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Athene Brinson Shares Insights on 'Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water'


New book serves as a woman's survival guide in working with grace in corporate white America

FAIRFAX, Va. (PRWEB) August 21, 2018

Athene Brinson has worked in the corporate America for over 20 years. As a woman of color, she thought that education, skill and experience were enough for her success. She thought that if she worked harder, provided excellent, sometimes superior results, she would receive the same pay, accolades and/or promotions as her white counterparts. She was wrong. So she decided to change her approach and develop strategies. Over the years, she has created rules of behavior to combat racism. She shares these strategies through her debut book, "Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water: Having Race and Working with Grace in Corporate White America" published by Trafford Publishing).

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"Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water" charts Brinson's journey of surviving corporate white America, her mistakes and successes. It is based on experiences and situations that most, if not all, women of color have experienced in some form. The book aims to serve as a survival guide for women of color who wish to be successful (with ease) in corporate world. It is presented as a guide for everyday strategies and includes the unique and successful ways to maneuver, reduce and, at times, remove corporate racism.

In here, Brinson points out that being able to address the issue of racism seamlessly, calmly and with grace requires a skill set. The book provides readers with 24 rules for "swimming with sharks." These swimming with shark skills (SSS) are then supported by defining reactions to 10 common racists or "sharks" one will have to work (swim) with on a daily basis. Told from the viewpoint of someone who learned how to "swim with sharks" through trials, errors and a great deal of pain, the book walks readers through an evolution of how one woman developed successful strategies for responding to racism in the office.

With the book, the author hopes to remind readers that "it doesn't matter how many racists you meet in the office, you can still be successful."

"Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water"
By Athene Brinson
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781490789057
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781490789064
E-Book | 122 pages | ISBN 9781490789101
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Athene Brinson has worked in corporate America for over 20 years. Her rise and subsequent professional falls have taught her many lessons, which she has shared with woman of color for years. Her story is the baseline for her debut book, "Swimming with Sharks in Dark Water." Throughout the years, she has learned how to exercise the full use of her talents in a world designed for white men. Being able to "surf" the sometimes "dark waters" in a manner that maintains her grace and integrity has been a hard-won road of experiences and support. Her only hope is that the book helps readers learn how to "swim with sharks in dark waters." Readers may visit to find out more.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an "on-demand publishing service," and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford's experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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