Daily Archives: July 24, 2010

Woman to Watch: Claire Babineaux-Fontenot


Occupation: Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, Wal-Mart

Hometown: Opelousas, LA

Currently Living In: Bentonville, AR

Birthday: April 26

Education:
Bachelor’s from University of Louisiana at Lafayette,  JD  from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge

Career Path: Started with Wal-Mart in 2004 as Vice President of Audit and Tax Policy, and became SVP and Chief Tax Officer in 2006. Prior to working for Wal-Mart, she worked in tax and general commercial litigation for law firm Adams & Reese, and also had worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as Dispute Resolution Practice Group Leader for the Southwest Region. Also amongst her positions have been Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Administrative Law Judge.

Credits Her Success to: Her parents who were the son and daughter of Louisiana sharecroppers

Quotable: “My God and my family come first.  I am grateful to have worked in environments that compliment those priorities.”

Accolades: Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and one of the Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise Magazine

Family: Husband Barry and two children, Barry Jr. and Sydney

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Six Item Wardrobe


In a time where the economy is weak and people continue to look for ways to simplify their life, it’s not surprising that “shopping diets” are springing up all over. Last month the NY Times did a story about these “diets” and featured one woman who went 31 days with only wearing six items from her closet (excluding accessories, shoes and underwear). The crazy thing is, people didn’t notice – not even her husband!

Sites like Six Items or Less and The Great American Apparel Diet (which asks you to go shopping free for a year!) are dedicated to similar challenges. Which prompted us to ask, could you go a full year without shopping? And, if you could only wear six items in your closet for a month, what would they be? Here are six of our choices:

Black Pants
like this shown in this Calvin Klein Suit

Black Blazer like this shown in this Calvin Klein Suit

Crisp Button Down Shirt (preferably white or a bright color) like this Classic Button Down white shirt from The Limited

Dark Wash Jeans like these Trouser Cut jeans by Banana Republic

Black Dress like this Tahari Seamed Ponte Knit Sheath dress

Good t-shirt (preferably white or a bright color) like this Yellow Jersey T-shirt from the Gap

Take the poll:

Also, tell us what your six items picks would be!

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