Born Henrietta Proudhonne to an American mother and a French-Canadian father, Hetty has always been interested in living in at least two places at the same time. Because she has never learned to be fluent in French, she compensates by knowing enough Spanish, German, Greek and Italian to find her way around cities in Europe and Central and Sout America.
She prefers to be addressed as Hetty. Not "Miss Hetty" like some Singaporean students like to call her. She currently travels to write about medical tourism with a special focus on plastic surgery services around the world. She realizes the subject of cosmetic enhancement is not for everyone, she nevertheless envisions a world where corrective and cosmetic surgeries converge, not for the sake of vanity but for the purpose of enhancing self-esteem and to sharpen a person's sense of identity.
Areas of Expertise
editing, writing, travel journalism, research
An idea worth spreading
I like the idea of a world with no borders. Spending my year in multiple time zones and meeting people from different cultures give me an adrenaline rush that is difficult to replicate doing other things.
I'm passionate about
I love a life that is lived peacefully and productively.
Talk to me about
I would listen to any story, personal or social, that is sincerely told.
People don't know I'm good at
I'm good at listening. Yes, people think I'm a snob but I remember many of the things they say months later.
My TED story
I've been a visitor at Ted countless times and have been in the audience in a couple of conferences.