Get To Know: Brittany Hennessy


They call her the Influencer Whisperer and she wrote my favorite book of 2018. She’s been in the biz for a minute and knows the ins and outs of getting your personal brand to grow in today’s new media landscape. (Hint: it’s more than what you think of as marketing.) Brittany Hennessy is co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at CARBON and is the former Senior Director, Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media and the first person to hold that title. 👏 

When I reached out to see if she’d do a Q&A with me and she said YES, I screamed. See, she’s coming to Orlando in May to share what she knows with us at Library After Hours downtown. If you’re into making a name for yourself and want to get a jump ahead, get tickets now. Early bird rates end on April 19th.

Get to know Brittany Hennessy (Wife, Mother, Author, Business Owner)

Childhood memento? - I had a Skip-It that I absolutely loved. I still know all the words to the theme song.

Recent acquisition for your home? - A marble coffee table. It really brings my living room together and serves as a great place to take an Instagram photo.

Current obsession? - Billions. And waiting for Game Of Thrones to return like everyone else.

Favorite hobby? - Sleeping and getting my nails done. Also I love a good massage, but I haven't had one in years.

Always on you - watch, memento, etc? -  I wear the same things every day. Rose Gold earrings, watch and bracelet and my white gold engagement ring and wedding band.

Favorite spot in your home? - The shower. It's usually the only place I can be alone. But even there, my toddler finds me.

Favorite neighborhood restaurant? - Red Hat in Irvington. They have the best brunch and it's right on the river.

Favorite neighborhood shop? - I'm a big mall kind of girl but I spend most of my day at the local grocery store two doors down.

Favorite way to focus on health or wellness? - I try to go to the gym every day. If I don't it ruins my whole mood. I also used to spin a lot and I'd really like to get back into it.

Favorite place visited in the last year? - After years of not loving it, I finally found my groove with Philadelphia! We do all of the kid attractions now so I think that made a big difference.

Best gift recently given? - It's not recent, but I gave my husband a son. He can never repay me!

Best gift recently received? - My previously mentioned rose gold bracelet from Skultuna. It was a Valentine's day gift from the hubby and he has a matching one in gold.

Most inspiring book you’ve read? - The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman and Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu. Absolute must-reads for women and mothers.

The thing you most love about your city? - The people. The food. The history. I mean, I'm from NYC!

Best thing about what you do? - I help women be the best version of themselves and make money. That's the dream.

At the top of your to-do list? Launch my first monthly live coaching session. 

Other work projects? - Get Carbon off the ground. It's a full-service influencer marketing agency my husband founded and I joined once I left Hearst.

On your bedside table? - Becoming by Michelle Obama.

A film that holds a special place in your heart? - Clueless. That's my coming of age movie. I can quote the entire film from start to finish.

Hope to see the Orlandoans reading this at the event. (I promise not to scream.) As a fun aside, it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, so the absolute PERFECT time to grab a ticket to this library event.


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3-D Florida at the Library


Jim McManus takes 3-D photos and right now twenty four images he created are on display downtown at the Orlando Library.

I could have stayed there staring at them for hours. Although I’m sure there’s a limit visually and maybe cognitively as to exactly how long you should immerse yourself in this stuff. Lake Eola swans glow, bridges propel you into a different time, and the Space Shuttle looks almost ready to launch…again.

There are twenty four images printed on metal affixed to three long panels outside the Melrose Center on the second floor of the library. Grab a pair of 3-D glasses and be transported. 

Top Tip: Do NOT look at the library carpet pattern with your 3D glasses on. DO NOT. It’ll make ya woozy.

Abandoned Passage, Suwannee Springs Bridge, Live Oak, FL 2004 - Jim McManus

Abandoned Passage, Suwannee Springs Bridge, Live Oak, FL 2004 - Jim McManus

These swans don’t bite. (Can I please just retitle this one?) Swan Boats Resting, 2010, Jim McManus

These swans don’t bite. (Can I please just retitle this one?) Swan Boats Resting, 2010, Jim McManus

Not Florida, but then sadly not everything is.

Not Florida, but then sadly not everything is.

Jim McManus

Click on his name there to get to his website. More stereoscopic images are there, so keep your glasses and immerse yourself online. (The work is awesome, but really, put a time limit on it, because headaches can happen.)