Nine Black women, nine different careers, and nine stories with striking similarities, of career struggle, self-doubt, mental and physical health issues, and general unhappiness caused by varying forms of work related stress; nine stories of fortitude and resilience that eventually morph into nine stories of rejuvenation. These women form the inaugural part of a multi-layered interactive media project titled BlackFemaleProject—a project attempting to peel back the skin of the often unseen effects of racism and sexism, not only in the workplace, but also in terms of how these issues elbow their way into other areas of Black women’s daily lives.
Dania Frink is a lifelong creative with extensive experience in communications, marketing, public relations and design; currently leading global digital marketing for a medical device company. In her story, "The Black Experience," Dania shares her approach to hair, qualifying statements made by non-black colleagues, pronouncing names, and the best practices she's developed by drawing wisdom from her experiences.
All of the women who share their stories in our inaugural collection have found themselves in a battle for sanity, cultural autonomy, or simply professional courtesy. Each of these women have also found their own strategies of success; some are still developing these methods and share their experience with us in real time. Let’s join them now.
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Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Dania W. Frink, and I live in Jacksonville, FL
What’s your career focus?
Art, communications, and digital media
What’s something positive that came out of writing your story?
Making peace with the past, being intentional about the present, and optimistic about the future.
Three words of advice for your 18-year-old self?
Live your life!