Sharon N. Hughes

Director, Center for Arts and Business

Sharon N. Hughes

Director, Center for Arts and Business

An internationally recognized speaker, fashion marketing professional and lecturer, Sharon specializes in digital and social media strategy for fashion business and has lead, written and managed fashion marketing courses and departments for Art and Design Universities in London, England and Indonesia.

A native of Louisville, KY with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and brand management with lifestyle brands, non-profits and higher education firmsSharon began her career in retail management after graduating with a BSc from Eastern Kentucky University in Marketing Management and Fashion Merchandising. She spent five years with retail giant, Macy’s Inc. before transitioning to the corporate world of marketing in event planning, promotions and creative management. In 2006 she turned her sights to London to obtain her MA from London Metropolitan Universityafter graduation she was hired as Marketing Director for the University’s digital media business incubator. It was at this time she was also first published in Arts Professional magazine for her research in cultural industries and corridors, ‘Catalysts for Regeneration’  

After working with InStyle magazine UK, she later wrote and developed the Online Marketing and Social Media curriculum for the University of Arts, London College of Fashion (the first of its kind globally). She is a frequent visiting lecturer and speaker in media diversity, digital media and marketing, brand management and fashion tech.  

With global industry creative arts management and business development experience, she has work with brands such as Lori’s Shoes, Cut ‘n Paste handbags, Jeffrey Campbell, and partnership campaigns with fashion influencers. 

In addition to her role, Sharon is working on her doctorate in leadership with a focus in cultural production of the black female fashion and beauty consumer.




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Kentucky College of Art + Design
505 West Ormsby Avenue
Louisville, KY 40203