Chanel Miller Is More Than ‘Emily Doe’
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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Nancy Pelosi pushes forward a drug pricing bill, rental car company Enterprise Holdings picks a new CEO, and we listen to a powerful interview with Chanel Miller at Fortune’s MPW Next Gen Summit. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
- Know her name. When I got my copy of Know My Name, I tore through it in days. The memoir by Chanel Miller, formerly known as Emily Doe, about her assault by Brock Turner, the trial, and the years that followed is an intense, mesmerizing read that left me crying on the New York subway more than once.
So I was eagerly anticipating Miller's appearance at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. Miller joined Fortune's Beth Kowitt for her first public interview with an audience (she has done interviews, but not a traditional book tour out of concerns for her privacy and safety).
As thoughtful, reflective, and funny as Miller is on the page, she was onstage. One audience member stood up to tell the 27-year-old author and illustrator that she could see her thinking as she spoke slowly and deliberately.
Miller told the audience about how she made the decision to come forward as the author of her memoir under her own name—something she wasn't sure she was going to do until after she finished the book—and how she came to accept the identity of "Emily Doe," the victim of a crime who didn't get to be a full person until her victim impact statement went viral.
Fortune's Anne Sraders wrote about the interview—which you can also watch a video of—here. We were lucky to have Chanel join us, just as we were to hear from Alysia Montaño, one of the runners who came forward about Nike's treatment of pregnant athletes, and Jessi Miley-Dyer, of the World Surf League, who helped the sport become one of the first to enact equal pay for winning athletes.
I highly recommend you watch Miller's interview—and read her book—whenever you feel up to it. As Miller says of her own decision to come forward and engage with the public: no one's timeline matters but your own.
MORE FROM MPW NEXT GEN
- Self-driving future. Autonomous and electric vehicles will eliminate crashes, emissions, and congestion, according to Sigal Cordeiro, vice president of General Motors' mobility and Maven car rental service. But, she acknowledges, "it's going to take us a while." Fortune
- Not just products and price. Microsoft U.S. president Kate Johnson says the company has succeeded by not focusing on its stock price. "If you just think about your own products or your own stock price, you aren't spending time thinking about customer outcomes," she says. Fortune
- Back from a break. Singer, songwriter, and actress Grace Potter experienced the end of her marriage, the breakup of her band, and a miscarriage. She took a five-year break from music, returning with an album this fall. "I was inviting truth for myself and it made it possible for other people to come to me in a way I had never experienced before," she told the Next Gen crowd. Fortune
- Vocab revamp. Removing the word "aggressive" from the recruiting vocabulary at Goldman Sachs helped build a team that is 50% female, says Rana Yared, partner at the merchant banking division. Instead of looking for candidates who are "aggressive enough to do the job," she looks for attributes like intellectual curiosity. Fortune
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: As Ted Baker continues to struggle following the sexual harassment allegations against the brand's founder, its top management quit; CFO Rachel Osborne, who joined the brand in September, is now acting CEO. Former Numis investment banker Lorna Tilbian left the board of M&C Saatchi in a mass exodus of non-executive directors.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
-New woman at the wheel. In an exceedingly rare woman-to-woman hand-off of the top job at such a massive company, Enterprise Holdings COO Chrissy Taylor—a member of the largest U.S. rental car company's founding family—will become the company's next CEO, replacing current chief (and No. 23 on our 2019 Most Powerful Women list) Pam Nicholson. Fortune's Phil Wahba has the scoop: Fortune
-Friendly skies? Female pilots and flight attendants filed lawsuits yesterday accusing Frontier Airlines of discriminating against pregnant and nursing women. The employees say the airline forced them to take extended and unpaid leave while pregnant and refused to accommodate breastfeeding. Frontier says it "has strong policies in place in support of pregnant and lactating mothers and remains committed to treating all of its team members equally and fairly." NPR
- Priced out. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading the charge on a drug pricing bill that would direct how Medicare can negotiate the prices of drugs. Late yesterday, Pelosi reportedly made changes to earn the support of progressive Democrats; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had said she wouldn't support the bill as written before those changes. Politico
- Spinning the wheel. All it took was 37 years. Longtime Wheel of Fortune letter-turner Vanna White hosted the show for a stretch of episodes airing this month after host Pat Sajak had emergency surgery. White says she was "very nervous." New York Times
- Artificial intelligence, real consequences. At one of the top meetings for experts in artificial intelligence, keynote speaker Celeste Kidd used her platform to highlight sexual harassment plaguing the industry. After addressing misperceptions she said men in A.I. had about harassment—that minor mistakes could lead to their unfair treatment, versus the reality of women only reporting harassment after experiencing egregious misconduct—she got a standing ovation. Fortune
ON MY RADAR
How money warps the friendships between men and women MEL Magazine
Little Women is a big, important American masterpiece. Let's treat it like one Elle
The lost history of L.A.'s women-only studio club Vanity Fair
-Poshmark co-founder Tracy Sun on how to make a career pivot, speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit