News Release
March 11, 2011

Contact: Millie Horosko, Women’s Center, Housatonic Community College, (203) 374-3868

Women Leap Hurdles

Janet Luongo to inspire with stories of successful women, and steps to take to express your own gifts

Author, coach and speaker on women’s wellness and creativity, Janet Luongo, will address Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut on March 31, 2011 at 5 PM.  Students, faculty and community are welcome to enjoy the talk and refreshments at the reception at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Norwalk resident, Janet Luongo, will tell stories of women who faced obstacles that ranged from physical to financial, and will show slides celebrating women such as First Lady Michelle Obama, who have overcome these obstacles to make great contributions to the world.   Her interactive talk on diverse women that include athletes, artists, and authors of all ages from various backgrounds, was a success for Women History Month last year.with employees of U.S. Mint in Philadelphia - mostly men!

“I want men to see the development of women will greatly benefit children and men too.    Whether I’m speaking about creativity or health issues that threaten women’s success and lives, I always focus on one thing – that all individuals deserve to realize the unique gifts they have.  Women are often busy taking care of everyone else, which is a good thing, unless they ignore their own dreams and talents. I urge women first to take care of themselves so they can share themselves – in a better and bigger way. Everyone wins.”

The selection of inspiring women, in addition to First Lady Michelle Obama, include successful artist Mary Cassatt; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor;, Granny D., who walked across America at 90 years old; Wilma Rudolph, Olympic athlete; and the Queen of Soul.

The Women’s Center at HCC invited Janet Luongo in honor of Women’s History Month, for several reasons: her advocacy for women, her experience teaching students of all ages in the U.S. and abroad, her book on creative living now published on 3 continents, her practice coaching women, and her many videos on healthy and creative lifestyles. But most importantly, she was invited because her own story is inspiring - she reveals how she herself overcame a rocky youth to build a happy and healthy life.

Janet said, “I love working with students at the Housatonic because they are motivated to make their lives better.  I too attended a community college after I had to drop out of college because of health issues.  It gives you a second chance.”

Janet Luongo has been director of the student docent program at the Housatonic Museum of Art since 2000.  Middle and high school students from Bridgeport learn to conduct tours using the marvelous art collection at the college. Her book, 365 Daily Affirmations for Creativity, has a foreword by Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and is now published on three continents in four languages. Her book caught the eye of a professor at the teachers college in Xian, China, and in 2009 Janet took a trip there to teach faculty and students to think more creatively.

After living in Europe in the 1980s and having exhibits in Paris and Geneva, she founded the Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art so women artists could be more visible. Twenty years later they have had over 45 exhibits and are still going strong.  In 2008, Janet planned events for the WCA-CT exhibit at the Housatonic, Why Not?, which drew large crowds and received many reviews. She was an award winning director of art and science education at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, taught art courses at the Housatonic and Sacred Heart University and now is an artist/speaker in the directory of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism

Janet now speaks with and coaches women to make therapeutic lifestyle changes that, step by step, will shape every area of their lives, from bodies and relationships, to career and creativity. For more info visit <> .

Janet’s passion is eating good food and creating videos. She produced a public access TV show out of Bridgeport and CT, and now she has a channel on You Tube, where you can see over 40 videos on creative and healthy lifestyles.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.