|Mrs. Janet Longmore|
Janet Longmore founded Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) in 2001 and serves as President and CEO. A determined leader and inspiring role model, she has dedicated her career to the creation of new approaches and sustainable solutions that have successfully helped youth, particularly young women, in less fortunate societies improve their lives. She has earned an international reputation as an innovative social entrepreneur.
An honours graduate of Queen’s University School of Business, Janet has taught business theory in Europe; she has led the largest agency for at-risk youth in the USA; she is a sought after speaker on international development topics; and she is a former member of the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.
Under her leadership and vision, DOT has risen to the forefront of social enterprise as an international leader and innovator in enabling people to access and apply information and communications technologies to create education, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities. DOT is working with youth, women and marginalized communities in 12 countries through subsidiaries that operate under the DOT banner in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. Through DOT thousands of young people have become leaders of economic and education change in their societies. In guiding DOT’s steady growth, Janet has forged long term partnerships with local organizations and multinationals, including Cisco Systems, IBM, The MasterCard Foundation and agencies such as CIDA and USAID.
A promoter of female leadership, she is a role model and mentor to the many female DOT country directors as well as to the hundreds of female youth leaders within the DOT network.
Her international leadership is not going unnoticed. In 2010 Janet Longmore was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network. She was awarded the CATA CanWIT Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011 and was a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award winner in 2011.