Janet Longmore founded DOT in 2002 when she saw the opportunity to fill an important gap in social and economic development. Over her twenty-five year career, Janet has been a leader in creating new approaches and sustainable solutions that have successfully helped people in less fortunate societies improve their lives. She has distinguished herself as a leader in building innovative, multi-sector partnerships to strengthen the reach and impact of programme operations and has carved an international reputation as an innovative social entrepreneur. Janet is passionately committed to effective efforts to bridge the global digital divide and empower people through the application of technology. She has been a featured speaker at numerous ICT for development conferences and events and is a member of the Strategy Council of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Janet was recognized in 2010 as one of Canada's Top 100 Women of Power and she received the 2011 CanWIT Sara Kirke Award for Most Innovative Canadian Woman Tech Entrepreneur and the 2011 TIAW “World of Difference Women” Award.
Challenging: Dealing with bureaucracies who do not make decisions and move as quickly as DOT does.
Satisfying: Reading the blogs and stories from the young women and men around the world who are so confident in their ideas and abilities because of their DOT experience.
Honours Degree from Queen’s University School of Business, Canada;
Fast-tracked management experience as an Executive Director from the age of 27 of enterprises ranging in budget size from $2-$15 million. Ability to develop, maintain and leverage extensive networks in the private and public sectors to help achieve goals.
Importantly, I have had some very impressive mentors who I have turned to at many points in my career. I will especially acknowledge the advice and guidance from David Johnston, now Canada’s Governor General.
ICT is probably the most rewarding career a young woman could pursue:
- ICT is an extremely equal opportunity sector, we have great success stories and women role models;
- ICT is pervasive – it is a part of everything that we do. Therefore with ICT credentials, a young woman can work in any field she chooses. Not only in any field, but also in any country!
- As DOT is proving, ICT can unlock and amplify individual talents and provide huge opportunities. Therefore with ICT credentials, a young woman can easily become a social entrepreneur and contribute to a better world by helping others
- And let’s not forget, ICT is a major component of a knowledge-based society and economy – and we all know who are best in applying knowledge;
- Finally, because there are so many women who have found success in ICT, find a mentor – ask, listen and learn.