Lynette T. Owens is the founder and Global Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program. After many years in technology marketing roles and serving as Associate Vice President of corporate marketing for Trend Micro, Lynette founded Trend Micro’s ISKF program in 2008 to help deliver on the company’s vision of making a world safe for the exchange of digital information.
As a pro-technology parent, Internet safety expert, and youth advocate, Lynette spends most of her time raising awareness and educating the public about the safe and responsible use of the Internet, recruiting fellow employee volunteers to get involved around the world, or volunteering in her own community. She speaks at public conferences and schools in the US and beyond, and blogs regularly on a wide range of issues pertaining to online safety, media literacy, and digital citizenship.
In early 2010, Lynette was instrumental in launching “What’s Your Story?,” an annual international campaign designed to give youth a voice and role in influencing their peers on the safe and responsible use of technology. The award-winning campaign, which encourages the creation of educational videos by youth, has been positively received by the public; videos from this campaign have been used by organizations worldwide, including ConnectSafely, Common Sense Media, The Cyberbullying Research Center, Childnet International, and the Attorney General’s offices of Ohio and Michigan.
On a national and international level, Lynette serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Online Safety Institute and on the advisory boards of INHOPE, MediaLiteracyNow.org, and the U.S. Safer Internet Day Awareness Committee.
In her local community, Lynette supports youth by serving on the Board of Directors of SPARK Kindness and the Natick Soccer Club. She has also worked closely with the Natick Public Schools in an advisory role for the roll-out of its 1:1 laptop program and as a parent educator for the district.
Lynette received her B.S. in Finance from Boston College and her MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. She devotes her free time to her two children and husband, coaching soccer, and with any remaining minutes, loves to travel, discover new music, and spend time with friends and family around the world.
Follow Lynette on Twitter: @LynetteTOwens