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What Emily in Paris Can Teach U.S.-based Execs About Working Internationally

The differences between social and professional settings are significant

The Netflix series Emily in Paris is a global sensation. While Netflix does not release viewership data, the show ranked in the top-10 list in 94 countries when it first launched, and it’s likely you have seen it, too.

But in case you haven’t streamed it yet, here’s a quick synopsis: Emily in Paris is an American comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star. Set and filmed in Paris, the series stars Lily Collins as the eponymous Emily Cooper, an American who moves to France to provide an American point of view to French marketing firm Savoir. There, she struggles to succeed in the workplace, all while also searching for love and experiencing a culture clash with her "boring" and mundane Midwestern upbringing.

Despite receiving criticism for frequent cultural mishaps and lack of true representation of what life in Paris is really like, the television series is an interesting look at how cultural differences between France and the United States affect not only the workplace but also social experiences. More importantly, the show teaches valuable lessons that U.S-based association executives should keep in mind when working internationally, be it France or another market around the world.

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