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About Janet Luongo

Janet Luongo was a featured guest on the special in-flight radio program “Best Speakers in America” airing worldwide on American and Northwest Airlines in November 2002. The interview was available to millions of travelers on 30,000 worldwide flights.

Sky Radio spotlights the nation’s leading speakers, consultants and authors who inspire, inform and engage audiences to take action and help companies and organizations increase productivity, teamwork, and communications. Janet, as president of her company, Open Minds Open Doors, LLC, shared her personal story of how passion plus persistence helped her reach her goal - in this case, achieving a childhood dream of exhibiting her paintings in Paris!  (You can listen to a 3 minute clip - go to home page and click on Sky Radio.)


Selected Clients

The Bell Group, jewelry supply company, Nashville, TN

City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport

CT Art Educators Association

CT Commission on Culture & Tourism

Crooked River School, Casco, Maine

Entrepreneurial Women's Network, Westport, CT

Evergreen Woods Residence for Seniors, N. Branford, CT

Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT

Iroquois Pipeline Company, Shelton, CT

Life After Teaching Expo, NCC, Norwalk, CT

LINKS - African American women community projects, SHU, Fairfield, CT

Luis Munoz Marin School, Bridgeport, CT

Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Bridgeport, CT

McGiveney Center for Youth, Bridgeport, CT

National Speakers Association Youth Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Public Libraries in Norwalk, Shelton, Stratford, Westport, CT

Public Schools throughout CT

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

STAR, Inc., Norwalk, CT

Unitarian Church, Westport, CT

Urban Ecology Conference, CT Beardsley Zoo, CT

Women's Caucus for Art


Bristol Myers, Deloitte & Touche, General Electric, Successful Women in Business,  Storm King Art Center, CT State Department of Education,  The Discovery Museum, Sound View Community Media, Farmington Valley Art Center, NYC Museum Educators Roundtable, Projects for a New Millennium, Music and Art Center for Humanity,  National Association of Multicultural Education, Stew Leonards, Stop & Shop, Urban Artists Initiative, Yale-New Haven Health Systems

Background Highlights

  • Author of How I Got My Painting to Paris, Despite Stupid Bureaucrats, available on CD and video, and in booklet form
  • Author of chapter in Mission Possible, Vol.4, an anthology due to be released by Insight Publishing, Inc. in 2002, which includes Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Award winning programs as V.P. for education at The Discovery Museum, CT
  • Produced 5 documentaries for public access television
  • Instructor of communication and art at Sacred Heart University, CT
  • Instructor of American Management Association courses at SHU
  • Co-president of the National Speakers Association NY Tri-state chapter 2002-03 and chair of two Speakers University events
  • Master Teaching Artist of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts
  • An artist for Young audiences of Connecticut,
  • Exhibiting artist - 7 one person exhibits in CT, NY, Paris and Geneva
  • Writer of 2 novels, a play, poetry and articles.
  • Arts and education consultant for CT districts and HOT (Higher Order Thinking) schools
  • Experienced art teacher in CT, NY and at International School, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founder of the CT chapter and national leader for the Women's Caucus for Art
  • Vice President of Sales for It Works, Inc.
  • Co-author of The Princess Principle: Women Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit


  • M.S. in Art Education from Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, NY
  • Certified Trainer of the Leadership Institute by Creative Communications Center
  • Lead Teacher for Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust Awareness and Prejudice Reduction


  • Extraordinary Service 2002 and Outstanding Contribution 2001
    from the National Speakers Association New York Tri-State chapter
  • Outstanding Museum Art Educator for Connecticut, 1999
    from the Connecticut Art Educators Association
  • Distinguished Advocate for the Arts award 1999
    from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts
  • Fellow of the G.E. Foundation for study at the National Gallery, Washington, D.C. 1997
  • Listed in various volumes of Who's Who, including Emerging Leaders of America

Please email to request a full resume.