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The Broadsheet: December 12th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Fortune’s list of the best workplaces for parents is out, child care is now unaffordable in 49 states, and Sheryl Sandberg, Ginni Rometty, and Safra Catz will meet with Donald Trump this week. Have a productive Monday.


It’s working. Fortune‘s first-ever list of the 50 Best Workplaces for Parents is out, featuring PricewaterhouseCoopers in the No. 1 spot. The ranking is based on the companies’ parental leave, adoption support, and child care programs, as well as more subjective measures, such as how favorably parents view their employer, vs. non-parents.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the list is dominated by professional services and IT companies. While those industries deserve recognition for their continued efforts to support working moms and dads, I’d like to take a moment to shoutout some of the employers that are bucking the convention in their fields: Comcast, No. 9 and the only telecom on the list, Camden Property Trust (No. 28), representing for construction and real estate, and Roche Diagnostics (No. 44), the sole company from pharma/biotech.  Fortune


• Tech titans. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz are among a group of less than a dozen top tech leaders who will attend a summit with president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday at Trump Tower. Recode

• The cost of care. Child care is now officially considered to be “unaffordable” in 49 of the 50 states. The outlier: Louisiana. In this fascinating analysis, Fortune‘s Claire Zillman digs into what sets Louisiana apart, and asks whether the policies that worked in that state might translate in other parts of the county. Fortune

• Live to tell. Accepting a Woman of the Year award at the Billboard Women in Music event on Friday, Madonna delivered a searing speech about the numerous hazards female musicians still face—especially as they get older. In the music industry, she said, “to age is a sin.” In this piece, two New York Times editors consider the pop icon’s address—and how it gives us a new perspective on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

• A family affair. Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert—No. 15 on our MPW list—talks to CNN’s Poppy Harlow about her decision to institute a policy that grants employees four months of paid family leave. CNNMoney

• Wise words. In the latest episode of Fortune Unfiltered, Carla Harris, vice chairman, global wealth management and senior client advisor of Morgan Stanley, shares the insightful advice she got from her grandmother, who was an entrepreneur. iTunes

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Deborah Conrad has joined Globality, Inc. as chief marketing and revenue officer. She was previously CMO at Intel. Girls Who Code is announcing three new additions to its board: Cheryl Saban Self Worth Foundation for Women & Girls founder Cheryl Saban, Digital McKinsey partner Kara Sprague, and Levo chief leadership officer Tiffany Dufu.


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.

Their two cents. Jodi Goldstein, managing director of Harvard Innovation Labs, writes about the best way to seek—and interpret—career advice. Fortune

• Landing the chopper. Worried about becoming a “helicopter boss”? Nestio CEO Caren Maio has three tips for taking a step back.   Fortune

• Branding 101. Like it or not, we all need to think about our personal brand. Kira Makagon, EVP of innovation at RingCentral has some advice to how to build a brand that feels true to you. Fortune


• Color me impressed. Nina Jacobson, founder of Color Force, the production company behind the Hunger Games franchise, says she was ” fired from almost every job I’ve ever had,” before launching her own shop. Now, Color Force has become a hit machine with a mission: “to bring to the screen stories centered on women and others underrepresented in movies.” New York Times

• Puzder makes three. With the nomination of Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder as secretary of labor, Donald Trump has now chosen to surround himself with tree men who’ve been accused of physically assaulting women: Puzder, White House adviser Steve Bannon, and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Slate

• Nice job, Jack. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, talks about hiring women for leadership posts in his companies, noting that 80% of the employees at Square report to one of the five women who hold a top role at the startup. Recode

• Conway runs things. In this podcast, Kellyanne Conway talks about being the first woman to run a GOP campaign for president, noting that she sometimes feels like she’s “in the men’s room at a bachelor party at the Elks club in Republican politics.”  New York Times

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The feminist legacy of the Babysitters Club  The New Yorker

Behind the scenes with Dior’s first female artistic director  WSJ Magazine

IMF’s Lagarde in French political spotlight as negligence trial begins  Bloomberg

Secret Service arrests Ivanka Trump’s stalker  New York Magazine



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