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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The GSA’s Emily Murphy moves forward with the presidential transition, GM reverses course on support for a Trump deregulation effort, and we get a sneak peek at the lineup for Fortune’ Brainstorm TECH. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Today’s guest essay comes to us from Fortune senior writer Michal Lev-Ram:
-Aspen goes online. We often cover highlights and takeaways from our Most Powerful Women events here in the Broadsheet. But there’s another Fortune gathering taking place next week that I’d like to tell you about.
For years, Brainstorm TECH has pulled together some of the most thoughtful minds in technology for an annual event in Aspen, Colorado. (As one article described it back in 2014, the conference is “more exclusive than SXSW, not quite as elite as Sun Valley, in a far better location than CES,”—a compliment that has special meaning for those of us who have attended way too many tech conferences in dark convention centers.) Naturally, we had to rethink the in-person event this year, and it is now taking place virtually Dec. 1-2. But our lineup—and the hot topics we can’t wait to discuss—are just as timely as ever.
This year’s theme is “Innovating in a Time of Crisis,” which is a phrase I’ll bet all of you can relate to. The subject of technological transformation, and how the pandemic has accelerated this trend, will be particularly top of mind. And we’ll have several female leaders on the agenda who will share their perspectives and expertise on how their companies are embracing, and in some cases, driving, this shift.
Personally, I’m excited to interview Deirdre O’Brien, SVP of retail and people at Apple, on how the iPhone-maker has adapted its stores and its workforce to the constraints of the pandemic. I’m also eager to hear from Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer, Walmart; Michelle A. Williams, dean of the faculty, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University; Stacey Cunningham, president, NYSE Group; Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture; Jenn Hyman, co-founder and CEO, Rent The Runway; Stacy Brown-Philpot, founding member, SB Opportunity Fund; Jennifer Tejada, CEO, PagerDuty; Terri Burns, partner, GV, and many more. (And to be sure, we also have quite a few top, male leaders speaking this year, including the CEOs of IBM, Slack, Rakuten, and Under Armour.)
As a long-time co-chair of both MPW and Brainstorm TECH, I couldn’t be prouder of the upcoming event, which my colleagues and I have worked hard to program. Attendance is by invitation only, but there are some virtual “seats” left. Please apply here if interested, or just shoot me a note. While we can’t bring you the fresh, mountain air, we do have plenty of thought-provoking conversations in store. Hope to see you there!
Today’s Broadsheet was curated by Emma Hinchliffe.