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Leslie Hughes

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Leslie Hughes

LinkedIn Specialist
Professor of Social Media and the Principal of PUNCH!media.


Leslie Hughes is a LinkedIn Specialist, a Professor of Social Media and the Principal of PUNCH!media.

Leslie began working in digital media in 1996 and worked with brands such as Weddingbells Magazine, Visa Canada, and Prozac before starting her own company, PUNCH!media in 2009.

PUNCH!media has developed Social Media strategies for TVO, The Children’s Wish Foundation and has been a corporate trainer for the Social Media Marketing Certificate at The University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She finds her most challenging audience to be her students at Durham College – and not for the reasons you might expect.

She has narrowed her niche as a champion of LinkedIn because she believes it’s the most powerful out of all the Social Media networking sites.

Leslie was featured on CTV’s “The Social”, is proud to have been called a “Social Media Guru” by CBC Radio and has just authored her first book “CREATE. CONNECT. CONVERT.”

She been a speaker at conferences such as Blissdom Canada, Editors’ Conference of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators Conference.

Leslie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. Psychology) and has her Master’s Certificate in Neurolinguistic Programming.

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