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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

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.

Entries by Kathleen Reardon

Clinton's 'Cute-and-Little' Conundrum With Young Female Voters

(520) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:09 PM

Hillary Clinton finds it "amazing" that Iowa young female voters preferred Bernie Sanders. It's a bitter pill to for Secretary Clinton. But beyond the matter of personal choice, there are some reasons that are both natural and inevitable in our society.

For starters, it doesn't...

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Like It or Not, Mental Health Is Everyone's Issue

(12) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 4:17 PM

If you've never dealt with severe mental illness; if you haven't sought care for someone and seen it denied -- even with the best of medical coverage; if you've never watched as the once-joyful life of a child, partner, spouse, parent or friend was ravaged by such a curse, then...

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"Boots on the Ground" -- Easy for you to Say!

(13) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:54 PM

There it was again -- and again -- last night. How many times have we heard "boots on the ground"? The phrase is nearly as common as the once popular "thinking outside the box" though with far more serious implications.

Americans at war, taking direct...

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Authentic Politics -- What is That?

(91) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 3:34 PM

All political candidates dissemble. Indeed, all people do. A degree of deception is required in order to be civil. "It was a pleasure to meet you," is often just a way to gracefully exit a conversation.

But at what point does a political candidate take deception too far?

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The Gloria Borger - Hillary Clinton Watch: Waiting for an Insight

(108) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:34 AM

I've written a number of times about journalists citing "some people say," "some people think" and "it's been said" as support for their supposedly objective reporting. What was once a desire to protect important sources has deteriorated into a sign of journalistic laziness. When reporters covering...

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So-Called 'Journalists' Poisoning Hillary's Well -- Again!

(168) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 4:27 PM

For women around the world, and the U.S. in particular, Hillary Clinton was much more than a presidential candidate for the 2008 election. On the surface, it appears that she suffered a significant loss. But if we look historically at her campaign and how close she came to winning her...

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The Common Ground Fallacy

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 12:01 PM

President Obama last week named a few areas where he sees potential for forward movement due to shared views and interests with Republicans in Congress, including putting people back to work through stronger manufacturing in the U.S., selling more to countries around the world and infrastructure improvements.


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The 'If Only' of Suicide

(9) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:33 PM

The loss of Robin Williams is a harsh reminder to anyone who has lost a relative or friend to suicide. For so many people, such recollections are riddled with a feeling that had one more phone call been made, one more visit paid or extended, an ounce more...

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Is Your Wireless Carrier Jacking You Around?

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 11:40 AM

I've been on to my wireless phone carrier three times in the last few weeks. Each time, I was offered a new plan -- one that had not existed the previous time I'd called. Could this be adaptive customer service? Somehow, I don't think so.

First, my primary phone, which...

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Is a Female President Only a Pipe Dream?

(155) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 7:57 PM

If it were simply a matter of qualifications, a woman would have become President of the United States a long time ago. So what's the hold up?

Certainly generalized bias against women, doubts about their leadership skills, and career discrimination are in the mix. It's...

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Warren Offers Women a Bracing Dose of Reality

(74) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 4:05 PM

Unlike so many of her Washington colleagues, Senator Elizabeth Warren has developed a hard-won political intelligence without selling her soul.

Nothing in her new book denies that the old boys network got in her way. She doesn't accuse anyone who experiences its existence of suffering from a feminist...

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Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

(152) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 10:08 PM

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again.

Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members....

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In Journalism, There Is Such a Thing as an Accurate Story

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Perhaps PBS is doing the best it can with only 12 percent of its revenue coming from federal funding, but I expected better -- in some important respects -- from its new team on NewsHour.

As a result of interference by billionaires and...

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How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness?

(34) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Ask Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds about his son Austin. He'll tell you of a "beautiful child" who was "full of love." Yet Austin (Gus), age 24, stabbed his father multiple times before taking his own life. "Whatever illness took him was so contrary to his nature," Deeds...

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If You Don't Like People Tweeting About Cancer, Don't Read It

(40) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:46 AM

If there is a set of rules about coping with cancer, I have never seen it. Perhaps in some circles a commonly accepted method exists. If so, I remain in the dark, despite my own experiences with this disease.

Equally uninformed are many fellow cancer patients who are coping, in...

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No Excuse for Apple's Binders Full of Women Problem

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Big hoopla this week that Apple is open to more female representation on their board. They caution, however, that it may take a few years. Coincidentally, NASA just announced their intention to spur a young commercial space industry and solve astronaut complex health issues during four...

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In Praise of Helicopter Parents

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:06 PM

How many investors drop their money at the doorsteps of businesses and say, "I don't know you personally from Adam, but you have a good reputation so I'm sure you'll do the right thing with this wheelbarrow full of money"?

Yet many well-meaning parents do just that...

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Are We Asking the Right Questions About Women's Advancement at Work?

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 3:27 PM

The Sunday New York Times front-page story "Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers" is a look at how women can make it to the top by engaging in an increasingly popular form of "marrying well" -- having a stay-at-home husband.

An interesting article, it nonetheless points to yet another...

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Home Alone at the U.S. Senate: A Farce and a Sham

(5) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:39 PM

There were an estimated 26,000 unwanted sexual contacts and sexual assaults in the military in FY2012 -- a 37 percent increase from FY2011. Yet when Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri introduced their rival plans to end...

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Cancer at 30: No One Is a Young Invincible

(264) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Life was getting underway the day I found a suspicious lump. My first book had just been published and was being received well in my field. I was traveling and speaking about a new research project. The phone kept ringing and there was little time to think.


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