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Is anyone else watching "The Morning Show"? It has gotten much better as it's progressed and whoa, the most recent episode (#8) was a doozie (don't worry, no spoilers). For those not in the know, the drama — starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, among other big stars — revolves around a fluffy news program thrown into turmoil when the co-host is ousted over a sexual misconduct scandal. Certainly worth a watch as all of us at every career level in every single industry grapple with the surrounding issues of what's consensual, who's complicit (though the better question might be, who isn't?) and how to chart a course forward.

Moving off the TV beat into the sad stats realm (our natural habitat ), did you know that 42 percent of women would rather clean the bathroom than talk about themselves in front of strangers? It me. The self-promotion gap is real, and it's bad, and we need to find a way past it. To that end, read our piece on how to build your personal brand as painlessly as possible.

Here's a handful of other female-powered business news stories we're tracking:

Google's parent company, Alphabet, appointed Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Frances Arnold to its board of directors. That makes three women and eight men serving as directors for the tech giant. Arnold will get an initial equity award of $1 million in restricted stock as part of her compensation for the new role.

While efforts to bring more women into the executive ranks have had some success (though quite obviously not enough), initiatives aimed at increasing racial diversity among top corporate leaders have stalled out, according to a report. "[V]ery few respondents — including white employees — think that white women are using their power to advocate for other underrepresented groups," the report found. 

 Following an investigation revealing that popular direct-to-consumer luggage brand Away, co-founded by Jennifer Rubio and Stephanie Korey, has some quite serious baggage — including a "culture of intimidation and constant surveillance" — a new CEO has been named to replace Korey. Lululemon executive Stuart Haselden will be the company’s chief executive, while Korey will take on the role of executive chair. People, don’t be mean to your people. It doesn’t work out for anyone. 

Democrats are taking advantage of President Trump's desire to create Space Force, a proposed galactic branch of the military, to try to pass legislation ensuring paid parental leave for more than 2 million federal workers. So right, there's no actual connection between paid leave and militarizing space, but, you know, politics. 

Not necessarily a business story but Finland's Sanna Marin will be the world's youngest sitting prime minister and the nation's third female prime minister. THIRD. She will head up a coalition of four other parties, each of which are led by a woman. EACH OF WHICH ARE LED BY A WOMAN.

Don't miss our industry briefs below!
NEWS JUST FOR YOU...
IN TECH & ENGINEERING...Oracle, led by CEO Safra Catz, is in the midst of a huge pay discrimination case alleging that the company underpaid female and minority tech workers to the tune of more than $400 million over four years [WaPo]. Three women are suing the Andreessen Horowitz-backed fintech startup Synapse Financial Technologies, alleging gender, age and pregnancy discrimination [Bloomberg]. The National Labor Relations Board has launched an investigation into Google following the claims of four fired employees that they were dismissed for speaking out against the tech giant’s practices [CNN]. Chief Privacy Officers are becoming more and more common these days — and it’s the one c-suite role that is dominated by women [LinkedIn]. Amazon’s “S-team” is finally getting some more female representation. Jeff Bezos promoted two women, Amazon Fashion Vice President Christine Beauchamp and Amazon Advertising Vice President Colleen Aubrey, to the now 22-person group of top execs running the company [Recode]...READ ALL

AND ELSEWHERE IN BIG BUSINESS...
IN ADVERTISING & MEDIA...Even after Les Moonves’ ouster over allegations of sexual harassment and assault, all is still not well at CBS. A new investigation uncovered ongoing claims of discrimination and retaliation at CBS-owned television stations, despite a probe by independent law firms into the company’s culture that concluded that “harassment and retaliation are not pervasive” at the network [LAT]. Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider is leaving for the (maybe) greener pastures of a start-up dedicated to women’s health. Aya Kanai, who is the chief fashion director of parent company Hearst, has been named Fulenwider’s successor [NYT]. There were no women on the list of Golden Globe Best Director nominees despite the abundance of excellent options this year [Deadline]. New York prosecutors said that Harvey Weinstein, who’s accused of rape and assault, has repeatedly left his electronic ankle monitor deactivated while out of his home in violation of his bail conditions. Prosecutors requested his $1 million bail be raised to $5 million [AP]. Publicis Groupe Chief Diversity Officer Sandra Sims-Williams is leaving for Nielsen [Ad Age]...READ ALL

IN FINANCE...BlackRock exec Mark Wiseman, who was seen as a potential heir to the CEO job, was fired after it was revealed that he had failed to disclose a consensual affair with an employee, a violation of company policy. To make things messier, Wiseman is married to another BlackRock exec, Marcia Moffat, the head of the investing giant’s Canadian division [WSJ]. And very relatedly, new reporting revealed that last year BlackRock CEO Larry Fink warned his top lieutenants that their behavior would be held to a higher standard than that of those lower down the corporate ladder [Financial Planning]. Wall Street power player Kelly Loeffler was tapped Wednesday to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), who is resigning because of health problems. Loeffler was head of investor relations at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, and was most recently CEO of the digital asset manager Bakkt. She is co-owner of Atlanta’s WNBA team [Politico]...READ ALL

IN LAW...In the latest salvo in the proposed class-action gender discrimination suit against Jones Day, the Big Law firm called for the case to be tossed and for the plaintiffs’ lawyers at Sanford Heisler to be sanctioned [Bloomberg Law]. Multinational law firm Ashurst has updated its parental leave policies to provide a minimum of 18 weeks off to primary caregivers [HR Director]. Former chief judge Alex Kozinski, who retired two years ago following allegations of sexual misconduct, argued an intellectual property case before his old Ninth Circuit colleagues on Monday [Bloomberg Law]. Paul Weiss’ latest partner class of seven includes three women this year, following blowback over the lack of diversity in their mostly male and mostly white 2018 class [Bloomberg Law]. Former Baker McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior testified in hearings over his alleged sexual harassment of a colleague that the “drinking culture that you find in all big law firms” was responsible for his admitted inappropriate behavior [ATL]...READ ALL 

 IN MANUFACTURING & RETAIL...Nike employees protested against the company’s treatment of women during a walkout Monday at the company’s Oregon headquarters [WSJ]. An ex-Juul employee filed a suit alleging she was fired by the e-cigarette maker in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment allegations against three company employees [Forbes]. Katrina Lake’s Stitch Fix appointed Bain & Company exec Elizabeth Spaulding as its new president...READ ALL

IN SCIENCE & HEALTHCARE...Medicare chief Seema Verma is facing a call for her resignation by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) for what he characterized as her “gross misuse of public funds.” It emerged over the weekend that Verma asked the government to reimburse her for $47,000 in jewelry and clothing stolen during a work trip. Previously, Kennedy also challenged Verma for spending more than $2 million for GOP public relations contractors, some of whom focused on improving her image...READ ALL

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