What to Expect From Fortune’s MPW Next Gen 2019

Fair Fight founder and chair Stacey Abrams with Fortune's Beth Kowitt at the 2018 Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Fair Fight founder and chair Stacey Abrams with Fortune's Beth Kowitt at the 2018 Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Finland’s government is led by five women, Golden Globe noms snub female directors, and MPW Next Gen kicks off. Have a terrific Tuesday.  


- Next up: Next Gen. Greetings from Laguna Niguel, California where Claire, Emma, and I (plus the rest of the Fortune MPW team!) are gathered for our Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit, which kicks off this afternoon.

This year’s Summit features a host of fascinating women from companies that range from the Fortune 100s to early-stage startups. A few highlights: Microsoft U.S. president Kate Johnson, G.M.’s urban mobility lead Sigal Cordeiro, Palantir’s SVP of product for government Ryan Beiermeister, Warren Buffett mentee and outgoing Pampered Chef CEO Tracy Britt Cool, Ankiti Bose of Zilingo—the startup on track to be India’s first female-founded unicorn—as well as founders from Modern Fertility, Dia & Co, GoldieBlox, The Riveter, pymetrics, Lily AI, and more.

Of course, Next Gen is about more than just business, so we’ll hear from runner Alysia Montaño and the World Surf League’s Jessi Miley-Dyer on bringing equality to women’s sports, singer/songwriter Grace Potter on the personal story behind new album, Uber’s Meena Harris on the inside story of her aunt Kamala’s campaign, and in one of our most anticipated sessions, Know My Name author Chanel Miller, on surviving and rebuilding in the wake of sexual assault.

I’m also particularly excited about this year’s breakout roundtables and workshops, which will cover everything from how to perfect your pitch, to beating imposter syndrome, to the rise of Gen Z, to our ever-popular primer on how to land—and maximize—your first board seat.

The Broadsheet team will be bringing you all the highlights over the next couple days—and you can also tune in to our livestream to watch it all unfold.

Kristen Bellstrom

Today's Broadsheet was produced by Emma Hinchliffe


- Finland five. Vacation in Finland, anyone? The country's new incoming government will be led by transport and communications minister, Sanna Marin. At 34, she will be the youngest head of government in the world. Even more remarkable, her coalition of party leaders will be made up of five female leaders—four of whom are under 35. Washington Post 

- Best director? When Golden Globe nominations were announced yesterday, there was one glaring omission: no women were nominated in the best director or screenwriter category. It's not that there aren't female filmmakers to choose from: Greta Gerwig, Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, and Alma Har'el have all been hearing awards buzz for Little WomenThe Farewell, Hustlers, and Honey Boy, respectively. Beanie Feldstein, Jennifer Lopez, Saoirse Ronan, and Awkwafina were among the nominated performers. Fortune

- Daily 500. Fortune produces a daily podcast with a short briefing each week on a different Fortune 500 company. To coincide with our Next Gen Summit, this week's episodes all feature female executives at those companies. Tune in throughout the week to hear from Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Caterpillar group president Denise Johnson, and more. Fortune

- Case declined. The Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging a controversial Kentucky law that requires doctors to describe ultrasounds and play sounds of the fetal heartbeat to women seeking abortions. That means that the law will stand. No justices issued a dissent on the decision. CNN

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: After the Verge investigation documenting her treatment of employees, Away CEO Steph Korey will step down in January and become executive chairman; her replacement as CEO is former Lululemon COO Stuart Haselden. WNBA commissioner and former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert joins the board of McDonald's. Marie Claire EIC Anne Fulenwider is leaving the magazine to start a women's health company; Marie Claire's new editor-in-chief is Hearst chief fashion director Aya Kanai. Elizabeth Spaulding of Bain & Company joins Stitch Fix as president, reporting to CEO Katrina Lake. Judith Rodin, president emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, joins the board of Everlywell. Framebridge hired Tracey Griffin, formerly of Kendra Scott, as CFO and COO. Cindy R. Kent joins Brookdale Senior Living as EVP and president of senior living. The Muscular Dystrophy Association named Sharon Hesterlee EVP and chief research officer. 


- Diversity report. A survey of black professionals across corporate America found that most are skeptical of corporate diversity efforts—in large part because they believe those programs mostly benefit white women. Respondents to the survey also said that they don't think white women use their power to advocate for other underrepresented groups at work. New York Times

- Nationwide protests. Two high-profile rape cases in India have sparked public outrage over the past several weeks. A 23-year-old rape victim was set on fire by a gang of men including her rapist while she on her way to court to testify about the assault; she died in a New Delhi hospital. A 27-year-old veterinarian was raped and murdered in Hyderabad; four men being held as suspects were killed by police while in custody. Both cases inspired protests across the country. 

- Not based on a true story. A female reporter sleeping with her sources to get a scoop is a well-worn trope of cinema (see: House of Cards). But usually that reporter is fictional. In the new Clint Eastwood movie Richard Jewell, a character based on a real journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kathy Scruggs, sleeps with an FBI agent to nab a story about the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing. In real life, Scruggs did get the scoop—but there is no evidence to suggest she slept with anyone to do it. The real Scruggs died in 2001; the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is demanding a disclaimer that the events in the film are fictional on her behalf. Variety


2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe Sports Illustrated

Amy Klobuchar doesn’t think we’re doing nearly enough to protect voting rights Cosmopolitan

[Humor] The electable female candidate The New Yorker 

Cardi B: Unfiltered, unapologetic, unbowed Vogue


"Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else."

-Beyoncé, in her Elle cover story

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