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WIN 2017

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Upfront > d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 13 H alle Berry, the first African American woman to win an Oscar for best actress, came across the products of French lingerie company Scandale Paris on a shopping trip to Paris in 2014. Berry, who is married to French actor Olivier Martinez, then decided to buy the company. Originally established in 1932, Scandale was known for high-end lingerie that was beautiful—and pricey. Berry saw an opportunity to bring the company's creations to the United States and make them affordable. "I was drawn to Scandale because of its French heritage and gor- geous lingerie," Berry says on the company's website. "The products are designed to support a woman's desire to look beautiful, as well as her essential need to feel confident and comfortable in her body." Berry, who turned 50 last year, has said that the company also al- lows her more freedom to spend time with her two children. She chose the new fabrics for the line's lacy bras and panties, which are now sold at Target for $7 to $18. "The secret is that women don't wear lingerie for men," she told the UK's Mirror newspaper. "We wear it for ourselves." Halle Berry Stars Who Mean Business The actress leverages her brain and beauty to build a business Top Business Books Versus B ack in the mid-'90s, buyers of business books were scrambling to understand how the Internet and the tech-centric culture of Silicon Valley would transform their work lives. Amid all the turbulence and change, they were also ready to laugh at dysfunctional workplaces: not one, but two Dilbert books were among Amazon's top sellers. e business best-sellers of 2016 told a different story: today, busi- nesspeople are seeking strategies for working better and smarter, leverag- ing their strengths, and harnessing the latest findings in neuroscience. Another interesting note: Two of the five top-selling books in 2016—How to Win Friends & Influence People and e 7 Habits of Highly Effective People—are actually much older books, considered business classics. is vali- dates the notion that, in many cases, good business practices—and people skills—are timeless. 1996 The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions • Scott Adams Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook Scott Adams Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge • Geoffrey A. Moore Only the Paranoid Survive • Andrew S. Grove World Wide Web Marketing: Integrating the Internet into Your Marketing Strategy • Jim Sterne 2016 StrengthsFinder 2.0 • Tom Rath How to Win Friends & Influence People Dale Carnegie Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol S. Dweck The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Parable • Patrick Lencioni

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