Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Uber is talking to big-name female execs about becoming Travis Kalanick’s No. 2, Ayesha Curry gets into the meal-kit delivery game, and Dina Powell tells the inside story how she connected with Ivanka Trump. Have a relaxing weekend.
• Dinner with Dina. For most of us, a cold call probably means someone’s trying to sell you something you don’t want. But for Dina Powell, an unsolicited call opened the door to a job—well, two jobs—in the White House.
Last night, Powell told the audience gathered in D.C. to kick off the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership about how she first connected with Ivanka Trump. Not long after the 2016 election, Powell, who was then head of Goldman Sachs’s Impact Investing team and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, got a call from the first daughter: Trump wanted to know more about the Powell-run 10,000 Women initiative.
Fast forward a few months and Powell is now deputy national security adviser for strategy and senior counselor for economic initiatives for President Trump and is working with Ivanka Trump on the newly announced fund to invest in female entrepreneurs.
Powell also told the MPW audience about being with the president when he ordered the missile strike on Syria and working to free Aya Hijazi, the Egyptian-American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years. She said she credits her impressive career with “not overplanning,” adding: “It’s just taking that leap of faith.” Fortune
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Keeping up with Kalanick? In its search for a No. 2 for CEO Travis Kalanick, Uber has reportedly interviewed Karenann Terrell, former CIO of Wal-Mart, and Helena Foulkes, EVP of CVS Health, among others. Foulkes is reportedly no longer in talks with the company and it remains unclear who, if anyone, is on its shortlist. WSJ
• Cooking with Curry. Fortune‘s Rachel King talks to cookbook author and Food Network personality Ayesha Curry about her new meal-kit delivery service, Homemade. In addition to the boxes, the company is creating an online community for meal-kit subscribers and providing access to videos of Curry cooking live in her kitchen on a weekly basis. Fortune
• Chief empathy officer. This Bloomberg Businessweek story traces Sheryl Sandberg’s journey to becoming “the Oprah of corporate America” and digs into the profounds ways the Facebook COO has changed the way we think about company culture. Bloomberg
• Merkel gets real. German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a firm line yesterday, telling Britons not to delude themselves that they would continue to enjoy EU rights after Brexit. Her speech comes before a weekend summit on the split. Fortune
• Really not running. In her first public speech since leaving the White House, former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed her future plans as a civilian, emphasizing that she will not be seeking political office. “Politics is tough, and it’s hard on a family…I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again,” she said. TIME
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: NBC News political analyst Nicolle Wallace will expand her role to host a new MSNBC program that will air weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. The program will premiere in May.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Truth to power. Marie Claire talks to the New York Times’ Emily Steel about the story that she and colleague Michael Schmidt wrote about the women who accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment—an investigation that ultimately put the Fox News host out of a job. Marie Claire
• Telling tales. Reed Morano, director of the first three episodes of Hulu’s new adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, talks about the making of the show—and her take on being a woman behind the camera in Hollywood. Cosmopolitan
• The perfect pregnancy? New York Times style columnist Vanessa Friedman weighs in on Beyoncé’s often carefully art directed presentation of her pregnancy, writing, “The problem is, for many women [pregnancy] is also messy, sometimes uncomfortable and just another fact of life. And in her extended fetishization of her own physical evolution, Beyoncé has not allowed for any of that. As a result, she hasn’t just raised the bar for fellow famous people. She may have raised it uncomfortably high for us all.” New York Times
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