A commitment to global citizenship combined with an irreverent and engaging sense of humour has put Lesley Hughes in demand as a speaker.
With more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and broadcaster, Hughes has interviewed some of the world’s most fascinating people including social activists, thinkers, writers, celebrities and pivotal political figures. These in-depth and often pointed interviews have garnered this true media matriarch – a wealth of experience and perspective to share.
Her audiences gain an insightful view of the world and issues through her eyes.
She talks about ideas that matter, and offers plain talk on tough issues.
Hughes has become an active member of a global coalition to secure the protection of journalists, media literacy, communication rights and a truly free press.
She is an experienced conference facilitator, moderator and panelist, one who does not back away from sensitive topics, to which she brings candour and compassion. She’s also a frequent keynote speaker on subjects related to media, politics, women, mental health and community well being.
Past and popular presentations have included:
- What they don’t teach at journalism school
- Gotcha journalism
- Media and the intimate lives of women
- Paths to media justice
- The myth of the free press
- Crazy making media
- Why we can’t talk about mental illness
- You don’t have to be sick to get better
- Laughter: the shortest distance between two people
- She who laughs, lasts
- Is it OK to laugh on the job?
- Do Canadians really care about human rights?
The range of content and format can be crafted to suit any audience, group, venue or duration.
Hughes’ audiences include:
- Canadian Group Psychotherapist Association Conference
- Council of Canadians
- Fort Richmond High School Graduation
- Grand Council Treaty #3
- Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC)
- Manitoba Advisory Council on the Status of Women
- Planned Parenthood
- Project Peacemakers
- Provincial Council of Women, Manitoba
- Seven Oaks School Division
- St Boniface Hospital, nursing staff
- Temple Shalom Fund Raising Dinner
- University of Manitoba, Intensive English Program
- Volunteer Manitoba
- Winnipeg One School Division, in-service
- Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM)
- Womens’ Canadian Club
- Womens’ Health Clinic