Kathleen Reardon Professor Emerita, USC Marshall School; Author, 'The Secret Handshake' and 'Shadow Campus'

Dr. Kathleen Reardon is emerita professor of management at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. She was a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellow and on the USC faculty of Preventive Medicine and has taught in the MBA, Executive MBA,and International MBA programs at USC.

She has been a featured blogger with Huffington Post since September 2005. She is the author of numerous articles on communication, persuasion, negotiation, women in the workplace, health communication and politics, including in the Harvard Business Review. She wrote the HBR reprint bestseller, "The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk." Her latest HBR article is "Courage as a Skill." Persuasion In Practice, Kathleen's first book, was described by Public Opinion Quarterly as "a landmark contribution to the field."

Her latest book is the mystery-thriller Shadow Campus. A young professor on the eve of tenure is found hanging and nearly dead in her university office. Her brother and only living relative, a builder by trade, must leave his small New England town for Los Angeles to help a sister he has kept at a distance since a childhood event he can neither forgive nor forget.

She was awarded membership in Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi and this in 2013 was awarded the University of Connecticut Alumni Humanitarian Award.

Kathleen Reardon has also published The Secret Handshake (amazon business and nonfiction bestseller), It's All Politics, The Skilled Negotiator and They Don't Get, Do They. She has served as Board Member and is a Trustee of First Star, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit devoted to protecting children at risk where she is also a Distinguished Fellow. She also conducted the feasibility study as co-principal investigator for the Starbright Foundation (now Starlight Children's Foundation) initially chaired by Steven Spielberg.

Her politics website is kathleenkelleyreardon.com.

CHILDHOOD DENIED: ENDING THE NIGHTMARE OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT co-authored with Christopher Noblet (Sage Publications) was written to enhance the lives of children at risk. In this book Dr. Reardon proposed the idea to establish academies on college campuses -- demystifying the college experience for teenage foster children by immersing them for 4 weeks each summer from 9th grade onward in a summer on-campus program followed by monthly sessions. Academies are ongoing at UCLA, URI, George Washington University and UConn derived from Kathleen's model. Also in development is the concept of full-year academies which was proposed in Childhood Denied.

In 2011 she was invited to serve on the advisory board of the new Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.

As an avocation she is an artist of watercolors and oils and donates many of her paintings to charity.

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