter whose side starts it.
--Fox News political talk show host Dana Perino, in an interview with Fortune