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The Broadsheet: May 22nd

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! We may see the administration’s paid leave proposal this week, Solange Knowles wows at the Guggenheim, and Saudi Arabia makes a big—and controversial—donation to female entrepreneurship. Have a productive Monday.


• Controversy in the kingdom. On Sunday, World Bank president Jim Young Kim announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged a combined $100 million to a fund that will assist women entrepreneurs and small business owners. As you may recall, Ivanka Trump announced that she was building the women’s empowerment fund back in April, though reports over the weekend note that she is not involved in its operation.

The news came on the same day that the first daughter, accompanying her father on his first overseas trip as president, met with a group of Saudi women at the at Riyadh Tuwaiq Palace. Women in Saudi Arabia continue to live under significant restrictions—they are not allowed to drive and must be accompanied by a male guardian for tasks like obtaining a passport and getting married. While U.S. officials haven’t raised this issue publicly during President Trump’s visit, the White House says it was discussed during Ivanka Trump’s Sunday meeting.

Much of the reporting around the donation pointed out that, prior to his election, Donald Trump repeatedly ridiculed Bill and Hillary Clinton for accepting donations from Saudi Arabia for the Clinton Foundation, including during the presidential debate in Las Vegas, when he said: “You talk about women and women’s rights? So these are people that push gays off business—off buildings. These are people that kill women and treat women horribly. And yet you take their money.”

Still, perhaps the more important hypocrisy to note is that of Saudi Arabia itself. As Richard Painter, former ethics adviser to the George W. Bush administration, put it to NPR: “The Saudis could try letting women drive cars, too. That would be good for entrepreneurship.”


• A look at leave? In more Trump administration news, the paid leave program that President Trump and Ivanka Trump have touted since September is expected to show up in the president’s 2018 budget proposal—set to be released Tuesday. The plan will reportedly seek funds for the creation of a program to give new parents six weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. Fortune

• Ciao, Italia! The leaks that surfaced last week are now official: President Trump says he will nominate Callista Gingrich, president and CEO of Gingrich Productions and wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as his ambassador to the Vatican. Fortune

• Anderson’s x-factor. Gillian Anderson talks about realizing why Scully, her X-Files character, was such an important role for some female fans, and about fighting to paid the same amount as her co-star, David Duchovny. Fortune

• An ode to Solange. On Thursday, Solange Knowles ventured into performance art with “An Ode To,” a deconstruction of her hit 2016 album A Seat at the Table. Staged at the Guggenheim, the performance included music, movement, and installation—and earned quite a few rapturous reviews. Billboard

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Lynn Calpeter, a GE vet who was most recently VP and CFO of GE Power, has been tapped to head up the company’s efforts in “the future of work.” Spotify has hired Sheila Spence, a longtime M&A specialist at ad giant WPP, as its VP of corporate development.


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.

Asking tough questions. Keri Gohman, president of Xero Americas, says that if you get passed over for job you really wanted, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer what you could’ve improved on. The feedback might be tough, but you can use it the next time you interview.  Fortune

• The mother lode. Getting a raise might tempt you to start treating yourself to expensive things, writes Julie Williamson, chief growth enabler of Karrikins Group. But saving money and achieving financial stability will give you more freedom to make bold career choices. Fortune

• Treat yo’ self. Kelly Gibbons, founder and managing partner at Main & Rose, has a counterintuitive suggestion for how to get ahead in your career: “Stop treating your well-being as an afterthought.” Fortune


• The odd couple. The New York Times’ Amy Chozick writes about her experience appearing on Fox News to discuss Hillary Clinton, and the way in which the former Democratic nominee and Ailes “will always be tied together by history.” New York Times

• A model mother. Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns shares the moment she was closest to death: the birth of her daughter. She suffered a postpartum hemorrhage in 2003, an experience that helped inspire her to found her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts.  The Guardian

• Su says. AMD chief Lisa Su talks about being raised by a mathematician and an accountant, setting high standards, and looking for “hunger and passion” in new hires. New York Times

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