Chanelle Henry is a tech entrepreneur and Director of User Experience at Bluewolf, and Founder of CHD Collective. Her main focus is to beautify the web and mobile screens by enhancing user interfaces, through user design and information architecture working alongside agencies & developers. At the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, she will host “Is it Too Late to Be Awesome?” During this installment of the Session Spotlight, we spoke with Chanelle about her session and why you don’t want to miss it. To connect with her on Twitter, follow her @Chanelle777.
SXSW: What will you address during “Is it Too Late to Be Awesome?”
Henry: We will be discussing the dangers of perfectionism, comparison and how to achieve goals and get out of your own way.
SXSW: Have you spoken about this at other conferences or events?
Henry: I haven’t, but I've written a blog that has became somewhat viral.
SXSW: What kinds of people will enjoy this session and should attend?
Henry: Those who have ideas and want to do amazing things but feel like there is just "something" or "someone" in the way. I think that people will share a common thread who attend this session in wanting to reach new levels but finding that they just want to find a way to get out of their own way.
SXSW: Why should registrants attend?
Henry: SXSW registrants share a common theme, they all are seeking to excel in their passions and not just their careers. I feel like a session like this makes it a given that people would want to hear nontraditional ways of advancing yourself and your mind around your passion.
SXSW: What is the most exciting part about hosting this session at SXSW?
Henry: What excites me most about this session is the potential that it has to change the game in a lot of people's lives. There is so much that we hold back on a daily basis, and the power that changing one's perspective can do can create so much power and opportunity. I have been to a few sessions and conferences and the little bit of information and knowledge that I do get, my whole course of action changes and I am able to not only receive new information to change, but also give good resources to those around me because of growth. And that's what awesome looks like.
SXSW: What do you hope to gain from speaking at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival?
Henry: I hope to gain experience through other people's experience by telling and sharing my story. I feel that when you share a piece of yourself that is otherwise hidden through quick conversations and the busyness of the day, we are bale to connect with others and not feel so alone with our insecurities that cause us to feel that we aren't as "awesome" as we are meant to be. I'm hoping to gain connection and hope.
SXSW: What is the best part of SXSW?
Henry: My favorite aspect of SXSW is the people, the networking and the innovation. It helps you to see what is possible.
SXSW: Not necessarily related to your speaking topic at SXSW, what is your favorite book from the last year and why?
Henry: My favorite book from last year was This is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't by Augusten Burroughs. It was a very raw and candid outlook on self-improvement and getting out of your own way. It is an anti-self-help book filled with laughter and a lightness that reminds you not to take life or yourself too seriously.
SXSW: One more - what is your favorite current television show?
Henry: Currently? Scandal because Breaking Bad went off. It’s one of the best shows that I can't predict (even though I watch a LOT of TV). It also has a lot of character definition and development I tend to fall in love with it. This show is brilliant, as is Shonda Rhimes, for always being able to find the missing piece of the story in life to share with others.
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